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How to conduct an investigation in the former Soviet Union

How to conduct an investigation in the former Soviet Union

June 21, 2019, GIR

FTI Consulting’s Maria Tsennykh examines why companies face unexpected cultural challenges when investigating misconduct in former Soviet Union countries, and what those businesses can do to address the problem.

How national and local professional rules can mess up an international criminal investigation

How national and local professional rules can mess up an international criminal investigation

June 17, 2019, GIR

Debevoise & Plimpton’s Frederick T Davis examines the problems lawyers can experience if they pay insufficient attention to local rules when conducting internal investigations abroad.

Lawyers pour scorn on Dutch prosecutors’ call for privilege reform

Lawyers pour scorn on Dutch prosecutors’ call for privilege reform

June 14, 2019, GIR

As a privilege dispute delays a corruption investigation into Shell, Dutch prosecutors have warned they will no longer be able to pursue large cases if current procedures to resolve such disagreements aren’t changed.

Too big to care? What should Big Tech learn from banking?

Too big to care? What should Big Tech learn from banking?

May 13, 2019, GIR

Tech companies need to implement effective compliance programmes to avoid increasing regulatory scrutiny and fines that could far exceed those imposed on banks following the financial crisis, Forensic Risk Alliance partner Rob Mason and director Simon Taylor argue.

Vale faces severe penalties over deadliest disaster in Brazil’s history

Vale faces severe penalties over deadliest disaster in Brazil’s history

April 30, 2019, GIR

An investigation into Brazil’s largest iron producer over a dam collapse that caused over 200 deaths could see the company face far tougher penalties than those caught up in Operation Car Wash.

The UK’s faltering fight to tackle AML compliance

The UK’s faltering fight to tackle AML compliance

April 16, 2019, GIR

Recent anti-money laundering prosecution statistics do not sit easily with the UK government’s assertions that it is successfully “cracking down” on economic crime, Eversheds Sutherland partner Zia Ullah and of counsel Ruth Paley say.

South African corruption in the spotlight – how will South Africa's prosecutors climb the mountain ahead of them?

South African corruption in the spotlight – how will South Africa's prosecutors climb the mountain ahead of them?

April 02, 2019, GIR

Cameron Dunstan-Smith, corporate crime and investigations director at Herbert Smith Freehills in Johannesburg, considers recent developments in South Africa’s anti-corruption efforts and discusses what obstacles lie ahead for the country’s authorities.

Companies face conflicting expectations when investigating conduct under Israeli jurisdiction

Companies face conflicting expectations when investigating conduct under Israeli jurisdiction

March 26, 2019, GIR

Covington & Burling’s Lanny Breuer, Ben Haley, Noam Kutler and Alyson Sandler explain why the emergence of Israel as an active enforcer poses a dilemma for companies seeking to cooperate in multilateral government investigations.

UK Bribery Act shines while AML supervision struggles

UK Bribery Act shines while AML supervision struggles

March 21, 2019, GIR

Two separate reports on the Bribery Act 2010 and the Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision have given contrasting assessments of the performance of two keystones in the fight against financial crime and corruption, Jessica Parker and Nick Barnard at Corker Binning argue.

Unexplained wealth orders: Should Canada adopt the UK’s weapon against money laundering and foreign political corruption?

Unexplained wealth orders: Should Canada adopt the UK’s weapon against money laundering and foreign political corruption?

March 13, 2019, GIR

Canada should strongly consider introducing UWOs to tackle money laundering, but should also be aware of the problems that may arise in adopting the tool, Lincoln Caylor at Bennett Jones in Toronto argues.