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Anti-Corruption Developments in Azerbaijan: A Look at SOCAR

Construction is now underway on Azerbaijan's Southern Gas Corridor, and one of the primary entities behind the development has been under the microscope for alleged corruption and bribery in its dealings in the oil and gas industry in the region. Both are fairly common problems in the area, giving companies even more reason to strengthen due diligence ...

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Anti-Corruption Enforcement in Brazil Heats Up Against Individuals

The winds of change have reached Brazil, and it's fast becoming clear that the Brazilian government is putting the kibosh on corruption there. Violations of the Clean Companies Act have yet to bring about enforcement actions, but meanwhile, authorities are prosecuting individuals. Here, Matteson Ellis covers three high-profile cases and considers what they may portend.

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EY Fraud Survey & Compliance Fatigue: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Ideally, executives will drive home the importance of a culture of ethics both with their words and their actions. However, it's often difficult to do business ethically while maintaining strong financial performance and a competitive edge. When the prospect of satisfying both goals seems impossible, something's got to give. Unfortunately, this is where the justification begins.


“Don˜t Bribe for Me, Argentina:˜ Corruption Risks on the Río de la Plata

Argentina is home to scenic landscapes, rich culture and corruption, unfortunately. Matteson Ellis, expert in all things FCPA-related in Latin America, draws from years of experience in Argentina to walk us through five common risks for corruption in the country, many of which are a direct result of government policy and officials with ulterior motives.

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Ukraine Signs Anti-Corruption Initiative Ahead of National Elections

The tides may be turning in Ukraine. Anti-corruption measures were signed into effect in May, and the initiative's supporters expect improved transparency, with resulting increases in investment into the country from foreign investors. This comes just as the EBRD predicts a coming economic decline in the country. We'll have to stay tuned to see what happens.