The UK Serious Fraud Office has now joined the DOJ and SEC in an investigation of possible overseas bribery by London-based Amec Foster Wheeler plc.
The company said in an SEC filing Tuesday the investigation “focuses on the past use of third parties and possible bribery and corruption and related offenses,” according to FCPA Tracker.… Continue Reading
Barry Vitou, a partner in Pinsent Masons in London and head of their Global Corporate Crime Team, talked with me this week about the future of the SFO.
We also talked about the “Blockbuster Funding” the SFO uses for special investigations, morale at the organization, and the challenges the SFO faces dealing with the press, public, and its government masters.… Continue Reading
The Financial Times reported Friday that anti-corruption groups, (Global Witness, Transparency International and Corruption Watch) had written to the Prime Minister and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office raising concerns about the integrity of the SFO’s investigation into the sale by GPT Special Project Management, an Airbus subsidiary, of communications equipment to the Saudi National Guard.… Continue Reading
Bloomberg reported this week that an informed but unidentified and unauthorized person, presumably not the director, had revealed that the Serious Fraud Office was preparing to ask the UK’s Treasury to supplement its annual budget of $37 million by more than 50 per cent in connection with its investigation of market-rigging and bribery allegations.… Continue Reading
A father and son arrested by the UK Serious Fraud Office during the investigation into allegations of bribery by jet engine maker Rolls Royce have been released from bail obligations, indicating they are likely to play no further role in the case.… Continue Reading
In his third report to the Cambridge Symposium on September 2, the Director of the SFO suggested that the proposal to amend s.7 of the Bribery Act 2010 to cover financial crimes was “gaining traction.”… Continue Reading
The director of the UK Serious Fraud Office said the agency is close to making more arrests in its bribery investigation of jet engine maker Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc.
The Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was published by the Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in November 2012. The Guide, the merits of which have been widely debated on the FCPA Blog, is now the subject of extensive discussion in the second edition of the Cambridge University Press Commentary on the OECD Convention on Bribery.… Continue Reading