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TRACE Podcast: FIFA’s Red Card

Posted by - June 27, 2018
Ken Bensinger discusses his fascinating book, “Red Card,” and the decades of misconduct by FIFA eventually uncovered by the FBI. We play “violation bingo” as Ken describes the bribery, self-dealing, conflicts of interest and money laundering that were business as usual at FIFA.  
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Identifying and Verifying Ultimate Beneficial Owners

Posted by - April 19, 2018
Getting the Full Picture, Fast Comprehensively identifying and verifying corporate hierarchies and ultimate beneficial owners (UBOs) has become increasingly important since the implementation of 4MLD and MLR2017. However, achieving this view is time-consuming, and most organisations struggle to uncover the full picture. In this article, Paul Charmatz, Managing Director at encompass…
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10 Lessons from Operation Car Wash

Posted by - April 3, 2018
The State of Corruption Risk in Latin America The biggest-ever corruption and bribery investigation in Latin America has seen scores of business leaders and politicians end up in prison. So riveting is the story that it’s now been dramatized into a series and streamed on Netflix. Andy Webb-Vidal explains the…
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A Small Change for Asia-Pacific

Posted by - March 27, 2018
Little Movement in Latest Transparency International Rankings Transparency International published its 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) on February 21, 2018, showing modest improvements for most countries in Asia-Pacific. Some higher-risk countries, however, continue their downward slide in the overall rankings. We’ve included the Asia Pacific countries below and the full…
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What Is the Current State of Anti-Bribery and Corruption Prosecution?

Posted by - March 23, 2018
Trump and the FCPA Instances of global corruption pepper our newspapers and news feeds. Closer to home, allegations of corruption have taken center stage in the American political landscape, and President Trump has been openly critical of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, leaving many in the compliance field to wonder…
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Are We Winning the Battle Against Bribery and Corruption?

Posted by - February 8, 2018
with co-authors Paul Nash and Arturo del Castillo A Region-by-Region Analysis Organizations around the world are increasingly facing a diverse range of fraud-, cyber- and security-related challenges across a variety of sectors. The 10th edition of the Kroll Global Fraud & Risk Report (The Kroll Report) found that as compliance professionals…

What Global Corruption Scandals Can Teach Us

Posted by - January 10, 2018
Businesses are coming under increased scrutiny, to ensure that their domestic and foreign operations comply with anti-corruption and anti-bribery legislation. The risk of investigation has never been greater and the reputational risk, given the current media interest in these sorts of scandals, will increasingly be a consideration for companies especially…
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Keeping Score of FIFA’s Corruption, Compliance and Efforts for Reform, Part 2

Posted by - October 10, 2017
Read Part 1. Changing the Game Plan In late June, FIFA, the world’s governing soccer organization, released the “Garcia Report,” chronicling the extensive corruption and conflicts of interest that occurred in FIFA’s awarding of the men’s 2018 and 2022 World Cup venues. Part 1 summarized the report’s findings. Part 2…
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TRACE Podcast: Corruption’s Toll on Africa

Posted by - July 5, 2017
Former ambassador to Botswana (and Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s subcommittee on African affairs) Michelle Gavin has a great deal of experience in Africa and real insight into the toll corruption has taken on that continent. In today’s episode, she discusses with Alexandra Wrage the perception of…
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TRACE Podcast: Thieves of State

Posted by - June 28, 2017
In today’s episode, Alexandra Wrage speaks with Sarah Chayes, a Senior Fellow at Carnegie’s Democracy and Rule of Law program and author of the book “Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security.” Sarah witnessed the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan and worked in the country as an entrepreneur, where…
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TRACE Podcast: Trump Hotel – Baku

Posted by - June 14, 2017
Alexandra Wrage interviews Adam Davidson, a staff writer for The New Yorker who recently wrote an article entitled “Donald Trump’s Worst Deal.” The article tells the story of a deserted Trump hotel and an Azerbaijani partner in the deal who hailed from a corrupt family with ties to Iran’s revolutionary…
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ISO 37001: Anti-Bribery Management Systems

Posted by - March 6, 2017
ISO 37001 specifies requirements and provides guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining, reviewing and improving an anti-bribery management system. There is, of course, good cause for businesses in India to adopt the new standard, but it’s likely that there will be some staunch opposition to the change.