Region: Austria

Schönherr promotes in Vienna

Judges in Austria are increasingly taking companies’ compliance efforts into account, says Heidemarie Paulitsch, speaking to GIR a few days after she’d been promoted to counsel at Austrian firm Schönherr.

25 March 2015

Use of expert witnesses in Austria needs “major overhaul”

The Constitutional Court of Austria is considering whether specialists with close ties to prosecutors should act as expert witnesses in cases.

24 March 2015

Austria’s Public Prosecutors (APP)

Featured in The Due Process Guide 2015

Grade: BSounds like Austria’s doing ok

09 March 2015

Austrians given suspended sentences for Syria and Azerbaijan bribery

Two former executives of the banknote printing unit of Austria’s central bank were sentenced to two-year suspended sentences by Vienna’s criminal court on 4 October, after they admitted bribing officials in Syria and Azerbaijan, Bloomberg reports.

09 October 2014

Austria drops investigations of US diplomat after unfreezing family assets

The Vienna public prosecution authority has terminated its investigation of a senior US diplomat and his wife, a case that was part of a wider US money-laundering probe, according to a lawyer for the couple.

17 September 2014

Austrian court lifts bank account freeze on US diplomat’s wife

The regional high court in Vienna lifted a freeze on bank deposits held by the wife of a former US diplomat who is being investigated for money laundering. According to reports, the court said Austrian prosecutors, who were responding to a US Department of Justice request for legal assistance, had overstepped their authority.

15 September 2014

Munich prosecutors settle another case after lack of evidence

Featured in Investigator's Guide to Germany

Four defendants accused of bribery and breaching their fiduciary duty have agreed with Munich prosecutors to pay a penalty to end criminal proceedings early, just weeks after Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone did the same.

26 August 2014

Ecclestone settlement exposes German law imperfections

Featured in Investigator's Guide to Germany

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone’s €74 million payment to settle criminal bribery allegations in Germany has exposed doubts about whether such agreements are legally acceptable.

07 August 2014

ECJ clarifies double jeopardy rules

Cross-border double jeopardy protection in the EU will only apply when criminal penalties have been fully enforced, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

29 May 2014

Switzerland probes Yanukovych money-laundering allegations

The Swiss prosecutor’s office in Geneva announced on Friday it has opened a criminal investigation into alleged aggravated money laundering by ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and his son Oleksandr.

03 March 2014

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