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    CGU boosts international profile amid MPF controversy

    November 21, 2019, GIR

    With its active enforcement and untarnished reputation, Brazil's CGU may now be the first port of call for foreign authorities investigating Brazilian companies. The Comptroller General of the Union (CGU) has taken a central role in Brazil's ever-growing...

    Bugs in Westpac’s software led to alleged money laundering violations

    November 21, 2019, GIR - Short Cut

    Australian bank Westpac did not report millions of high-risk transactions for nearly a decade because of a glitch in its software, according to the Australian Financial Review. The bank's software failed to generate automatic reports for many international...

    Colombian investigators raid Prosecutor General’s Office

    November 21, 2019, GIR - Short Cut

    Colombia's Inspector General's Office reportedly raided the office of the country's prosecutor general on 19 November over allegations of illegal wiretapping.  The raid focused on wiretaps that prosecutors Daniel Hernandez and Alvaro Betancur, who themselves...

    Former Brazilian president Lula leaves prison

    November 21, 2019, GIR - Short Cut

    Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been reportedly released from prison.  Lula spent more than 18 months in prison before being released following a Supreme Court ruling on 8 November that allowed individuals to exhaust their appeal...

    DOJ wins conviction of forex trader

    November 21, 2019, GIR

    The Department of Justice's second attempt at securing a conviction at trial for conduct in currency exchange has proven successful, as a jury returned a guilty verdict against Akshay Aiyer. The jury yesterday convicted the former JPMorgan Chase trader...

    London broker pleads guilty to Fatca violations in US

    November 21, 2019, GIR

    A London-based broker has pleaded guilty at a federal court in Brooklyn to charges of securities fraud and violating Fatca. Former Beaufort Securities broker Peter Kyriacou, 28, pleaded guilty at the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York...

    Ex-Freshfields tax lawyer faces charges in cum-ex probe

    November 21, 2019, GIR - Short Cut

    Prosecutors in Frankfurt intend to charge former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer tax lawyer Ulf Johannemann with aiding and abetting tax evasion, according to German news outlet SüddeutscheZeitung. Frankfurt's Attorney General's Office has been reportedly...

    Interpol arrests former Nigerian attorney general in UAE

    November 21, 2019, GIR - Short Cut

    Interpol arrested the former Nigerian attorney general and justice minister, Mohammed Adoke, in Dubai on 11 November for alleged corruption related to the sale of the OPL 245 oil field in Nigeria. Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)...

    Former PwC manager joins K2 Intelligence

    November 21, 2019, GIR

    K2 Intelligence has recruited former PwC senior manager Sabrine Hassen as associate managing director of its London-based investigations and disputes practice. The firm announced the hire on 20 November. Hassen brings with her over 18 years of experience...

    Saudi Arabian court convicts government officials for corruption

    November 20, 2019, GIR - Short Cut

    A Saudi Arabian court has convicted 18 people, including  government officials and private-sector employees, on corruption charges. Reuters reported that the country's state news agency SPA said the defendants, who remain unidentified, faced allegations...

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