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Counsel Watch

March 18, 2019, GIR

GIR rounds up the lawyers and firms working on the biggest cases, including counsel acting for TechnipFMC as it braces for a global foreign bribery settlement and the lawyers defending Shell in foreign bribery-related actions in several jurisdictions.

Brazilian prosecutors decry Supreme Court ruling as judge suspends Petrobras settlement

Brazilian prosecutors decry Supreme Court ruling as judge suspends Petrobras settlement

March 15, 2019, GIR

The prosecutors say the ruling could jeopardise all past and current Operation Car Wash cases, including the case against former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

US ramps up FARA scrutiny

US ramps up FARA scrutiny

March 07, 2019, GIR

A prosecutor who recently returned from the special counsel’s office takes on a pivotal role in the National Security Division’s efforts to step up enforcement of foreign agent registration act violations.

GIR Live London: An eye on money laundering

GIR Live London: An eye on money laundering

March 06, 2019, GIR

UK agencies’ shifting focus on the enablers of money laundering is top of the agenda for GIR Live London in April, which will feature a keynote speech from the FCA’s director of enforcement.


Brazilian amendment proposes that instant messages count as evidence

Brazilian amendment proposes that instant messages count as evidence

March 05, 2019, GIR

A Brazilian politician has proposed an amendment to national law which would allow police to use messages sent over instant messaging platforms as evidence in criminal investigations.

UBS judgment not based on French law, lawyers say

UBS judgment not based on French law, lawyers say

March 01, 2019, GIR

Lawyers acting for UBS have accused French judges of ignoring legal arguments and caving to public pressure to hand down a penalty against the Swiss bank that has no basis in law.

Deadline extended: GIR’s 2019 in-house investigators survey

Deadline extended: GIR’s 2019 in-house investigators survey

March 01, 2019, GIR

The deadline to submit nominations for GIR’s upcoming Inside In-House special has been extended to Friday 8 March. We’re specifically interested in hearing about in-house investigators active outside of the US and Europe.

SAR led to Dutch raids in Odebrecht-linked investigation

SAR led to Dutch raids in Odebrecht-linked investigation

February 27, 2019, GIR

Dutch financial investigators raided properties in the Netherlands on Tuesday as part of an investigation into a Brazilian bribery scheme.

The ageing SFO investigations

The ageing SFO investigations

February 26, 2019, GIR

Following the decisions in Rolls-Royce and GSK, GIR has looked into the other mature SFO cases that could receive scrutiny from director Lisa Osofsky.

UBS to appeal against record €4.5 billion French tax evasion penalty

UBS to appeal against record €4.5 billion French tax evasion penalty

February 20, 2019, GIR

The Criminal Court of Paris has ordered UBS to pay €3.7 billion after finding the Swiss bank and its French subsidiary guilty of facilitating tax evasion.