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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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

The SFO’s “ongoing” investigation into Alstom – Further Charges

We originally wrote in 2014 about charges that had been brought in September of that year by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office against the French Multinational’s UK subsidiary, Alstom Network UK Ltd, and two former employees and...more

FinCrimes Update - February 2016 Summary, Volume 4, Issue 2

OCC AND FINCEN ASSESS CIVIL MONEY PENALTIES AGAINST FLORIDA-BASED WEALTH MANAGEMENT FIRM FOR BSA VIOLATIONS - On February 25, the OCC, in coordination with FinCEN, announced that it took action against a Florida-based...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #18

FCA planning review of retained CCA provisions - FCA is seeking input on the planning phase of the review of retained provisions of the Consumer Credit Act (CCA). FCA is required to review remaining CCA provisions and to...more

The UK Bribery Act reaches the Middle East

What has happened? The UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) secured a recent victory against foreign bribery when, on 19 February 2016, Sweett Group Plc (Sweett), a company headquartered in London, was sentenced and ordered...more

Failure to prevent bribery: The first s7 sentence - This article looks at the first court sentence for failure to prevent bribery...

The Bribery Act 2010 has been in force for over four years. For much of that time, businesses have waited for clarification of the s7 offence of failure to prevent bribery. Finally, near the end of 2015, the first DPA was...more

London-Based Global Building and Infrastructure Company Ordered to Pay £2.25 Million in First UK Section 7 Conviction

Following its December guilty plea in the UK, a London-based global building and infrastructure company on Friday was ordered by a UK court to pay £2.25 million (including a fine of £1.4 million) for violating Section 7 of...more

Sweett Sentence Provides Guidance for DPAs

After its guilty plea to an offence under the UK Bribery Act, Sweett Group PLC was sentenced on February 19, 2016 at Southwark Crown Court, and ordered to pay a total £2.25 million penalty for the offence. The international...more

Sweett Group Convicted for Failing to Prevent Bribery

The Serious Fraud Office announced that Sweett Group Plc had been convicted and sentenced for failing to prevent bribery by an associated person under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010. It is the first conviction of the...more

2016 Trends #8: Getting Serious About Anti-Bribery & Corruption Efforts and Third-Party Risk Management

By now, most organizations understand the importance of identifying and addressing any exposure they have to violations of anti-corruption and bribery (ABC) laws. Much attention has been given to recent cases, and to...more

A "French Bribery (and Sunshine) Act" is about to be launched - a legal revolution is underway in France

France has been for a long time lagging behind on the field of anti-corruption laws. In 2012, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development raised serious concerns regarding the lack of bribery convictions in...more

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