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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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Namibian bribery scandal far bigger than leaked emails suggest, says whistleblower

The man who blew the whistle on alleged corruption at Iceland’s biggest fisheries company has said that bribery payments may have doubled after he left the organisation.

Samherji under investigation in Iceland

Icelandic authorities are probing embattled fisheries company Samherji in the wake of allegations it paid millions of dollars in kickbacks to public officials in Namibia.

Counsel watch: Icelandic fishing company hires local lawyers in bribery scandal

In the latest counsel watch, Icelandic fishing company executives have hired local lawyers in an emerging bribery scandal and the daughter of the co-founder of Kazakh mining company ENRC changes counsel.

ØKOKRIM probes DNB bank over Namibian fisheries bribes

Norwegian authorities are investigating the country’s largest bank over potentially illicit transactions linked to an emerging bribery scandal in Namibia.

Norwegian regulator chides DNB over money laundering controls

Major Norwegian bank DNB has “significant deficiencies” in its compliance with anti-money laundering regulations, Norway’s Financial Supervisory Authority has said.

Jay-Z's Tidal threatens arbitration against Norway

Tidal, the online music service co-owned by US rapper Jay-Z, has threatened Norway with its first known investment treaty arbitration claim – over Økokrim’s conduct in a criminal investigation into alleged manipulation of streaming figures.

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.