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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

Panama Papers: RBS, NatWest disclose FCA inquiry

Two related UK banks said in separate U.S. securities filings that the UK’s top financial regulator has asked for information about any relationship the banks had with the Panama law firm at the center of the Panama Papers leak or with any individuals named in media coverage about the story.… Continue Reading

UK courts: Djibouti government loses corruption claim against politically connected businessman

Abdourahman Mohamed Mahmoud BorehLondon’s commercial court recently dismissed, in fairly trenchant terms, a corruption-related claim brought by the Djibouti government against Abdourahman Boreh, the man credited with being instrumental in the development of the country’s strategically important and successful port, oil storage, and duty free facilities.… Continue Reading

UK Bribery Act: Pre-trial agreements are a turning point for global enforcement

The first negotiated settlement of a corporate bribery investigation under the UK Bribery Act involved a deferred prosecution agreement between the Serious Fraud Office and ICBC Standard Bank. That case is a turning point in the enforcement history of the UK Bribery Act and, at a global level, it fuels the debate about the use of settlements to resolve foreign bribery charges.… Continue Reading

Freezing orders: An opportunity to obtain information?

In any word association game, “tracing, proprietary and yawn” would probably make a good grouping. However, the importance of the former two for a potential bribery victim in carrying out investigations and conducting disciplinary proceedings was recently underscored in a decision involving the UK’s largest housebuilder.… Continue Reading

TI: UK AML supervision is an unworkable mish-mash

Transparency International released a report Monday calling for a radical overhaul of the UK’s anti-money laundering system.

The report said the current system of anti-money laundering supervision in the UK is “woefully inadequate and structurally unsound” and is letting billions in corrupt funds flow into the country.… Continue Reading

Compliance alert: The UK Modern Slavery Act is here

If you’re a compliance practitioner seeking to design an anti-corruption program consistent with all laws that apply to your company, you probably recognize the phrase “carries on a business, or part of a business, in any part of the United Kingdom.”… Continue Reading

SFO launches probe of Soma Oil and Gas

Somali Minister of National Resources Abdirizak Omar Mohamed and Lord Howard of Lympne, chairman of SOMA, on August 6, 2013 (Image courtesy of Soma)The UK Serious Fraud Office confirmed Friday that it has opened a criminal investigation into Soma Oil and Gas Holdings Ltd and allegations of corruption in Somalia.… Continue Reading