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International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators: Leading the way in financial crime litigation practices and research

The Basel Institute on Governance is delighted to host the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators

The Academy was created this year by Stéphane Bonifassi of Bonifassi Avocats (Paris), Lincoln Caylor of Bennett Jones (Toronto) and Elizabeth Ortega of ECO Strategic Communications (Miami).

The Academy unites the world’s top academic and litigation professionals to form an independent centre of excellence. Through collaboration and innovation, they seek to sharpen litigation skills and share research, experience and global best practices in cases of asset recovery and white-collar crime.

Stefan Mbiyavanga to present at 2019 OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum

Promising young researcher Stefan Mbiyavanga has been selected to present his latest work at the OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum on 20 and 21 March 2019. 

Stefan's application was among the top 10 of 146 entries to the OECD's Youth ResearchEdge Competition, which provides a platform for young researchers to present fresh insights and evidence on corruption-related topics.

Newsletter December 2018

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186 graduates through Basel Institute-ESAN partnership in Peru

In November 2018, students from the Peruvian regions of San Martín, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Apurimac and Cusco graduated with a Diploma in Management and Public Finances. This successful capacity-building initiative is thanks to a partnership between ESAN University in the Peruvian capital Lima and the Subnational Public Finance Management program funded by SECO and implemented by the Basel Institute on Governance.

Basel Institute to provide anti-corruption guidance services to SMEs

The Basel Institute has been awarded a mandate to provide cost- and time-effective anti-corruption guidance services to SMEs in a pioneering project piloted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as part of their new Business Integrity Initiative. 

The main goals of this Initiative are to attract investment into high-risk markets in Asia and Africa, tackle the supply side of bribery and use the influence of investors to engage effectively with host governments to undertake policy reforms in order to create a clean business environment. 

SMEs that meet the eligibility criteria can submit an application to receive anti-corruption guidance services in the following three areas: 

Closer cooperation between Basel Institute and Ecuador's Financial and Economic Analysis Unit

The Basel Institute on Governance and Ecuador's Financial and Economic Analysis Unit (Unidad de Análisis Financiero y Económico, UAFE) have signed a Case Consultancy Agreement. The agreement, signed on 29 November during the Basel Institute's third mission to Quito, sets out general lines of mutual cooperation in areas related to the fight against corruption, money laundering and other financial crimes.

Switzerland to return USD 15 million in stolen assets to Peru in landmark extrajudicial agreement

Swiss authorities have executed an extrajudicial agreement signed between Peru and Montesinos' frontman.

Peruvian authorities and Víctor Venero Garrido, the main frontman of former presidential advisor Vladimiro Montesinos, signed an out-of-court settlement to return approximately USD 15 million from Switzerland to Peru. The money comes from corrupt dealings during the 1990s and the case has lasted 17 years. This is the third and largest of the five accounts located in Switzerland whose assets will be returned to Peru.

Oscar Solórzano presents at XI National Congress of Judges

Dr. Oscar Solórzano, Country Manager of the Basel Institute on Governance - Peru Office, had the honour of participating in Peru’s XI National Congress of Judges on 22 November, 2018.

Dr Solórzano's presentation took place within the framework of the primary theme of the congress, namely the prevention and combating of corruption. The event was opened by the President of the Republic of Peru, Dr. Martín Vizcarra Cornejo.

Asset recovery training for Peruvian judiciary

Around 60 justice officials, including judges and prosecutors, from the Peruvian provinces of San Martín and Piura, have participated in a training course entitled "Studies on Asset Recovery and International Judicial Cooperation in Corruption and Other Financial Crimes".

The objective of the training course is to strengthen the capacity of members of the judiciary to recover embezzled public assets by properly applying the mechanisms of international judicial cooperation. It is hoped that by applying the knowledge gained through these continuous training activities, the practitioners will achieve positive results in key investigations and criminal proceedings in the cities of Tarapoto and Piura.


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