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Lawyer moves to London after mystery Russia expulsion

November 20, 2013, GIR

Thomas Firestone, a Baker & McKenzie lawyer who was expelled from Russia earlier this year, has joined the firm’s London compliance and risk practice.

UK FCA whistleblowing up by 23 per cent

November 19, 2013, GIR

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which regulates financial services, received 4,718 calls from September 2012 to August 2013, an increase of almost a quarter compared to the same period in 2011/12.

Banks face second Forex class action

November 19, 2013, GIR

South Korean circuit maker Simmtech has filed an antitrust lawsuit in the Southern District of New York.

Whistleblower submissions up 1,000 per cent since 2011

November 19, 2013, GIR

Whistleblowers from outside the US are most likely to come from the UK, Canada or China, according to the Dodd-Frank whistleblower programme annual report published this week.

Banks not listening to our compliance warnings, says DoJ official

November 19, 2013, GIR

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is scrutinising compliance efforts made by financial services companies, according to deputy attorney general James Cole.

Lawyer accused of bribery says Chevron offered “gift” to military

November 18, 2013, GIR

A lawyer accused of bribing a judge to secure US$18.1 billion in damages against Chevron says the energy company used its close relationship with the Ecuadorean military to “improperly influence the court”.

Deutsche Bank faces UAE disclosure lawsuit

November 18, 2013, GIR

Dubai’s Financial Services Authority (DFSA) is seeking an injunction forcing Deutsche Bank to disclose details of its wealth management clients.

Carter’s investigation: second investment professional charged

November 18, 2013, GIR

Mark Megalli allegedly made his employer US$850,000 in illicit profits and avoided losses of US$2.4 million by insider trading, the SEC announced on Thursday.

DoJ launches FCPA investigation of oil company in Guinea

November 18, 2013, GIR

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has opened an investigation of oil and gas company Hyperdynamics in connection with possible FCPA and anti-money laundering violations.

Venezuelan official pleads guilty in US bribery case

November 18, 2013, GIR

A senior official who worked for a Venezuelan state-owned development bank has pleaded guilty to taking bribes from a US-based brokerage business.