Global Investigations Review - The law and practice of international investigations


Ukraine agrees to create anti-corruption ombudsman, says EBRD

November 29, 2013, GIR

The collapse in trade negotiations between the European Union and the Ukrainian government will not affect the former Soviet state’s proposed anti-corruption agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Finnish court dismisses record state damages claim

November 28, 2013, GIR

The Finnish government department responsible for roads was aware of and participated in the asphalt cartel, the Helsinki District Court ruled today.

SDNY follows South Texas on Dodd-Frank extraterritorial reach

November 27, 2013, GIR

A US federal court has ruled that a former Chinese employee of Siemens cannot rely on Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation provisions.

Qualcomm in NDRC crosshairs

November 26, 2013, GIR

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has opened an investigation of chipmaker Qualcomm over potential antitrust violations.

Eighteen arrested in widening Polish IT bribery investigation

November 25, 2013, GIR

Poland’s Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) has arrested 18 people in connection with an investigation of alleged bribery for government information technology (IT) contracts worth 1.5 billion zloty (US$484 million).

DG Comp goes after liners over price signalling

November 22, 2013, GIR

Europe’s top antitrust enforcer has opened an investigation of 14 liner shipping companies over allegations that the companies publicised their prices in ways that could have led to parallel pricing in the industry.

Sumitomo Japan authorised payment used for bribe, says NGO

November 22, 2013, GIR

Switzerland’s Office for the Attorney General says it is “concerned” by allegations that a Swiss company allegedly bribed Cambodian officials to win contracts to supply mosquito nets.

Beware the benchmark

November 21, 2013, GIR

Antitrust enforcers in Europe and elsewhere have taken to grouping benchmarking investigations together by seemingly common features and markets. Lynda Martin Alegi and Grant Murray, from Baker & McKenzie, say this approach may be completely wrong.

JPMorgan in US$13 billion settlement

November 20, 2013, GIR

JPMorgan has agreed to pay US$13 billion for making serious misrepresentations to the public, including investors, about residential mortgage-backed securities.

OLAF/Italy joint investigation exposes fraud

November 20, 2013, GIR

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and Italy’s Guardia di Finanza have uncovered a €9 million fraud involving development projects in Africa.