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Entries in Tunisia (11)


Bill Waite: How corrupt regimes changed today’s world

In 2007 Dick Cassin had the idea of starting the FCPA Blog. His mission: “to help compliance professionals and others everywhere understand how corruption happens, what it does to people and institutions, and how anti-corruption laws and compliance programs work.”

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Angela Barkhouse: What happens when the corrupt regime is gone?

An excellent paper written by Roger Alford conceptualized the broken windows theory in corruption premised around the idea of a building with a few broken windows: If the windows are not repaired, the tendency may be for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it's unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside.

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Former Alstom ethics and compliance chief charged in UK for overseas bribes

Budapest Metro (Image courtesy of Alstom)The UK Serious Fraud Office said Tuesday that it charged another former Alstom executive for bribing foreign officials.

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Trial of Alstom UK unit starts in London

Image courtesy of AlstomThe trial of a UK subsidiary of Paris-based Alstom started Tuesday, with the Serious Fraud Office alleging in filings that the company paid $8.5 million in bribes for contracts in India, Poland, and Tunisia.

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SFO charges Alstom UK unit for bribes

The Serious Fraud Office said Thursday it has started criminal proceedings "against an Alstom company in the UK by written charge."

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Two Alstom execs charged, one pleads guilty 

The United States unsealed criminal charges Tuesday against one current and one former executive of French power company Alstom's U.S. unit for an Indonesia bribery scheme.

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Foreign Enforcement Notes: Ferrostaal and Alstom

Miller and Chevalier's FCPA Winter Review 2012 noted a couple of significant enforcement actions in Europe in late 2011.

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Middle East Rulers Wage War On Whistleblowers

The Arab Spring showed the power of social media and grass-roots transparency.

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After They're Gone

A by-product of the type of regime changes seen recently in Tunisia and Egypt, and appearing likely in Libya, is a wave of overseas asset traces.

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Swiss Time

Pre-emptive asset freezes would trigger regime changes and potential shifts in regional balances of power. That's too much blow back for Switzerland or individual countries to risk, unless they're acting according to international norms and expectations.

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Nailing His Assets

By the time of Ben Ali's hasty departure from Tunisia, he'd ruled the country for 23 years and reportedly had expropriated for himself and his family about a third of the country's economy.

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