French and Swiss Corruption Investigations on Transnational Bribes Connected to Alstom

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
24
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 
On May 6, 2008, an investigative report by the Wall Street Journal detailed criminal investigations in several countries, including France and Switzerland, with respect to contracts of Alstom. Alstom is one of France?s largest companies; it sells equipment for power plants, high speed trains, and power plants. The investigations are significant because of the apparent complexity of many of the multi-layered transactions, the use of offshore shell corporations, and the extensive international enforcement cooperation...[more]