On December 20 a jury in the UK acquitted two former employees of Guralp Systems Ltd, including its founder and former director, of conspiracy to make corrupt payments. This followed an acquittal two days earlier of the former finance chief of the company.… Continue Reading
Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) — nicknamed the “Mcmafia” law after the hit TV drama about Russian organized crime in London — received a lot of attention in the press as the solution to the UK’s dirty money problem.… Continue Reading
A UK High Court ruled on April 19 that if it had jurisdiction to do so, it would have found unlawful the SFO’s failure to require full witness accounts from a company subject to a Deferred Prosecution Agreement in order to ensure a fair trial for individuals.… Continue Reading
Despite the UK’s rhetoric about wanting a “world leading reputation for integrity” as a financial center, it has never prosecuted a single company or bank for money laundering.
Given the scale of money laundered through the UK, this is pretty extraordinary.… Continue Reading
The UK Serious Fraud Office has been investigating corruption allegations against Airbus subsidiary GPT on a Saudi contract overseen by the UK Military of Defense. The case has alarming similarities with the BAE-Al Yamamah case from a decade ago.… Continue Reading
UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s manifesto for the re-election of the Conservative Party launched last week commits her government if it wins (which all bets are on that it will) to incorporating the Serious Fraud Office into the National Crime Agency.… Continue Reading
The OECD is hosting an Anti-Bribery Ministerial meeting Wednesday (March 16) to discuss how to strengthen implementation of its Anti-Bribery Convention. One of the issues on the table for discussion is how to encourage voluntary disclosure by companies of wrongdoing and how settlements can be used to do that.… Continue Reading