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Anti-bribery & corruption

Former EDF exec gets five years in bribery case

Former EDF exec gets five years in bribery case

September 20, 2019, GIR

A French court has sentenced a former procurement manager at energy company EDF to five years in prison and a €100,000 fine for bribery and market rigging, in a case linked to three of the country’s CJIPs.

Proactive compliance: predicting corrupt payments

Proactive compliance: predicting corrupt payments

September 19, 2019, GIR

The head of compliance at AB InBev, one of the world’s largest fast-moving consumer goods companies in the world by revenue, explains how the brewer uses data analytics and risk scoring to help identify transaction patterns that require investigation.

Brazil approves distribution of Petrobras bribery settlement

Brazil approves distribution of Petrobras bribery settlement

September 18, 2019, GIR

Brazil’s Supreme Court has ratified an agreement that sees the proceeds of a bribery penalty handed to state-controlled oil company Petrobras put towards extinguishing Amazon wildfires.

Ghanaian bank airs bribery allegations in arbitration

Ghanaian bank airs bribery allegations in arbitration

September 18, 2019, GIR

Ghana’s central bank has accused one of its officials of accepting bribes in relation to the awarding of a contract for a retail payments system, citing evidence that emerged in a $478 million London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) claim over the project’s termination.

Fresh Accuracy recruit touts changing European investigations market

Fresh Accuracy recruit touts changing European investigations market

September 13, 2019, GIR

While speaking about his move to French consultancy firm Accuracy, Morgan Heavener told GIR that the string of recent penalties imposed on European companies has started to change attitudes on the continent towards internal investigations.

Potential Spanish whistleblower reforms unlikely to include inducements

Potential Spanish whistleblower reforms unlikely to include inducements

September 11, 2019, GIR

Spain’s legal culture could be at odds with the government’s signalled whistleblower reforms if they include financial incentives, lawyers have said.

Microsoft unlikely to face bribery enforcement action in Hungary

Microsoft unlikely to face bribery enforcement action in Hungary

September 10, 2019, GIR

Lawyers question whether Hungary’s untested corporate criminal liability law will hold up in the Microsoft bribery case, amid international pressure on the country to improve its anti-bribery enforcement.

SFO confiscates £442,000 from convicted former Securency manager

SFO confiscates £442,000 from convicted former Securency manager

September 05, 2019, GIR

Peter Chapman, a former business manager at Australian banknote manufacturer Securency, has been ordered to return his illicit gains from bribing an official in Nigeria.

Sanctions and AML take centre stage at GIR Live New York

Sanctions and AML take centre stage at GIR Live New York

September 03, 2019, GIR

Speakers including the heads of the Criminal Division and the DFS as well as Barclays’ global head of financial crime legal are due to appear alongside other senior white-collar lawyers at the 6th Annual GIR Live in New York on 8 October.

DPAs should come with bigger fine discounts, says ex-SFO director

DPAs should come with bigger fine discounts, says ex-SFO director

September 02, 2019, GIR

Despite championing the UK’s use of DPAs, the former director of the SFO Sir David Green QC says the system needs two “vital” changes to make the system more effective.