Nick Kochan

Nick Kochan is a financial and political journalist based in London. He has written extensively on financial and white collar crime

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Women whose ideas won't go to waste

From India to Guatemala and Nigeria, the initiative of female entrepreneurs in areas of need has been recognised in the Cartier awards

The Bo Xilai case highlights China’s institutional corruption

The state makes some gesture towards curbing state corruption, but family relationships and tradition are at the core of the problem

We’re letting our fraudsters get away with it

The failure to deal with this problem is damaging the City’s reputation

Arnaud Bamberger: Haute horlogerie

The Anglophile describes himself as a saleman to important clients, from playboys and captains of industry to royals. He tells Nick Kochan what makes the Cartier brand tick

Resist this cross-border bullying of Cyprus

The real issue here is the moral behaviour of large nations towards smaller ones

Simandou, one of the world's richest undeveloped mineral deposits

The corruption deal of the century: How Guinea lost billions of pounds in Simandou mining licensing

The African country is fighting to get back billions of pounds of mining rights lost in a murky transaction

Diezani Alison-Madueke: The woman working to clean up Africa's dirty oil

As thieves siphon off 200,000 barrels a day in Nigeria, Nick Kochan meets the minister tasked with cracking her country's £1bn-a-year 'blood oil' industry

These fines for HSBC, Standard Chartered and LLoyds prove there's one law for US banks, another for Europe's

There is a suspicion that the swingeing fines imposed on foreign banks are the result of political imperative

David Green, a commercial barrister, is said to 'relish a fight'

Fraud squad's new bruiser

David Green has brought his tough style in the courtroom to the Serious Fraud Office, promising to get tough on those who have broken the rules on Libor and hospitality

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Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

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Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
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International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
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'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

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BBC heads to the Californian coast

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Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
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