Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • April 24, 2024

    Chicago Museum Accuses New York DA Of Art Seizure Overreach

    The Art Institute of Chicago has urged a New York criminal court to give back an Egon Schiele drawing seized by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, saying the artwork was never looted by Nazis and prosecutors have no business litigating a civil ownership dispute.

  • April 24, 2024

    Oligarch's Family Can't Nix €1.5B Bankruptcy Bid

    The widow and a daughter of the late Russian cement oligarch Oleg Bourlakov stumbled in their global legal battle with relatives over his fortune after a London judge declined to stop €1.48 billion ($1.59 billion) bankruptcy proceedings in St. Petersburg.

  • April 24, 2024

    Post Office GC Didn't Know To Disclose Witness Misled Court

    As he gave evidence to an inquiry Wednesday, the Post Office's former general counsel said external law firm Cartwright King didn't tell him that the fact that an expert witness lied to the court when testifying against subpostmasters needed to be disclosed.

  • April 24, 2024

    Feds Nab Latest OneCoin Plea On $35M Laundering Charge

    An eighth defendant has been charged by federal prosecutors over the global OneCoin cryptocurrency scam and has pled guilty to laundering about $35 million in illicit proceeds through bank accounts he controlled in China and Hong Kong.

  • April 24, 2024

    Fund Manager Denies Losing Jailed Politician's Wife £8M

    A fund manager has denied transferring €28 million ($30 million) from the account of an imprisoned Turkish politician's wife without her permission, claiming she gave written instructions to invest the money in emerging markets.

  • April 24, 2024

    Ex-England Footballer Banned As Director For Unpaid Tax

    Former England football international John Barnes has been banned from being a company director after his business failed to pay more than £190,000 ($236,000) in tax, a U.K. government agency announced on Wednesday.

  • April 24, 2024

    Boris Becker Settles With Creditors Over Missing Trophies

    Boris Becker's creditors have agreed not to chase the multiple Grand Slam tennis champion over the missing trophies he was accused of hiding to dodge paying debts, lawyers for the Wimbledon winner and bankruptcy trustees told a London court Wednesday.

  • April 24, 2024

    Ex-Law Firm Partner Fails To Toss SRA Dishonesty Allegation

    A former equity partner in a real estate conveyancing firm failed on Wednesday to have a tribunal prevent the Solicitors Regulation Authority from accusing him of dishonesty, as it ruled that an offer by the watchdog to settle did not mean he should not have expected the allegation.

  • April 24, 2024

    EU Keeps Gibraltar, Panama, UAE On AML Blacklist

    Gibraltar, Panama and the United Arab Emirates should remain on the European Union's blacklist of high-risk countries for money laundering, the European Parliament said, stopping the EU from following the lead of a global organization promoting standards for countries to fight those crimes.

  • April 24, 2024

    SFO Admits Deleting Osofsky's Phone Amid ENRC Leaks Row

    The Serious Fraud Office acknowledged on Wednesday that it "inappropriately" erased the mobile phone of its former director, Lisa Osofsky, during litigation over alleged leaks in what mining giant ENRC told a London court was a "flagrant breach" of its disclosure obligations.

  • April 24, 2024

    EU Says 3 States Aren't Correctly Following AML Law

    The European Commission said Wednesday that three European Union countries — Ireland, France and Latvia — aren't correctly implementing the bloc's laws against money laundering, meaning that the countries now have two months to correct the shortcomings.

  • April 24, 2024

    Disclosure Review Calls For Early Talks To Speed Cases

    Early talks between prosecutors and defendants could ease the pressures of disclosure in complex economic crime cases where the large volume of online evidence creates a risk that suspects will be denied a fair trial, a government-backed review advised Wednesday.

  • April 24, 2024

    IP Firm Can't Take Bid To Block Clients' Case To Top Court

    Britain's highest court has rejected a final attempt by Marks & Clerk LLP to block thousands of former clients from bringing a bribery class action over alleged secret commission payments, ruling that the law firm did not put forward any arguable legal challenges that justified an appeal.

  • April 23, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy Tech Exec Doubted 'Bizarre' $6M Deal, Jury Told

    Autonomy's ex-chief technology officer testified Tuesday in the California federal fraud trial of former CEO Michael Lynch that he had concerns about Autonomy's "bizarre" 2010 deal to sell $6 million in repackaged hardware, which prosecutors allege was never delivered and was only used to artificially inflate Autonomy's revenues.

  • April 23, 2024

    Post Office GC Felt 'Scapegoated' Over Horizon Review

    The Post Office's former general counsel felt "scapegoated" over the conclusions of an independent report she commissioned into the IT system used to prosecute hundreds of innocent people, she told the inquiry into the scandal Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2024

    RGL Confirms Woodford Claim Against Hargreaves Lansdown

    RGL Group confirmed Tuesday it is pursuing a fresh claim against investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown over the collapse of Woodford Equity Investment Fund.

  • April 23, 2024

    UK Shuts Business For Fraudulent Timeshare Exit Claims

    The U.K. government said Tuesday that it has shut down an unregulated timeshare exit company after finding that it was "misleading hundreds of clients" by offering them help with complications in their timeshare contracts.

  • April 23, 2024

    Ex-Law Firm Partner Fights SRA's Dishonesty Accusation

    A former partner at a conveyancing firm urged a London tribunal on Tuesday to dismiss the Solicitors Regulation Authority's claim that he had acted dishonestly during a real estate transaction, arguing that the regulator abused the tribunal process.

  • April 23, 2024

    FCA To Return £530K To Investors From Deposit-Taking Scam

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Tuesday it will return £533,000 ($664,000) in recovered money to investors who were hit by a deposit scam run through two companies, including a soccer league operator.

  • April 23, 2024

    FCA Charges Man With Fraud In £2.7M Investment Scheme

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Tuesday that it had charged a British man with fraud after he hid "significant losses" from investors as part of a £2.67 million ($3.33 million) scheme trading on foreign exchange markets.

  • April 23, 2024

    Bank Of Ireland Used Deceit To Loan Millions, Investor Claims

    Bank of Ireland allegedly deceived a real estate investment business into borrowing millions from it by giving inflated property evaluations based on old estimates that were £1.2 million ($1.5 million) higher than up-to-date figures, according to a London court filing.

  • April 23, 2024

    FCA Clarifies Greenwashing Rule, Extends ESG regime

    The Financial Conduct Authority has published clarifying final guidance on its anti-greenwashing rule for all regulated firms, saying on Tuesday that it will also extend its broader sustainability regime to include portfolio managers.

  • April 23, 2024

    Top UK Court Blocks Gazprom Unit's Russian UniCredit Claim

    Britain's highest court upheld an injunction on Tuesday barring a Gazprom subsidiary from pursuing a €450 million ($480 million) claim against UniCredit Bank AG in Russia after the German lender withheld financing for the construction of gas processing plants because of sanctions.

  • April 22, 2024

    Trader Behind £1.4B Tax Fraud Thought Trades Were Valid

    A British trader accused of being the mastermind of a fraudulent trading scheme that cost Denmark's tax authority £1.4 billion ($1.7 billion) genuinely believed that the trades worked, his lawyer told a London court on Monday.

  • April 22, 2024

    Med Tech Founder Denies Deceiving Investors For $20M Sale

    The co-founder of a medical technology business has denied concealing his financial interest in a $20 million deal to purchase shares in his company, claiming he was never told it was important to reveal the seller's identity to the investment company.

Expert Analysis

  • What Extending Corporate Liability Will Mean For Foreign Cos.

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    Certain sections of the Economic Crime Act enacted in December 2023 make it easier to prosecute companies for economic crimes committed abroad, and organizations need to consider their exposure and the new ways they can be held liable for the actions of their personnel, say Dan Hudson at Seladore Legal and Christopher Coltart at 2 Hare Court.

  • Due Diligence Pointers After Entain Deferred Prosecution Deal

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    The Crown Prosecution Service's £615 million settlement with Entain last month signifies that the CPS is a serious enforcer of corporate crime, and illustrates the importance of carrying out a tailored risk assessment in preparation for and following an acquisition, say Matthew Cowie and Aziz Rahman at Rahman Ravelli.

  • A Consequential Moment For Sanctions Activity

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    It is clear from the U.K. Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation's review of the 2022-2023 financial year that the unprecedented scale of designated persons and the value of assets frozen as a result has placed enormous pressure on OFSI and its partners, say lawyers at Greenberg Traurig.

  • ECJ Ruling Triggers Reconsiderations Of Using AI In Hiring

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    A recent European Court of Justice ruling, clarifying that the General Data Protection Regulation could apply to decisions made by artificial intelligence, serves as a warning to employers, as the use of AI in recruitment may lead to more discrimination claims, say Dino Wilkinson and James Major at Clyde & Co.

  • Economic Crime Act Offers Welcome Reform To AML Regime

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    The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act exemption for mixed-property transactions that came into force on Jan. 15 as part of the U.K.'s anti-money laundering regime is long overdue, and should end economic harm to businesses, giving banks confidence to adopt a more pragmatic approach, say Matthew Getz and Joseph Fox-Davies at Pallas Partners.

  • 3 Financial Services Hot Topics To Watch In 2024

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    Technology, ESG and private markets are set to have the greatest impact on financial markets in 2024, as firms grapple with increasing regulatory change and a shifting political backdrop on both sides of the Atlantic, says Matthew Allen at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Key Litigation Funding Rulings Will Drive Reform In 2024

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    Ground-breaking judgments on disputes funding and fee arrangements from 2023 — including that litigation funding agreements could be damages-based agreements, rendering them unenforceable — will bring legislative changes in 2024, which could have a substantial impact on litigation risk for several sectors, say Verity Jackson-Grant and David Bridge at Simmons & Simmons.

  • 10 Global Antitrust Trends To Anticipate In 2024

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    Proactive navigation of the antitrust enforcement environment remains crucial this year as legal policy and tools evolve to meet intensifying global economic complexity, including geopolitical tensions, trade realignment, market volatility and inflation, say attorneys at Freshfields.

  • Breaking Down The New Rules For High Net Worth Individuals

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    Andrew Northage at Walker Morris outlines what businesses need to be aware of to ensure ongoing compliance with revised conditions in the U.K. government's updated financial promotion exemptions for high net worth individuals and sophisticated investors, and suggests a few practical tips for businesses to follow.

  • How Data Privacy Law Cases Are Evolving In UK, EU And US

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    To see where the law is heading in 2024, it is worth looking at privacy litigation and enforcement trends from last year, where we saw a focus on General Data Protection Regulation regulatory enforcement actions in the U.K. and EU, and class actions brought by private plaintiffs in the U.S., say lawyers at Morgan Lewis.

  • Misleading Airline Ads Offer Lessons To Avoid Greenwashing

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    Following the Advertising Standards Authority's recent decision that three airlines' adverts misled customers about their environmental impact, companies should ensure that their green claims comply with legal standards to avoid risking reputational damage, which could have financial repercussions, say Elaina Bailes and Olivia Shaw at Stewarts.

  • CMA Guidance Can Help Businesses Act On Climate Change

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    Guidance recently published by the Competition and Markets Authority, which explains how competition law applies to sustainability and climate change agreements, provides clarity for businesses seeking to collaborate and emphasizes the regulator’s open-door policy, says Andrew Maxwell at Freeths.

  • An Overview Of UK Short Selling Regulation Reforms

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    The steps taken by the U.K. government to reform the short selling regime show a thoughtful and considered approach and a willingness to listen to industry feedback in adapting the legacy EU regime to the realities of the U.K. markets, say Anna Maleva-Otto and Matthew Dow at Schulte Roth.

  • Supreme Court Ruling Is A Gift To Insolvency Practitioners

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    As corporate criminal liability is in sharp focus, the Supreme Court's recent decision in Palmer v. Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court that administrators are not company officers and should not be held liable under U.K. labor law is instructive in focusing on the substance and not merely the title of a person's role within a company, say lawyers at Greenberg Traurig.

  • What Can Be Learned From Adobe-Figma Merger Termination

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    The Competition and Markets Authority’s role in the recent termination of the proposed Adobe-Figma merger deal indicates the regulator's intention to be seen as a strong enforcer in the technology sphere, and serves as a warning for companies to address antitrust risks early on in the merger process, say Deirdre Taylor and Molly Heslop at Gibson Dunn.

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