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Border arrest alert case throws spotlight on NZ SFO enforcement powers

Border arrest alert case throws spotlight on NZ SFO enforcement powers

March 23, 2017, GIR

New Zealand’s Serious Fraud Office has abused its enforcement powers and “manipulated” the country’s police force by asking it to place border arrest alerts on individuals before the agency has charged them with any crime, an Auckland lawyer told GIR.

FCA wins improper identification Supreme Court case

FCA wins improper identification Supreme Court case

March 22, 2017, GIR

The UK Supreme Court's Macris decision fails to strike the right balance between individual rights and regulatory efficiency, lawyers say.

Munich prosecutors raid Jones Day in VW probe

Munich prosecutors raid Jones Day in VW probe

March 17, 2017, GIR

Lawyers say a raid on Jones Day’s offices by Munich prosecutors shows a need to clarify whether the work product of internal investigations is covered by legal privilege in Germany.

Former BPA owners continue due process fight against FinCEN

Former BPA owners continue due process fight against FinCEN

March 15, 2017, GIR

The family that once owned the now-defunct Banca Privada d’Andorra are calling on the US Treasury Department to investigate FinCEN’s decision to designate the bank as a money-laundering risk.

“Criminal hackers” were employed by Russia to steal Yahoo! customer data, says DOJ

“Criminal hackers” were employed by Russia to steal Yahoo! customer data, says DOJ

March 15, 2017, GIR

Two Russian officials were among four people indicted on 15 March by the Department of Justice for conspiring to hack into Yahoo! networks.

DFS introduces new accountability standards in cybersecurity regulations

DFS introduces new accountability standards in cybersecurity regulations

March 14, 2017, GIR

Lawyers say that the New York financial authority’s new rules represent a shift away from views that targets of cyber attacks are victims.

EU unveils plans for scaled-down public prosecutor’s office

EU unveils plans for scaled-down public prosecutor’s office

March 10, 2017, GIR

Longstanding plans to create a pan-European public prosecutor’s office to investigate cross-border crime have finally been given the go-ahead after EU leaders reached a compromise deal.

ZTE used lawyers as “a mouthpiece to lie”

March 09, 2017, GIR

The US Commerce Department's decision to bar ZTE from accessing the US market was a turning point in the investigation of the Chinese company, which had consistently provided false information to its external counsel and to government investigators in earlier stages of the probe, a US official says.

DOJ Criminal Division deputy: we’re good at cross-pollinating across sections

DOJ Criminal Division deputy: we’re good at cross-pollinating across sections

March 09, 2017, GIR

If a section within the DOJ's criminal division issues new guidance, it applies to the entire division, the acting deputy chief for the division said.

EU authorities join forces against Volkswagen

EU authorities join forces against Volkswagen

March 08, 2017, GIR

The Netherlands is to lead a joint EU enforcement action against Volkswagen to ensure European customers affected by the car-maker’s emissions scandal are compensated like their US counterparts.

Cement maker uncovers questionable payments to Syrian rebel groups

Cement maker uncovers questionable payments to Syrian rebel groups

March 07, 2017, GIR

LafargeHolcim has acknowledged its employees probably paid protection money to Syrian rebel groups, as government investigations into the Swiss-French company’s actions in Syria intensify.

Ex-SNC Lavalin executives acquitted after judge excludes wiretap evidence

Ex-SNC Lavalin executives acquitted after judge excludes wiretap evidence

February 27, 2017, GIR

Harsh criticism of the RCMP by an Ontario judge underlines the difficulties Canadian enforcers face in gathering evidence from foreign jurisdictions, lawyers say.