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The World Bank’s Office of Suspension and Debarment recently announced the launch of the Global Suspension and Debarment Directory, a comprehensive resource on exclusion systems in 23 different jurisdictions and institutions, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Estonia, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Korea, Republic of Netherlands, Nicaragua, Poland, Rajasthan, India, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, United States, World Bank Corporate Procurement, World Bank Group Sanctions System, and WTO Agreement on Government Procurement 2012.

The new Directory is the product of the 2020 Global Suspension and Debarment Survey, a global survey launched in March 2020 that captured data and information on the exclusion systems. The Directory outlines how these jurisdictions employ exclusion mechanisms to prevent certain suppliers from accessing public funds. The Directory includes categories such as Government-Wide Exclusion Framework, Functioning and Enforcement of the Government-Wide Exclusion System, Substantive Grounds for Government-Wide Exclusion, Scope and Effect of Government-Wide Exclusion, Government-Wide Transparency and Exclusion List, and Limited Scope Exclusion Systems for each jurisdiction surveyed.

Baker McKenzie is well-equipped to assist clients with suspension and debarment matters, with related experience in most of the jurisdictions and institutions cited in this survey.


Brian Whisler is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Compliance and Investigations, Dispute Resolution and Global Pharmaceuticals Practice Groups. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Whisler served as the criminal chief assistant United States attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he managed the criminal trial practice of the Richmond office which handled cases ranging from white collar crime, violent crime, public corruption and terrorism. Mr. Whisler focused his own trial practice on white collar prosecutions including health care fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, and tax fraud. He also served as an assistant United States attorney for the Western District of North Carolina where he focused on white collar prosecutions and served as chief of appeals and health care fraud coordinator.


Maria McMahon is a member of Baker McKenzie's Compliance & Investigations Practice Group. She practices mainly in the areas of corporate law and corporate compliance matters. Ms. McMahon advises clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, as well as US money laundering laws and related legislation.

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