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French bar adopts internal investigations guidelines

French bar adopts internal investigations guidelines

July 07, 2020, GIR

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.

Counsel Watch: Ghislaine Maxwell, Novartis, Wirecard and more

Counsel Watch: Ghislaine Maxwell, Novartis, Wirecard and more

July 06, 2020, GIR

In the latest counsel watch, UK socialite Ghislaine Maxwell hires Cohen & Gresser to defend her against allegations of grooming and perjury, and a multitude of firms advised Swiss pharma company Novartis as it resolved allegations of bribery and fraud in Greece and the US.

Switzerland names special prosecutor to investigate attorney general

Switzerland names special prosecutor to investigate attorney general

July 03, 2020, GIR

The Swiss OAG’s disciplinary committee has appointed Stefan Keller as a special prosecutor to investigate Attorney General Michael Lauber over his alleged mishandling of the Fifa bribery probe.

Honduras regresses in its anti-corruption efforts

Honduras regresses in its anti-corruption efforts

July 01, 2020, GIR

Experts warn that changes to Honduras’ penal code have turned back the clock on its enforcement against economic crime.

Austrian prosecutors close strand in long-running Eurofighter probe

Austrian prosecutors close strand in long-running Eurofighter probe

June 30, 2020, GIR

Austria’s anti-corruption prosecutor has ended an investigation into the country’s former defence minister over a contract to buy fighter jets from Airbus that he renegotiated in 2007.

SFO struggling to serve confiscation order against Gulnara Karimova

SFO struggling to serve confiscation order against Gulnara Karimova

June 26, 2020, GIR

A judge has granted the UK Serious Fraud Office an additional six months to hand Gulnara Karimova a civil recovery order because the agency has yet to contact her in Uzbekistan.

Swiss court makes first ruling on internal investigation notes in criminal trials

Swiss court makes first ruling on internal investigation notes in criminal trials

June 26, 2020, GIR

Switzerland’s highest court has ruled that interview notes from internal investigation interviews can be admitted as evidence in criminal proceedings.

Brazil charges Dutch construction company execs in Operation Car Wash probe

Brazil charges Dutch construction company execs in Operation Car Wash probe

June 24, 2020, GIR

Brazilian authorities have filed a criminal complaint against two former executives of a Dutch construction company over alleged bribes paid to officials at Transpetro, a subsidiary of state-owned oil company Petrobras.

Brazil's MPF accuses J&F of violating leniency agreement

Brazil's MPF accuses J&F of violating leniency agreement

June 24, 2020, GIR

Brazilian authorities say J&F Investimentos, which owns meatpacking company JBS, has committed violations that could invalidate the terms of a $3.18 billion leniency agreement.

Italian prosecutors investigate Siemens, Alstom and others in bribery probe

Italian prosecutors investigate Siemens, Alstom and others in bribery probe

June 23, 2020, GIR

Milan prosecutors are investigating Siemens, Alstom and a number of Italian engineering companies over an alleged bribery scheme to win public tenders for the Milan subway system, according to local reports.