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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frode Elgesem, head of investigations at Norwegian firm Thommessen, has left to set up a boutique compliance firm.
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 landscape is growing as corporate law firms and medium-sized firms are increasingly having to offer companies corporate criminal defence advice.
Hanne Skaarberg Holen, counsel to Transocean, says she believes Norwegian prosecutors indicted one of her colleagues to maintain access to legally privileged information.
Oslo-based Norsk Hydro has denied allegations that it acted corruptly in Tajikistan in an oral statement to a Norwegian ministry on 10 March
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.