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A New Spotlight on an Old Problem in Africa
August 6 2009

“When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to African heads of state at the AGOA Forum in Nairobi this week, she echoed President Obama’s speech last month in Accra in which he stated that good governance and transparency are of critical...

The 8th Annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum
August 3 2009

“We’ll be writing about corruption in Africa from the AGOA Forum in Nairobi this week. The theme of this year’s Forum is “Realizing the Full Potential of AGOA through Expansion of Trade and Investment.”  One panel will specifically address the impact...

Training – protecting more than the company
July 29 2009

“We have written a lot about how to train local employees effectively. The arrest of four Rio Tinto employees in China underscores that training not only protects the corporation, but can also reassure and protect the local workforce. For...

When Is A Nigerian Local Tribal Leader A Foreign Official Under the FCPA?
July 27 2009

“Sharie Brown, Chair of DLA Piper’s FCPA Practice, recently traveled to Lagos to conduct FCPA and anti-corruption training there. This question arose in the course of her training and we know that others operating in Nigeria struggle with...

Due Diligence: the Principle Behind The Process
July 21 2009

“Continuing our discussion of the importance of a meaningful due diligence process, Brady Long, VP – Compliance, Deputy General Counsel & Secretary, Pride International, Inc., describes  below some aspects of their very robust...

Charitable Contributions in Kiev
July 16 2009

“Anne Richardson, Director of Member Services at TRACE, was in Kiev earlier this week. She heard repeatedly that companies operating in Ukraine are routinely asked by public officials for targeted corporate charitable donations. This appears to be...

The Generosity of San Fermín
July 13 2009

“The week-long festival of Los Sanfermines in Pamplona begins each morning with the running of the bulls and ends each evening when the toreros fight each of the six bulls in the "Plaza de Toros" bull ring. The Plaza holds 20,000 fans whose...

Mongolia's Corruption Case Study
July 10 2009

“While petty corruption in Ulaanbaatar is fairly common, — and growing to keep pace with the expanding economy – there’s a much bigger drama unfolding there.  A major uranium mine is back in play and the Russians and Chinese both want it.
The...

Moscow Summit:  Recommendations
July 7 2009

“The Russia-US Joint Working Group on Investment and Institutional Integrity presented the following Executive Summary and Recommendations to President Obama in Moscow this afternoon.  President Medvedev did not attend the “joint” session.   A copy...

Update on Canada’s Foreign Anti-Bribery Law
July 1 2009

“In honor of Canada Day, I had hoped to post an update on anti-bribery enforcement in Canada, but the entry would have been very brief indeed. So, instead, I turned to James Klotz of Miller Thomson, TRACE’s partner firm in Canada, for an update on...