Eoin O’Shea

Eoin O’Shea

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Big win for SFO in LIBOR trial – Tom Hayes sentenced to 14 years. More SFO prosecutions to come in financial sector?

The conviction of Tom Hayes in the first UK LIBOR trial is a watershed moment. It’s a big win for the SFO, although it must be said that a more damning book of evidence could not be imagined. The judge’s sentencing remarks...more

8/4/2015 - Banking Sector C-Suite Executives Convictions Financial Institutions Fraud Libor SFO UK

Civil Liability Protection For Those Making Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs)

From 1 June 2015, UK-based businesses will have greater freedom to report suspicions of money-laundering without risking liability to customers, due to an amendment being introduced to UK money-laundering law....more

5/29/2015 - Anti-Money Laundering Civil Liability Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) SAR UK

Forex trading probes: what is the legal position of the individual?

Forex trading cases are back in the headlines after record settlements by a group of banks with UK and U.S. authorities. The best coverage is in the FT....more

5/26/2015 - DOJ Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Financial Institutions Forex Government Investigations UK

'Commercial' Bribery: No Hiding Places

Graham Marchment was a British engineer in the oil and gas industry, with responsibilities for procurement. He accepted money, described as ‘commission’, from various bidders, in exchange for confidential information about...more

5/26/2015 - Bribery Oil & Gas UK UK Bribery Act

Football Bribery: Jail for Ex-players and middlemen

A former professional football player, Delroy Facey, has been convicted and imprisoned for offences under the UK Bribery Act. If you love sport it’s a sad story. Facey was a decent striker who, at one time, was...more

5/19/2015 - Bribery Criminal Conspiracy Match Fixing Soccer Sports Sports Betting Sports Gambling UK UK Bribery Act

Saul better make his own call: new liability for enablers of organised crime

The law in England and Wales will shortly be reformed so that those enabling the criminal activities of an organised crime group, including professionals, can be prosecuted more easily. All businesses need to be alive to the...more

5/2/2015 - Bribery Criminal Prosecution Enablement Inquiries Money Laundering Organized Crime Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) UK White Collar Crimes

FCA issues guidance on how firms should use social media for financial promotions

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its guidance on using social media for financial promotions. In the guidance, the FCA made it clear that they understand the power of social media as a...more

3/18/2015 - Consumer Financial Products Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Financial Promotions New Guidance Social Networks UK

“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 (FCA) 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 (FCA) 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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