TIPS Newsletter | February 2021

Dear TIPS Member,


It has been a busy month for the TIPS Network: three very successful TIPS events and the exciting news that TIPS will welcome its first (part-time) intern for three months from the beginning of March!


On the events front, the TIPS Three Years On event was a great opportunity for TIPS members to hear from TI-UK directly through Daniel Bruce, Chief Executive, and Ben Cowdock, Investigations Lead. The KCL debate was attended by some 40 students and TIPS members and provided a great forum for some informed discourse on the value of Deferred Prosecution Agreements. And TIPS members Jasmine Elliott and Tristan Yelland facilitated some thought-provoking academic debate at the February Virtual Talk.


The TIPS Network is also excited to announce that it will be taking on its first intern, Hendrix Nkamicaniye, a student in the MA programme in Corruption and Governance at the University of Sussex. We are very excited to have Hendrix on board and you will learn more about him in the next “Focus On…” in our March newsletter.


Please see below the TIPS Newsletter for February 2021. We look forward to seeing you (online) soon.


- the TIPS team

1. Upcoming Events (register on our Events page)


TIPS Virtual Talk | 29 March 2021 | 7-8pm BST


The role of the IMF in combating corruption | 15 March 2021 | 5-6pm BST


2021 OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Compliance Forum | 23-25 March 2021


2. Recent Events


TIPS Three Years On | Summary


On 24 February 2021, more than 35 TIPS members attended TIPS Three Years On, an event to mark the third anniversary of the TIPS Network. Daniel Bruce, Chief Executive of TI-UK, gave an update on TI-UK’s recent successes and discussed TI-UK’s new 10 year strategy. Ben Cowdock, TI-UK’s Investigations Lead, then gave a presentation on professional enablers before Q&A. It was a great way to mark the third anniversary of the TIPS Network in the circumstances and hearing from TI-UK directly will hopefully spur the TIPS Network onto bigger and better goals in the coming year!


TIPS Virtual Talk | Summary


On 22 February 2021, 15 TIPS members attended a thought-provoking discussion session on what ethics means for lawyers and how human emotion can shape the bribery and corruption landscape led by TIPS members Jasmine Elliott and Tristan Yelland. It was a fantastic talk followed by plenty of academic discourse – many thanks to Jasmine and Tristan for such a great discussion session!


TIPS-KCL Debate | Summary


On 15 February 2021, 40 KCL students and TIPS members joined a debate on DPAs. The quality of submissions was excellent. The debate was followed by Q&A on broader anti-corruption issues.


3. One Minute Reads


New One Minute Reads have been uploaded to the TIPS website. Please do click the link to read more – perfect for your morning/evening WFH coffee break!


4. Items of Interest


New TI-UK publication. TI-UK have published their ten year strategy to stop corruption and promote integrity. The strategy seeks to build on TI’s strong foundations and provide guiding principles to ensure that their programs achieve the highest possible impact. See here.


TI-UK blogs.

- Reducing corruption risk in local decision planning in England. See here.

- Why transparency and accountability are critical to the integrity of the NHS. See here.

- Defence companies are not doing enough to stop corruption. See here.

- Will COVID-19 improve transparency in pharmaceutical pricing? See here.


Podcasts.

- Bribe, swindle or steal: Protecting the pangolin. Listen here.

- Allen & Overy: The Landmark Siemens FCPA Case. Listen here.

- Kick-back – The Global Corruption Podcast. Listen here.


News items.

- Jacob Zuma faces jail after failing to appear at anti-corruption inquiry. See here.

- Australia fails to improve its global rating on perceived corruption. See here.

- Beny Steinmetz case shows how hard it is to prove corruption. See here.

- British Virgin Islands corruption inquiry launched. See here.


Other items.

- Newsletter. UK Home Office Anti-Corruption Champion newsletter. See here.

- Blogpost. Cisco discloses investigation of alleged payments to foreign officials. See here.

- Long read. Murder in Malta- After a journalist was assassinated, her sons found clues in her unfinished work that cracked the case and brought down the government. See here.


5. Jobs Board


- Corporate Counsel, Business Conduct & Ethics, Amazon. See here.

- Senior ABC & Sanctions Officer, Credit Suisse. See here.

- Anti-Bribery & Corruption Manager, BT. See here.

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