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Entries in Australia (62)


Australia must improve ways to combat bribery in 2014

The ABC network recently ran a segment on the OECD's concerns about Australia’s approach to bribery investigations entitled Australia 'failing' to tackle bribery by multinationals: OECD. Its examination of cases occurring prior to 2012 is relevant to the country's current weaknesses in anti-corruption prevention and detection.

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SFO on Dahdaleh: ‘No aspect of this investigation was outsourced’

This was released Tuesday by the U.K. Serious Fraud Office:


Statement: 10 December 2013

The SFO has today offered no evidence against Victor Dahdaleh, having concluded that there is no longer a realistic prospect of conviction in this case.

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Audit role in finding fraud needs revamp

The halls of regulators and law enforcement agencies around the world appear to be full of government officials investigating cases of bribery and corruption.

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Top Aussie regulator defends anti-bribery enforcement record

Greg Medcraft, the chairman of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (roughly equivalent to the SEC), spoke to an AmCham crowd last week in Sydney about enforcement of Australia's foreign anti-bribery law.

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Despite crackdown, Asia firms are slow to comply

Only 40 percent of Asia companies have anti-bribery policies in place, compared with a global average of 81 percent last year.

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Alcoa partner talks about possible FCPA settlement

An Australian joint venture partner of Alcoa said this week that possible FCPA settlements with the DOJ and SEC for alleged bribes to officials of Bahrain's Alba could amount to more than $300 million.

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Will Snowden leaks scuttle joint U.S.-EU anti-bribery enforcement?

Over the weekend, the German weekly Der Spiegel said the NSA bugged European Union offices in Washington, Brussels, and at the U.N. in New York, and infiltrated EU computers to monitor telephone conversations, e-mails, and other documents.

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U.K. opposition takes fresh look at enforcement policy

Last week, the British Labour Party, the main opposition party, published a policy review called 'Tackling Serious Fraud and White Collar Crime.'

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With news of NSA surveillance, life just got tougher for the compliance practitioner

Last week the FCPA Blog, in a post entitled NSA spying also linked to FCPA enforcement, reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) has engaged in economic espionage for the benefit of the United States and perhaps others.

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Corruption and complacency in New Zealand: Top graft buster speaks out

New Zealand has been called “the world’s cleanest country.” It has topped the Corruption Perceptions Index for seven straight years (sometimes sharing the top slot with Nordic countries or Singapore).

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Global Contagion Report: BHP Billiton

Country: Cambodia

Company Involved: BHP Billiton

Industry: Basic Materials

Industry Subsector: General Mining

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Global Contagion Report: Securency International

Country: Australia

Company Involved: Securency International

Industry: Financials

Industry Subsector: Banks

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