Welcome to the latest issue of The Anti-Fraud Network Newsletter:

Letter from the Editor, September 2016

This issue, Davide Torsello looks at the correlation between certain “red flags” in businesses and the level of FCPA violations, and argues that a company’s culture outweighs the accepted cultural norms that are commonly considered to be indicators of corrupt activity.

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In This Issue:

The two cultures of corruption

DavideTorselloA growing body of literature on the topic of corruption across all disciplines has built up increasingly sophisticated analyses of corruption from the viewpoints of studying corrupt countries, individuals, politicians, public servants, bureaucrats and business executives.

An alarming outcome of this analysis has been that, despite the goodwill of governments and organisations, the existence of measures of control and compliance regimes has not eradicated corruption. An equally alarming finding is that psychological studies have proved that, once it has fallen into the trap of breaking a moral code, the human brain easily finds justifications and rationalisations to do it again.

Anthropological and historical analyses of corruption in different cultures have also showed that there has never been a culture free of corruption, at any point in time. This means that any attempt to combat the phenomenon with a zero-tolerance attitude is, although well-intentioned, not going to succeed, as scandals such as UNAOIL or the Panama Papers demonstrates. So what makes corruption such a resilient crime? Continue reading

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Corporate IntlNamed 2013 “Anti-Corruption Law Firm of the Year in London” by Corporate INTL’s Global Awards Publication.

Corporate INTL, 2013

Chambers and Partners LogoNicholas Burkill of Dorsey & Whitney is an expert in bribery and corruption matters, and is widely considered by sources to be an authority on the implications of the new Bribery Act. Sources describe Burkill as “extremely personable, very bright, client-focused and always looking for the best commercial solutions.”

Chambers 2011

The Legal 500 - United KingdomThe Dorsey team is an excellent choice for tax and fraud disputes, and group head Nicholas Burkill is ‘an enormously experienced fraud litigator, with great depth of knowledge; intelligent and hardworking, with an excellent sense of humour. One of the best around’.

Legal 500 2010

Dorsey & Whitney’s practice head Nicholas Burkill is a ‘cool-headed and determined litigator’.

Legal 500 2011