Forensics & Advisory Articles

Lebanon’s Distributors Database Provides Insight Into Third-Party Risk

The Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade maintains a publicly available, electronic database documenting contracts between international companies and Lebanese third-party distributors. Details show that some Lebanese distributors are possibly re-exporting American...

What We Can Learn from Jordan’s Foreign Investment Laws

Since the mid-1990s, Jordan has steadily moved away from a centrally planned economy — in which the state plays a central role in the manufacturing and distribution of goods — and toward a private one in order to improve the country’s economic prospects. This shift...

Wine Fraud, Intellectual Property Right Infringement, and Risk: An Introduction

Recent law enforcement investigations make clear that counterfeit wine production and distribution is a multi-billion dollar global problem. With frequent product seizures across Southern Europe and trademark infringement suits brought against suppliers in East Asia,...

In the Grace I’s Wake: Ship Managers, Front Companies, and Iran (Part 3)

We continue with Part 3 of our investigation into the Grace I, a Panama-flagged oil tanker seized off the coast of Gibraltar last July while shipping 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil to Syria. You can read the introduction here. In Part 1, we looked into the...