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Entries in Corruption Perceptions Index (52)

Friday
Mar102017

Rare news from Singapore: Former BP exec charged with taking bribes 

A former executive of BP Singapore was charged Thursday with taking about $4.3 million in bribes from a local businessman.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Former Hong Kong leader jailed for graft

Donald Tsang, Hong Kong's Chief Executive between 2005 and 2012, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in prison. 

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Thursday
Feb022017

Even clean Nordics have continuing enforcement risk

In the 2016 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index released last week, Nordic countries again received the most favorable rankings. Yet, for the second year in a row, Transparency International’s website draws a negative example from the Nordics, citing a scandal involving members of the Danish parliament to illustrate corruption in European countries. 

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Wednesday
Sep282016

A Compliance Plan for the Extractive Industries Payment Disclosure Rule

In the prior post we described the SEC's new Rule 13q-1 that took effect on Monday (September 26). In this post, we discuss steps covered companies should take to comply with the rule.

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Thursday
Sep222016

The Netherlands: Tougher foreign bribery laws (with gaps), help for graft victims

In the prior post I talked about enforcement efforts that lagged in the Netherlands but are now gaining more traction. This post will cover recent amendments to the Dutch Criminal Code that are helping authorities prosecute overseas bribery, and Dutch civil remedies used to fight graft.

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Wednesday
May252016

Reporters Without Borders releases 2016 World Press Freedom Index

Every year since since 2002, Reporters Without Borders has published the World Press Freedom Index.

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Friday
Mar042016

Tom Fox: Robust compliance, not cheap talk, drives sales growth in high-risk countries

An article in this month's edition of The Accounting Review by Paul Healy and George Serafeim looked at the direct effect of robust compliance programs on companies’ return on equity (ROE) in countries perceived to have a high incidence of corruption.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Kazakhstan: Dreams of progress, but reality comes knocking

I've described the significant progress Kazakhstan made in improving its international standing for economic attractiveness and the recognition that it received from the U.S. government for its reform.

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Monday
Jan252016

John Kerry in Davos: Corruption fuels extremism and unrest

At the World Economic Forum in Davos Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted the links between corruption and unrest in countries including Libya, Yemen, Burundi, and Iraq.

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Thursday
Jan142016

Alex Nisengolts: Corruption hinders Kazakhstan reforms

After reading my earlier posts about privatization opportunities in Kazakhstan and the deterrent effect of the FCPA on American investment in that country, and Kazakh listings in the U.S., a reader asked whether it is difficult to do business in Kazakhstan in an FCPA-compliant manner. Unfortunately, I have to say, yes, sometimes."

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Wednesday
Jan132016

Morten Bennedsen: Denmark may be bribe free, but power pays off for local pols

For three years in a row, Denmark has ranked best on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index. If any country is free from preferential dealings between public servants and private enterprise, one would expect it to be Denmark.

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Tuesday
Dec292015

FCPA anxiety: Could Kazakh companies survive U.S. stock listings?  

I've talked about a plan by Kazakhstan’s president to revive the country’s struggling economy by privatizing about 7,000 state-owned companies and listing at least some of them on unspecified stock exchanges.

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