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Oh, Hadn’t You Heard? You’re Violating French Law Right Now! France Gets Serieuse about Anti-Corruption

Ok, ok, don’t panic. Maybe not all of the millions of dedicated readers of this blog are in violation. Nevertheless, as of June 1, if your company does business in France, it may be time to check your anticorruption...more

UK Conservative Party Pledges to Abolish Serious Fraud Office if Re-elected on 8 June 2017

by Sedgwick LLP on

In my C-Suite Risk Report posting in March, I discussed the UK’s Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) investigation into Rolls-Royce (RR) and the UK Court’s approval of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA). As a result of that DPA,...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for April 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Transparency in FCPA Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

We all value transparency as a general concept, especially when it comes to the government. In a real macro perspective, we fund the government and we demand that our government operate efficiently, effectively and ethically....more

Changes to Corporate Criminality Offences in the UK Cause Corporate Dealmakers to Review Acquisitions

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Proposed changes to corporate criminal offending should cause corporate dealmakers to review the scope of acquisition diligence, particularly in light of the UK Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO’s) increasing use of deferred...more

The New Faces of FCPA Enforcement: The Transition to a Sessions-Clayton Enforcement Regime Is Unlikely to Result in Drastic...

by K&L Gates LLP on

Now that the Trump administration has passed its first 100 days, some additional insights are available with respect to how the administration plans to enforce anti-corruption laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

Government proposes shake-up of Australia's foreign bribery laws

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Australian Government is currently considering amendments to its foreign bribery laws. The proposed amendments include a new corporate offence of failing to prevent foreign bribery and a model for a deferred prosecution...more

A Judicial Take On SFO Investigative Powers

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The High Court of Justice of England and Wales (“The High Court”) recently provided a rare insight into the difficulties that companies and individuals may face when challenging the basis of a Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”)...more

Every Little Helps with a DPA

by Dechert LLP on

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

An overview of the OECD's Phase 4 Report on the UK's implementation of the Anti-Bribery Convention

by WilmerHale on

“The UK has made significant improvements to its ability to detect foreign bribery, but could still do more by reforming out-of-date legislation and better utilizing existing resources.” On 23 March 2017, the...more

Tesco: The Serious Fraud Office secures its fourth Deferred Prosecution Agreement

by WilmerHale on

On 10 April 2017, the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) with Tesco Stores Limited (“Tesco Limited”), as part of which Tesco Limited will pay a £129 million financial penalty...more

Dutch Prosecutors Record Shell CEO and Ensnare Shell in Nigeria Bribery Scandal

by Michael Volkov on

A CEO never expects to be wiretapped. Let’s face it – a wiretap in the C-Suite is rare. Justice Department prosecutors have always looked for an opportunity. CEOs have loose lips and can suffer significant damage from...more

New monetary penalty regime for breach of financial sanctions

by Allen & Overy LLP on

A new regime in the UK for punishing individuals or businesses that breach financial sanctions came into force on 1 April 2017. In March 2016 the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) was formed, as part of...more

Blog: Tesco announces Deferred Prosecution Agreement

by Cooley LLP on

It was announced last week that Tesco PLC’s subsidiary, Tesco Stores Ltd, has finalised the terms of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the SFO (subject to court ratification on 10 April 2017). The DPA concludes the...more

A Money Laundering Nightmare: Western Union Ponies Up $770 Million to Settle with DOJ, FTC and FinCEN

by Michael Volkov on

Earlier this year, in January 2017, Western Union entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Justice Department and the FTC, and agreed to pay $586 in forfeiture to settle anti-money laundering and consumer fraud...more

Policing and crime act 2017: how sharp will OFSI's teeth prove to be?

by DLA Piper on

The Policing and Crime Act 2017 (PCA) received Royal Assent on 31 January 2017. Buried within Part 8 are a number of provisions which make significant changes to the financial sanctions regulatory landscape. Most likely to be...more

Code of Conduct Week: Part I – Introduction

by Thomas Fox on

I am joined by Eric Morehead as we begin a five-part series on the Code of Conduct, which serves as the foundational document of a compliance program. Morehead is well-known within the compliance community, having worked at...more

2016 Year-End Cross-Border Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Review

by BakerHostetler on

The increasing interconnectivity of global markets has become a significant driver of the regulatory and enforcement trends of U.S. and foreign nations. In 2016, U.S. authorities continued their aggressive approach to...more

Firsts for UK SFO with in principle false accounting DPA, and for FCA with market abuse compensation, against Tesco

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Following a two-year investigation, Tesco PLC has announced that its subsidiary Tesco Stores Limited (Tesco Ltd) had agreed in principle the terms of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the UK Serious Fraud Office...more

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Securities Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court agreed to hear another securities case this week. Leidos, Inc. v. Indiana Public Retirement System, No. 16-581. The only other securities action currently on the High Court’s docket is Kokesh v. Securities...more

2017 EMEA & APAC Culture and Compliance Benchmark Report - Data And Insights To Put To Work In Your Programme Today

by NAVEX Global on

NAVEX Global partnered with an independent research agency to investigate how companies headquartered across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) develop and execute their ethics and compliance (E&C)...more

The Future of Deferred Prosecution Agreements

by Allen & Overy LLP on

A recent settlement by the SFO with a UK company accused of bribery has resulted in the SFO being accused of suffering a “failure of nerve”. In a speech on 7 March 2017 Ben Morgan, Joint Head of Bribery and Corruption at the...more

Rolls-Royce Plc Motors Away from Prosecution by Paying Authorities £671m in Connection with Bribery and Corruption Offences

by Sedgwick LLP on

After a four year investigation by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) into car and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, a UK Court approved a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) in January 2017. The investigation focused on...more

Investor Suits Follow in the Wake of Western Union Settlement of Money Laundering and Fraud Claims

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On January 19, 2017, the Western Union Company (“Western Union” or the “Company”) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), in which Western Union admitted to willful...more

French Anti-Corruption Law Reform

Despite signing the OECD anti-corruption Convention in 1997, France has long been perceived as lacking necessary tools for domestic and international anti-corruption enforcement, particularly in comparison to the US Foreign...more

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