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Swiss insurance company granted $5.1 million NPA

Swiss insurance company granted $5.1 million NPA

April 26, 2019, GIR

Insurance company Zurich obtained an NPA from the US Department of Justice’s tax division after helping the authority circumvent Switzerland’s de facto blocking statute.

Former State Department official convicted of defrauding the US

Former State Department official convicted of defrauding the US

April 25, 2019, GIR

The US Department of Justice’s China initiative has ensnared a former US State Department official who gave secrets to Chinese “spies”.

Proposed reforms to French blocking statute would still leave companies “stuck between two evils”

Proposed reforms to French blocking statute would still leave companies “stuck between two evils”

April 18, 2019, GIR

A leaked report outlining potential changes to the French Blocking Statute was recently published but French lawyers are unsure about how effective the proposals, drafted in response to “intrusive” US authorities, will be.

Fifa switches firms in Swiss and US investigations

Fifa switches firms in Swiss and US investigations

April 17, 2019, GIR

Fifa has hired new lawyers to represent it in Swiss and US criminal investigations into corruption and bribery in world football.

DOJ charges ex-Skadden partner over Ukraine report

DOJ charges ex-Skadden partner over Ukraine report

April 12, 2019, GIR

Former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom partner Greg Craig has called US government allegations that he made false statements about the firm’s work for Ukraine “unprecedented and unjustified”.

Two Brits face trial in Germany’s first criminal cum-ex case

Two Brits face trial in Germany’s first criminal cum-ex case

April 12, 2019, GIR

Cologne public prosecutors filed a criminal indictment against two traders for serious tax fraud at a court in Bonn. If accepted the west German city will take centre stage in the prosecution of individuals for conduct linked to what has been described as the biggest tax fraud case in Europe.

Covington & Burling forced to hand over Flynn FARA docs

Covington & Burling forced to hand over Flynn FARA docs

April 11, 2019, GIR

A US judge has ruled that legal advice former national security adviser Michael Flynn received before registering as a foreign agent for Turkey must be turned over to his former business associate.

UK SFO reviews “confrontational" undertakings policy

UK SFO reviews “confrontational" undertakings policy

April 10, 2019, GIR

The UK Serious Fraud Office is considering revisions to a policy that has provoked the ire of defence lawyers, as the new director pivots to a less combative stance towards the legal community.

GIR 100 submissions process now open

GIR 100 submissions process now open

April 04, 2019, GIR

GIR has started its research for the 2019 edition of the GIR 100, the annual guide to the world’s leading cross-border investigations practices.

Pressure mounts on Canadian government as SNC-Lavalin evidence goes public

Pressure mounts on Canadian government as SNC-Lavalin evidence goes public

April 01, 2019, GIR

Canada’s House of Commons justice committee has publicly released a package of evidence submitted by the former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould as part of the ongoing inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin scandal.