Interviews

WilmerHale, waivers and when to stop investigating

GIR speaks to WilmerHale partners Boyd Johnson and Stephen Pollard about how the firm’s investigations practice has developed over the past five years, and how Johnson and Pollard foresee the law and practice of investigations taking shape over the next five years.

11 May 2017

Claudio Mascotto: Panama Papers, Beny Steinmetz and returning assets stolen by dictators

Claudio Mascotto, a senior prosecutor at the Office of the Geneva Attorney General, talks to GIR about his office’s investigation into billionaire mining magnate Beny Steinmetz, the difficulty of conducting cross border investigations and a controversial Swiss Supreme Court decision in October 2016 that stripped external counsel of privilege protections during bank investigations.

18 January 2017

Stuart Alford QC: Building bridges with the US

Several months into his new role as partner at Latham & Watkins, Stuart Alford QC, the Serious Fraud Office’s former joint head of fraud, discusses whether “the revolving door” exists in the UK, the attraction of working for a US firm in London and his practice before and after the SFO.

02 December 2016

Marianne Djupesland: Yara, Telenor and waiving privilege

In an interview with GIR, Marianne Djupesland, the head of corruption at Norway’s prosecution authority Økokrim rejects Transparency International’s 2015 criticisms that the country has a “moderate enforcement rate” and reiterates that companies do not have to waive privilege to be seen as cooperative – despite practitioners telling GIR otherwise.

02 June 2016

Bilfinger monitor prefers "freedom and opportunities" of solo practice

In an interview with GIR, Bilfinger corporate monitor Mark Livschitz talks about why he left Baker & McKenzie to set up his own practice.

08 April 2016

Weissmann: Fraud Section will work to ‘fast-track’ self-reported FCPA cases

The Department of Justice will use newly hired prosecutors to expedite cases of self-reported foreign bribery, the Criminal Division’s Andrew Weissmann said in an interview in advance of his appearance on Tuesday, 9 February at GIR Live DC.

05 February 2016

New Zealand SFO head: we must improve cooperation to reduce investigation costs

In an interview with GIR, the head of New Zealand’s SFO, Julie Read, talks about the likely effects of the country’s new anti-corruption legislation on the authority’s ability to successfully prosecute foreign bribery cases – which so far, it has failed to do.

18 January 2016

Asking US about foreign bribery fines is the “new norm”, SFO corruption head says

In an interview with GIR, the SFO’s joint head of bribery and corruption says that companies don’t have to meet all of the public interest criteria set out in the DPA guidelines, including prompt self-reporting of misconduct, to qualify for such a settlement.

03 December 2015

Deltan Dallagnol: the prosecutor behind Brazil’s Petrobras investigation

Deltan Dallagnol leads the task force overseeing Brazil’s major corruption investigation, Operation Car Wash. He talks to GIR about where the case is heading, why spinning off parts of the investigation to other areas of the country is a mistake, and why he won’t negotiate joint corporate leniency settlements with the CGU.

03 November 2015

Alun Milford, SFO: how we work with the NCA on foreign bribery cases

The SFO’s general counsel, Alun Milford, talks to GIR about how the agency is working together with – and not in competition with – the National Crime Agency’s international corruption unit, why the UK government fully supports the authority, and how the SFO does not have to rely on voluntary disclosures from companies.

02 November 2015

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