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TIPS Newsletter | Nov/Dec 2019

Dear TIPS member,

It has been a busy year for the TIPS Network. Thank you, as ever, to the wonderful members of the TIPS Managing Committee who continue to volunteer their time and efforts to bring more success to the TIPS Network and to support TI-UK! Some highlights: in 2020, the TIPS Network has:

  • grown to more than 250 professionals and academics across more than a dozen sectors;

  • hosted 11 TIPS events and promoted 25 events TIPS affiliate events;

  • launched its One Minute Reads to help upskill TIPS members on key anti-corruption concepts; and

  • launched its own website at and gained more than 275 followers on social media.

Lastly, thank you, for your support of TI-UK, of TIPS and of the anti-corruption movement! Together, let’s hope in 2020 we can keep on promoting the anti-corruption agenda and use our collective experience for good!

Please see below the TIPS Newsletter for Nov/Dec 2019. We look forward to seeing you soon.

- the TIPS team


1. Upcoming Events (register on our events page)

Whistleblowing, Transparency and Activism | 10 Jan 2020 | 1.30-6.30pm

The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street SE1 9SG

Organised crime and corruption in post-Soviet Eurasia | 22 Jan 2020 | 7-9pm

Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square WC1A 2TA

TIPS Networking Drinks | 27 Jan 2020 | 6.30-8pm

Location TBC

Development and Conflict in South Asia | 30 Jan 2020 | 6-9pm

Rm 250, 309 Regent Street W1B 2HW

TIPS: Two Years On | 10 Feb 2020 | 6.30-9pm

Mayer Brown, 201 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3AF

2. Recent TIPS Events

TIPS October Networking Drinks | Summary

On 25 November 2019, 12 TIPS members met at Natural Kitchen for an evening of engaging discussion on corporate transparency.

Catherine Harris and Tilly Prior, both members of TI-UK’s Business Integrity team, led a discussion on why transparency is good for business, why some sectors are more reluctant to be transparency and what can be done to encourage business to be more open. They also brought attention to TI-UK’s 2018 Corporate Political Engagement Index and the team’s recently launched Global Anti-Bribery Guidance.

It was a hugely engaging evening with some fantastic insights and contributions from the perspective of six different sectors.

NYSBA Launch Party | Summary

On 5 December 2019, more than 20 TIPS members joined members of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) at the official launch for the London 2020 NYSBA Conference. Michael Bowes QC, TI-UK trustee, was a dynamic host and looks forward to involving TIPS with the main conference in October 2020.

TI-UK Annual Lecture | Summary

On 9 December 2019, more than 20 TIPS members attended TI-UK’s annual lecture, which was delivered by Rory Stewart, former Secretary of State for International Development and Independent Candidate for the London Mayor 2020 election. Mr Stewart challenged attendees to reflect on corruption challenges for governments and development agencies in conflict zones how aid providers should more carefully consider the criteria for the provision of aid in countries that represent high corruption risk.

3. Items of Interest

Benjamin Netanyahu faces corruption charges

Israel's Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has decided to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. See more here.

Global web of firms for fraudsters created by British company Formations House

A global web of businesses, banks and tax havens used by international crime gangs and fraudsters has been created by a family-owned company in Britain, an investigation has revealed. Read the Times report here and OCCRP’s commentary here.

Complex ownership structures and organised crime

In this video, Michele Riccardi, senior researcher for Transcrime, explores complex ownership structures and the implications for tracing serious organised crime.

Resist or reform? A view on corporate transparency

This TI-UK Blogpost assesses progress towards corporate transparency in the UK’s overseas territories and crown dependencies.

Why is the UK a haven for money laundering

This video produced by OCCRP contemplates why the UK is a money laundering haven.

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