Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • June 26, 2024

    Serco Case Could Spur Claims Despite Absence Of Case Law

    Serco's recent mid-trial settlement with investors over an overcharging scandal means key legal questions in a novel area of law remain untested — but suggests there is value to be had for shareholders suing several other London-listed companies following stock price drops.

  • June 26, 2024

    Financier Seeks Absolution In Vatican Real Estate Deal Trial

    An Italian financier and his companies argued at a London trial Wednesday that the Vatican's allegations that he was involved in an unlawful conspiracy over a London property deal are "incoherent and confused," claiming he acted in good faith throughout the transactions.

  • June 26, 2024

    Ex-BHS Director Ordered To Pay £50M Over Firm's Collapse

    A London judge has ordered a former director of the now-defunct British Home Stores to pay £50 million ($63.2 million) in damages after concluding he had committed trading misfeasance and wrongful trading during the company's high-profile downfall.

  • June 26, 2024

    FCA Asked To Block Shein IPO Over Forced Labor Concerns

    A Uyghur rights group said Wednesday that it has teamed up with Leigh Day to block Shein from floating on the London Stock Exchange over concerns it uses forced labor.

  • June 26, 2024

    Gas Plant Subcontractor Fights £170M Fraud Suit On Appeal

    A gas plant subcontractor relaunched its fight on Wednesday to strike out an engineering company's £170 million ($215 million) claim that it lied about its experience building similar plants ahead of a failed project.

  • June 26, 2024

    Workers Can Appeal Dyson Forced Labor Case In Malaysia

    Migrant workers in Malaysia have won their bid for a second chance to convince the courts that their allegations of forced labor and mistreatment by their employer, ATA Industrial, a large publicly listed Malaysian manufacturer, should be heard in the U.K., the law firm representing them said Wednesday.

  • June 26, 2024

    Mitie Settles £260M Prison Contract Award Dispute With Gov't

    The U.K.'s Ministry of Justice has settled a claim brought by prison services contractor Mitie that accused the government of unlawfully awarding a £260 million ($328 million) prison management contract to its rival.

  • June 26, 2024

    SDT Should Have Granted Anonymity In Iraqi AML Probe

    A London court has ruled that the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal should have granted an anonymity order to protect client privilege amid its probe into a solicitor's dealings with an Iraqi family, but the judge agreed that the lawyer did not breach anti-money laundering regulations.

  • June 26, 2024

    Aviva Sees 39% Rise In Insurance Fraud Claims

    Insurance giant Aviva on Wednesday said it spotted 39% more instances of fraud in 2023 than it did in the year previous, despite the value of fraudulent claims being lower than 2022.

  • July 03, 2024

    Paul Hastings Adds 12-Lawyer White Collar Team In Paris

    Paul Hastings LLP has boosted its capacity to advise clients on white collar cases and legal actions concerning environmental, social and governance matters by hiring a team of 12 lawyers from a specialist litigation and investigations firm in Paris.

  • June 25, 2024

    Hedge Fund Exec Avoids Prison After Forex-Rigging Trial

    The founder of U.K.-based Glen Point Capital on Tuesday was spared prison time following his conviction at trial for unlawfully manipulating the foreign exchange market in order to secure a $20 million payout for the hedge fund.

  • June 25, 2024

    UK Billionaire's Pilot Avoids Prison For Insider Trading

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced a former private jet pilot to house arrest Tuesday for insider trading on stock tips from his billionaire boss Joe Lewis, finding that a prison term would be unfair in comparison to Lewis' non-incarceratory sentence.

  • June 25, 2024

    Int'l Paper Gets US Clearance On $7.2B DS Smith Buy

    International Paper Co. and its U.K. competitor DS Smith PLC said Tuesday that the waiting period for U.S. antitrust authorities to try and block their planned roughly $7.2 billion merger has expired. 

  • June 25, 2024

    NatWest Faces Fight To Revive Design School Fraud Case

    The founders of an interior design school asked an appeals court to revive their fraud claim against NatWest on Tuesday, arguing that a settlement did not block their case that the bank pretended to help while trying to take the school's assets.

  • June 25, 2024

    Law Firm Faces £35M Suit Over Troubled Care Home Scheme

    Liquidators for a now-defunct group of companies have accused a law firm of ignoring the signs that their client was defrauding investors out of millions of pounds through a luxury care home Ponzi scheme.

  • June 25, 2024

    Assange Plea Deal Vindicates 'Fight To The End' Strategy

    Julian Assange's plea deal with U.S. authorities has validated his legal team's decision to throw the kitchen sink opposing extradition, a strategy that may have cooled prosecutors' appetite for seeing the Wikileaks founder spend more time behind bars, lawyers say.

  • July 02, 2024

    Top White Collar Barrister Jumps Ship To Fountain Court

    A top corporate crime barrister has joined Fountain Court Chambers to boost its offering to high-net-worth individuals and corporate defendants in major investigations by the Serious Fraud Office and other authorities, the set has said.

  • June 25, 2024

    Insurtech Body Calls For Regulatory Shakeup To Fuel Growth

    The next government must create a "positive, enabling policy environment" that allows more insurance technology firms to enter the market and facilitates better funding to drive growth in the sector, a trade body said Tuesday.

  • June 24, 2024

    Julian Assange To Plead Guilty To US Charge, Feds Say

    Julian Assange will plead guilty to a single count of conspiring to disclose national security information, the U.S. Department of Justice told a federal court in the Northern Mariana Islands on Monday, likely ending the WikiLeaks founder's long-running battle to avoid a U.S. prison sentence.

  • June 24, 2024

    Fragrance Co. Fined €15.9M For Deleting WhatsApp Messages

    The European Commission fined International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. €15.9 million ($17 million) on Monday, after enforcers said a senior employee deleted WhatsApp messages during an investigation of potential anti-competitive activity in the fragrance industry.

  • June 24, 2024

    Businessman Sentenced For Disclosure Failings In Fraud Suit

    A real estate investor was given a suspended sentence by a London judge Monday for failing to hand over information about his financial assets to investors suing him for alleged fraud, despite a court order.

  • June 24, 2024

    BHS Asks For £133M In Damages From Former Director

    Liquidators for now-defunct retail chain British Home Stores argued Monday that one of the company's former directors owes it £133.5 million ($169.2 million), maintaining that the court should calculate damages from the day he was found to have agreed to a loan that was not in the interests of shareholders and not likely to save the business.

  • June 24, 2024

    German Banker's Cum-Ex Trial Dropped Due To Health

    The former chairman of M.M. Warburg & Co. KGaA will not face trial for alleged dividend-tax evasion linked to cum-ex transactions spanning from 2006 to 2019 after a German court halted the trial due to his health, according to a Monday court statement.

  • June 24, 2024

    Ex-Chief Of EU Lender Probed Over Corruption Allegations

    Werner Hoyer, the former head of the European Union's lending arm, is being investigated by the bloc's public prosecutor over corruption, abuse of influence and misappropriation allegations that he said on Monday were "unfounded and baseless."

  • June 24, 2024

    Dentons' Inadvertent AML Error Wasn't SRA Misconduct

    Dentons' U.K. arm failed in handling anti-money laundering checks on a politically exposed former client, but its oversight was entirely inadvertent and therefore did not amount to professional misconduct, a London tribunal has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • Independent Regulator Could Chip Away At FIFA Autonomy

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    After the U.K.'s recent proposal for an independent football regulator, FIFA's commitment to safeguarding football association autonomy remains unwavering, despite a history of complexities arising from controversies in the bidding and hosting of major tournaments, say Yasin Patel at Church Court Chambers and Caitlin Haberlin-Chambers at SLAM Global.

  • A Look At The Latest EU Alternative Investment Regulation

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    Recent amendments to the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive governing a range of alternative investment funds reflect a growing regulatory focus on nonbanking financial institutions, which expand credit to support economic growth but carry a commensurate risk, say Juliette Mills and Alix Prentice at Cadwalader.

  • Unpacking The Law Commission's Digital Assets Consultation

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    The Law Commission recently published a consultation on recognizing a third personal property category to accommodate the development of digital assets, highlighting difficulties with current models of property rights and the potential consequences of considering digital assets as personal property, say Andrew Tsang and Tom Bacon at BCLP.

  • Unpacking The FCA's Approach To AML Compliance Failures

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    In light of the upward trend of skilled-person reviews by the Financial Conduct Authority, including the latest investigation into Lloyds' anti-money laundering controls, financial firms should familiarize themselves with the mechanisms of FCA supervision and enforcement investigations, says Kathryn Westmore at RUSI.

  • New Russia Sanctions Reveal Int'l Enforcement Capabilities

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    Significant new U.K., U.S. and EU sanctions imposed on Russia notably target Europe-based individuals and entities accused of sanctions evasion, and with an apparent political will to enhance capabilities, the rhetoric is translating into international enforcement activity, say lawyers at Cadwalader.

  • Legal Sector Will Benefit From New Data Security Standard

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    The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office-approved new privacy certification scheme for the legal profession will inevitably become the default for law firms, chambers and vendors to prove their U.K. General Data Protection Regulation compliance, says Orlagh Kelly at Briefed.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • EU Inquiry Offers First Insight Into Foreign Subsidy Law

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    The European Commission's first in-depth investigation under the Foreign Subsidies Regulation into a public procurement process, and subsequent brief on regulatory trends, sheds light on the commission's approach to such cases, as well as jurisdictional, procedural and substantive issues under the regulation, says Matthew Hall at McGuireWoods.

  • Opinion

    PACCAR Should Be 1st Step To Regulating Litigation Funders

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    Rather than reversing the U.K. Supreme Court's well-reasoned judgment in PACCAR v. Competition Appeal Tribunal, imposing a regulatory regime on litigation funders in parity with that of lawyers, legislators should build upon it to create a more transparent, competitive and fairer funding industry, says Rosa Curling at Foxglove.

  • EEA Equivalence Statement Is Welcomed By Fund Managers

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    The recent statement confirming European Economic Area equivalence to undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities for U.K. overseas funds regime purposes removes many managers’ concerns in the wake of Brexit, giving a clear pathway out of temporary marketing permissions and easing the transition from one regime to another, says Catherine Weeks at Simmons & Simmons.

  • In Int'l Arbitration Agreements, Be Clear About Governing Law

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    A trilogy of recent cases in the English High Court and Court of Appeal highlight the importance of parties agreeing to explicit choice of law language at the outset of an arbitration agreement in order to avoid costly legal skirmishes down the road, say lawyers at Faegre Drinker.

  • Post Office Scandal Stresses Key Directors Duties Lessons

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    The Post Office scandal, involving hundreds of wrongful convictions of subpostmasters based on an IT failure, offers lessons for company directors on the magnitude of the impact that a failure to fulfill their duties can have on employees and the company, says Simon Goldberg at Simons Muirhead.

  • Employer Tips For Handling Data Subject Access Requests

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    As employers face numerous employee data-subject access requests — and the attendant risks of complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office — issues such as managing deadlines and sifting through data make compliance more difficult, highlighting the importance of efficient internal processes and clear communication when responding to a request, say Gwynneth Tan and Amy Leech at Shoosmiths.

  • Comparing UK And EU's View On 3rd-Party Service Providers

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    The U.K. is taking welcome steps to address the lack of direct oversight over critical third-party service providers, and although less onerous than that of the EU Digital Operational Resilience Act, the U.K. regime's proportionate approach is designed to make providers more robust and reliable, say lawyers at Shearman.

  • CMA Road Map Helps Cos. Prepare For UK Digital Markets Bill

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    Although only provisional, the recent publication of the Competition and Markets Authority's road map for the implementation of the U.K. Digital Markets Bill demonstrates that the regulator is keen to reassure Parliament that it takes accountability seriously, and that there will be sufficient safeguards in place regarding its decision making, say lawyers at Morgan Lewis.

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