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France tightens up due process with retrospective dawn raid annulment

France tightens up due process with retrospective dawn raid annulment

July 04, 2014, GIR

France’s highest court has told the competition authority to give back evidence seized in 2007 from Crédit Agricole because it denied the bank access to lawyers during the dawn raid, thereby contravening the European Convention on Human Rights.

Noble execs secure ‘neither admit nor deny’ settlements

Noble execs secure ‘neither admit nor deny’ settlements

July 03, 2014, GIR

One current and one former Noble executive entered into “neither admit nor deny” agreements with the SEC to settle FCPA charges, despite observers saying that prosecutors had a strong case against the defendants.

Innospec: second executive to appeal

Innospec: second executive to appeal

July 03, 2014, GIR

The second former Innospec executive convicted last month in a UK court of conspiring to commit corruption will launch an appeal, his counsel confirmed to GIR.

Noble executives settle SEC FCPA case

Noble executives settle SEC FCPA case

July 02, 2014, GIR

Two defendants, one current and one former Noble executive, have settled SEC charges that they conspired to bribe Nigerian officials, just one week before the trial was due to start.

Maria Fernanda Garza: corruption clauses, stepping on toes and political will

Maria Fernanda Garza: corruption clauses, stepping on toes and political will

July 02, 2014, GIR

At the International Bar Association and International Chamber of Commerce Latin American anti-corruption conference held in Mexico City in May, Marieke Breijer met with Maria Fernanda Garza, chair of the ICC’s Mexican chapter, to discuss the organisation’s role in combating corruption locally in Mexico and worldwide.

DC appeals court: internal investigation privilege stands

DC appeals court: internal investigation privilege stands

July 01, 2014, GIR

A DC court has quashed a decision that had the potential to severely limit the scope of attorney-client privilege in internal investigations.

Dark pool lawsuit highlights the limits of compliance

Dark pool lawsuit highlights the limits of compliance

June 30, 2014, GIR

New York’s attorney general is suing Barclays for defrauding clients who used its dark pool, citing internal emails that suggest high-level awareness of the alleged misconduct.

European Commission backs Microsoft in data collection battle

European Commission backs Microsoft in data collection battle

June 30, 2014, GIR

Comments made by EU commissioner Viviane Reding appear to support Microsoft in its conflict with US authorities over access to an individual’s email data.

BNP Paribas braces for record-breaking sanctions fine

BNP Paribas braces for record-breaking sanctions fine

June 30, 2014, GIR

French bank BNP Paribas will today plead guilty to violating sanctions, pay an US$8.9 billion fine, and will be forced to suspend its ability to process US dollar transactions, according to reports

The hacking trial verdict’s impact on corporate criminal liability

The hacking trial verdict’s impact on corporate criminal liability

June 27, 2014, GIR

Rebekah Brooks’ acquittal this week reduces the avenues available to UK authorities should they want to pursue corporate criminal liability bribery charges against newspaper publisher News UK, which is part of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.