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The End is Nigh for Facilitation Payments – Get Ahead of the Breeze

Last summer, an article was published in the University of Pennsylvania, Journal of Business Law, entitled “The OECD’s Call for an End to the ‘Corrosive’ Facilitation Payments and the International Focus on the Facilitation Payments Exception under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act”. It was authored by Jon Jordan, Senior Investigations Counsel, in the Foreign Corrupt

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First Conviction under the UK Bribery Act

Munir Patel (Reuters) – The first person to be convicted under new bribery laws was jailed on Friday November 18th, 2011, and lawyers said his sentence sent out a warning message to business.Munir Patel, 22, a court clerk who worked at Redbridge Magistrates’ Court in east London, had pleaded guilty to accepting 500 pounds to

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Australia Considering Criminalizing Facilitation Payments

Customer pays for a beer in central Sydney 21/06/2011 REUTERS/Tim Wimborne Lawyers have welcomed the government’s plans to bolster Australia’s anti-bribery laws and outlaw facilitation payments, saying the changes would bring the country into line with international best practice and address the “weakest link” in the existing legislation. In a consultation paper (PDF) launched yesterday

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United Kingdom: Redefining The Criminal Cartel Offence

This article was first published in Competition Law Insight, 18 October 2011. Corker Binning is a law firm specialising in fraud, regulatory litigation and general criminal work of all types. For further information go to In March 2011 the government published a lengthy consultation paper which set out proposals for a wide-ranging reform of

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IDB List of Sanctioned Firms and Individuals

The firms and individuals listed below have been sanctioned by the IDB Group’s Sanctions Committee because they were found to have engaged in fraud, corruption, collusion or coercion, in violation of the IDB Group’s anti-corruption policies. These findings were made through an administrative process that permitted the accused firms and/or individuals to respond to the

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Recent guilty plea in US demonstrates ongoing commitment to corruption prosecutions

On May 19 2011 the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Jorge Granados, former chief executive officer (CEO) of Miami-based telecommunications company Latin Node Inc (LatiNode), pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. On December 21 2010 the DOJ obtained a 19-count indictment against Granados and other

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New Anti-Corruption Laws passed in Mexico – Spotlight on Contractors and Concession Holders

Introduction The Senate has passed the Federal Anti-corruption Law regarding Government Contracts. It is expected to be passed by the lower house in the course of 2011, probably before the end of the congressional term. Mexico is a member state of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the Inter-American Convention against Corruption and the Organisation

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New Anti-Corruption Compliance Checklist issued by TI Canada

Transparency International Canada (TI-Canada) today announced the launch of its Anti-Corruption Compliance Checklist (TI-Canada ACC). In line with Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), the TI-Canada ACC is a critical tool for those Canadian corporations seeking to significantly enhance their risk management processes. Implementation of the TI-Canada ACC will enable a Canadian corporation

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