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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

BRIC Companies Rank Low On New TI Index

Transparency International yesterday released its 2011 Bribe Payers Index. It’s the fifth version of the index and the first update since 2008.

It ranks 28 of the world’s largest economies, TI said, ‘according to the perceived likelihood of companies from these countries to pay bribes abroad.’… Continue Reading

Avon Discloses SEC Investigation

Avon Products confirmed Thursday that the SEC has issued a formal order of investigation into possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Avon’s disclosure appeared in its quarterly report filed with the SEC.… Continue Reading

Former Olympus CEO Turns Whistleblower

The fired British CEO of Tokyo-based Olympus Corporation has turned over evidence of potentially corrupt payments to the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office.

Michael Woodford, a thirty-year veteran at the company, served as CEO for just six months before being fired a week ago.… Continue Reading

A Life Sentence In Vietnam, Where Risks Abound

A Vietnamese official who took bribes from a Japanese company promoting road-building projects was sentenced to life in prison Monday, according to an AP report.

Huynh Ngoc Sy, 57, was found guilty of accepting $262,000 from Pacific Consultants International, or PCI.… Continue Reading

Someone Tell The Lawyers

The International Bar Association (IBA) said about half the world’s lawyers haven’t heard of the FCPA. Seventy percent are unaware of the U.K. Bribery Act, and four in ten don’t know about the OECD and U.N.… Continue Reading

The Enforcement Gap

By Nancy Z. Boswell and Robert N. Walton, Transparency International-USA

Transparency International’s sixth annual report on enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, released last week, paints a mixed picture. On the positive side, it shows active enforcement in seven of the 36 countries evaluated, including the U.S,… Continue Reading

The Compliance World Series

Holding countries publicly accountable for antibribery enforcement is a key to global compliance. Measuring performance inning by inning and posting the results on the scoreboard tells each government where it stands.… Continue Reading

The FCPA’s Thwarted Intent

The first time we heard from Andy Spalding (left), a lawyer on a year-long Fulbright Research Grant in Mumbai, India, he floored us with the idea that the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act causes corruption and hurts poor people.… Continue Reading

The Story Of Graft

Transparency International’s Global Corruption Report 2009 is here. At 462 pages, it may be the most complete account of global corruption and anti-bribery efforts ever assembled. Reference books like this are both important and fun; you don’t need to read from front to back, first page to last.… Continue Reading

It’s A Start

We’ve never come across any good news to report about Japan’s overseas anticorruption enforcement. Until now, that is. Last Thursday, according to an AFP report, a court in Tokyo convicted three former executives and their consulting company for bribery in Vietnam.… Continue Reading

Japanese Executive Jailed

A Tokyo executive was sentenced to two years in jail and fined $80,000 for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and conspiring to rig bids for the sale of marine hose and other industrial rubber products.… Continue Reading