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Bribe, Swindle or Steal

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Alexandra Wrage, president of TRACE, interviews luminaries in the field of financial crime, including bribery, fraud, money-laundering, insider trading and sanctions. Each week, Alexandra and her guests will discuss who commits “white collar crime”, how it works and what is being done to stop it.

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Khadija Ismayilova on Keeping Whistleblowers Safe

June 29th, 2022

13:58

Khadija Ismayilova spoke at the TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting in Vancouver last week, describing the risks to whistleblowers and what we can do to encourage and protect them.

Moneyland, Kleptopia and On Corruption in America

June 22nd, 2022

47:29

Oliver Bullough, Tom Burgis and Sarah Chayes, authors of three of the best books on global corruption, gather for a panel at the Annapolis Book …

“Butler to the World”

June 15th, 2022

27:47

Oliver Bullough joins the podcast again to discuss his latest book, out this week:  Butler to the World.  The book addresses how the UK went from a …

"Fat Leonard"

June 8th, 2022

27:03

Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post describes the sleaze and corruption that compromised the top ranks of the Seventh Fleet.

The Death of Sergei Magnitsky

June 1st, 2022

29:19

Bill Browder of Hermitage Capital describes the brazen fraud and violence of Putin’s Russia.

“Inside the Iraqi Kleptocracy”

May 25th, 2022

26:47

Robert Worth, a journalist previously based in Baghdad with the New York Times and author of A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil from Tahrir …

“The Killing of a Journalist”

May 18th, 2022

21:33

Matt Sarnecki joins the podcast today.  Matt is a senior producer with the OCCRP and the director of a new documentary about the murders in Slovakia of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová. The Killing of a Journalist

“Things Are Worse Than We Know”

May 11th, 2022

28:57

Today’s podcast is a recording of a talk given by Drew Sullivan of the OCCRP at the University of Maryland. Drew is the co-founder and editor of the …

“Freezing Order”

May 4th, 2022

21:37

Bill Browder joins the podcast again to talk about his fascinating new book, the many successes of the Global Magnitsky Act which he promoted with energy and ingenuity and where he is turning his attention now.

United Nations Special Rapporteur

April 27th, 2022

16:45

This week, Mary Lawlor joins the podcast to discuss her role as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders and …

Reporting from Kyrgyzstan

April 20th, 2022

20:33

Bektour Iskender, journalist, co-founder of Kloop and TED Fellow, joined me at TED2022 to discuss his investigative reporting in Kyrgyzstan and the impact that his team’s work had there.

DOJ Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite, Jr.

April 13th, 2022

22:36

This week, we’re listening in on remarks from Kenneth Polite, Jr., Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of …

The Impact of the AMLA on Anti-Corruption Compliance and Enforcement

April 6th, 2022

15:12

This week, Kara Brockmeyer, partner in Debevoise & Plimpton’s Washington, D.C. office, discusses the impact of the U.S. Anti-Money Laundering Act on anti-corruption compliance and enforcement. This podcast was …

“Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How it Changes Us”

March 30th, 2022

21:13

Brian Klaas, Associate Professor at University College London and host of the award-winning podcast “Power Corrupts,” joins us to discuss his book …

What the Revised OECD Recommendation Means for the Private Sector

March 23rd, 2022

28:31

Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD’s Working Group on Bribery, and Dan Kahn, former head of the DOJ’s FCPA Unit and now a partner in Davis Polk’s DC …

The Latest from the DOJ on Extortion

March 16th, 2022

24:29

Bill Steinman of Steinman & Rodgers joins the podcast to discuss the recent Opinion Procedure Release addressing extortionate demands.  Bill also …

The UK and the OECD Anti-bribery Convention

March 9th, 2022

18:53

Michelle de Kluyver, partner in Addleshaw Goddard’s Global Investigations group, joins the podcast to discuss the UK’s history with the OECD convention and what impact the revised Recommendation might have.

FCPA Year in Review: 2021

March 2nd, 2022

32:41

Cheryl Scarboro presents TRACE’s annual FCPA Year in Review webinar and we listen in for today’s podcast. Cheryl was Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement for almost twenty years and served as its …

France and the OECD Anti-bribery Convention

February 23rd, 2022

20:44

Jan Dunin-Wasowicz, counsel in Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s Paris office, joins the podcast to discuss France’s performance to date as a party to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and what impact the revised …

“The Tinder Swindler”

February 16th, 2022

15:58

Investigative journalist Erlend Ofte Arntsen of Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang joins the podcast to discuss his work on the Tinder Swindler story, …

Standardizing “Non-Trial Resolutions” (Settlements) Across Borders

February 9th, 2022

13:44

Peter Solmssen joins the podcast to talk about his work, together with a group of experts, in support of the OECD Working Group on Bribery’s revised …

Canada and the OECD Anti-bribery Convention

February 2nd, 2022

18:31

Mark Morrison, National Practice Group Leader of Blakes’ Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance group, joins the podcast to discuss Canada’s performance to date as a party to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention …

All About Audits

January 26th, 2022

18:45

Ryan Murphy, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Cyber, Risk & Regulatory Platform and lead on PwC's U.S. Investigations & Forensics …

New Anti-Corruption Messaging from China

January 19th, 2022

19:02

Wendy Wysong of Steptoe & Johnson, TRACE’s Partner Law Firm in Hong Kong, joins the podcast to discuss recent new guidance from China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI). Applying only to bribes …

Whistleblower Protections

January 12th, 2022

26:19

Leah Ambler, Director, Corruption Prevention at the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity and former Legal Analyst at the OECD, joins the podcast—in her personal capacity—to discuss her excellent chapter …

Repression Across Borders

January 5th, 2022

21:31

Yana Gorokhovskaia of Freedom House joins the podcast to talk about transnational repression, the increasingly common abuse and intimidation by states of their citizens living abroad. Yana discusses Jamal Khashoggi, …

Our Favorite Wine Fraudster

December 29th, 2021

37:49

As is holiday tradition, we're revisiting our podcast with Peter Hellman, who describes Rudy Kurniawan’s audacious scheme to defraud wine collectors …

Uighur Forced Labor in Chinese Factories

December 22nd, 2021

17:55

Penelope Kyritsis, Assistant Director of Research at the Worker Rights Consortium, discusses the detention of China’s Uyghur Moslem minority, in internment camps. Uyghurs have been compelled to work in these camps, …

The OECD Anti-Bribery Recommendation and the Civil Law – Common Law Dilemma

December 15th, 2021

20:27

Nicola Bonucci, former Legal Director at the OECD and now a partner at Paul Hastings in Paris, joins the podcast to discuss the 2021 OECD …

Announcing VACI: the Vancouver Anti-Corruption Institute

December 8th, 2021

12:52

As part of the many events marking International Anti-Corruption Day this week, The Vancouver Anti-Corruption Institute (VACI) will launch 9 December in Vancouver. Peter German, president of VACI—and of its host …

Mark Pieth on the Global Gold Trade

December 1st, 2021

25:16

Prof. Mark Pieth joins the podcast to discuss his recent book: Gold Laundering: The dirty secrets of the gold trade - and how to clean up. He …

“Promoting Integrity in the Work of International Organisations”

November 24th, 2021

18:44

Duncan Smith of the European Investment Bank joins the podcast to discuss his book: Promoting Integrity in the Work of International Organisations: Minimising Fraud and Corruption in Projects. He discusses the unique …

When Reporting is a Crime

November 17th, 2021

39:17

Acclaimed investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova describes her efforts to uncover corruption in Azerbaijan and the state-sponsored blackmail, and then imprisonment, she suffered. The Caviar Connection, a …

Catching Up with Dan Kahn

November 10th, 2021

16:26

Dan Kahn joins the podcast to discuss his time at the US Department of Justice, including as Chief of the FCPA Unit, and his recent transition back …

“Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present”

November 3rd, 2021

22:35

Ruth Ben-Ghiat joins the podcast to discuss her book Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present, which examines 100 years of authoritarian rule. She …

We Have a Chocolate Problem

October 27th, 2021

29:57

Etelle Higonnet with the National Wildlife Federation takes us through the complex and intersecting problems raised by the cocoa industry: environmental degradation, child labor and extreme financial disparities that …

Drago Kos and the OECD Working Group on Bribery

October 22nd, 2021

18:13

Drago Kos joins the podcast to talk about the work of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, its ambitious Revised Recommendation, what he hopes the group will accomplish in his final year with the WGB and the search to …

“American Kleptocracy”

October 13th, 2021

24:25

Casey Michel with the Hudson Institute's Kleptocracy Initiative joins the podcast for a very lively discussion about his new book, American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme …

Oligarchs in Ohio

October 6th, 2021

27:00

Michael Sallah, senior investigations editor with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, joins the podcast to talk about his “Dirty Dollars” investigation into …

Japan’s “Ghosn Shock”

September 29th, 2021

26:19

Hans Greimel and William Sposato join the podcast to discuss their excellent new book: Collision Course: Carlos Ghosn and the Culture Wars That …

Contagious Dishonesty

September 22nd, 2021

26:32

Federico Masera with the University of New South Wales and the Resilient Democracy Lab in Sydney joins the podcast to discuss his recent research, …

Flags of Convenience

September 15th, 2021

24:36

Tom Cardamone, President and CEO of Global Financial Integrity, joins the podcast to discuss the regulatory and enforcement challenges associated …

Leonid Volkov, Alexei Navalny’s Chief of Staff

September 8th, 2021

24:35

Leonid Volkov joins the podcast to talk about Putin’s obsessive campaign against Navalny, who was first poisoned with Novichok and later imprisoned. …

After You Pay a Bribe: Lindsey Mitchell

September 1st, 2021

51:57

Listen to the riveting first-hand story of a Unaoil executive who found himself at the center of a bribery scheme.

MCI’s Accounting Fraud

August 25th, 2021

32:16

Walt Pavlo discusses the accounting fraud at MCI that led to his two-year prison sentence, his book “Stolen Without a Gun: Confessions from inside …

The Smartest Guys in the Room

August 18th, 2021

22:34

Peter Elkind tells the story of the Enron financial scandal; it’s a timely refresher on that corporate disaster as the Trump Administration rolls …

"Thieves of State": Sarah Chayes on Afghanistan

August 16th, 2021

37:22

Sarah Chayes describes her time in Afghanistan and discusses the link between corruption and national security.

The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

August 11th, 2021

27:39

Jack Ewing of the New York Times in Frankfurt discusses his excellent book, “Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal,” and the outrageous …

"Fat Leonard"

August 4th, 2021

27:03

Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post describes the sleaze and corruption that compromised the top ranks of the Seventh Fleet.

An Update on the FinCEN Files

July 28th, 2021

16:59

Will Fitzgibbon of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) joins the podcast with an update on last year’s FinCEN Files story, including a prison sentence for the whistleblower who leaked the …

“Madoff Talks”

July 21st, 2021

24:37

Author and business radio host Jim Campbell discusses his recent book about Bernie Madoff, his Ponzi scheme and his lack of remorse, based on extraordinary access to Madoff and members of his family and team. Jim's book …

The New Corporation: How Good Corporations are Bad for Democracy

July 14th, 2021

34:35

Joel Bakan joins the podcast to discuss his books, and the films based on them. He outlines the fundamental conflict inherent in companies ostensibly …

“Wilful Blindness: How a Network of Narcos, Tycoons, and CCP Agents Infiltrated the West”

July 7th, 2021

27:16

Investigative reporter Sam Cooper describes the waves of drugs and laundered money from China crashing on Canada’s shores. Sam's new book is “Wilful …

Kleptopia at FraudFest!

June 30th, 2021

23:08

Tom Burgis, investigations correspondent at the Financial Times and author of "Kleptopia", discusses the increasingly disturbing influence that …

Golden Passports and Visas

June 23rd, 2021

27:13

The golden passports and visas industry boomed during the pandemic and attracted the attention of policymakers. This week, we’re reposting our …

Using Universities to Launder Reputations

June 16th, 2021

19:10

John Heathershaw of the University of Exeter discusses the working paper he co-authored for the National Endowment for Democracy: “Paying for a World Class Affiliation: Reputation Laundering in the University Sector of …

Profiting From Human Rights Atrocities in Syrian Prisons

June 9th, 2021

43:39

Omar Alshogre, refugee, political activist with the Syrian Emergency Task Force, and first year Georgetown University student, shares the wrenching …

Treasury’s Role in Confronting Kleptocracy

June 2nd, 2021

19:02

Josh Rudolph at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund discusses how we should approach corruption and kleptocracy from a …

Fraudulent Vaccination Cards

May 26th, 2021

16:19

Hayley Smith with the Los Angeles Times, discusses the story she broke about the sale of phony COVID-19 vaccination cards out of the Old Corner Saloon in California.

Cannabis and Compliance

May 19th, 2021

24:25

Amy McDougal of CLEAResources discusses the rapidly shifting cannabis landscape and how to prepare for the many employment and compliance issues it raises.

Ransomware

May 12th, 2021

25:26

Renee Dudley of ProPublica discusses her fascinating research into the unsettling world of ransomware: how it works, the role that “recovery …

Madoff and Belfort

May 5th, 2021

27:13

Ike Sorkin, lawyer to both Madoff and Belfort, talks us through their criminal financial schemes and how regulatory safeguards failed.

Moneyland, Kleptopia and On Corruption in America

April 28th, 2021

47:29

Oliver Bullough, Tom Burgis and Sarah Chayes, authors of three of the best books on global corruption, gather for a panel at the Annapolis Book …

Investment Funds: Massive Transparency Loopholes

April 21st, 2021

28:11

Josh Kirschenbaum is a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy and formerly served as acting director of the Office of Special Measures at Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement …

Bernie Madoff: “The Wizard of Lies”

April 14th, 2021

31:27

Diana Henriques drew on her years of financial journalism and extraordinary access to the title character to write the definitive book about Bernie Madoff. It was turned into an HBO movie in early 2017 starring Robert …

The Expanding Field of ESG

April 14th, 2021

15:35

Ariel Meyerstein, Senior Vice President, Sustainability & ESG at Citi, shares his insight into human rights, climate change and social justice challenges and the new momentum propelling ESG in the private sector.

Mercenaries and Money-laundering

April 7th, 2021

24:34

Jodi Vittori, with the Democracy, Conflict and Governance Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Research, discusses the UN Security Council’s March report on Libya.

Shattered Families, a Refugee Crisis and the United States’ Diminished Reputation as a Beacon to Newcomers

March 31st, 2021

26:30

In our last podcast before the US election, Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody describe with passion their work with the International Rescue Committee. They tell us what America as a haven means to them and mourn the …

Bribery and Other Compliance Considerations in Private Equity and Venture Investing

March 24th, 2021

17:41

Jeff Wright, managing partner of Actium Capital, shares a rare private investor perspective on compliance in international deals.

Offsets: What on Earth?

March 17th, 2021

33:54

Bill Steinman of Steinman & Rodgers provides a primer on offsets and the compliance challenges they present.

A Bicultural Look at Compliance

March 10th, 2021

22:40

Illya Antonenko, TRACE’s Director of Compliance Resources, joins the podcast to talk about his perception of Eastern European corruption through an American lens. Illya grew up in the former Soviet Union and, as an …

Surviving a Bribery Investigation and Fostering a Culture of Compliance

March 3rd, 2021

27:25

Hentie Dirker, Chief Integrity Officer with SNC Lavalin, speaks to Jonathan Drimmer of Paul Hastings about building a culture of compliance in the …

Illicit Gold

February 24th, 2021

25:16

Julia Yansura, Program Manager with Global Financial Integrity, joins the podcast to discuss the role that gold plays in illicit financial flows …

Protecting the Pangolin

February 17th, 2021

28:33

For World Pangolin Day on Saturday, we’re reposting our podcast about the beleaguered pangolin. Professor Katharine Abernethy discusses the dramatic …

We Have a Chocolate Problem

February 12th, 2021

29:57

Etelle Higonnet with the National Wildlife Federation takes us through the complex and intersecting problems raised by the cocoa industry: environmental degradation, child labor and extreme financial disparities that …

“Kleptopia”

February 3rd, 2021

42:21

On today’s podcast, Tom Burgis discusses his latest book: “Kleptopia: How Dirty Money is Conquering the World.” Tom joins me for a webinar hosted by Tom Keating of RUSI, in London.

A Pardon for Duke Cunningham as Former President Trump Leaves Office

January 27th, 2021

25:42

We’re reposting the conversation with Marcus Stern, who broke the story about the bribery scheme that landed Congressman Randall “Duke” Cunningham in jail for seven years. Cunningham also pleaded guilty to fraud and tax …

Thirty Years of Anti-Corruption Efforts

January 20th, 2021

23:53

Michael Johnston joins the podcast to discuss his new book, with co-author Scott Fritzen: The Conundrum of Corruption. Michael is the Charles A. Dana …

The OECD Working Group and the United States’ Phase 4 Review

January 13th, 2021

25:13

Nicola Bonucci and Nat Edmonds, in Paul Hastings’ Paris and Washington offices respectively, discuss the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and the Working …

Predictions for US Sanctions Policy Under the Biden Administration

January 6th, 2021

25:00

Tom Best, a partner in Paul Hastings’ Washington office, joins the podcast to review sanctions policy under the Trump Administration and then makes …

Jersey Offshore Files

December 30th, 2020

24:38

Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star discusses the emails and documents turned over to the media in furtherance of a family feud that spans continents and exposes financial schemes that are both complex and well-documented.

Surprising Bribery Schemes

December 23rd, 2020

16:47

Rupert Younger of Oxford’s Center for Corporate Reputation and Alexandra discuss some novel bribery schemes at Berkeley’s 2019 “Fraudfest”. (The sound quality reflects the conference setting.)

“Big Dirty Money”

December 16th, 2020

23:00

Jennifer Taub, author, legal scholar, professor and advocate, joins the podcast to talk about her latest book: Big Dirty Money: The Shocking …

Assessing Propensity for Bribe Demands

December 9th, 2020

32:05

Robert Clark, Manager of Legal Research at TRACE, discusses the TRACE Matrix, a data driven tool that assesses the likelihood—by country—of a company …

The Outlaw Ocean

December 2nd, 2020

28:17

New York Times reporter Ian Urbina discusses his excellent but grim series about crime and impunity on the high seas.

“On Corruption in America”

November 25th, 2020

26:35

Sarah Chayes joins the podcast to talk about her latest book: On Corruption in America and What is at Stake. She takes us from the myth of King Midas through to the present in a lively history of corruption and then …

“Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global Power”

November 18th, 2020

24:32

Bradley Hope discusses his excellent book about the rise of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and key milestones like the “Ritz Carlton Prison”, the kidnapping of Prime Minister Hariri of Lebanon and the murder of Jamal …

The FinCEN Files

November 11th, 2020

26:14

James Wright of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) discusses the FinCEN files. He describes the coalition of investigative reporters who dug into the leaked documents and what they found as …

Understanding Trump’s Executive Order on the Civil Service (It’s Much More Serious Than It Sounds)

November 4th, 2020

19:24

Harvard law professor Matthew Stephenson provides some context for understanding this new EO and then lists the three primary threats it poses for corruption. A more detailed discussion can be found on his Global …

Shattered Families, a Refugee Crisis and the United States’ Diminished Reputation as a Beacon to Newcomers

October 29th, 2020

26:30

In our last podcast before the US election, Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody describe with passion their work with the International Rescue Committee. They tell us what America as a haven means to them and mourn the …

The 2020 Election: An Anti-Corruption and Compliance Perspective

October 28th, 2020

36:42

Today’s podcast is an edited version of a recent George Washington University Law School webinar reviewing the Trump Administration’s impact on …

Buying EU Citizenship: The Cyprus Papers

October 21st, 2020

33:22

Alex Crutcher with the Al Jazeera Investigative Unit discusses the sale of “golden passports” to wealthy criminals and high risk individuals. The …

Murder in Malta

October 14th, 2020

16:44

Daphne Caruana Galizia, reporter and anti-corruption activist, was murdered near her home in Malta by a car bomb on 16 October 2017. Today, we’re reposting our conversation with her lawyer to mark the third anniversary …

“White House Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency Into a Business”

October 7th, 2020

26:42

Dan Alexander, author and senior editor at Forbes, discusses his book about Trump’s business deals with foreign entities, including one very strange deal with the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar.

"White Collar Criminal Law Explained"

September 30th, 2020

25:01

Randall Eliason talks about extortion, conspiracy, cover-up crimes and plea bargains – topics covered in his excellent new 24-lecture course available through Great Courses. He also takes us through some examples from …

“Rigged: America, Russia and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference”

September 23rd, 2020

22:48

David Shimer discusses his fascinating and timely new book, which includes a sweeping review of covert interference with elections by both Russia and the US over the last century. He discusses what we know about Russian …

Serenading Despots

September 16th, 2020

24:30

Pedro Pizano and Jeffrey Smith, with the McCain Institute and Vanguard Africa respectively, discuss the reputation laundering that musicians, actors and athletes facilitate when they agree to perform for dictators and …

Uighur Forced Labor in Chinese Factories

September 9th, 2020

17:55

Penelope Kyritsis, Assistant Director of Research at the Worker Rights Consortium, discusses the detention of China’s Uighur Moslem minority, in internment camps. Uighurs have been compelled to work in these camps, …

Compliance in Canada

September 2nd, 2020

23:27

Amee Sandhu, founder and CEO of Lex Integra in Toronto, discusses Canada’s history with anti-bribery efforts, some recent developments and where things stand today.

Laundering Looted Funds through African Real Estate

August 26th, 2020

24:31

Hilary Mossberg, Director of Illicit Finance Policy at The Sentry, discusses the relatively new trend of African kleptocrats and war criminals …

The World’s Largest Illegal Fishing Fleet

August 19th, 2020

22:52

Ian Urbina joins us to talk about his latest project on the lawless seas. Ian has uncovered and documented a stunning story of criminality: illegal …

Canada’s WE Charity Scandal

August 12th, 2020

22:19

Sandy Garossino of the National Observer discusses the Canadian government’s latest misstep with the award of a massive pandemic-related contract to an ill-equipped charity with ties to key decision-makers.

Rigging the Rules: Unfair Housing Practices

August 5th, 2020

27:00

Lisa Rice, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, provides some historical context for discriminatory housing practices, describes how uneven progress has been and, most importantly, the extraordinary …

1MDB

July 29th, 2020

30:05

Bradley Hope of the Wall Street Journal describes his team’s in-depth and on-going research into Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal- and where Leonardo DiCaprio fits in.

The Outlaw Ocean

July 22nd, 2020

28:17

New York Times reporter Ian Urbina discusses his excellent but grim series about crime and impunity on the high seas.

Primer on Money Laundering

July 22nd, 2020

35:23

A 22-year veteran of Treasury and consultant to the Dept. of Justice, John Madinger sheds light on some of the money laundering schemes he has …

Imprisoned in China

July 8th, 2020

58:53

Peter Humphrey and his wife were well-respected compliance professionals active in China when they were arrested, tried and imprisoned for two years.

How Criminals Justify Their Conduct

July 1st, 2020

17:46

Shaul Shalvi, a professor of behavioral ethics, describes how people convince themselves that their misconduct is OK.

Slave auctions in Libya in 2017

June 24th, 2020

33:05

Nima Elbagir and Raja Razek of CNN go undercover in Libya to expose a hellish, thriving slave trade.

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Inspectors General at Risk

June 17th, 2020

16:38

Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project on Government Oversight—POGO—provides a brief and lively description of the history of US Inspectors General (IGs), their importance in ensuring government …

An International ATM Skimming Scheme

June 10th, 2020

23:12

Paul Radu, co-founder and executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), describes his team’s work in uncovering …

The Travel Act and Other Angles from the Control Components Inc. Case

June 3rd, 2020

15:38

TRACE’s Director of Compliance Resources, Illya Antonenko, looks back at the CCI case from 2009. Although a relatively small FCPA resolution …

Art and Antiquities in the Criminal Arsenal

May 27th, 2020

22:16

Tess Davis, Executive Director of the Antiquities Coalition, describes how criminals use art and antiquities for corruption, to launder money and to fund terrorism. She also discusses the current legal state of play and …

The CROOK Act: Tackling Demand-Side Bribery

May 20th, 2020

21:18

Abigail Bellows with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace describes how a $5 million surcharge could be levied on FCPA enforcement actions …

Mexico Raises the Stakes for Companies Using False Invoices

May 13th, 2020

20:47

Omar Zuniga of Mexico City’s Creel law firm discusses the tax provisions there that are making companies nervous and prompting a scramble to vet vendors against black lists.

Risk, Telecom and 5G

April 29th, 2020

22:44

Barnard College professor Alex Cooley and Wiley partner Kevin Muhlendorf discuss telecommunications scandals and the risk of corruption in 5G telecom …

Compliance During COVID-19

April 22nd, 2020

19:02

Kara Brockmeyer, a partner in Debevoise & Plimpton’s Washington office and former Chief of the SEC’s FCPA Unit, discusses some changes she’s observed in the implementation of compliance programs with much of the …

US National Security, CFIUS and COVID-19

April 15th, 2020

23:19

Darshak Dholakia, a partner in Dechert’s Washington office, provides a timely overview of the current Committee on Foreign Investment in the United …

Esquenazi: Defining “Foreign Official” under the FCPA

April 8th, 2020

14:12

Bill Steinman--of Steinman & Rodgers--takes us back to 2014 and the Eleventh Circuit’s very fact-specific analysis of what constitutes a “foreign official” under the FCPA.

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Movement of Goods Internationally

April 1st, 2020

22:23

Melissa Duffy, a partner at Dechert LLP focused on international trade matters, provides an excellent review of the current status of the movement of goods into and out of the United States by air, land and sea. Melissa …

The Och-Ziff case

March 25th, 2020

20:22

Jeff Clark—a partner with Willkie, Farr & Gallagher—discusses the novel aspects of the 2016 Och-Ziff bribery case, including the claim for restitution under the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act.

Looking Back: The Siemens Scandal

March 18th, 2020

20:36

Jessica Tillipman of George Washington Law School covers the highlights and key points from the Siemens bribery case of 2008. It was a startling case …

The Cullen Commission: More on Money-laundering and Organized Crime on Canada’s West Coast

March 11th, 2020

22:27

Former Crown Prosecutor and current investigative journalist, Sandy Garossino, walks us back through the early days of Vancouver’s money-laundering …

The Sentencing of Roger Stone

March 4th, 2020

22:54

Randall Eliason, law professor and former Assistant US Attorney, provides an excellent account of the days leading up to the recent sentencing of …

The Massive, Multi-Country Airbus Settlement

February 19th, 2020

24:07

Aisling O’Shea of Sullivan & Cromwell describes the Airbus settlement that resulted in penalties totaling almost $4 billion and involved …

The Luanda Leaks

February 12th, 2020

23:14

Investigative reporter Scilla Alecci of the ICIJ describes the excellent work that team did, using more than 715,000 leaked documents, to untangle the vast and often opaque business empire of Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s …

The Lockheed Bribery Scandal that Prompted the FCPA

February 5th, 2020

19:28

Dr. Frank Badua, Associate Professor of Accounting and Business Law at Lamar University College of Business, describes the misconduct from the 1950s …

2019 FCPA Year in Review

January 22nd, 2020

30:37

Jeff Clark, a partner with Willkie Farr & Gallagher and well-known to TRACE members, provides an excellent summary of US foreign anti-bribery activity in 2019.

The French Anti-Corruption Agency

January 15th, 2020

19:42

Emmanuel Farhat of the AFA discusses Sapin II and his organization’s role in vetting the implementation of the corporate compliance programs that the …

“Money Tree: Teak and Conflict in South Sudan”

January 8th, 2020

21:39

C4ADS Senior Analysts Stella Cooper and Cecile Neumeister discuss their fantastic report on the little known problem of illegal logging in South Sudan and the environmental, social, financial and security implications.

How Criminals Justify Their Conduct

December 31st, 2019

17:46

With the compliance professionals showing increased interest in behavioral ethics and asking not just how employees and others engage in misconduct, …

Our Favorite Wine Fraudster

December 25th, 2019

37:49

This podcast has become a bit of a holiday tradition on the podcast. Peter Hellman describes Rudy Kurniawan’s audacious scheme to defraud wine …

Key Takeaways from 2019

December 18th, 2019

18:25

Bill Steinman, senior partner at boutique compliance firm Steinman & Rodgers, walks us through some continuing trends—and a few surprises--from 2019.

Company Audits under France’s Sapin II

December 11th, 2019

24:53

Olivier Catherine, Group General Counsel of Sonepar in Paris, describes in detail the company’s experience as the first to complete an audit by the French Anticorruption Agency (AFA), from the initial letter launching …

Protecting Wildlife from Poachers in Africa

December 4th, 2019

20:33

Kevin Chapla, a Civil Affairs Officer with the US Army, discusses the work his team has done with foreign governments and civilian populations to …

Bad Blood

November 27th, 2019

26:49

We’re reposting a popular podcast during the American Thanksgiving holiday. We want to keep the fascinating Theranos story, still to be updated with …

The GDPR vs Anti-bribery Due Diligence

November 20th, 2019

27:29

Paul Lavery of McCann FitzGerald in Dublin discusses the conflict between the GDPR’s emphasis on privacy and the requirement under anti-bribery laws …

The Global Impact of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

November 13th, 2019

16:02

Nicola Bonucci, Director of Legal Affairs at the OECD, describes successes and failures of the anti-bribery convention as well as some of the …

Compliance Advice for Doing Business in India

November 6th, 2019

28:45

Priyanka Goswami of Quad Law, TRACE’s partner firm in New Delhi, provides a great overview of the compliance landscape in India, together with a lot of very practical advice for companies operating there.

Anti-Bribery Efforts in Saudi Arabia

October 30th, 2019

19:14

Sam Eversman with KsaUsaLegal in Riyadh talks about current anti-bribery efforts in Saudi Arabia, recently relaxed restrictions for women travelers and what, if anything, we can take away from the 2017 incarceration of …

A Conversation with SABIC in Riyadh

October 23rd, 2019

16:15

Danielle Cannata, Senior Counsel, International Trade at SABIC, talks about some of the challenges, surprises and successes arising out of doing business in Saudi Arabia.

The Death of Sergei Magnitsky

October 11th, 2019

29:19

We’re not posting a new podcast next week. Our fantastic editor, Brad Shoemaker of Creative Zombie Studios, is getting married this weekend and is busy with more important things! Instead, we’re reposting Brad’s …

Ransomware

October 9th, 2019

25:26

Renee Dudley of ProPublica discusses her fascinating research into the unsettling world of ransomware: how it works, the role that “recovery …

The U.S. College Admissions Scandal

October 2nd, 2019

31:24

Jonathan Turner, Vice President, Ethics & Compliance, at Smith & Nephew in Memphis, discusses the admissions scandal that has rattled several top-tier U.S. universities and ties some of the lessons learned back …

Fraud and Lying in Las Vegas

September 25th, 2019

21:54

Author Jim Rossi discusses the widespread, relatively low-dollar cons he uncovered in his book “Cleantech Con Artists” set in Las Vegas.

The Role of AI in Anti-Bribery Efforts

September 18th, 2019

15:45

On today’s podcast, we speak with Merritt Smith of TRACE. Merritt has expertise in data science and public policy and the intersection of the two …

Imprisoned in China

September 11th, 2019

58:53

Peter Humphrey and his wife were well-respected compliance professionals active in China when they were arrested, tried and imprisoned for two years.

Primer on Money Laundering

September 4th, 2019

35:23

A 22-year veteran of Treasury and consultant to the Dept. of Justice, John Madinger sheds light on some of the money laundering schemes he has …

The China-Canada Financial Web

August 21st, 2019

25:46

Bob Mackin, a multimedia journalist based in Vancouver, discusses the extradition case involving Meng Wanzhou of Huawei, the proposed new beneficial …

“Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust”

August 14th, 2019

25:46

Diana Henriques describes Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, discusses how difficult it is to uncover fraud by those who prey on the trust of others and …

Surviving a Bribery Investigation and Fostering a Culture of Compliance

August 7th, 2019

27:25

Hentie Dirker, Chief Integrity Officer with SNC Lavalin, speaks to Jonathan Drimmer of Paul Hastings about building a culture of compliance in the …

The World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency

July 31st, 2019

11:22

A brief and lively description by Pascale Dubois of the work of INT, including investigations, prevention and the group’s work with the private sector.

Investigating the Volkswagen Emissions Cover-up

July 24th, 2019

32:56

Alberto Ayala, Executive Director/Air Pollution Control Officer at Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, speaks to Vasu Muthyala …

Corruption in the U.S. 7th Fleet

July 17th, 2019

42:49

Doyle Hodges, Commander, USN, ret., and Stephen Wrage, Professor, US Naval Academy, describe how Leonard Frances of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (“Fat Leonard”) organized and executed a scheme that corrupted at least 30 …

Human Trafficking

July 10th, 2019

25:37

Martina Vandenberg, Founder and President of the Human Trafficking Legal Center, describes patterns of trafficked labor in supply chains, recent …

Compliance Minute: Compliance in the #MeToo Era

July 3rd, 2019

2:09

In this TRACE Compliance Minute, Misti Mukherjee of Extensio Law discusses compliance best practices of the #MeToo Movement.

Compliance Minute: Avoiding Compliance Training Fatigue

July 3rd, 2019

2:29

In this TRACE Compliance Minute, Karen Benson of Royal Caribbean Cruises provides three tips to avoid compliance training fatigue.

Compliance Minute: Creating a Culture of Compliance

July 3rd, 2019

1:23

In this TRACE Compliance Minute, Jonathan Drimmer of Paul Hastings describes how to create and sustain a culture of compliance.

The Last Pirate of New York

June 26th, 2019

24:18

Bestselling author, Rich Cohen, describes the “missing link” between American pirates and gangsters: underworld legend and notorious criminal, Albert Hicks. Rich also makes clear how far law enforcement has come since …

The Chickenshit Club

June 19th, 2019

34:26

Pulitzer Prize winning author Jesse Eisinger joins the podcast to talk about his colorfully named and provocative book “The Chickenshit Club: Why the …

Bribery and the Opioid Crisis

June 12th, 2019

19:54

Brad Bailey, a criminal defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor, discusses the Insys Therapeutics case and the expanded use of RICO in white …

The OECD Working Group on Bribery

June 5th, 2019

13:20

Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, discusses the working group’s successes as well as some challenges. He addresses the current …

Compliance in the #MeToo Era

May 29th, 2019

28:58

Misti Mukherjee of Extensio Law describes the impact of #MeToo, the seismic shift in our debate and the compliance initiatives and employment best …

Golden Passports and Moneyland

May 22nd, 2019

27:13

Oliver Bullough, author and investigative reporter, chats about his great book – Moneyland. He discusses this shady world, adjacent to ours, …

Effective Compliance Training

May 15th, 2019

17:28

Karen Benson, Associate VP and Assistant Chief Compliance Officer with Royal Caribbean Cruises, shares a broad range of tips on how to build a targeted, innovative training program that keeps employs interested and …

Promoting a Culture of Compliance

May 8th, 2019

23:14

Jonathan Drimmer, currently the Chief Compliance Officer of Barrick Gold Corporation, describes practical, effective steps toward building and …

Legal and Compliance Challenges in Russia

May 1st, 2019

21:22

Thad McBride, an international trade partner with Bass, Berry & Sims, describes corruption and sanctions challenges associated with doing business in Russia and how to enter and exit this challenging market …

Compliance Challenges in Global Development

April 24th, 2019

21:23

Lauren Camilli, VP and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Blumont, talks about some of the challenges that are specific to the global aid and development world, as well as some that are universal.

Surprising Bribery Schemes

April 17th, 2019

16:47

Rupert Younger of Oxford’s Center for Corporate Reputation and Alexandra discuss some novel bribery schemes at Berkeley’s 2019 “Fraudfest”. (The sound quality reflects the conference setting.)

Compliance Minute: The Biggest Mistakes After a Bribe has been Paid

April 10th, 2019

1:38

In this TRACE Compliance Minute, Nathaniel Edmonds of Paul Hastings discusses the biggest mistakes companies make after discovering a bribe has …

Compliance Minute: Sub-Agents and Sub-Distributors

April 10th, 2019

1:49

In this Compliance Minute, Bill Steinman of Steinman & Rodgers discusses challenges associated with sub-agents and sub-distributors.

Compliance Minute: FCPA Books and Records

April 10th, 2019

1:43

In this Compliance Minute, Richard Grime of Gibson Dunn discusses risks associated with the FCPA books and records provision.

Compliance Minute: Due Diligence Non-Negotiables

April 10th, 2019

1:24

In this Compliance Minute, Pia Vining of TRACE describes non-negotiable components of any due diligence exercise.

Compliance Minute: GDPR

April 10th, 2019

1:15

In this Compliance Minute, Illya Antonenko of TRACE hits the highlights of the GDPR.

Enhancing Internal Controls

April 3rd, 2019

22:04

Richard Grime of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and formerly with the SEC, provides an overview of the internal controls provision, recent enforcement …

Compliance and Enforcement Predictions

March 27th, 2019

36:32

A panel of former prosecutors discusses trends and makes predictions about FCPA compliance and prosecutions over the next few years.

Addressing Doping in Sport

March 20th, 2019

17:00

Paul Massaro of the Helsinki Commission discusses the scope of doping in international sport, the foreign policy implications and the Rodchenkov …

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

March 13th, 2019

23:10

On today’s podcast, we have what might be Rod Rosenstein’s last speech while in office—given at the TRACE Forum last week—ranging broadly across his career, the work of the Department of Justice and the FCPA.

The First 48 Hours

March 6th, 2019

19:02

Nathaniel Edmonds of Paul Hastings describes the key steps to take in the first 48 hours after you learn a bribe may have been paid.

Weddings, Funerals and Little Red Envelopes

February 27th, 2019

24:27

Barbara Tsai, APAC Head--and Deputy Global Head--of Anti-bribery for UBS, talks us through three compliance challenges associated with her region: weddings, funerals and hong bao envelopes for the Lunar New Year.

Conflicts of Interest

February 20th, 2019

17:51

Stephanie Davis, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Volkswagen Group of America, discusses how to uncover and address conflicts of interest in …

Board Support for the Compliance Function

February 13th, 2019

19:33

Jeff Cottle of Norton Rose Fulbright discusses how to secure and maintain board support, what ideal communications patterns look like and when and …

Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund: Prioritizing Corporate Ethics

February 6th, 2019

14:33

Johan H. Andresen chairs the Council on Ethics for the largest sovereign wealth fund on earth. With over US$1 trillion in assets, Norway’s Government …

The Oil-for-Food Scheme

January 30th, 2019

27:04

David Montero discusses his new book "Kickback" and tells the story of how Saddam Hussein found collaborators willing to help him thwart the purpose …

Brexit!

January 23rd, 2019

19:25

Michelle de Kluyver of Addleshaw Goddard provides an overview of Brexit and then drills down on its potential impact on specific compliance issues, including anti-bribery, AML and sanctions.

TRACE on Common Due Diligence Challenges

January 16th, 2019

20:13

Pia Vining of TRACE discusses the five most common due diligence challenges her team sees and the growing sophistication of the international community of third party intermediaries.

2018 FCPA Year in Review

January 9th, 2019

29:47

Kara Brockmeyer, former Chief of the SEC’s FCPA Unit and now with Debevoise & Plimpton, discusses key enforcement actions, the shifting legal landscape and compliance trends from 2018, together with a few …

The World Bank: Working with SMEs after Misconduct

January 2nd, 2019

27:12

Lisa Miller, Integrity Compliance Officer with the World Bank Group, describes the work her team does to help bring small-to-medium sized enterprises …

Wine Forger Extraordinaire

December 26th, 2018

37:49

 For today’s holiday podcast, we’re re-posting the amazing story of wine fraudster, Rudy Kurniawan, who duped so many experts with his …

Lottery Fraud

December 19th, 2018

28:32

Tax evasion, money-laundering and fraud: Jeff Kelly Lowenstein describes his research--and that of colleagues--into the surprising forms of financial …

Spotlight on Ecuador

December 17th, 2018

20:12

Bruce Horowitz of TRACE Partner Firm Paz Horowitz Abogados in Quito talks about current anti-bribery challenges and enforcement trends in Ecuador.

Measuring Corruption

December 12th, 2018

21:34

Robert Clark, Manager of Legal Research at TRACE, discusses the challenges associated with measuring something as widespread and varied as corruption and refinements to the 2018 TRACE Bribery Risk Matrix after another …

Update: the UK Bribery Act and Enforcement Trends

December 5th, 2018

35:56

Speaking at the TRACE European Forum, Michelle de Kluyver of Addleshaw Goddard provides a comprehensive and insightful update on the UKBA and recent …

Belt and Road Challenges Across Central Asia

November 28th, 2018

22:14

Alexander Cooley, political science professor at Columbia University and author of Dictators Without Borders, describes the corruption climate across …

Russian Troll Farms

November 21st, 2018

34:09

Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro has investigated pro-Russia Internet trolls, their disinformation efforts and related financial crimes since 2014.  …

Lisa Osofsky: New Director of the SFO

November 14th, 2018

35:52

In her first podcast, Lisa Osofsky discusses her goals for the Serious Fraud Office and how her professional background will make her a “different kind of Director”.

Do We Need an International Anti-Corruption Court?

November 7th, 2018

38:49

Judge Mark Wolf of Integrity Initiatives International and Matthew Stephenson of Harvard Law School debate the pros and cons of an International …

Spotlight on New Zealand

November 5th, 2018

25:54

Gary Hughes of Ākarana Chambers in Auckland discusses corruption and other financial crimes in New Zealand and whether the country deserves its rankings on the various bribery indices.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

October 31st, 2018

17:54

Carrie Cohen of Morrison Foerster explains the regulatory and compliance implications of blockchain-enabled technology, including cryptocurrency.

The Abramoff Lobbying Scandal and Beyond

October 24th, 2018

26:40

Nat Edmonds of Paul Hastings describes his work as a prosecutor on the Jack Abramoff corruption cases and then provides broader insight into the …

Spotlight on Brazil

October 22nd, 2018

21:37

Rafael Gomes with Petrobras discusses all that has been going on in Brazil recently on the anticorruption front, the current outlook there and the upcoming run-off election.

Prosperity Theology: “Spiritual Pickpockets”

October 17th, 2018

24:10

Jonathan Walton, Harvard professor and ethicist, discusses prosperity theology and the role it plays in both power and poverty.

Spotlight on Denmark

October 15th, 2018

19:41

Anders Worsøe of the Magnusson firm in Copenhagen discusses Danish attitudes toward corruption and then looks at compliance and enforcement in Denmark.

Fifteen Years of the UNCAC

October 10th, 2018

22:41

Candice Welsch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime describes the work, progress and goals of the UN Convention Against Corruption.

Spotlight on the UAE

October 8th, 2018

24:41

Charles Laubach of Afridi & Angell’s Dubai office discusses the compliance and enforcement landscape there, as well as some common misperceptions and his advice for companies operating in the UAE.

Chinese Criminal Gangs

October 3rd, 2018

22:55

John Langdale, a professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, discusses his research into Chinese criminal gangs, their method of attaching to legitimate business and trade routes, and some implications for Belt and …

A Year in Prison for Insider Trading

September 26th, 2018

25:35

Roomy Khan, “Tipper A” in the Galleon Group insider trading case, discusses the many small decisions that lead to catastrophic consequences in the world of financial crime.

Spotlight on Panama

September 24th, 2018

21:44

David Mizrachi of Panamanian law firm MDU Legal discusses recent AML enforcement in Panama and living under the cloud of the “Panama Papers”.

The Alarming World of Insurance Fraud

September 19th, 2018

22:41

Jim Quiggle, of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, joins us to discuss the many grisly shapes that insurance fraud takes including, astonishingly, parachute sabotage.

Massive Binary Options Con

September 12th, 2018

29:54

Simona Weinglass, a reporter with the Times of Israel, describes the US$10 billion global binary options scam that she and her colleagues exposed.  …

Antitrust: Price-Fixing and Collusion

September 5th, 2018

24:47

Lisa Phelan, who until very recently was responsible for criminal enforcement of US antitrust laws and is now a partner with Morrison & Foerster, …

Benched: Impeaching West Virginia’s Entire Supreme Court

August 29th, 2018

21:33

Lacie Pierson of the Charleston Gazette-Mail discusses the startling and controversial removal of all sitting justices in West Virginia.

“Secrets in the Sky”

August 22nd, 2018

20:50

Kelly Carr discusses her investigation, with Jaimi Dowdell, into gaps in US oversight of private planes that make the country more vulnerable to …

Tackling Financial Crime

August 15th, 2018

24:57

David Eby, Attorney General of British Columbia, discusses comprehensive measures being taken to address financial crime in that province.

Peter …

Money-laundering in Casinos: the Vancouver Model

August 8th, 2018

32:32

Peter German, author of the comprehensive German Report, discusses the unique and unsettling “Vancouver Model” of financial crime, which includes both money-laundering and drug trafficking using casinos as the way …

Harmonizing Global Settlements

August 1st, 2018

18:33

Tina Søreide discusses her work, through the IBA, to bring consistency and predictability to bribery settlements worldwide.

Spotlight on France

July 30th, 2018

26:57

Dominique Mondoloni with TRACE’s partner firm in France, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, discusses the new Sapin II law and its implications for both …

Duke Cunningham and the Bribe Menu

July 25th, 2018

25:42

Marcus Stern, the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter who broke the story, describes the bribery scheme that landed then Congressman “Duke” …

UN Office on Drugs and Crime

July 18th, 2018

25:32

Neil Walsh, Chief of Cybercrime, AML and Counter-Financing of Terrorism at the UNODC in Vienna, discusses the work that his department does to coordinate and advance international initiatives.

“Bad Blood” – the Theranos Scandal

July 11th, 2018

26:49

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner John Carreyrou discusses his excellent book about the Theranos scandal, “Bad Blood”, and how Elizabeth Holmes conned …

Spotlight on Canada

July 9th, 2018

24:42

James Klotz with TRACE’s partner firm, Miller Thomson, discusses anti-bribery efforts in Canada, the patchy enforcement of the CFPOA and last year’s repeal of the facilitation payment exception.

Buying Fakes

July 3rd, 2018

25:20

Valerie Salembier, former publisher of Harper’s Bazaar and founder of The Authentics Foundation, discusses the true cost of counterfeit luxury items:  child labor, trafficked labor and organized crime.

FIFA’s Red Card

June 27th, 2018

34:19

Ken Bensinger discusses his fascinating book, Red Card, and the decades of misconduct by FIFA eventually uncovered by the FBI.  We play “violation …

Spotlight on the Netherlands

June 25th, 2018

23:46

Marike Bakker, with TRACE partner firm NautaDutilh in Amsterdam, discusses recent Dutch anti-bribery enforcement efforts.

Debating ISO 37001

June 20th, 2018

26:39

Judd Hesselroth and Alexandra debate the merits of the ISO anti-bribery standard and the associated accreditation process.

Where GDPR and Due Diligence Collide

June 13th, 2018

23:08

Illya Antonenko, privacy counsel with TRACE, discusses the direct conflict between the GDPR and robust anti-bribery due diligence and TRACE’s efforts to press for revisions to laws for a carve-out for due diligence.

Spotlight on Germany

June 11th, 2018

26:31

Christian Schefold, with TRACE partner firm Dentons in Berlin, discusses anti-bribery enforcement and compliance developments in Germany.

Problems with Campaign Finance

June 6th, 2018

22:16

Senator Russ Feingold discusses McCain-Feingold, Citizens United and the vast, opaque sums involved in US politics today.

Football Dreams

June 4th, 2018

31:57

Sebastian Abbot, author of “The Away Game;  The Epic Search for Soccer’s Next Superstars,” talks about Qatar and the biggest soccer talent search in history, as well as the darker side of recruiting for the sport.

Sanctions Update: Turbulent Times

May 30th, 2018

22:49

Amanda DeBusk, sanctions expert with Dechert LLP, provides an update on Iran, China’s ZTE and North Korea. 

All About RICO

May 23rd, 2018

27:34

Jim Trusty, previously responsible for the RICO review unit at the US Department of Justice, talks about the US racketeering law and how it has been used against the Mafia, MS13 and, more recently, FIFA.

Weighing Red Flags

May 16th, 2018

25:26

Carolyn Lindsey and Alexandra discuss a series of “red flags” relating to a problematic fictional agent, Tan, and the relevance of each.

Spotlight on Switzerland

May 14th, 2018

26:13

Daniel Bühr, with TRACE’s Swiss partner firm LALIVE, discusses recent cases in Switzerland and the country’s uneasy relationship to transparency and financial crime.

Corruption, Rule of Law and Legitimacy in War Zones

May 9th, 2018

37:40

Aaron O’Connell, a Marine colonel, author and history professor discusses his research on, and personal experience in, Afghanistan and his excellent …

FCPA Enforcement at the SEC

May 7th, 2018

20:26

Kara Brockmeyer, former Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s FCPA Unit, describes the Unit’s role in the joint enforcement of the US anti-bribery …

Anonymous Shell Companies

May 2nd, 2018

27:15

Gary Kalman of the FACT Coalition argues for transparency in corporate ownership and an end to the use of anonymous shell companies in this timely discussion about offshore accounts.

The Plight of Pangolins

April 25th, 2018

28:33

Prof. Katharine Abernethy discusses the dramatic and illegal overhunting and subsequent smuggling of pangolins, the most trafficked animal in the …

Spotlight on the UK

April 23rd, 2018

20:12

Michelle de Kluyver of Addleshaw Goddard discusses the UK Bribery Act in a lively, informative interview.

Cost Effective Internal Investigations

April 18th, 2018

39:22

Jeff Clark of Willkie Farr & Gallagher provides comprehensive guidance for planning and executing internal investigations and leveraging resources.

Kenya and It’s Our Turn to Eat

April 11th, 2018

31:36

Michela Wrong discusses her excellent book about Kenyan whistleblower John Githongo, the corruption he uncovered and what has--and hasn’t--changed.

Corruption in the Caucasus

April 9th, 2018

20:54

Alexander Kupatadze discusses corruption and smuggling in his native Georgia and neighboring post-Soviet states.

Insider Trading: The Galleon Hedge Fund

April 4th, 2018

24:28

Anita Raghavan discusses Raj Rajaratnam and her book, “The Billionaire’s Apprentice, The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund”

Spotlight on Argentina

April 2nd, 2018

24:06

Guillermo Jorge, a partner at Governance Latam in Buenos Aires, discusses the new Argentinian law that creates corporate liability for bribery that came into effect on March 1.

When Reporting is a Crime

March 28th, 2018

39:17

Acclaimed investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova describes her efforts to uncover corruption in Azerbaijan and the state-sponsored blackmail, and then imprisonment, she suffered.

Offsets: What on Earth?

March 21st, 2018

33:54

Bill Steinman of Steinman & Rodgers provides a primer on offsets and the compliance challenges they present.

"The Despot's Guide to Wealth Management"

March 19th, 2018

25:13

Prof. Jason Sharman at King's College, Cambridge, discusses his book about how kleptocrats operate and advocates for a controversial "bounty hunter" …

When Companies Negotiate with Terrorists

March 14th, 2018

25:30

Investigative journalist Dorothee Myriam Kellou tells the story of the Lafarge plant in Syria that was ultimately taken over by ISIS

Virtuous Circles of Anticorruption

March 12th, 2018

20:53

Michael Johnston talks about the research for his book “Transitions to Good Governance: Creating Virtuous Circles of Anticorruption”. He provides some cause for optimism as he describes lessons we can learn from modest …

How Companies Get Caught

March 7th, 2018

31:54

Chuck Duross, partner with Morrison Foerster and former head of the DOJ’s FCPA unit, discusses lures, stings, wiretaps and INTERPOL Red Notices.

White House Ethics Czar

February 28th, 2018

27:17

Norm Eisen, former White House Ethics Czar and then Ambassador to Prague and current Chairman of CREW, talks about his work at the White House and the importance of setting the right tone.  Norm also previews his new …

Spotlight on Lebanon

February 26th, 2018

15:16

Colonel Bashar Khatib, head of Lebanon’s financial crimes and money-laundering division, discusses his organization and mandate and some successes …

“Illicit” and the Underside of Globalization

February 21st, 2018

25:42

Moisés Naím, author, public intellectual at Carnegie Endowment and former Minister of Trade and Industry for Venezuela discusses his book, Illicit:  How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats are Hijacking the Global …

Spotlight on India

February 19th, 2018

28:44

Vasu Muthyala of Kobre & Kim discusses some of the challenges facing companies doing business in India, and some recent improvements there.

From Russia with Cash

February 14th, 2018

22:48

Roman Borisovich of ClampK discusses going undercover to film his documentary, “From Russia with Cash”, which exposes exploitation of the London real estate market by kleptocrats and money-launderers. He is also the …

Doping at the Olympics

February 7th, 2018

30:24

Richard Conway of BBC Sports describes the vast state-sponsored Russian doping scandal and how the credibility of global sports is being undermined.

Hong Kong’s ICAC

January 31st, 2018

23:21

Commissioner Simon Peh of Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption discusses its mandate, tools, successes and future challenges.

Spotlight on Hong Kong

January 29th, 2018

28:49

Wendy Wysong of Clifford Chance describes the aspects of Hong Kong's anti-bribery law and enforcement regime that set it apart from most others.

Understanding Suspension, Debarment and Blacklisting

January 24th, 2018

29:25

Jessica Tillipman provides a comprehensive and fast-paced explanation of how the government and others use suspension, debarment and blacklisting for punishment or deterrence.

Spotlight on Mexico

January 22nd, 2018

20:47

Daniel Maldonado discusses Mexico’s ramped-up anti-bribery enforcement efforts, where problems still linger and how the WalMart case is perceived there.

Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism

January 17th, 2018

21:03

Louise Shelley, founder of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, discusses her book about the links between the three international scourges.

Bonus podcast: US Soccer Federation Election

January 15th, 2018

22:16

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated discusses power, governance and the upcoming election at US Soccer as Sunil Gulati steps down.

2017 FCPA Year in Review

January 10th, 2018

23:59

Billy Jacobson describes the key FCPA enforcement actions of 2017, what surprised him last year and his assessment of enforcement under Trump.

Spotlight on Nigeria

January 8th, 2018

29:39

Olukayode Dada of Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie in Lagos discusses the compliance climate and corruption in Nigeria.

The Brooklyn FIFA Trial

January 3rd, 2018

24:05

International sports expert, Declan Hill, returns to the podcast to discuss the FIFA trial that concluded in late December and the outlook for …

Primer on Money-laundering

December 27th, 2017

35:23

A 22-year veteran of Treasury and consultant to the Dept of Justice, John Madinger sheds light on some of the money-laundering schemes he has …

Wine Forger Extraordinaire

December 20th, 2017

37:49

Peter Hellman, Wine Spectator regular and author of In Vino Duplicitas, tells the almost unbelievable story of wine fraudster, Rudy Kurniawan.

Magnitsky Update: Canada

December 18th, 2017

17:03

Bill Browder discusses Canada’s new Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act and which country he hopes will be the 6th to adopt a similar law.

Slave auctions in Libya in 2017

December 13th, 2017

33:05

Nima Elbagir and Raja Razek of CNN go undercover in Libya to expose a hellish, thriving slave trade.

Their CNN story:  http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/14/africa/libya-migrant-auctions/index.html

Spotlight on Israel

December 11th, 2017

26:59

Chaim Gelfand of Israeli law firm Shibolet & Co talks us through the corruption scandals involving two Israeli Prime Ministers and discusses the …

Menendez, McDonnell and Anti-Bribery Efforts in the US

December 6th, 2017

25:21

Randall Eliason discusses the recent Menendez trial, the impact of the Supreme Court’s McDonnell decision and the current state of domestic anti-bribery enforcement in the US.

Spotlight on Italy

December 4th, 2017

26:22

Andrea Lo Gaglio, a Partner at Studio Legale Biamonti in Rome, describes corruption, compliance and the role of the mafia in Italy.

Twenty Years of the OECD’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

November 29th, 2017

27:36

Nicola Bonucci, Director for Legal Affairs at the OECD, reflects on 20 years of the OECD’s Anti-Bribery Convention.

David Green and the UK Serious Fraud Office

November 22nd, 2017

22:57

David Green, the Director of the SFO, talks about the SFO’s priorities, changes he has made as Director and what’s next for him.

Spotlight on South Africa

November 20th, 2017

41:12

Our “spotlight” series takes a closer look at one country.  Today, Paul Holden of Corruption Watch talks about Zuma’s presidency, the Gupta family …

The Paradise Papers

November 15th, 2017

26:43

Will Fitzgibbon, an ICIJ reporter on the Paradise Papers team, describes this latest tranche of documents.  He discusses the corrosive nature of offshore accounts, even in those cases where they are technically legal.

Murder in Malta

November 13th, 2017

16:44

Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb while reporting on corruption in Malta.  Roberto Montalto, her lawyer, describes her courage, her work and the loss of a Maltese institution.

The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

November 8th, 2017

27:39

Jack Ewing of the New York Times in Frankfurt discusses his excellent book, “Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal,” and the outrageous …

Preparing for Prison

November 2nd, 2017

24:47

Walt Pavlo describes how his organization helps offenders prepare for their incarceration and discusses challenges—and a few surprises--within the prison system.

MCI’s Accounting Fraud

November 1st, 2017

32:16

Walt Pavlo discusses the accounting fraud at MCI that led to his two-year prison sentence, his book “Stolen Without a Gun: Confessions from inside …

The Outlaw Ocean

October 25th, 2017

28:17

New York Times reporter Ian Urbina discusses his excellent but grim series about crime and impunity on the high seas.

1MDB

October 18th, 2017

30:05

Bradley Hope of the Wall Street Journal describes his team’s in-depth and on-going research into Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal- and where Leonardo DiCaprio fits in.

Human Trafficking

October 11th, 2017

33:08

Martina Vandenberg discusses the misery caused by trafficking and slavery, including in our own neighborhoods, and describes the work her organization is doing to support those able to break free.

Imprisoned in China

October 4th, 2017

58:53

Peter Humphrey and his wife were well-respected compliance professionals active in China when they were arrested, tried and imprisoned for two years.

Bernie Madoff: “The Wizard of Lies”

September 27th, 2017

31:27

Diana Henriques drew on her years of financial journalism and extraordinary access to the title character to write the definitive book about Bernie Madoff.  It was turned into an HBO movie earlier this year starring …

Fujimori, Montesinos and TI

September 20th, 2017

30:31

Before becoming chairman of Transparency International, Jose Ugaz was the “ad hoc state attorney” (special prosecutor) who brought down Peruvian President Fujimori and his head of intelligence, Vladimiro Montesinos.

The Compliance Whisperer

September 13th, 2017

24:28

Hui Chen describes her role as the DOJ’s Compliance Consultant, what companies should focus on and why she resigned.

@HuiChenEthics

Spoiling Their Shopping Trips

September 6th, 2017

19:29

Rob Leventhal of the US State Department discusses the tools available to the US Government to make the lives of kleptocrats more difficult.

“Why They Do It”

August 30th, 2017

26:30

Eugene Soltes describes his fascinating research into what motivates white collar criminals and how distance from their victims makes it easier.

The Smartest Guys in the Room

August 23rd, 2017

22:34

Peter Elkind tells the story of the Enron financial scandal; it’s a timely refresher on that corporate disaster as the Trump Administration rolls …

After You Pay a Bribe…

August 16th, 2017

51:57

Listen to the riveting first-hand story of a Unaoil executive who found himself at the center of a bribery scheme.

Compliance Challenges in China

August 9th, 2017

34:14

Join two legal experts for a conversation about compliance challenges in China.

The Corrupt Underbelly of Sport

August 2nd, 2017

22:26

Declan Hill discusses the pervasive and sinister nature of match-fixing and how we can prevent sport from being turned into theater.

Understanding Sanctions

July 26th, 2017

21:19

Amanda DeBusk walks us through the goal and nature of US sanctions, and the penalties for getting this important issue wrong.

The Congo: A Family-Owned Business

July 19th, 2017

26:37

Bloomberg’s Michael Kavanagh describes his research into the extensive holdings of the Kabila family in the DRC.

The Unaoil Story

July 12th, 2017

25:15

Nick McKenzie tells the exciting story of his role in the investigation into Unaoil.

Corruption’s Toll on Africa

July 5th, 2017

23:07

Michelle Gavin, formerly on the NSC and ambassador to Botswana, discusses corruption on the continent and how the west is perceived.

“Thieves of State”

June 28th, 2017

37:22

Sarah Chayes describes her time in Afghanistan and discusses the link between corruption and national security.

How Criminals Justify Their Conduct

June 21st, 2017

17:46

Shaul Shalvi, a professor of behavorial ethics, describes how people convince themselves that their misconduct is OK.

Trump Hotel - Baku

June 14th, 2017

38:04

Adam Davidson of the New Yorker joins the podcast to talk about his research into the baffling Trump Hotel deal in Baku.

Madoff and Belfort

June 7th, 2017

27:13

Ike Sorkin, lawyer to both Madoff and Belfort, talks us through their criminal financial schemes and how regulatory safeguards failed.

The Death of Sergei Magnitsky

May 31st, 2017

29:19

Bill Browder of Hermitage Capital describes the brazen fraud and violence of Putin’s Russia.

The FIFA Swamp

May 24th, 2017

33:58

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated discusses how decades of FIFA corruption and self-dealing have undermined the world's favorite sport.

Siemens’ Bribery Scandal

May 17th, 2017

14:17

Peter Solmssen, former GC of Siemens tells the story. “They didn’t need to pay bribes. We were perplexed.”

"Fat Leonard"

May 10th, 2017

27:03

Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post describes the sleaze and corruption that compromised the top ranks of the Seventh Fleet.

Bribe, Swindle or Steal Promo

April 28th, 2017

1:00

Alexandra Wrage, president of TRACE, interviews luminaries in the field of financial crime, including bribery, fraud, money-laundering, insider trading and sanctions.   Each week, Alexandra and her guests will discuss …

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