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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.

UK government to abandon European Arrest Warrant post-Brexit

UK government to abandon European Arrest Warrant post-Brexit

February 27, 2020, GIR

The Johnson government has signalled its intention to opt out of a convention that allows European countries to arrest suspects on the UK’s behalf.

World Bank anti-corruption chief left amid internal tensions

World Bank anti-corruption chief left amid internal tensions

February 26, 2020, Just Anti-Corruption

The sudden departure of Pascale Dubois in November is emblematic of problems at the organisation’s enforcement arm.

Tourism industry attracts lion’s share of Helms-Burton cases

Tourism industry attracts lion’s share of Helms-Burton cases

February 21, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

An analysis of all lawsuits filed against companies for trafficking in seized Cuban property reveals the industries most at risk of being sued.

“Thorny” privilege dispute threatens DOJ’s use of filter teams

“Thorny” privilege dispute threatens DOJ’s use of filter teams

January 29, 2020, Just Anti-Corruption

Federal prosecutors in Maryland appear deeply concerned about a recent Fourth Circuit decision over the government’s use of filter teams that could “seriously disrupt” criminal investigations.

US Department of Homeland Security’s foreign bribery caseload rises

US Department of Homeland Security’s foreign bribery caseload rises

January 10, 2020, Just Anti-Corruption

The investigative arm of US immigration agency ICE is taking on more foreign bribery cases every year, according to a special agent and data from a Freedom of Information Act request.