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Fraud section prosecutor numbers slide

Fraud section prosecutor numbers slide

January 19, 2018, Just Anti-Corruption

The first year of the Trump administration saw a fall in the number of prosecutors and contract staff employed by the criminal division’s fraud section.

Petrobras makes case to DC Circuit to dismiss investor lawsuit

Petrobras makes case to DC Circuit to dismiss investor lawsuit

January 19, 2018, Just Anti-Corruption

Petrobras told the DC appeals court on 19 January that a bribery-related investor lawsuit should be heard in Brazil instead. But an appeals judge questioned the argument.

Bechtel exec tries and fails to quash plea agreement

Bechtel exec tries and fails to quash plea agreement

January 19, 2018, Just Anti-Corruption

A Maryland federal judge last week blocked an attempt by a former Bechtel executive to annul a bribery-related plea deal from 2014.

Proposed US bill puts banks on collision course with incoming GDPR

Proposed US bill puts banks on collision course with incoming GDPR

January 19, 2018, GIR

A proposed US law requiring foreign banks to hand information to authorities within 10 days of a demand – or face being cut off from correspondent banks – would put financial institutions in direct conflict with EU data protection laws coming into force in May, lawyers say.

HSBC settles FX manipulation investigation for US$101 million

HSBC settles FX manipulation investigation for US$101 million

January 19, 2018, GIR

HSBC announced on 18 January that it has agreed to pay US$101.5 million to resolve a US Department of Justice inquiry into whether it manipulated foreign exchange markets to the detriment of its clients.

Eight partners leave Quinn Emanuel

Eight partners leave Quinn Emanuel

January 19, 2018, GIR

Eight Quinn Emanuel partners, including the co-chair of the firm’s white-collar crime practice, have left the firm to form litigation boutique Selendy & Gay.

Senator dismisses DOJ nominee: Prosecutors only take orders from prosecutors

Senator dismisses DOJ nominee: Prosecutors only take orders from prosecutors

January 18, 2018, Just Anti-Corruption

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved for a second time the nomination of Brian Benczkowski to lead the DOJ’s criminal division. But lawmakers still raised concerns about the pick.

SFO investigates UK defence company

SFO investigates UK defence company

January 18, 2018, GIR

The UK Serious Fraud Office has opened an investigation into defence company Chemring Group over potential bribes paid to win contracts.

Ex-Barclays whistleblowing chief: anonymous chat rooms best protect whistleblowers

Ex-Barclays whistleblowing chief: anonymous chat rooms best protect whistleblowers

January 18, 2018, GIR

The former head of whistleblowing at UK bank Barclays said that companies should use anonymous chat rooms to ensure that a whistleblower's identity is truly protected.

SFO director: let's not “muddy the waters” on self-reporting

SFO director: let's not “muddy the waters” on self-reporting

January 18, 2018, GIR

SFO director David Green said he hopes that the agency remains consistent in its approach to self-reporting once his tenure comes to an end this year.