Golden Visas & Global Graft – How Criminal Actors Exploit Citizenship by Investment Programs

While special naturalization programs offered in certain jurisdictions to foreign investors intend to attract foreign direct investment and economic and infrastructure development, these programs can be abused by criminals who seek to launder and conceal proceeds of crime or commit new offences, including financial crimes.

Risky Russia – Government Agencies Warn Businesses of Possible Trouble

The US Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, and Labor in late February issued a business advisory warning firms and financial institutions about the serious legal, financial, and reputational risks of doing business in Russia. According to the State Department’s assessment, Russia’s kleptocratic environment undermines fair competition and the rule of law, exposing businesses to the risk of extortion, appropriation of assets, and US law enforcement action.

Ukraine’s War on Two Fronts – Fighting Corruption Amidst Russia’s Continued Attacks

As the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale war of aggression in Ukraine approaches, winning on the battlefield remains the top mission objective for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Ukrainian people, and Ukraine’s international partners. While the full-scale invasion began two years ago, addressing systemic governmental and economic corruption has been an enduring battle for Ukraine since it gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Bad News for Corruption in 2023, Along with Some Bright Spots

Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index, ranking 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public-sector corruption. Explore the highlights within.

Real Estate in 2024 – Anticipating a Crackdown on Corruption & Fraud

Real estate in the United States has long been a popular channel for corrupt actors seeking to launder illicitly obtained funds. As part of the Biden administration’s 2021 Strategy on Countering Corruption, a long-awaited proposed rule from the Treasury Department that is slated to take effect in early 2024 will seek to address that glaring loophole in US anti-money laundering (AML) regulations.