UK Bribery Act

The UK Bribery Act is an act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom enacted in 2010 to prevent, combat and penalize acts of bribery. The Bribery Act creates four offenses: 1) bribing another person 2) being... more +
The UK Bribery Act is an act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom enacted in 2010 to prevent, combat and penalize acts of bribery. The Bribery Act creates four offenses: 1) bribing another person 2) being bribed 3) bribing a foreign official 4) failure of a corporation to prevent bribery on its behalf. The Act provides for very stringent penalties and is considered one of the toughest pieces of anti-bribery legislation in the world.  less -
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Battle of the Somme Week – Part III: Lessons from Brexit

There have been a plethora of new books about the Battle of the Somme. Daniel Todman reviewed several in an article for the Financial Times (FT), entitled “Stories of the Somme”. One of the books reviewed, Breakdown: The...more

"Cross-Border Investigations Update - June 2016"

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update takes a look at recent cases and enforcement trends, including proposed amendments to China’s commercial bribery law, the use in U.S. courts of compelled...more

UK Bribery Act – 5 lessons in 5 years: No. 4 – International Hurdles

The SFO has spread its wings. It has visibly increased its efforts to investigate companies for bribery and corruption offences and in the last year it has had success with a new weapon: the Section 7 UK Bribery Act...more

Blog: It’s #Brexit (for now). What you need to know about corporate criminal law in less than 500 words

In this post, our UK white collar crime partner, Louise Delahunty, considers the potential impact of a possible #Brexit on the UK’s implementation of the 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive; the UK government’s proposed...more

UK Bribery Act – 5 lessons in 5 years: No. 3 – Incentivising Self-Reporting

Bribery by its very nature is generally a secret matter. Self-reporting is therefore a useful tool by which the SFO can learn of, and take action against, wrongdoing. But what are the incentives for a company to self-report?...more

The UK Bribery Act: SFO Procedures and DPA Process

A couple of recent articles about the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) caught my attention. One was on thebriberyact.com, entitled “Opinion: DPA’s must show greater benefits. We discuss the Criteria & Process for a DPA set out...more

UK Bribery Act – 5 lessons in 5 years: No 2 – Unheard Voices

The corporate bribery offence has brought in a new age of enforcement, but at what cost to individuals who may be implicated? In the last few weeks of 2015, the enforcement landscape for corporate entities carrying on...more

SFO Spells Out What It Means By "Cooperation"

In a speech on 18 May 2016 Matthew Wagstaff, Joint Head of Bribery and Corruption at the Serious Fraud Office, spoke about what the Serious Fraud Office regards as proper cooperation. Michelle de Kluyver, Counsel at Allen &...more

UK Bribery Act – 5 lessons in 5 years

Love it or loathe it, the Bribery Act has put anti-corruption compliance on the boardroom agenda like nothing has done before. More than just ‘box ticking’- When the Bribery Act was introduced into the UK in 2011,...more

A COSO Look at Control Objectives

Brian Christensen, in an article in Corporate Compliance Insights (CCI) entitled “The Updated COSO Framework: Time for a Fresh Look at Internal Control”, said that the updated 2013 COSO Framework retained the core definition...more

Tackling Tax Evasion: New UK Strict Liability Corporate Criminal Offences

To engage businesses in the fight against tax evasion and dovetail with ongoing efforts to tackle corruption both nationally and internationally, the UK Government has committed to introduce a corporate offence of failing to...more

Corruption Risks and Corporate Social Responsibility Spending

Global companies have been embracing socially responsible spending projects to build stronger relationships with local communities. The idea makes a lot of sense and real projects can result in real benefits....more

Anti-Corruption Summit: Extending Corporate Liability for Economic Crimes?

In a keynote address at the London Anti-Corruption Summit, Prime Minister David Cameron raised the possibility of new U.K. legislation to make corporations liable for “failure to prevent” fraud or money-laundering offenses...more

Failure to Prevent Economic Crime: a Crime in the Making?

If a new corporate offence of failing to prevent economic crime is introduced in the UK, it will represent a huge expansion in corporate criminal liability and impose a very significant compliance burden on companies,...more

The Anti-Corruption Summit – UK Plans For A New Corporate Money-Laundering Offence, And A Host Of Other Proposals

On May 12, 2016, the UK’s Prime Minster David Cameron hosted the “Anti-Corruption Summit”, a first of its kind, bringing together world leaders, business, and civil society with the goal of seeking to agree on a package of...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for April 2016

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

Focus on Corruption: Myanmar - A New Beginning?

Historically, Myanmar has not been known as a country with a focus on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering. In 2015, the Frankfurt-based Transparency International ranked the country as one of the most corrupt places to...more

The Panama Effect: UK Government accelerates proposals to criminalise failure to prevent tax evasion

10 considerations for professionals and corporates worldwide in advance of the new law. Overview - In a move widely seen as a response to the so-called “Panama Papers” revelations, the UK Government has enhanced...more

French Anti-Corruption Reform Expected In 2016

France to introduce significant changes affecting large companies and top management, to improve current anti-bribery system. The French Parliament is expected to enact “Sapin II” on transparency, anti-corruption and...more

Lessons From The First S7 UK Bribery Act Case

Sweett Group plc has been ordered to pay GBP 2.25 million in penalties after pleading guilty to a failure to prevent bribery. From a hotel in the United Arab Emirates to Southwark Crown Court, the reach of the “toughest...more

Investigating The Investigators – What Happens To Your Seized Privileged Documents?

A challenge to the SFO’s use of its seize and sift powers to process privileged documents failed in McKenzie, R (On the Application Of) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office [2016] EWHC 102 (Admin). The High Court permitted...more

David Cameron announces acceleration of new corporate offence of failing to prevent "associated persons" from facilitating tax...

The UK Government has announced the proposed introduction of a new corporate offence of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. The new offence is likely to build on draft legislation produced in...more

DOJ Criminal Division Announces FCPA Pilot Program

The pilot program appears to put a tangible number on the potential amount of reduction in sanctions for cooperation, but in reality is not all that “new.” On April 5, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a...more

Anti-Bribery: Lessons From The First Deferred Prosecution Agreement — Between The SFO And A Bank

The Serious Fraud Office’s recent deferred prosecution agreement with Standard Bank, the first in the UK, provides a useful walk through the new legislation, but a more complex case is needed to shine some light on the...more

From Strength to Strength: Financial Sanctions

On 7 March 2016, the new Police and Crime Bill (the “Bill”) received its second reading in Parliament. The stated aims of the Bill are to bring consistency to all penalties across the UK financial sanctions regimes, increase...more

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