Private Equity Funds Are Becoming the Next Target of Human Rights Legislation

At one point in time, private equity was the preferred investment vehicle; more agile, offering better expertise, and better regulatory conditions. Perhaps most importantly, the exemption under the SEC’s Regulation D, allowing private equity to raise capital while keeping financial records private. But is this level of privacy coming to an end, especially as “soft” […]

Departures Podcast: “Putin is good for his people – he lets them steal as much as they want”

On this latest episode of Departures, Robert Amsterdam speaks with an admired friend and colleague Dr. Anders Åslund, author of the new book, “Russia’s Crony Capitalism: The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy.” In his book, Åslund contends that in his eighteen years in Moscow, Putin has succeeded in establishing a Russian state and economy […]

Robert Amsterdam in The Hill on Anti-Corruption

Robert Amsterdam has published a new op-ed in The Hill this past week arguing that Brazil’s recent experience with anti-corruption, which involved a star judge-cum-Minister of Justice getting caught coordinating cases with prosecutors, is a reminder that political motivations often overlap on law enforcement and lead to abuses in due process and presumption of innocence: […]

Uganda’s Campaign of Persecution against Bobi Wine Will Have Consequences, says Lawyer Robert Amsterdam

The Government of Uganda risks damaging the country’s foreign relations and international trade profile following the second unlawful imprisonment of the well-known opposition Member of Parliament.

Open Letter to President Trump on Uganda

International lawyer Robert Amsterdam today has delivered the following open letter to US President Donald Trump regarding the concerning situation in Uganda. Amsterdam writes: “It is time for the United States to reconsider its relationship with Uganda. US military support has helped President Museveni to suppress the rule of law and has contributed to the […]

Opposition Activist Files Suit against Russia before European Court of Human Rights

The following press release was distributed to international media on 3 April 2019. LONDON, 3 April 2019 – Vladimir Bessonov, a former member of the Russian State Duma and prominent opposition activist, has filed a complaint before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to denounce a politically motivated judicial process aimed at violating his […]