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Steinmetz: Brazilian miner’s anti-bribery checks were a “sham”

Steinmetz: Brazilian miner’s anti-bribery checks were a “sham”

May 20, 2020, GIR

Israeli businessman Beny Steinmetz has accused Brazilian mining company Vale of wilfully ignoring potential corruption risks when it entered into a joint venture with his eponymous mining group a decade ago.

Huge US investigation into Venezuela heats up

Huge US investigation into Venezuela heats up

May 15, 2020, Just Anti-Corruption

The unprecedented US investigation into Venezuelan corruption is quickly becoming more visible and consequential. “This is the biggest investigation that I’ve ever seen,” one Miami lawyer said.

DOJ picks Ericsson monitor

DOJ picks Ericsson monitor

May 11, 2020, Just Anti-Corruption

The US Department of Justice has selected an experienced European compliance expert to monitor Swedish telecoms company Ericsson, which last year entered into a $1 billion FCPA settlement.

Lacklustre early cooperation fuelled US tax evasion penalty to Israeli bank

Lacklustre early cooperation fuelled US tax evasion penalty to Israeli bank

May 01, 2020, GIR

The DOJ said in the $874 million settlement that the bank's cooperation improved dramatically when it hired new external lawyers in 2017.

UK financial regulator takes a serious look at cum-ex trades

UK financial regulator takes a serious look at cum-ex trades

April 17, 2020, GIR

The UK Financial Conduct Authority is investigating 14 financial institutions in connection with an alleged tax fraud that is estimated to have cost European countries over €50 billion.

Dutch sanctions probe into Crimea bridge project nears end

Dutch sanctions probe into Crimea bridge project nears end

April 17, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The Netherlands’ lead sanctions prosecutor spoke to GIR about its major investigation, the uptick in enforcement and how her team wants to work with the private sector.

DOJ publishes list of compliance monitors, improving transparency and accountability

DOJ publishes list of compliance monitors, improving transparency and accountability

April 16, 2020, Just Anti-Corruption

Vinson & Elkins’ Ephraim Wernick, Palmina Fava, Ronald Tenpas, Conrad Bolston and Peter Thomas say the criminal fraud section’s decision to release the names of active monitors is a welcome development. But they argue that more transparency is needed.

PDVSA probe raises questions for joint venture partners

PDVSA probe raises questions for joint venture partners

March 23, 2020, Just Anti-Corruption

The DOJ is investigating a corruption scheme tied to PDVSA’s joint ventures with major international companies, court documents show.

Prosecutors, monitors and defence attorneys grapple with coronavirus uncertainty

Prosecutors, monitors and defence attorneys grapple with coronavirus uncertainty

March 19, 2020, Just Anti-Corruption

Working from home, prosecutors and defence attorneys face a new reality as video calls can’t quite replicate what has always been an “in-person sport”.

UK lags behind US in spoofing cases despite “easier” laws

UK lags behind US in spoofing cases despite “easier” laws

March 19, 2020, GIR

The UK’s financial authority is investigating only a handful of alleged spoofing cases despite an apparent increase in enforcement across the Atlantic.