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Entries in Due Diligence (93)

Wednesday
May112016

Alison Taylor: We can use stakeholder trust to measure integrity risk

The last five years have seen a dramatic shift in the transparency environment, in a trend that began with Wikileaks launching the Arab Spring, and which is now reaching fruition in the vast data leaks from Luxembourg, Unaoil and Panama. Companies can no longer reliably distribute information as they choose, or maintain control over its interpretation.

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Tuesday
May102016

Scott Shaffer: When things go wrong, your due diligence was never enough

The Unaoil scandal has again brought FCPA due diligence to the forefront. Specifically, the question asked of compliance officers is, “How much due diligence is enough?” 

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Monday
May092016

Shruti Shah on the U.S. response to the Panama Papers: A step in the right direction but more action is needed

Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the London Anti-Corruption Summit on May 12The massive leak dubbed the Panama Papers has given the UK Anti-Corruption Summit on May 12 an unexpected boost. Those coming to the summit, now including the U.S., are lining up to make announcements about the steps they are taking to tackle corruption and specifically financial secrecy.

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Wednesday
Apr132016

Bill Waite on Unaoil: Certification versus Investigation

I have not had sight of the TRACE reports into Unaoil but no doubt in time they will become public. I am confident that TRACE did what it was contracted to do and exercised skill and care in so doing. It is a professional organization.

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Tuesday
Apr122016

Alexandra Wrage on Unaoil: The importance -- and limitations -- of due diligence

The Unaoil story first published by The Age and Huffington Post on March 30, and supplemented yesterday with another chapter, has it all. There are code names, huge dollar amounts and intrigue. 

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Monday
Apr112016

The Unaoil story (remember that one?) has already raised the bar for reacting to red flags

The Huffington Post/Fairfax Media’s report of bribery at Unaoil is another cautionary tale on how entire industries can find themselves under investigation for use of the same intermediary.

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Tuesday
Mar292016

Martin Kenney: Hold on. Not everyone in the City of London (or in BVI) is bent

I can’t help thinking that Graham Vanbergen was trying to be deliberately provocative when he wrote this article on the City of London being a tax haven for the mega wealthy.

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Tuesday
Mar152016

Practice note: Compliance controls for charitable giving

While clear policies on charitable contributions are important, the controls implementing these policies are equally critical to an effective compliance program.

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Friday
Mar042016

Nordion and former employee settle FCPA charges for Russia bribes 

Image courtesy of NordionMedical isotope provider Nordion (Canada) Inc. and a former employee settled SEC charges Thursday of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing Russian government officials. The former employee was also charged with taking kickbacks.

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Monday
Feb292016

Charitable giving: Recognize the warning signs and mitigate the risks

Many individuals, non-profits, and corporations actively support charitable causes around the world. The need to support worthwhile charitable projects in many developing markets is particularly acute due to local needs, the lack of government funding, and the lack of an adequately developed infrastructure.

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