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SFO ups the ante with launch of DPAs

SFO ups the ante with launch of DPAs

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.

Brazil’s anti-corruption law – expensive and ineffective?

Brazil’s anti-corruption law – expensive and ineffective?

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.

Merkel backs separate EU internet infrastructure

Merkel backs separate EU internet infrastructure

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.

Investigations in 2013: a year in review

Investigations in 2013: a year in review

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.

New Brazil law leaves questions unanswered

New Brazil law leaves questions unanswered

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.