Eoin O’Shea

Eoin O’Shea

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“FCA enforcement up 20%”: But what does this tell us?

During 2014, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) opened around 20% more investigations than in 2013, according to today’s Financial Times (subscription required). This is in line with the stricter new regime supposedly...more

2/25/2015 - Financial Conduct Authority Financial Institutions UK

Jail for UK directors and corporate sentencing to come

The prosecution of Smith and Ouzman Ltd. for bribery is winding to a close, with the sentencing of two directors of the company for corruption....more

2/16/2015 - Board of Directors Bribery Corruption Directors UK Bribery Act Vicarious Liability

FCA Enforcement: The Landscape After FX

This briefing discusses the new approach of the UK’s regulator, the FCA, to regulatory enforcement of wholesale markets, as revealed by the recent settlements between the agency and five banks relating to FX manipulation....more

11/21/2014 - Banks Enforcement Actions Financial Conduct Authority Market Manipulation UK

Shale Gas in the UK: a year in review (a regulatory and policy update)

Introduction - Shale gas exploration is now featuring in the news headlines in the UK on an almost daily basis. The positions of those for and against extraction of unconventional gas through hydraulic fracturing...more

2/18/2014 - Fracking Shale Gas UK

UK Bribery: Construction in the Cross-Hairs

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office has made clear that its anti-bribery investigations are focussed on two industries in particular: construction and energy. Construction firms especially are under-prepared for the risks which...more

11/18/2013 - Bribery SFO UK UK Bribery Act

Private Equity Sound Bite: Anti-Bribery Procedures – What is ‘Adequate’?

The UK Bribery Act 2010 (the “Act”) has been described as “the most draconian anti-bribery law in the world” and “the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act on steroids”. It has far-reaching implications for any international business...more

11/12/2013 - Bribery Compliance UK Bribery Act White Collar Crimes

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