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Entries in Australia (62)


John Bray: Agents use sunk-cost psychology to encourage bribery

Almost all major international bribery cases involve third parties, typically commercial agents who pass on part of their commissions to government officials as bribes. As demonstrated by Richard Bistrong’s recent post, the relationship between these agents and their international clients is often psychologically complex. Richard was blackmailed by people he thought were his friends.

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Pulvirenti and Bray: First look at Australia’s proposed new anti-bribery law

The Australian government has tabled a series of new laws covering foreign bribery and other economic offenses. If these are passed into law, as we expect, they will make it much easier to prosecute companies for bribery offenses committed either at home or abroad.

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World Bank debars units of Aussie engineer SMEC

The World Bank Thursday said it debarred five subsidiaries of a leading Australia-based engineering firm after the bank found evidence of "inappropriate payments." 

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Pulvirenti and Bray: Australia AG proposes tighter anti-bribery laws and DPAs

There have been only two foreign bribery prosecutions in Australia -- one involving banknote printing companies Securency and Note Printing Australia, and another involving the construction company Lifese.

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Bill Steinman: It's time to meet the International Foreign Bribery Taskforce

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the International Foreign Bribery Taskforce (IFBT). Not familiar with the IFBT? It doesn’t get a lot of attention.

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UK Enforcement: Former banknote company exec convicted of overseas bribery

Image courtesy of Innovia SecurityA former manager of a polymer banknote manufacturer was convicted Wednesday of four counts of making corrupt payments to a foreign official.

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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.

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Panama Papers: Who are the winners now?

Image courtesy of the ICIJIt's not illegal for most people to own anonymous companies. Walt Disney used them to buy land near Orlando for Disney World. He didn't want prices to go crazy with news Mickey Mouse was coming to town.

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Ted Williams: After U.S. enforcement action against BHP Billiton, Australia steps up anti-bribery push

March 2016 has proven to be a milestone month in Australian Foreign Bribery law enforcement. There's been news of a high profile U.S. and Australian foreign bribery investigation, and new offenses have come into law, signalling further reform to come.

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In high-graft countries, the roads are a bloodbath

Over the years, we've looked at the correlation between corruption and personal security, air safety, environmental degradation, risks of war, national debt problems, and general personal misery. Now let's look at corruption and road safety.

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SEC charges two Grant Thornton firms with violating auditor independence rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday charged Grant Thornton India LLP and Australia-based Grant Thornton Audit Pty Limited with auditor independence violations.

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Australia lifts ‘worst-ever’ gag order in banknote bribe case

Victoria's Supreme Court revoked a year-old suppression order that had prevented publication of any information about alleged overseas bribes the Reserve Bank of Australia paid to win banknote printing contracts in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

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