This month the UK Serious Fraud Office published new guidance about how it assesses the effectiveness of the companies it investigates. The SFO’s eight-page document “Evaluating Compliance Programs” arrived with very little fanfare late last week.… Continue Reading
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
The SFO’s decade-long investigation of Paris-based Alstom ended Monday with the sentencing of a UK subsidiary for bribery in Tunisia.… Continue Reading
The chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Jay Clayton, chose a speech in September to the Economic Club of New York to argue that when it comes to enforcement of anti-corruption laws, the United States is “acting largely alone.”… Continue Reading
The former CEO and former chief operations officer of Monaco-based Unaoil pleaded guilty in March to arranging millions in bribes to officials in at least ten countries, and a former Unaoil business development director pleaded guilty in August last year, the DOJ said Wednesday.… Continue Reading
The Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) Corporate Co-operation Guidance has arrived in the form of a five-page document. In it, the SFO defines co-operation as “providing assistance to the SFO that goes above and beyond what the law requires” and details eleven general practices that companies should consider when preserving material and giving it to the SFO.… Continue Reading
On July 4, 2019, the UK’s fifth Deferred Prosecution Agreement was approved. The DPA is between the Serious Fraud Office and Serco Geografix Limited (SGL), a subsidiary of Serco Group PLC, and relates to fraud and false accounting offenses.… Continue Reading
The UK Serious Fraud Office fined FH Bertling Ltd £850,000 ($1 million) Monday for bribes to secure contracts in Angola.
The investigation and prosecution focused on Germany-headquartered FH Bertling’s involvement in an oil project in Angola and employees bribing a local state oil company official to secure $20 million in shipping contracts, the SFO said. … Continue Reading
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