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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 -

Everything Compliance-Episode 12

by Thomas Fox on

Show Notes for Episode 12, the Summer Haze Edition The dog days of summer are on the horizon and the Houston Astros lead the major leagues in winning percentage. Coincidence that the US pulls out of the Paris Climate Accords...more

English High Court Decision Further Curtails Application of Legal Privilege in Internal Investigations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Corporations should take steps to ensure their internal investigations are not used against them in English litigation. A recent decision in an English court could have important consequences for internal corporate...more

Are you ready for the Criminal Finances Bill 2017?

by Hogan Lovells on

In December 2016 we considered the changes proposed by the Criminal Finances Bill (the Bill) in "All change for money laundering regulation? - Impact for the private equity industry." On 27 April 2017, the Criminal Finances...more

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

by WilmerHale on

This article follows on from “Part I: Detecting bribery", which also contains a summary of the background to the OECD’s Phase 4 Report. For completeness, a short background section is repeated here....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

Corporate Criminal Offence: Failure to Prevent Facilitation of Tax Evasion

The Criminal Finance Act 2017 received Royal Assent on April 27, 2017, making its way onto the statute book before the halting of Parliamentary business ahead of this year’s general election. As well as giving enforcement...more

Corporate criminal liability risk increases for financial services

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Criminal Finances Act 2017, which received Royal Assent last week, contains the largest expansion of UK corporate criminal liability since the Bribery Act 2010 and one of the most significant overhauls of money laundering...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

Blog: Failure to Prevent Criminal Facilitation of Tax Evasion

by Cooley LLP on

The new UK “failure to prevent criminal facilitation of tax evasion” domestic and overseas offences will almost certainly become effective in or before September 2017. What does this mean for companies and firms? The offences...more

Criminalising bribery in the Kenyan private sector

by Dentons on

The Bribery Act, 2016 (the Act) was enacted by the Kenyan Parliament to provide for the prevention, investigation and punishment of bribery, amongst other things. The Act, which is largely modelled on the United Kingdom’s...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

Data Analysis In a Compliance Best Practices Program

by Thomas Fox on

An in-depth look at the use of data analysis in a best practices compliance program under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act or other anti-corruption compliance regime....more

Termination of a Third-Party – Planning Can Reduce the Pain

by Thomas Fox on

The European concern Airbus has been in the news recently for corruption issues. According to an article in the Financial Times (FT), entitled “Airbus sued by middlemen fired following fraud inquiry”, its annual report lists...more

Australia's foreign bribery laws - new offence for Australian companies proposed

by DLA Piper on

The Attorney-General's Department recently published a consultation paper on proposed amendments to Australia's existing laws on foreign bribery. The proposed changes to existing laws, and introduction of a new offence...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

Corporate Compliance Programs: US and UK Perspectives

by Dechert LLP on

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

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

China’s New Graft-Buster and What It Means for Multinational Companies Operating There

by Kobre & Kim on

As China’s anti-corruption campaign continues to make headlines, a new pilot program promises to streamline regulation, foreboding increased scrutiny and harsher punishments for multinational companies operating there....more

The Bribery Act and Management of Commercial Intermediaries

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Omani companies with UK shareholders (whether minority or majority) could be forgiven for believing that the UK Bribery Act 2010 (the Act) does not apply to their operations in the Sultanate of Oman. However, two recent cases...more

UK Policing and Crime Act Receives Royal Assent

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Policing and Crime Act 2017 was enacted. The Act has wide reaching implications, including for the financial services industry. Among other things, the Act creates new civil monetary penalties and increases the maximum...more

"Regional Focus: Europe"

Skadden attorneys James A. McDonald, Elizabeth Robertson and Robert W. Stirling in London; Pascal Bine and Olivier Diaz in Paris; and Matthias Horbach and Stephan Hutter in Frankfurt provide insights on the developments...more

Serious Fraud Office Makes Big Splash with UK Bribery Act Resolution with Rolls Royce

by Michael Volkov on

After years of fits and starts, and promises and disappointments, the Serious Fraud Office and the UK Bribery Act made its initial splash on the anti-corruption enforcement landscape. Since 2011, companies have been...more

All change for UK money laundering regulation? - Impact for the private equity industry

by Hogan Lovells on

A number of very significant changes are being made to the UK anti-money laundering regime. Of particular interest to the private equity industry will be the proposed new criminal offence of failure to prevent the...more

Modern Enforcement: Rolls-Royce’s $800 Million Global Settlement

by Bracewell LLP on

Rolls-Royce plc, a UK-based company that manufactures engines and generators for the aerospace, defense, marine, and energy sectors, has agreed to pay over $800 million to resolve parallel investigations by U.S., UK, and...more

Sapin II - France’s War on Corruption

by K&L Gates LLP on

In July 2015, Michel Sapin, the French Minister of Finance, summarized his proposals for a new French law prohibiting corruption and seeking “transparency in economic life”. That law, modeled after the U.S. Foreign Corrupt...more

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