Political Corruption

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Guatemalan President Resigns

As of yesterday, Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre is the new president of Guatemala, following the abrupt resignation of Otto Perez Molina. Mr. Perez Molina now faces an arrest warrant on charges of corruption for conspiring with...more

Africa Update - August 2015 #4

Leading the News - South Sudan: On August 25th, a panel of United Nations (U.N.) experts monitoring U.N. sanctions on South Sudan released a report disclosing evidence that South Sudanese solders raped children,...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA): Israel Beware – Trends in Enforcement

Intuitively, Israeli companies and their directors would likely assume that their businesses are immune to investigation and the assessment of penalties by US regulators that are separated by a vast ocean and located more...more

Give & Take: The Case for a Better G&E Compliance Program

Part One: Setting The Foundation - Why Does G&E Matter? Tony Robbins once said, “Every problem is a gift—without problems we would not grow.” In the compliance arena, the reverse also applies, as many gifts can...more

Africa Update - August 2015 #2

Leading the News: Burundi - On August 6th, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to resume the political dialogue that was suspended last month and...more

Groups Urge D.C. Circuit to Disclose DOJ Playbook

Following the widely criticized prosecution of the late Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), understandably, took steps to learn from the mistakes made in that case by drafting and distributing a...more

Africa Update - July 2015 #4

Leading the News - Burundi: On July 19th, representatives of the Burundian Government failed to appear for talks backed by the East African Community (EAC) aimed at ending the unrest caused by President Pierre...more

How to Succeed in Africa by Choosing Partnership over Corruption

Big opportunities for exporters in Africa - There is no doubt that the continent of Africa is a land rich in opportunities for international businesses. With an abundance of natural resources, some of the world’s fastest...more

George Carlin and Erga Omnes: the Petrobras Bribery Scandal Expands

On this date in 2008 George Carlin died. If you grew up in the late 1960s or early 1970s and you had anti-parental or anti-establishment inklings, which of course all teenagers do, you knew about George Carlin. In the early...more

Structuring Trips Up Speaker Hastert

Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Dennis Hastert entered the well of a courtroom in the Northern District of Illinois earlier this week to enter a plea of not guilty to charges that he structured...more

China Regulatory Enforcement Quarterly - Q1 – 2015 |

Inside This Issue: - Executive Summary - PRC Legal and Regulatory Updates - Major Enforcement News - China Communist Party Titles 101 - AIC Penalties Increase Risk of Dual Enforcement Actions - Frequently Asked...more

Definition of corrupt conduct: The High Court has limited the scope of the New South Wales Independent Commission Against...

A majority of the full court of the High Court of Australia has upheld the decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal that the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has no power to conduct an inquiry into...more

Brazil Bribery Scandal Reaches Advertising Agencies

Humans are good at avoidance and can even reach a state of blatant disregard. The corruption news coming out of Brazil is so far-reaching that it is almost numbing....more

The Petrobras Scandal and Corruption of Political Parties Under the FCPA

When does bribery and corruption move from a business issue to a political issue to a national issue? Why should US companies be held to the gold standard of anti-corruption laws? Should the US government even care if US...more

US Imposes Additional Ukraine/Russia- Related Sanctions By Designating Individuals and Entities Pursuant to Executive Orders 13660...

On March 11, 2015, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued further designations pursuant to Executive Order 13660 (EO 13660) and Executive Order 13685 (EO 13685). EO 13660, which was...more

Corruption in America

The focus on the FCPA provides a myopic view of corruption. Bribery of foreign officials is only one slice of the corruption pie. Even though the United States ranks number 19 in Transparency International’s Corruption...more

A Question of Ethics: The Year in Government Ethics

As long as there are governments, there will be government corruption. The temptations to abuse power are never going away, and neither is human frailty, which means government ethics will remain an important issue for, well,...more

"New York Public Corruption Reform Updates"

Numerous endeavors have been undertaken recently to investigate and combat political corruption in New York that could result in more enforcement of political corruption laws in the state. Specifically, this mailing discusses...more

The European Commission Unveils its First EU Anti-Corruption Report, Highlighting the Continuing Risk of Corruption in EU Member...

On February 3, 2014, the European Commission published its first Anti-Corruption Report (the “Report”). The Report covers all types of corruption, including political corruption, bribery of public officials, and private or...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends January 27, 2014

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics: Press Release: Presidential Elector Initiative Enters Circulation by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen - January 22 – A new initiative...more

Charges Against Former Virginia Governor McDonnell Brought on by Whistleblower

The media coverage of this week’s announcement that federal prosecutors have charged former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, with illegally accepting gifts from a wealthy Richmond area businessman...more

Alcoa Subsidiary Pleads Guilty to FCPA Charge, Will Pay $348 Million

On January 9, Alcoa World Alumina LLC, a majority-owned and controlled global alumina sales company of Alcoa Inc., agreed to plead guilty and to pay $223 million in criminal fines and forfeitures to resolve charges that it...more

Canada Is Aboard the Anti-Corruption Express

For many years, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) considered Canada a laggard when it came to anti-corruption enforcement. However, in a recent speech, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John...more

Assassination and Apathy in Lebanon Serve as a Reminder

On December 27, 2013 the Prime Minister of Finance of Lebanon was assassinated. The explosion in the country’s capital, Beirut, left five dead and 50 wounded. Unfortunately, in Lebanon, this kind of event happens so...more

Governor Cuomo Appoints Commission to Investigate Public Corruption

Following through on a promise of action in the event public corruption reforms were not adopted, Governor Cuomo today announced appointment of a 25-member commission to investigate public corruption....more

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