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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

Lise Smit: Why companies need to know their impact on human rights

Until a few years ago, corporate decision-makers often worried that knowledge about their company’s human rights impacts may increase risks of litigation, prosecution and investment withdrawal.

Recent developments are shifting the debate in the opposite direction, with corporate counsel now pushing for more proactive knowledge-gathering and transparency.… Continue Reading

UK High Court strikes a blow for compliance officers

Compliance professionals facing push back from deal makers ought to take heart from a recent English High Court decision involving UBS (AG) London UBS and Leipzig’s water utility KWL.

The decision (available here) is long and complex and arises from the sale and enforcement of collaterised debt obligations with potentially huge liabilities.… Continue Reading

In SEC v. Jackson and Ruehlen, judge denies everyone’s motions

Federal district judge Keith B. Ellison denied motions for summary judgments filed by the SEC, and by former Noble executives Mark Jackson and James Ruehlen.

Jackson, Noble’s former CEO, and Ruehlen, the head of Noble’s Nigeria unit, asked Judge Ellison to rule that the SEC didn’t have enough evidence in the civil suit against them for a jury to decide they violated the FCPA.… Continue Reading

Mike Scher has his eyes on Delaware

A pending case — largely ignored by the compliance profession and the press — brings before the courts one of the most troubling issues of the Wal-Mart investigation: Was the Wal-Mart Board of Directors misled during 2005-2012 regarding an alleged Mexican bribery scheme and subsequent cover-up?… Continue Reading

Who is liable for business crimes committed in China?

If a local manager in China pays bribes and is liable under the law, could his or her supervising executives in the U.S. or Europe also be held criminally responsible? Or should they shrug off the possible liabilities by claiming “the mountain is high, the emperor is far away?”… Continue Reading

That’s no bribe, it’s ransom money

Companies often face extortionate demands from foreign police, bureaucrats, and regulators, who threaten to hold, expel, or even harm employees if ransoms aren’t paid. And there have always been questions whether those involuntary payments can violate the FCPA.… Continue Reading