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Investigator’s Guide to Norway

Investigator’s Guide to Norway

August 25, 2016, GIR

With prosecutors and local lawyers unpersuaded by the value of internal investigations and an enforcement agency that many believe lacks sufficient oversight, Norway can be a challenging jurisdiction for investigators. Waithera Junghae went to Oslo to find out more.

Subpoena fight puts powers of US legislative committees in spotlight

Subpoena fight puts powers of US legislative committees in spotlight

August 19, 2016, GIR

GIR explores the extensive investigatory powers of US congressional committees as an appeal court gets ready to hear a rare subpoena dispute in a sex trafficking inquiry.

Another fine mess

Another fine mess

August 16, 2016, GIR

Amy Taylor, Toby Duthie & Derek Patterson of Forensic Risk Alliance discuss the underlying rationale, dynamics and challenges in presenting profits to authorities that are calculating potential disgorgement and financial penalties.

Microsoft warrant judgment not the last word in dispute

Microsoft warrant judgment not the last word in dispute

July 20, 2016, GIR

Outdated US legislation on electronic communications privacy allowed Microsoft to win an appeal against a DOJ warrant to access data stored abroad, but lawyers predict that prosecutors will take it to a higher court.

The impact of Brexit on cross-border investigations

The impact of Brexit on cross-border investigations

July 14, 2016, GIR

Nine members of the commercial crime team at Fountain Court Chambers - including Sir Francis Jacobs KCMG QC, advocate general at the European Court of Justice for over 17 years - examine in detail the impact that Brexit is likely to have on privilege, mutual legal assistance, the European Arrest Warrant and more.

UK data protection laws may receive US treatment in post-Brexit world

UK data protection laws may receive US treatment in post-Brexit world

June 30, 2016, GIR

Following the UK’s decision on 23 June to leave the EU, lawyers have warned that a failure by the UK to bring its data protection laws in line with EU rules may create problems for companies under investigation.

GIR Live London: DPAs and privilege

GIR Live London: DPAs and privilege

June 29, 2016, GIR

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office concluded its first deferred prosecution agreement with Standard Bank in late 2015. At GIR Live London in April, panellists – including counsel to Standard Bank – scrutinised the case, from the importance of witnesses’ first accounts to scepticism on the part of the judiciary.

Microsoft points to RICO ruling in Ireland data case

Microsoft points to RICO ruling in Ireland data case

June 24, 2016, GIR

Microsoft's lawyers have invoked a US Supreme Court decision on the extraterritorial application of RICO to support its dispute with the Justice Department over access to emails stored on the company’s servers in Ireland.

Transocean: the collapse of Norway’s largest tax evasion case

Transocean: the collapse of Norway’s largest tax evasion case

June 22, 2016, GIR

Hanne Skaarberg Holen, counsel to Transocean, says she believes Norwegian prosecutors indicted one of her colleagues to maintain access to legally privileged information.

US appeals court: employees must cooperate or get fired

US appeals court: employees must cooperate or get fired

June 21, 2016, GIR

A US appeals court has reaffirmed the right of companies to fire employees who fail to cooperate in an internal investigation when the firm is under prosecutorial scrutiny.