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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

SEC declination for Nabors

Oil services firm Nabors Industries Ltd. was a customer of Panalpina but not among the six that settled FCPA cases on the same historic day in November 2010.

Panalpina, a Swiss-based logistics firm, admitted paying bribes to help customers move their drill rigs and other equipment in and out of Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Nigeria, among others.… Continue Reading

LyondellBasell investigates Kazakhstan payment

LyondellBasell Industries NV, the Netherlands-based petrochemical maker, made this disclosure in its Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on October 26:

We previously identified an agreement related to a former project in Kazakhstan under which a payment was made that raises compliance concerns under the U.S.

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The Nobel Prize For Graft

Today the imprisoned Chinese dissident Lu Xiaobo will receive, in absentia, the Nobel Peace Prize. Predictably, China is boycotting.

Less predictably, and more noteworthy, is this: of the 65 countries invited to the ceremony (all countries with embassies in Norway), an astonishing 18 will side with China.… Continue Reading

No Punishment For ‘Hero’ Giffen

Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev with then U.S. President George W. Bush, 2006. Photo credt to WikipediaOil consultant James H. Giffen, once accused of paying $84 million in bribes to the president of Kazakhstan and other foreign officials, wasn’t punished for a misdemeanor tax charge he pleaded guilty to in August to end his case.… Continue Reading

Is The Giffen Case America’s BAE?

We’re always happy to hear from lawyer Andy Spalding, left. He recently returned from a year-long Fulbright Research Grant in Mumbai, India, and is now on the faculty at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.… Continue Reading

SEC Charges Second Pride Exec

The former country manager in Venezuela for Pride International, Inc. last week settled civil FCPA charges with the SEC.

Joe Summers, a U.S. citizen who lives in John Day, Oregon, agreed to pay a civil penalty of $25,000.… Continue Reading