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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
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

Three high-profile extraditions to the U.S.

Extradition is the official process where one country transfers a suspected or convicted criminal to another country. The process dates back to at least the 1300s BC, when Ramesses II of Egypt negotiated an extradition treaty with Hattusili III, a Hittite king.… Continue Reading

A plea to Mr. Holder: Help corruption’s victims

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (Image courtesy of the DOJ)The movement to use anticorruption enforcement proceeds for the benefit of corruption’s true victims is gaining ever more momentum.

The UNCAC Coalition —  a global network of over 350 civil society organisations in over 100 countries, committed to promoting the ratification, implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention Against Corruption — has recently drafted a letter to U.S.… Continue Reading

It’s Simple: The Nigerian Money is the Nigerians’ Money

Friends of the FCPA Blog — Sandy Sierck and Nick Diamond, who represent the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project in Nigeria — have another good idea. For years, SERAP has been petitioning the DOJ and SEC to return enforcement revenues to the real victims of overseas corruption: the citizens of the corrupt governments.… Continue Reading

DOJ declination for Merck

Big-pharma Merck said an SEC filing Thursday that the DOJ has closed its FCPA investigation of the company.

Merck first disclosed in 2010 that it received letters from the DOJ and SEC asking for FCPA-related information about its activities in a number of countries.… Continue Reading

DOJ Declination for LyondellBasell

LyondellBasell Industries NV, the Netherlands-based petrochemical maker, said Thursday in an SEC filing that the Justice Department has closed its investigation into a payment made in Kazakhstan that had raised compliance concerns.… Continue Reading

Why no alarm bells back home over SEC Gold Fields probe?

Listing shares internationally often carries unwelcome regulatory and compliance risks. This was recently highlighted by the SFO’s corruption probe into the London-listed Kazakh miner ENRC, shortly to be delisted, as well as probes into Indonesia miner and London-listed Bumi plc, and most recently by the SEC’s investigation of South Africa’s Gold Fields, which has a secondary New York listing.… Continue Reading

Global Contagion Report – Ukrspecexport

Country: Kazakhstan

Company Involved: Ukrspecexport

Industry: Industrials

Industry Subsector: Defense

Official Involved: Major General Almaz Asenov, former head of Defense Ministry’s Armament Department

Enforcement Action: Judgement

Summary: Maj. Gen. Almaz Asenov was sentenced to 11 years in prison in addition to confiscation of property for accepting $200,000 in bribes from two employees of Ukraine’s arms exporter Ukrspecexport.Continue Reading

Mining sector investigations spread to U.K.

The U.K. Serious Fraud Office said Thursday it has launched a criminal investigation of London-listed mining company ENRC plc.

‘The focus of the investigation will be allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption relating to the activities of the company or its subsidiaries in Kazakhstan and Africa,’ the SFO said in a statement.… Continue Reading