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Entries in Global Financial Integrity (7)

Monday
Feb062017

Congress votes to kill extractive industries disclosure rule

The U.S. Senate voted Friday to repeal an SEC rule that would have required oil and gas and mining companies to disclose each year all of their payments to foreign governments for concessionary rights, permits, taxes, and other things.

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Wednesday
May132015

We're serious: It's an exciting time for tax enforcement

Admittedly, we're surprised to write that headline several weeks after “tax day” in the United States. However, a common theme emerged during a recent World Bank Group program on tax evasion: there's currently an unprecedented level of enthusiasm, political will and momentum in support of combating global tax evasion and avoidance.

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Wednesday
Sep102014

State Department event focuses on corruption and human rights

Shruti Shah, a contributing editor of the FCPA Blog and the senior policy director for Transparency International - USA, talked about corruption and human rights during a September 3 event sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

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Wednesday
Jul092014

Tanzanians want help tracing $300 million in Swiss accounts

Tanzania has asked for help to find out if money moving into bank accounts in Switzerland was stolen from the government through fraud and corruption.

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Wednesday
Apr102013

EU adopts extractive industries disclosure rules

The European Union Tuesday adopted rules to force natural resource companies to disclose payments to governments.

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Thursday
Feb212013

Author discusses future of global anti-graft enforcement

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Global Financial Integrity’s panel discussion and book launch for Laurence Cockcroft’s Global Corruption: Money, Power, and Ethics in the Modern World.

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Tuesday
Jun102008

A Hundred Tiny Bribes

More than a month ago -- practically forever in the time-warped blogosphere -- we mentioned that a reader had shared with us a soon-to-be published paper about facilitating payments. Well, the paper is now available.

It's written by Hogan & Hartson partner T. Clark Weymouth and associate Jeremy B. Zucker. The link is here. They prepared it for pro bono client Global Financial Integrity, a non-profit organization that targets the illegal cross-border flow of funds around the world by working with governments, think tanks and NGOs.

In the paper, Messrs. Weymouth and Zucker trace the history, use and abuse of facilitating payments under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. They compare how facilitating payments are treated under the FCPA, the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, the U.N. Convention Against Corruption and the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption. And they analyze compliance risks associated with grease payments -- with enough examples to cool anyone's ardor for this lone exception written into the FCPA.

As we mentioned back in May, seeing our favorite FCPA topic treated with such thorough scholarship and wrapped in a great presentation is genuinely exciting. We don't want to spoil the fun, though, so we'll stop here -- after we acknowledge the generosity and public spirit of the authors, their law firm and its pro bono client.

View prior posts about facilitating payments here.