February 24, 2014, GIR
From 24 February, the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has a new weapon in its armoury: deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs). For the first time companies will be able to settle allegations of criminal conduct in the UK – GIR asked UK lawyers to identify the most pressing issues surrounding the new mechanism.
February 21, 2014, GIR
This month, the Clean Company Act came into effect in Brazil, making legal entities liable for corrupt acts for the first time, and dramatically increasing the government’s powers to investigate and punish corruption. But confusion on how the law can be applied and criticisms of the enforcement structure have dogged the law’s first few days. Clare Bolton reports.
February 19, 2014, GIR
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested preventing personal data from being automatically transferred to the US – but observers tell GIR that technology and data protection laws already stop this from happening.
February 14, 2014, GIR
A decade-long trend for increasing enforcement of foreign bribery, financial services and competition laws has shown no sign of abating – 2013 was a busy year. Aggressive enforcers, new legislation and heightened awareness of the importance of compliance programmes have fed law firms’ expanding investigations practices plenty of work.
February 13, 2014, GIR
Thousands of prosecutors and authorities can enforce Brazil’s new anti-corruption law, causing concerns about how it will be enforced. The Clean Companies Act could be a major development in the fight against corruption but what it means for companies is still unclear.