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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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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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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
Syedur Rahman
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Tackling Bribery and Corruption: Is the United States ‘Going It Alone’?

Jay Clayton, chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has boldly stated that his country is the only one tackling the scourge of bribery and corruption to any great degree. Here, Syedur Rahman highlights some of the key reasons why he believes that statement...
Posted On 24 Oct 2019
Neil Williams
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Examining The Future for Deferred Prosecution Agreements

Sometimes, the best ideas just don’t turn out to be as good in practice as they were either on paper or in the heads of those who devised them in the first instance. So far, 2019 seems to be the year that Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) have joined the list of things that...
Posted On 07 Aug 2019
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Serious Fraud Office announces DPA in principle with Serco Geografix Limited

The Serious Fraud Office has announced that a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with Serco Geografix Limited (SGL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Serco Group, has been approved in principle by Justice William Davis. On Thursday 4 July 2019, the SFO will apply for final...
Posted On 03 Jul 2019
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BT signs licensing deal with QiO Technologies for SATURN cyber analytics solution

BT has announced the licensing of the company’s cyber security visual analytics technology, SATURN, to QiO Technologies, an advanced analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) software company. BT developed SATURN to ingest and analyse huge amounts of data using AI, and then...
Posted On 27 Mar 2019
Aziz Rahman
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Is the Serious Fraud Office Offering Value for Money?

Whether the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is value for money is a question that’s being asked following developments that could give ammunition to its detractors, asserts Aziz Rahman. The SFO has just announced that it has dropped investigations into Rolls-Royce and drugs...
Posted On 04 Mar 2019
Aziz Rahman
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Scaling Down The Rolls-Royce Investigation: A Sign of Panic at the SFO?

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has finally stopped investigating a number of former Rolls-Royce employees in connection with the bribery and corruption scandal that has been rumbling on for many years now. A shrewd decision based on available evidence? Or the frightened actions...
Posted On 10 Jan 2019
James Kelly: stepping down from the role of CEO at the BSIA
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James Kelly to step down from CEO’s role at the British Security Industry Association

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced that James Kelly is stepping down from his role as CEO. In the interim, David Wilkinson – director of technical services at the Trade Association – will oversee the responsibilities underpinning this key...
Posted On 05 Nov 2018
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