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UK hits Grant Thornton with £2 million fine over alcohol supplier audit

The UK’s audit regulator has fined auditing firm Grant Thornton over its failure to comply with ethical standards and for its lack of independence when conducting an audit.

French bar adopts internal investigations guidelines

Lawyers say that recent guidance on internal investigations approved by France’s National Bar Council illustrates the modernisation of the country’s anti-corruption system.

Former accountant in Panama Papers case hopes to dodge prison time over virus fears

The second individual to be convicted in connection with the US Panama Papers investigation has asked the court for a two-year sentence and suggested he should serve his time in home confinement owing to the risk posed by the coronavirus pandemic.


Former Fox execs say DOJ “stumbled” in rush to charge them

“They have been brought before this Court for conduct that purportedly occurred as far back as fifteen years ago, with people they have never spoken to, and by businesses they did not oversee,” lawyers for the former Fox executives complained.

Ex-Panama president’s sons charged in Odebrecht investigation

The Justice Department has indicted two sons of a former Panama president for allegedly facilitating bribery by the Brazilian construction company.


Amazon settles US sanctions probe

US online retailer Amazon has agreed to pay $134,523 to settle apparent violations of US sanctions caused by failings in software designed to detect potential dealings with barred individuals.

FBI’s China-focused caseload continues to rise rapidly

The FBI director has given an indication of the bureau’s focus on China-related cases by stating that it is opening a new matter approximately every 10 hours.

Wirecard saga exposes cracks in German financial regulation

German payment company Wirecard’s €2 billion accounting scandal illuminates some of the country’s supervisory shortcomings but criticism of the financial regulator could be misplaced.

People News: US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York to join Main Justice

Brooklyn US Attorney Richard Donoghue is set to join Main Justice and firms including Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, Jones Day and Kirkland & Ellis added new partners to their respective investigations practices.

Alleged bribes, fake evidence and abuse of power at centre of Greek Novartis probe

An investigation into alleged bribery by Swiss life sciences company Novartis of high-level Greek politicians has been beset by disintegrating charges and allegations of falsified evidence and political interference.

An interview with Airbus GC John Harrison

In an exclusive interview with GIR, the Airbus GC provides a behind-the-scenes look at the process behind agreeing the largest foreign bribery resolution...

Conference coverage

GIR Live: Europe’s emerging enforcers and the post-Brexit investigations landscape

The rise in activity by prosecutors around Europe, the role of a company’s culture in investigations, and cross-border cooperation now that the UK has left the EU will be top of the agenda at GIR Live: London on 2 April.

Airbus GC: I have total faith in the integrity of Dechert

Airbus never had any doubts about working with Dechert in the company’s record-breaking foreign bribery case amid continuing scrutiny of the firm and its...

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