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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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