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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

Wisconsin marketing firm pays $10 million to resolve FCPA offenses

Quad/Graphics Inc. agreed Thursday to pay the SEC nearly $10 million to settle violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for long-running bribery schemes and cover-ups in Peru and China.

The Sussex, Wisconsin print and digital marketing company disgorged $6.9 million and prejudgment interest of about $960,000, and agreed to pay a civil penalty of $2 million.… Continue Reading

Corruption’s most horrific human cost

Ex-Peruvian president Alan Garcia We know the various ways to measure the human costs of corruption: depletion of the public fisc, unequal access to government services, shoddy contracts awarded to sub-standard providers, the de facto business tax that makes economies less efficient, and so on.… Continue Reading

Paw and Orihuela: The long shadow of Odebrecht’s corruption

For over a year, Brazilian federal police could not access the files on Marcelo Odebrecht’s notebook computer. They tried using the password from Marcelo’s cell phones, with no luck.

Even Marcelo himself could not access the computer, as his password had been generated by two different electronic tokens that change combination with each access, and he no longer had the tokens following his arrest.… Continue Reading

Odebrecht’s graft echoes across the hemisphere

Three fund managers and a national government said in SEC filings last week that Odebrecht’s corruption scandal has become a problem and a risk factor for them.

Brazil-based Odebrecht, an engineering and construction giant with world-wide reach, agreed late last year to settle bribery offenses by paying global criminal penalties of at least $2.6 billion.… Continue Reading

MacMurray and Lazzarini: Why ISO 37001 is the next big thing

The ISO 9001 Quality Management System has been a spectacular success, with over 1.3 million organizations certified around the world since the standard’s 1987 introduction.

We believe the ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems may enjoy similar widespread worldwide acceptance.Continue Reading

Newmont Mining discloses FCPA review

One of the world’s biggest gold miners said in a securities filing Wednesday it is investigating some business activities in countries outside the United States.

Colorado-based Newmont Mining said the investigation includes a review of compliance with the requirements of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.… Continue Reading

Latin America Enforcement Report – July 2015

Here are highlights about Latin American corruption, enforcement, and compliance through June 2015.

Although some countries aren’t strictly “Latin American” (Guyana and Puerto Rico, for example), they’re usually included in the regional grouping, and I thought it was appropriate to mention them.… Continue Reading

Latin America Enforcement Report – June 2015

Here are highlights from Latin America in connection with corruption, enforcement, and compliance through May 2015.

Argentina: The Minister of Planning, Julio de Vido, and the governor of the Chubut province, Mario das Neves, are under investigation by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for involvement in a bribery scheme to award oil contracts.… Continue Reading

We’re serious: It’s an exciting time for tax enforcement

Admittedly, we’re surprised to write that headline several weeks after “tax day” in the United States. However, a common theme emerged during a recent World Bank Group program on tax evasion: there’s currently an unprecedented level of enthusiasm, political will and momentum in support of combating global tax evasion and avoidance. 

Why should readers of the FCPA Blog care about tax enforcement and administration?… Continue Reading