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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 -

Failure to prevent – the future of corporate criminal liability

by WilmerHale on

Since a 1971 dispute over the pricing of washing powder, English law has required that for acts to be attributable to a corporation they must represent the directing mind and will of that organisation. The “identification...more

Globalizing Your Compliance Program

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Multinational companies continue to face intense enforcement scrutiny related to their global compliance practices by oversight authorities worldwide. These companies rely heavily on local regulatory developments, evolving...more

Europe Insights

Despite a year of continued global political uncertainty and increasing enforcement, shareholder activism and foreign investment control activity, the 2018 outlook for Europe is positive overall. Skadden partners in the U.K.,...more

Digging Into the Details of New FCPA Guidance From the U.S. Justice Department

Over the last 10 years, 143 companies have paid a combined $10.9 billion to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases. That staggering price tag shows the U.S. Department of Justice’s willingness to go after alleged...more

King Arthur, the Roundtable, and Modern Day Lessons for Compliance Officers

by Thomas Fox on

How the Arthurian legends inform your modern-day compliance program....more

Businesses face unlimited fines for failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Introduction - As part of a global crackdown on tax evasion, the Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the Act) introduced a new offence. From 30 September 2017, an organisation commits a criminal offence if an employee or...more

"Absolute Liability" for a Failure to Prevent Foreign Bribery: Significant Change Ahead in Australia?

by Jones Day on

On 6 December 2017, Australia's Federal Government tabled the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2017 ("Bill"), which contains various amendments to Australia's foreign bribery regime, including...more

Significant Reform Signalled for Australia's Foreign Bribery Regime

by Jones Day on

On 6 December 2017, the Commonwealth Government announced its intention to significantly reform Australia's existing anti-foreign bribery regime. The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2017, now...more

Hardening law, blockchain and managing multi-faceted international legal risk – key themes at this year’s UN Forum on Business and...

by Hogan Lovells on

This week, the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva brought together representatives of business, government and civil society for three days of open, frank and constructive dialogue.  ...more

Facilitation payments no longer permissible under Canadian anti-corruption law

by DLA Piper on

Canada's repeal of the "facilitation payments" exception in its foreign anti-corruption law widens the rift between the United States, which permits such payments, and the majority of other countries, which prohibit them....more

Compliance Needs the Human Element

by Thomas Fox on

The key begins with leadership, where top management needs “to define the corporate culture and standards of behaviour, and improve capabilities in technology and processes. They also need to build trust among customers,...more

The failure to prevent tax evasion

by WilmerHale on

The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (“the Act”)1 came into force on 30 September 2017. The Act contains a patchwork of new powers, and amendments to existing legislation, largely directed at combatting money laundering and...more

Facilitation payments are no longer permissible under Canadian anti-corruption law

by Dentons on

As of October 31, 2017, “Facilitation Payments” are no longer a permissible category of payment under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, SC 1998, c 34 (the “CFOPA”). The removal of the exemption from the CFOPA...more

Canada Just Outlawed Facilitation Payments. Should You?

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On October 31, 2017, an amendment to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (“CFPOA”), Canada’s analog to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), made illegal defined ‘facilitation payments.’ The CFPOA now...more

Financial crime and investigations update for UK corporates

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The law and practice relating to financial crime and investigations is evolving fast. In the past 18 months we have seen two new Acts aimed at combatting financial crime (including the creation of two new corporate criminal...more

Thaler Wins the Nobel Prize and Informs Compliance Programs

by Thomas Fox on

Richard H. Thaler won the Nobel Prize in Economics yesterday. Binyamin Appelbaum, reporting in a New York Times (NYT) a piece entitled, “Nobel in Economics Is Awarded to Richard Thaler”, wrote that “Thaler, whose work has...more

We Can Ignore This French Sapin II Law, Right?

by Bryan Cave on

Wrong. The law Sapin II (Law 2016-1691 of 27 December 2016) has been in force for several months, but the consultation draft of the guidelines is not expected to be issued by the Agence Française Anti-corruption (AFA) (French...more

Financial crime and investigations update for UK corporates

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The law and practice relating to financial crime and investigations is evolving fast. In the past 18 months we have seen two new Acts aimed at combatting financial crime (including the creation of two new corporate criminal...more

The Corporate Offences of Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion – What It Means for You

by Reed Smith on

The United Kingdom’s Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the “Act”) creates two new corporate offences of failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion (the “Corporate Offences”). These new Corporate Offences will be committed where...more

UPDATE: New UK Offences of Failure to Prevent Facilitation of Tax Evasion – looming deadline

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In May 2016, we published an Alert about UK proposals to introduce new strict liability corporate criminal offences aimed at preventing the facilitation of tax evasion. Andy Howard, Tax partner in the Ropes & Gray London...more

New tax evasion facilitation offences in force 30 September 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Two new corporate criminal offences come into force on 30 September 2017. The new offences can make a company criminally liable if it fails to prevent the facilitation of UK or non-UK tax evasion by an employee, agent or...more

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

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

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