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Martin Kenney on Hurricane Irma, U.S. hypocrisy, EU bullies and more

When 2017 began, I did not envisage how my life would change. I live and work in the British Virgin islands (BVI), a location rapidly becoming famous due to the publication of the Panama Papers and more latterly the Paradise Papers.

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Italian prosecutor charges Shell and former execs with overseas bribery

The Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office has charged Royal Dutch Shell and four former executives for an alleged plot to pay massive bribes to win oil exploration rights in Nigeria.

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Martin Kenney: Shell’s Nigeria mess shows why we need more disclosure

Tom Fox recently wrote a post for the FCPA Blog about allegations that Shell made a £1.1 billion ($1.42 billion) payment for an oil field license in Nigeria, with half the money ending up in a company owned by a Nigerian government official.

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Tom Fox on that murky oil deal: It's one Shell of a mess 

What will be the final result of the Royal Dutch Shell/ENI imbroglio around a license to explore oil and gas in block OPL 246, offshore Nigeria?

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Resource Alert: New guidance on corruption red flags in oil, gas and mining deals 

An oil and gas or mining company can avoid all kinds of reputational and legal challenges by swearing off deals with certain corruption warning signs. This month’s developments in an evolving scandal might have Royal Dutch Shell wishing it had done so.

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Cathalijne van der Plas: Once a laggard, the Netherlands finally tackles overseas bribery

First the good news. The Netherlands ranked fifth on the latest Corruption Perceptions Index, up from eighth last year, and now trailing only Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and New Zealand on the CPI.

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Texas high court: Shell FCPA report to DOJ is ‘absolutely privileged’ 

The Texas Supreme Court issued a long-anticipated opinion Friday in Shell Oil Co. v. Writt, holding that an internal investigation report Shell provided to the U.S. Department of Justice about potential FCPA violations is “absolutely privileged” in a defamation proceeding and cannot be used to form the basis of a defamation claim.

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Report: Eni paid $533 million bribe for Nigeria oilfield deal 

Italian prosecutors investigating state-owned oil giant Eni SpA over a Nigeria oilfield deal three years ago believe half of the $1.1 billion that Eni paid went as bribes to government officials or to intermediaries with close ties to them.

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Eni CEO investigated for $1 billion Nigeria oil deal

The CEO of Italy's biggest oil company, Claudio Descalzi, is under investigation by Milan prosecutors for alleged corruption tied to the company's 2011 acquisition of a Nigerian deepwater offshore block for $1.09 billion.

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UK police investigating Shell, ENI Nigeria deal

Allegations that more than a billion dollars paid to the Nigerian government ended up with a company controlled by a former Nigerian oil minister have triggered a money-laundering investigation in the UK, according to a report Wednesday from Reuters.

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'Carbon copy prosecutions' change the rules of the game

A recent University of Chicago Legal Forum article looks deep into an important new enforcement trend -- duplicative enforcement actions in multiple countries.

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Will Nigeria Take Another Bite?

The penalty for paying bribes in Nigeria may increase following demands from a Nigerian NGO that the Nigerian government seek its share of the recent anti-graft bounty. Maybe…

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