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Investigator's Guide to Norway

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Investigator’s Guide to Norway

With prosecutors and local lawyers unpersuaded by the value of internal investigations and an enforcement agency that many believe lacks sufficient oversight, Norway can be a challenging jurisdiction for investigators. Waithera Junghae went to Oslo to find out more.

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Planned changes will make it easier for Norway to prosecute foreign bribery

Proposed changes to Norway’s laws will address concerns raised by the OECD about potential obstacles to the prosecution of foreign bribery cases, a local white-collar lawyer said.

Norway’s “landmark” foreign bribery case results in acquittals

A Norwegian appeals court has overturned the convictions of three former Yara International executives who were accused of bribing Libyan and Indian officials to obtain contracts.

ECtHR dismisses Norway tax evasion double jeopardy appeal

Europe’s top human rights court has affirmed that double jeopardy rules are not violated if dual proceedings are interconnected and conducted parallel to one another.

Norwegian prosecutors suffer another major tax evasion defeat

Norway’s second failed tax evasion prosecution echoes the collapsed Transocean case and shows police are still failing to conduct independent investigations into tax matters, says the defence counsel in the case.

Kongsberg counsel quits Thommessen

Frode Elgesem, head of investigations at Norwegian firm Thommessen, has left to set up a boutique compliance firm.

Norway drops Kongsberg corruption charges as Romania investigation continues

Økokrim has defended its decision to drop corruption charges against Kongsberg after the authority initially used the case to refute criticisms of the country’s low enforcement rate.

Norway’s Investigations Bar

Norway’s investigations landscape is growing as corporate law firms and medium-sized firms are increasingly having to offer companies corporate criminal defence advice.

Transocean: the collapse of Norway’s largest tax evasion case

Hanne Skaarberg Holen, counsel to Transocean, says she believes Norwegian prosecutors indicted one of her colleagues to maintain access to legally privileged information.

Norway seeks answers from aluminium company

Oslo-based Norsk Hydro has denied allegations that it acted corruptly in Tajikistan in an oral statement to a Norwegian ministry on 10 March

Transocean’s chief compliance officer joins private practice

Anti-corruption lawyer Michael Munro has joined Norton Rose Fulbright from offshore drilling contractor Transocean, where he helped manage the company’s response to bribery allegations involving Brazilian energy business Petrobras.