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Corporate Crime: Reaping the Benefits of Self-Reporting

Recently disclosed statistics show that only a small number of companies are prosecuted after self-reporting bribery and corruption. Aziz Rahman observes that such a course of action demands careful consideration. There’s a widely-accepted view that, when it comes to...
Posted On 20 Feb 2020
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The Airbus Case Settlement: Significant Facts Behind the Figures

As reported by Risk Xtra, the Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) recently announced between Airbus and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) means that the former will pay €991 million – making it the UK’s largest DPA – as part of a €3.6 billion global settlement. Here, Aziz Rahman...
Posted On 10 Feb 2020
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SFO enters into €991 million DPA with Airbus as part of €3.6 billion resolution

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has entered into a record-breaking Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the global aerospace company Airbus SE following its approval by Dame Victoria Sharp, President of the Queen’s Bench Division. Under the terms of the DPA, Airbus SE has...
Posted On 31 Jan 2020
Aziz Rahman
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The SFO’s ‘Evaluating Compliance Programmes’ Guidance: An Opportunity Missed?

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has just published a guidance document on how the organisation will assess the compliance programmes of the companies which it investigates. Here, Aziz Rahman outlines his concerns that the guidance perhaps falls somewhat short of what’s...
Posted On 29 Jan 2020
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Deferred Prosecution Agreements: Why Companies Need to be Careful

The recent acquittal of three senior figures at Guralp Systems on charges of conspiracy to make corrupt payments came two months after the company admitted wrongdoing when entering into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA). Here, Aziz Rahman (whose firm Rahman Ravelli...
Posted On 16 Jan 2020
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Three individuals acquitted as SFO confirms DPA with Güralp Systems Ltd

Cansun Güralp, Andrew Bell and Natalie Pearce have been acquitted of conspiracy to make corrupt payments in relation to payments made to a South Korean public official between 2002 and 2015. The conclusion of the trial removes reporting restrictions on the Deferred Prosecution...
Posted On 24 Dec 2019
Syedur Rahman
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Account Freezing Orders: The Guilt-Free Means to an End

The National Crime Agency (NCA) was no doubt happy to announce that it had reached an out-of-court settlement with billionaire property tycoon and philanthropist Malik Riaz Hussain that sees the latter handing over a £50 million house overlooking Hyde Park and £140 million...
Posted On 11 Dec 2019
Neil Williams
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The Serious Fraud Office and LIBOR: The End of the Line

Here, Neil Williams explains why nobody should be surprised that, seemingly out of the blue, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) recently ended its lengthy investigation into the suspected rigging of LIBOR – the London Interbank Offered Rate and the benchmark interest rate that tracks...
Posted On 18 Nov 2019
Syedur Rahman
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Money Laundering in UK plc: The Dirty Secret That Will Not Go Away

A new report produced by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International lays bare what it believes is massive and carefully planned money laundering in the UK. Here, Syedur Rahman voices concern about the effectiveness of the authorities’ efforts designed to tackle it. ...
Posted On 13 Nov 2019
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Two-thirds of legal professionals expect no rise in SFO conviction rate

More than two-thirds of legal professionals who specialise in white collar crime don’t believe the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) conviction rate will improve over the next 12 months. That’s according to an in-depth survey of white collar crime lawyers recently...
Posted On 08 Nov 2019