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UK Criminal Finances Act 2017: A Dechert "Dirty Money" Trilogy

Part One: "A Fistful of Tax Dollars" - A New Corporate Offence of Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion.. The Criminal Finances Act 2017 represents a further significant development in the approach to the...more

Every Little Helps with a DPA

Lord Justice Leveson approved Tesco Store Limited’s (“Tesco”) Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) on 10 April 2017, making them the fourth company since November 2015 to enter into a DPA with the UK’s1 Serious Fraud Office...more

Corporate Compliance Programs: US and UK Perspectives

In today’s regulatory environment, companies face mounting pressure from law enforcement agencies to maintain robust compliance programs to deter and detect misconduct by employees, third-party vendors and business partners....more

New UK Sentencing Guidelines - What Does This Mean For Corporates?

The Sentencing Council’s Definitive Guidance for Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering Offences (the “UK Guidelines”) came into force on 1 October 2014. The UK Guidelines set out a ten step process for sentencing and apply to...more

UK Government Proposes New Insider Dealing Powers in the Wholesale Energy Markets

The Department of Energy and Climate Change published a Consultation on 6 August 2014 seeking views on its proposals to introduce new criminal offences for insider dealing in and the manipulation of the wholesale energy...more

No Financial Incentives for Whistleblowers in the UK

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Bank of England Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a report on 30 July 2014 that recommends that no financial incentives are given to whistleblowers. This differs...more

What Price a DPA? Navigating Unchartered Waters

From today, Deferred Prosecution Agreements (“DPA”s) will be available in the UK to the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) and the Crown Prosecution Service (“CPS”) as a method for disposal of corporate criminal cases relating to...more

Update on the UK Confiscation and Restraint Regime

The National Audit Office has published a report dated 17 December 2013 (the “NAO Report”) on confiscation orders, which are the main mechanism that the UK Government uses in carrying out its policy to deprive criminals of...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Autumn 2013 Edition: Investing in Emerging Markets: Are You Managing Your Risks?

In times of austerity in Europe and America, emerging markets such as Africa, China, India, Latin America, the Middle East and CIS are increasingly offering the key opportunities for growth and investment returns for private...more

SFO Brings First Bribery Act Charges in the UK - What Does This Mean for Your Company?

The Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) brought fraud related charges against three directors and one employee of Sustainable AgroEnergy plc (“SAE”), a subsidiary of Sustainable Growth Group (“SSG”) on 14 August 2013, as part of a...more

Private Prosecutions - An Often Overlooked Method of Corporate Enforcement in England and Wales

In Ireland, a hotelier has initiated a private prosecution against a current and a former employee of an Irish bank. The hotelier was a director and shareholder of two companies which apparently owed a significant amount to...more

Has the FCA started as it means to go on?

Has the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in the UK started as it means to go on? The FCA recently fined a UK subsidiary of a private Swiss Bank for failing to establish and maintain effective anti-money laundering controls...more

HM Revenue & Customs - Tax Evasion Enforcement

There has been much publicity regarding tax avoidance of late in the UK. In the age of austerity, tax avoidance by companies is scruitnised by the press and is a hot topic with the public....more

New Anti-Corruption Provisions in EU Legislation: Increased Accountability for Mining, Oil and Gas Companies

Large non-listed companies incorporated in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) which operate in the oil, gas and mining sectors will need to annually disclose any payments made to the national, regional or local authority of a...more

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