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The UK Bribery Act, Three Years On: Can We Relax Yet?

The Bribery Act 2010 has now been in force for three years. Despite the announcements and commentary that it heralded a new and aggressive face toward corporate corruption, there have as yet been no corporate prosecutions...more

UK’s Serious Fraud Office Looks to Pursue More Prosecutions of Corporates

A proposed amendment to the UK Bribery Act would give the SFO greater power to prosecute corporates for financial crimes committed by their employees. The head of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), David Green,...more

UK SFO Drops High-Profile Corruption Case

The trial of Victor Dahdaleh in London has collapsed due to the absence of key prosecution witnesses. The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) recently dropped its case against Victor Dahdaleh, the British-Canadian...more

“DPAs” Have Arrived in England: The Proof of the Pudding Is in the Eating

As noted in our previous Alert in September 2013, the UK Crime and Courts Act 2013 has now come into effect this month making deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) available to the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO)...more

Deferred Prosecution Agreements to Be Introduced in the UK

Beginning in February 2014, the agreements may be used as a sentencing tool for corporate bribery, fraud, and other economic crimes. Under the UK Crime and Courts Act 2013, which received royal assent in April,...more

What’s New in Anticorruption Enforcement

According to the New York Times, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) is investigating potential bribery issues stemming from alleged abuses in JPMorgan’s “Sons and Daughters” hiring program in China. As reported in...more

Update on SFO’s first Bribery Act case

The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has updated a webpage on its case relating to Sustainable Agroenergy plc and Sustainable Wealth Investments UK Ltd. These are the first charges to be brought by the SFO under the Bribery Act....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - November 25,2013

FDIC Guidance on Deposit Advance Products - On November 21, the FDIC issued final supervisory guidance to FDIC-supervised financial institutions with respect to the risks imposed by certain deposit advance products. ...more

New Risks Associated with Simultaneous U.S. FCPA and U.K. Bribery Act investigations

On November 20, 2013, during a panel presentation at the 30th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), current and former prosecutors from the United States and the United Kingdom discussed the...more

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

UK Announces Policy Shift in Pursuing Corruption and Bribery

On October 7, the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the UK released a policy paper entitled, Serious and Organized Crime Strategy, in which the Secretary discussed the government’s strategy towards combating...more

UK SFO Director Provides Guidance on the Bribery Act

SFO’s director’s recent speech outlines enforcement of the Bribery Act and developments related to self-reporting, the possible extension of the corporate offence, and prosecutions. On 24 October, David Green, director...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 19 with Barry Vitou on Bribery Act Updates [Video]

In this Episode 19, I visit with Barry Vitou, one-half of thebriberyact.com duo. Barry advises on recent remarks at the PinsentMasons Regulatory Conference by SFO Director David Green on enforcement of the UK Bribery Act and...more

Reports Just In: Invasions From Mars And The UK Bribery Act

On this day 75 years ago Orson Welles caused a nationwide panic with his broadcast of “War of the Worlds” – a realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth. The show began on Sunday, October 30, at 8 pm....more

UK Government Announces Changes to Bribery Regime

Recent strategy paper sets out a new institutional structure for investigating bribery and proposes a reporting mechanism carrying financial incentives for whistleblowers. On 7 October, as part of its strategy document...more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2013

Introduction - Welcome to the July/August 2013 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. In this month’s edition, the UK’s Serious Fraud Office files its first Bribery Act charges; a...more

How To Build A Culture Of Ethics And Compliance: The Greatest Article Ever – Part I

Donna Boehme and Jim McGrath continually rail against the notion that a ‘rogue employee’ causes the majority of bribery and corruption charges under such laws as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act. ...more

An Open Letter From SFO Director David Green On Facilitation Payments That You Don’t Know About

From our deck chairs we thought we’d share this with you. An open letter from David Green, Director of the SFO, in connection with facilitation payments. Originally Published on thebriberyact.com - August 22, 2013....more

SFO Brings First Charges Under the Bribery Act 2010

On August 14, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) published a press release announcing that it has charged four men with offenses of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to furnish false information,...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

UK Bribery Act Comes To Life?

On August 14, 2013, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) charged three British nationals with offenses under the UK Bribery Act 2010. This is the first Bribery Act prosecution brought by the SFO. While it is impossible to discern a...more

UK Bribery Act: Red Light, Green Light or Mixed-Signals?

The UK Government has announced a review of the Bribery Act 2010 and its intent to reduce the cost of compliance for small and medium-sized businesses. The main focus will apparently be on facilitation payments. These are...more

SFO & The Bribery Act: Sector Sweeps, Facilitation Payments & London Listed Companies

News reaches us of a private small round table session put together by Transparency International and attended by some from the US FCPA white collar community (we understand Mark Mendelsohn attended) and our very own David...more

A Status Check On The UK Bribery Act

The UK Bribery Act is still on the books – and there is very little enforcement action to report. Instead, we are treated to new personnel, policies and practices surrounding the UK Bribery Act, which so far has not amounted...more

A Year-End Update on the UK Bribery Act

Although 2012 did not bring a major prosecution, it was not without note-worthy events. The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), on top of the withdrawal of previous Bribery Act guidance and the publication of new guidelines in...more

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