O'Brien advises S4Si and Global Strategy
Stephen O'Brien, the former under-secretary of state for international development and PM David Cameron's special envoy for Africa, is forging [...]
Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is an independent government department responsible for investigating major fraud and corruption cases. It reports to the Attorney General and is authorized to access confidential information and classified documents for financial investigations.
Brothers Mansour and Salah Fustok, are Lebanese Sunnis who have been established in the Gulf for more than 40 years. A third brother, Mahmoud, died in a road accident in 2006 but the two remaining brothers remain the gatekeepers that foreign companies need if they want access to the entourage of the king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. They owe their close relationship to him to [...]
After having served as the high profile chairman and chief executive of BAE Systems from 1998 to 2004, Richard "Dick" Evans has been putting his talents to use in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. President Nursultan Nazarbayev recruited him in October 2006 to run the country's sovereign fund, Samruk. Then, in 2008, he became an independent director of Samruk-Kazyna, which was formed through the merg [...]
The FTSE 250-listed Bumi, whose massive coal mines are strategically close to world-leading coal consumer China, continues to stir passions. In their respective bids to take control of the group at its upcoming annual general meeting on February 21, British [...]
With the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Bribery Act and other anti-corruption legislation coming into force, leveling corruption accusations has become an effective way to neutralise one's business rivals. However this approach only pays off if an official investigation is [...]
The payment of kick-backs to influential ‘agents’ has become old-hat: these days, major international contracts are won by buying confidential information from the private consultants in charge of assessing bids. The practice is little-known but is widespread in all areas [...]