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Claudio Mascotto: Panama Papers, Beny Steinmetz and returning assets stolen by dictators

Claudio Mascotto: Panama Papers, Beny Steinmetz and returning assets stolen by dictators

January 18, 2017, GIR

Claudio Mascotto, a senior prosecutor at the Office of the Geneva Attorney General, talks to GIR about his office’s investigation into billionaire mining magnate Beny Steinmetz, the difficulty of conducting cross border investigations and a controversial Swiss Supreme Court decision in October 2016 that stripped external counsel of privilege protections during bank investigations.

Stuart Alford QC: Building bridges with the US

Stuart Alford QC: Building bridges with the US

December 02, 2016, GIR

Several months into his new role as partner at Latham & Watkins, Stuart Alford QC, the Serious Fraud Office’s former joint head of fraud, discusses whether “the revolving door” exists in the UK, the attraction of working for a US firm in London and his practice before and after the SFO.

Marianne Djupesland: Yara, Telenor and waiving privilege

Marianne Djupesland: Yara, Telenor and waiving privilege

June 02, 2016, GIR

In an interview with GIR, Marianne Djupesland, the head of corruption at Norway’s prosecution authority Økokrim rejects Transparency International’s 2015 criticisms that the country has a “moderate enforcement rate” and reiterates that companies do not have to waive privilege to be seen as cooperative – despite practitioners telling GIR otherwise.

Bilfinger monitor prefers "freedom and opportunities" of solo practice

Bilfinger monitor prefers "freedom and opportunities" of solo practice

April 08, 2016, GIR

In an interview with GIR, Bilfinger corporate monitor Mark Livschitz talks about why he left Baker & McKenzie to set up his own practice.

Weissmann: Fraud Section will work to ‘fast-track’ self-reported FCPA cases

Weissmann: Fraud Section will work to ‘fast-track’ self-reported FCPA cases

February 05, 2016, Just Anti-Corruption

The Department of Justice will use newly hired prosecutors to expedite cases of self-reported foreign bribery, the Criminal Division’s Andrew Weissmann said in an interview in advance of his appearance on Tuesday, 9 February at GIR Live DC.

New Zealand SFO head: we must improve cooperation to reduce investigation costs

New Zealand SFO head: we must improve cooperation to reduce investigation costs

January 18, 2016, GIR

In an interview with GIR, the head of New Zealand’s SFO, Julie Read, talks about the likely effects of the country’s new anti-corruption legislation on the authority’s ability to successfully prosecute foreign bribery cases – which so far, it has failed to do.

Asking US about foreign bribery fines is the “new norm”, SFO corruption head says

Asking US about foreign bribery fines is the “new norm”, SFO corruption head says

December 03, 2015, GIR

In an interview with GIR, the SFO’s joint head of bribery and corruption says that companies don’t have to meet all of the public interest criteria set out in the DPA guidelines, including prompt self-reporting of misconduct, to qualify for such a settlement.

Deltan Dallagnol: the prosecutor behind Brazil’s Petrobras investigation

Deltan Dallagnol: the prosecutor behind Brazil’s Petrobras investigation

November 03, 2015, GIR

Deltan Dallagnol leads the task force overseeing Brazil’s major corruption investigation, Operation Car Wash. He talks to GIR about where the case is heading, why spinning off parts of the investigation to other areas of the country is a mistake, and why he won’t negotiate joint corporate leniency settlements with the CGU.

Alun Milford, SFO: how we work with the NCA on foreign bribery cases

Alun Milford, SFO: how we work with the NCA on foreign bribery cases

November 02, 2015, GIR

The SFO’s general counsel, Alun Milford, talks to GIR about how the agency is working together with – and not in competition with – the National Crime Agency’s international corruption unit, why the UK government fully supports the authority, and how the SFO does not have to rely on voluntary disclosures from companies.

Éliane Houlette: France’s super prosecutor

Éliane Houlette: France’s super prosecutor

October 23, 2015, GIR

Éliane Houlette talks with Rahul Rose about the need for more plea bargains in France, difficulties in bringing successful foreign bribery prosecutions and why she hasn’t yet relied on an internal investigation report in a case.

An interview with Leslie Caldwell

An interview with Leslie Caldwell

September 30, 2015, GIR

Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell of the US Department of Justice's Criminal Division spoke to David Vascott at GIR Live New York about what the Yates Memo will mean in practical terms for investigations lawyers and the white-collar crime bar.

Frankfurt prosecutors: weak cooperation, self-reporting and dawn raids

Frankfurt prosecutors: weak cooperation, self-reporting and dawn raids

June 17, 2015, GIR

In an interview with GIR, Frankfurt prosecutors Albrecht Schreiber and Markus Weimann tell lawyers to stop handing over worthless interview notes in an attempt to cooperate, and hit back at claims that they lack the resources to investigate cases.