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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

Setback For Lindsey Prosecution

The DOJ yesterday suffered what could be a key defeat in the battle over who’s a “foreign official” under the FCPA when the judge blocked submission of an extraordinary State Department declaration.… Continue Reading

Coming Soon: Russia’s FCPA?

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer (left) of the DOJ’s Criminal Division spoke today in Moscow at the 3rd Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States Summit on Anti-corruption. 

Some highlights:

  • Russia’s corruption problem.
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‘Majority’ Report

Ryan Morgan: With the DOJ’s brief in the Lindsey Manufacturing case as a guide, defining who is or is not a foreign official in the eyes of the DOJ just became clearer.Continue Reading

The First Word On Compliance Incentives

By Jeffrey M. Kaplan

The criminal information recently filed against Alcatel-Lucent, S.A. provides that among that company’s violations of the FCPA internal controls requirements was the failure “to provide appropriate incentives to perform in accordance with [its] compliance and ethics program.”… Continue Reading

Yup, We’re Still Thankful

The FCPA isn’t perfect and the DOJ’s enforcement style doesn’t always meet heavenly standards. But no one can deny this country’s contribution to keeping international business clean and holding national leaders accountable.… 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 Law Ain’t Broke

On Monday, Kyle Sheahen told us how useless the FCPA’s two affirmative defenses are. He suggested that Congress fix the local-law and promotional-expenses defenses.

But at least two readers, one from the private sector and another from the DOJ (apparently), dissented.… 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 Obama Doctrine

In a policy shift that could lead to the international arrest and trial of kleptocrats, the White House last week said it views widespread corruption as a violation of basic human rights and is working to advance that view globally.… Continue Reading