U.K. Bribery Act

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    Law firm files alleged evidence of bribery against former client


    U.K.-based mining giant Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. is suing its former counsel and U.K. regulator the Serious Fraud Office for their complacency in leaking information about an investigation into the company for alleged bribery and corruption.

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    Transparency International U.K. launches anti-bribery portal


    Transparency International U.K. has launched a new online tool that provides up-to-date and in-depth guidance for businesses in understanding and tackling bribery.

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    The FCPA and the fight against terrorism


    Tom Fox looks at the U.S. government’s linking of corruption and terrorism and its intention to use the FCPA as incentive to enact and enforce strong international and domestic anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws.

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    Sweett Group to pay £2.25 million for Bribery Act violations


    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office last month sentenced and ordered the Sweett Group to pay £2.25 million ($3.21 million) to resolve an SFO investigation into the company’s activities in the United Arab Emirates. The conviction and punishment represents the first under Section 7 of the Bribery Act and offers many ...

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    Year in Review: Regulatory Enforcement in Europe


    Image: For compliance officers in Europe, 2015 has been a big year. Aside from focusing on reporting wrongdoing and promoting a speak-up culture, watchdogs have been keeping compliance practitioners busy with a barrage of regulations that show no sign of easing. As compliance officers wonder to what degree the past ...

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    Lessons From the SFO’s First Deferred-Prosecution Agreement


    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office struck its first-ever deferred-prosecution agreement with Standard Bank in November, giving companies some much-needed guidance on how to disclose misconduct. The SFO’s decision to use DPAs is part of a larger undertaking to put a quick end to corporate criminal cases and encourage cooperation between ...

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    First British DPA Provides Much to Ponder


    It has finally come to pass: the first deferred-prosecution agreement under the U.K. Bribery Act. From the role of judicial oversight (greater than that in the United States) to the final statement of facts (much greater than that in the United States), the settlement with ICBC Standard Bank is full ...

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    The Press and Exposure of Corruption: BAT Is Next


    Allegations of bribery can come to light in many ways, but one way not usually mentioned—that was prominently featured last week—is through news reports. This time the media outlet was the BBC, and the allegations were that bribery at British American Tobacco Co. had occurred in violation of the Bribery ...

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    Cost of Corruption: Now the Short-Sellers Are Here


    The costs of corruption come in many forms, not the least being painfully high penalties from regulators and lawsuits from unhappy shareholders. Now a new front has opened: Muddy Waters, a short-seller firm pressuring Swedish telecom company TeliaSonera, is accusing it of bribery in central Asia—and benefitting as the stock ...

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    Scottish Prosecutors Resolve Bribery Case With Brand-Rex for £200,000


    Scotland-based company Brand-Rex, a developer of cabling solutions for network infrastructure and industrial applications, last month reached a £212,800 civil settlement with Scottish prosecutors for failing to prevent bribery by a third party in violation of Section 7 of the U.K. Bribery Act. Details inside.