Tracking Anti-Corruption and Asset Recovery Commitments: A Progress Report and Recommendations for Action
August 24 2011

StAR and the OECD have measured the progress of 30 donor countries in meeting their Accra commitments to the combat corruption by individuals or corporations, and to track, freeze, and recover stolen assets. The report describes challenges in meeting the commitments, as well as good practices and recommendations for countries of origin and destination of stolen assets.

The international community is well placed to make significant progress in asset recovery. National authorities have made some progress in developing the institutional and legal structures foreseen under the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

The Puppet Masters: How the Corrupt Use Legal Structures to Hide Stolen Assets and What to Do About It
October 24 2011
  • Emile van der Does de Willebois
  • Emily M. Halter
  • Robert A. Harrison
  • Ji Won Park
  • J.C. Sharman

This new StAR report examines how bribes, embezzled state assets and other criminal proceeds are being hidden via legal structures – shell companies, foundations, trusts and others. The study also provides policy makers with practical recommendations on how to step up ongoing international efforts to uncover flows of criminal funds and prevent criminals from misusing shell companies and other legal entities. 

  • Jean-Pierre Brun

Civil lawsuits are often overlooked as a way to recover stolen assets. But this latest StAR report shows how they can provide an effective complement to more commonly-used criminal approaches.

Public Office, Private Interests: Accountability through Income and Asset Disclosure
March 28 2012

The first global study of financial disclosure laws and practices calls for a renewed commitment to income and asset disclosure to deter the use of public office for private gain, and to help manage actual and apparent conflicts of interest in the public sector. The study also shows that asset disclosure systems are more effective when there is a credible threat that violations will be detected and punished.

Politically Exposed Persons: Preventive Measures for the Banking Sector
May 11 2012
  • Theodore S. Greenberg
  • Larissa Gray
  • Delphine Schantz
  • Carolin Gardner
  • Michael Latham

Combines policy recommendations and good practices aimed at making it harder for corrupt Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) to launder their money, and make it easier to get stolen assets back.

  • Lindy Muzila
  • Michelle Morales
  • Marianne Mathias
  • Tammar Berger

'On the Take: Criminalizing Illicit Enrichment to Fight Corruption' is the first comprehensive survey of illicit enrichment laws and provides a broad analysis of the challenges in both drafting and implementing the criminal offense of illicit enrichment.  'On the Take' provides policy makers, prosecutors, and other practitioners with a better understanding of the features of the illicit enrichment offense.  The StAR Initiative unveils this guide to inform decision-makers considering adopting the offense and to assist those implementing illicit enrichments laws to do so in a way that contributes to effective prosecution, confiscation, and recovery of assets. 

Management of Returned Assets: Policy Considerations
October 12 2009
The recovery of stolen assets raises a series of policy questions about how to use the returned funds to support development goals and how to keep the public informed. Success in managing returned assets builds confidence in public institutions and reinforces the rule of law. This note provides policymakers with an analytical framework for addressing the key management issues they will face. National authorities are encouraged to start planning early, while the asset recovery process is still ongoing.
  • Jacinta Odour
  • Jeanne Hauch
  • Marianne Mathias
  • Ji Won Park
  • Oliver Stolpe
  • Agustin Flah
  • Dorothee Gottwald
  • Francisca M. U. Fernando

Countries have increasingly used settlements — any procedure short of a full trial— to conclude foreign bribery, imposing billions in monetary sanctions. But what happens to the money associated with settlements? And what can be done to help those harmed by foreign bribery...

November 11 2011

The new StAR and OECD study shows that financial gains from bribery can be accurately calculated and confiscated. The study draws on cases from six countries to show several methods of quantification that are already in use, and challenges the commonly-held perception that calculating the gains made by bribe-paying companies is too complicated.