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Misonix hits back at Chinese distributor over FCPA contract dispute

Misonix hits back at Chinese distributor over FCPA contract dispute

May 22, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

Misonix, a US medical device manufacturer, has defended its decision to terminate the contract of a Chinese distributor after discovering possible foreign bribery violations.

IBA Lisbon: ENRC judgment has “blown everything out the water”

IBA Lisbon: ENRC judgment has “blown everything out the water”

May 22, 2017, GIR

A “surprising” UK court ruling on a privilege dispute between ENRC and the SFO will affect companies’ decisions whether to conduct internal investigations, according to Shaul Brazil at BCL.

Former prosecutor joins O’Melveny in San Francisco

Former prosecutor joins O’Melveny in San Francisco

May 22, 2017, GIR

Damali Taylor, the former deputy chief of organised crime in the Northern District of California has rejoined O’Melveny as partner.

FCPA Docket: Mining company fires employees as part of corruption probe

FCPA Docket: Mining company fires employees as part of corruption probe

May 19, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

In the latest news, Peruvian construction company takes a financial hit over its alleged connection to Odebrecht’s corruption scandal, and mining firm Anglogold Ashanti reports it fired several employees in 2016 over corruption investigations.

IBA conference Lisbon: SFO and DOJ adopt aggressive tactics in suspect interviews

IBA conference Lisbon: SFO and DOJ adopt aggressive tactics in suspect interviews

May 19, 2017, GIR

The UK Serious Fraud Office acted aggressively by changing a suspect interview to a compelled interview during questioning in its recent Unaoil investigation, according to Ross Dixon at Hickman Rose in London.

People news roundup: Embraer prosecutor quits DOJ for private practice

People news roundup: Embraer prosecutor quits DOJ for private practice

May 19, 2017, GIR

In the latest people news, an Obama-era White House counsel joins Freshfields, Kingsley Napley promotes Tesco counsel to partnership, and Debevoise & Plimpton continues to add former SEC officials to its ranks.

Associate attorney general confirmed by Senate

Associate attorney general confirmed by Senate

May 18, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

Rachel Brand, a former George W Bush-era official who was nominated by the administration of Donald Trump to serve as third-in-command of the US Department of Justice, was confirmed by a Senate vote on 18 May.

UK prime minister pledges to abolish SFO in election manifesto

UK prime minister pledges to abolish SFO in election manifesto

May 18, 2017, GIR

Revived plans to fold the SFO into the NCA have been met with concern by London lawyers, who say that the latter agency lacks the capability and expertise to investigate complex serious fraud.

Bill could thwart SEC efforts to catch “big fish”, warns former whistleblower chief

Bill could thwart SEC efforts to catch “big fish”, warns former whistleblower chief

May 18, 2017, Just Anti-Corruption

A proposed law that would end awards for tipsters complicit in wrongdoing is misguided, the former head of the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower programme has said.

IBA Lisbon: EU data protection laws will prove difficult to enforce in Asia

IBA Lisbon: EU data protection laws will prove difficult to enforce in Asia

May 18, 2017, GIR

EU authorities will have to rely heavily on enforcers in Asia to carry out investigations into possible EU data protection breaches by companies in Hong Kong and China, according to a Hong Kong-based lawyer at Haldanes.