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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

Here Come The Global Guidelines

By Jeffrey M. Kaplan

In 1991, the U.S. government established a compelling and original model for promoting legal compliance by businesses. The federal sentencing guidelines applicable to organizations — sometimes called the Corporate Sentencing Guidelines — offered companies both strong incentives for implementing compliance and ethics (“C&E”) programs and meaningful guidance on how to do so.… Continue Reading

Letter From Central Asia

Andy Spalding, a lawyer on a year-long Fulbright Research Grant in Mumbai, India, writes to us from time to time. Here’s his latest dispatch:

Dear FCPA Blog,

I have just returned from a week in Almaty, Kazakhstan, which your readers know to be an FCPA hot spot.… Continue Reading

What’s Wrong Down Under?

Australia is the world’s sixth largest country by land mass, only slightly smaller than America’s lower 48 states. With just 22 million people and abundant resources, the country exports coal, iron ore, gold, uranium, alumina, meat, wool and wheat, as well as wine, olives, fruit and vegetables.… Continue Reading

Kozeny Keeps Fighting

Viktor Kozeny, left, the promoter of a failed 1998 plot to take control of the Azeri state oil company during its privatization by bribing the country’s leaders, has again asked a court in the Bahamas to block his extradition to the United States.… Continue Reading

Dateline Washington

Here’s a dispatch from Cody Worthington:

Dear FCPA Blog,

I attended the opening day of ACI’s 22nd National Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in D.C. yesterday [November 17].

Among the many people there were representatives of the DOJ and SEC.

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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

The Statecraft Of Enforcement

Should the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act be used to punish nations that don’t behave the way the United States wants them to? Michael Jacobson (left) from the Washington Institute thinks so.… Continue Reading

First Look: The U.K.’s Draft Antibribery Law

Britain’s Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, unveiled a draft bill on March 25 that will completely overhaul the country’s antibribery laws. He called the old laws anachronistic, inconsistent, unclear, and difficult for the public to understand and for prosecutors and the courts to apply.… 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

Final Settlements For Siemens

As expected, Siemens AG pleaded guilty Monday to violating the internal controls and books and records provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, reaching settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.… Continue Reading

The Briefing Book

The President Elect and his transition team aren’t spending hours each day pondering the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. But there is one FCPA matter that should be on their radar — the investigation of BAE Systems.… Continue Reading