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European Compliance

Compliance issues in the Eurozone are more pressing than ever, amid major changes such as data privacy, Brexit, global commerce, and the need to harmonize various international regulatory regimes. Compliance Week sees compliance not as an issue of any one nation or region, which is why we spotlight the regulatory, governance, compliance and ethics issues in Europe as part of our effort to bring you the most important information and insight from around the world.

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Airbus revamping its compliance controls

Jaclyn Jaeger | May 26, 2017

Airbus announced this month the establishment of an independent review panel to help improve its compliance controls and culture, as the European aircraft maker faces numerous investigations into allegations of bribery and corruption across several countries.

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Reform on the horizon, as U.K. preps for next general election

Neil Hodge | May 23, 2017

U.K. citizens are headed to the polls for the fourth time in four years.  Whatever the outcome, the country is headed toward significant corporate governance reforms in terms of gender pay gaps, director nominations, social media, consumer protections, fraud prevention, corporate taxation, and more.

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London High Court strikes a blow to litigation privilege

Jaclyn Jaeger | May 19, 2017

The U.K. Serious Fraud Office this month won a victory in a landmark decision by the English High Court of Justice, limiting the application of litigation privilege in criminal investigations.

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Facebook and the EU: a compliance failure or skirting around the truth?

Paul Hodgson | May 19, 2017

Facebook’s record of complying with EU data and merger regulations is not looking good, as the company has racked up violations and fines from the European Commission and regulators in Italy and France.

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Google and its last-minute tax deals

Neil Hodge | May 16, 2017

There is a troubling trend for large companies to equate risk appetite with tax avoidance. Just ask Google, as the company is in talks to correct taxation of its Italian business.

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Auditors: How can they be appointed independently?

Paul Hodgson | May 15, 2017

A series of severe fines and reprimands involving auditor misconduct raises a thorny question: Could, or should, organizations have independently appointed auditors?

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Forget Comey, what about Borbély and Eckert?

Paul Hodgson | May 23, 2017

As FIFA quietly gets rid of the bulk of its ethics committee, it would appear that the agency’s internal reform efforts have come to an end in questionable fashion.

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SFO investigates Petrofac over Unaoil

Jaclyn Jaeger | May 15, 2017

The U.K. Serious Fraud Office confirmed that it is investigating the activities of oilfield services provider Petrofac, its subsidiaries, and their officers, employees and agents for suspected bribery, corruption and money laundering.

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A double whammy for the cosy club

Paul Hodgson | May 16, 2017

Directors in the United States and United Kingdom are facing increasingly divergent realities when it comes to regulatory accountability. And that gap is only growing.