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31 May 2016

Interview with Art Middlemiss, partner Lewis Baach PLLC, New York

Art Middlemiss is the former Global Head of Anti Bribery & Corruption at Standard Chartered Bank. Now in full time legal practice as a partner of Lewis Baach PLLC in New York where he advises Wall Street Banks on a range of actions he talks exclusively to Tom Devlin about managing corruption risk, U.S. extra-territoriality, and how financial institutions can improve the quality of their relationships with regulators.

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