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Ex-Freshfields lawyer indicted in Germany over tax scandal

Ex-Freshfields lawyer indicted in Germany over tax scandal

June 25, 2020, GIR

German prosecutors have charged a second former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer tax lawyer in connection to the cum-ex tax evasion scandal.

World Bank sanctions tech company for fraud in Vietnam

World Bank sanctions tech company for fraud in Vietnam

June 25, 2020, GIR

The World Bank has punished a Vietnamese technology management company for fraud linked to transport projects in the country.

UK court: NCA had “no real prospect of success” in overturning UWO ruling

UK court: NCA had “no real prospect of success” in overturning UWO ruling

June 19, 2020, GIR

The Court of Appeal in London has denied the National Crime Agency’s attempt to reinstate three unexplained wealth orders on properties allegedly purchased with criminal proceeds by prominent Kazakh nationals.

Alstom arbitration award enforced despite bribery claim

Alstom arbitration award enforced despite bribery claim

June 19, 2020, GIR

The Commercial Court in London has upheld the enforcement of an arbitration award against Alstom despite its allegations that the performance of the underlying contract was tainted by bribery.

World Bank dings Egis subsidiary over corrupt practices

World Bank dings Egis subsidiary over corrupt practices

June 18, 2020, GIR

The World Bank has sanctioned French engineering company Egis for fraud and corruption on Indian road infrastructure projects.

Brazil’s proposed compliance certification law deemed inadequate

Brazil’s proposed compliance certification law deemed inadequate

June 17, 2020, GIR

A Brazilian draft bill seeking to introduce an obligatory certification for corporate compliance programmes is too vague to be effective, according to experts.

Google faces €50 million CNIL appeal setback

Google faces €50 million CNIL appeal setback

June 17, 2020, GIR

France’s highest administrative court looks set to reject Google’s appeal against its record €50 million GDPR fine.

Germany seeks to extend statute of limitations for serious tax offences

Germany seeks to extend statute of limitations for serious tax offences

June 12, 2020, GIR

A German lawyer has accused the country’s Ministry of Finance of hiding the proposal in covid-19 legislation to protect the tax office from criticism about its crackdown on cum-ex trades.

Former judge berates US prosecutors for caving to president’s demands in Flynn case

Former judge berates US prosecutors for caving to president’s demands in Flynn case

June 11, 2020, GIR

John Gleeson warned that prosecutors' efforts to end the case against former national security advisor Michael Flynn sends a message that “criminal law is for none but the poor, friendless, and uninfluential”.

Brazilian agency targets Keppel subsidiaries in Petrobras bribery case

Brazilian agency targets Keppel subsidiaries in Petrobras bribery case

June 11, 2020, GIR

Brazil’s CGU has formalised an investigation into five subsidiaries of Singaporean shipping company Keppel in a matter linked to a global bribery settlement.