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Asset Recovery Handbook : A Guide for Practitioners - Second Edition (English)

Developing countries lose billions each year through bribery, misappropriation of funds, and other corrupt practices. Much of the proceeds of this corruption find “safe haven” in the world’s financial centers. These criminal flows are a drain on social services and economic development programs, contributing to the impoverishment of the world’s poorest countries. Many developing countries have already sought to recover stolen assets. A number of successful high-profile cases with creative international cooperation has demonstrated that asset recovery is possible. However, it is highly complex, involving coordination and collaboration with domestic agencies and ministries in multiple jurisdictions, as well as the capacity to trace and secure assets and pursue various legal options whether criminal confiscation, non-conviction based confiscation, civil actions, or other alternatives. This process can be overwhelming for even the most experienced practitioners. It is exceptionally difficult for those working in the context of failed states, widespread corruption, or limited resources. With this in mind, the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative has developed and updated this asset recovery handbook, a guide for practitioners to assist those grappling with the strategic, organizational, investigative, and legal challenges of recovering stolen assets. A practitioner-led project, the Handbook provides common approaches to recovering stolen assets located in foreign jurisdictions, identifies the challenges that practitioners are likely to encounter, and introduces good practices. It includes examples of tools that can be used by practitioners, such as sample intelligence reports, applications for court orders, and mutual legal assistance requests.


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    Brun,Jean Pierre, Sotiropoulou,Anastasia, Gray,Larissa Alanna, Scott,Clive, Stephenson,Kevin Mark

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    Asset Recovery Handbook : A Guide for Practitioners - Second Edition

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Brun,Jean Pierre Sotiropoulou,Anastasia Gray,Larissa Alanna Scott,Clive Stephenson,Kevin Mark

Asset Recovery Handbook : A Guide for Practitioners - Second Edition (English). Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) initiative Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.