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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

Tesco and the future of UK DPAs

The recent acquittal of three former members of Tesco senior management raises important questions for companies about the UK DPA process.

The SFO has also just decided to terminate the investigation into the Rolls-Royce managers after the company had entered into a DPA and accepted fines of $800 million based on the guilt of those same individuals.… Continue Reading

UK ends graft investigations of GSK and individuals at Rolls-Royce

The UK Serious Fraud Office said Friday it has closed bribery investigations into UK-based GlaxoSmithKline PLC and individuals at subsidiaries of Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC.

SFO director Lisa Osofsky said in a statement there was “either insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction or it is not in the public interest to bring a prosecution in these cases.”… Continue Reading

SFO charges two in Unaoil probe

The UK Serious Fraud Office said Thursday it charged two men in connection with its investigation of Unaoil.

Ziad Akle and Basil Al Jarah were both accused of conspiracy to pay bribes to help Unaoil’s client SBM Offshore NV win contracts in Iraq.… Continue Reading

UK enforcement: Charging Barclays is a good first step to ending corporate impunity

Until the SFO announced its charges against Barclays, not a single UK bank or individual had faced criminal prosecution for their role in the financial crisis of 2008.

The financial crisis and the recession that resulted is the root cause of the austerity measures that are causing such deep damage to the UK’s public bodies, including local councils, the National Health Service, fire departments and schools.… Continue Reading

UK investigates KPMG for Rolls-Royce audits

The United Kingdom accounting regulator said Thursday it has opened an investigation into KPMG for audits the firm did for long-time client Rolls-Royce Holdings plc.

The Financial Reporting Council or FRC said its decision to investigate KPMG “follows the SFO announcement on 17 January 2017 of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement between the SFO and Rolls-Royce which relates to offenses including conspiracy to corrupt and a failure to prevent bribery.”… Continue Reading

Rahul Rose on Unaoil: But are agents immune from prosecution?

There’s a growing sense that agents and intermediaries that facilitate corrupt deals are immune from prosecution in the UK.

The Unaoil case — and it should be stressed that no allegations of corruption against the company have been proven — provides an opportunity to rectify this perception of impunity for intermediaries.… Continue Reading