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Entries in European Union (35)


The EU’s blacklisting threat against smaller territories is undemocratic and brutal 

Repetition is to be avoided in most walks of life. But where the offshore world is concerned, it appears to be the fulcrum around which the ill-informed are led by the unknowing. In this instance, it is the European Union’s turn to go on the offensive, with the bloc effectively threatening sanctions and retribution against the overseas territories, including my adopted home and professional base, the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

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Lindsay Columbo: EU adopts tougher, more consistent AML rules and penalties

The European Commission issued a statement last week announcing more robust rules on the criminalization of money laundering and penalties for offenses.

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Brexit: What happens to UK financial regulations?

The job of the UK's top financial regulator includes enforcing requirements to designate compliance officers with defined professional roles and duties.

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Risk Advisory Group report: Compliance is so complex, it’s now its own risk (with video)

Compliance is becoming so complex that today’s compliance professionals are concerned about how the function will protect businesses in the future, according to the London-based Risk Advisory Group. 

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After Paris: A coordinated fight against corruption could help save the European Union

Following the acts of war in Paris this weekend, as the sirens continue ringing in the city, it becomes even more obvious that the Member States can no longer throw rocks at the European Union while thinking they can recreate internal borders and live in quasi-autarky.

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Martin Kenney: After EU data protection moves, prepare for a season of frustration

As the owner of an English law firm based in the British Virgin Islands, I read with interest Jo Sherman’s post on the FCPA Blog about the recent changes to the European Union’s decision to toughen up even further its data protection rules.

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Practice note: EU changes data privacy rules for company investigations

Investigations into allegations of bribery, corruption or misconduct in Europe just got a whole lot harder due to recent changes to the EU Data Privacy regime.

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Resource Alert: From Car Wash to Fox Hunt -- A Strange Brew 

Image courtesy of Hughes HubbardHughes Hubbard, a long-time sponsor of the FCPA Blog, has published once again a new version of its FCPA/Anti-Bribery Alert, an invaluable resource for compliance professionals. The 508-page Alert is available here.

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Bulgaria anti-graft unit could target more than 7,000 officials

Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva (Image courtesy of the Republic of Bulgaria)Bulgaria's deputy prime minister announced the launch of a special unit to investigate major cases of government graft. The new unit started operations Monday under Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov. 

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Get ready for UK extractive industries disclosure rules

Image courtesy of the Houses of Parliament Flicker streamThe UK government recently announced the publication of draft legislation entitled “Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations 2014." The legislation would require UK-registered mining, quarrying, and logging companies to report on payments they make to governments all over the world, when such payments exceed £86,000 ($137,000) in a financial year.

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Ukraine needs partners to recover assets stolen by Yanukovych regime

A conference organized by the Ukraine Anti-corruption Action Centre (AntAC) jointly with Ukrainska Pravda & GOPAC-Ukraine on April 24, 2014 in Kyiv identified many challenges relating to the recovery of assets stolen by former President Yanukovych and his associates, and started a national dialogue to address these challenges.

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EU adopts broad compliance disclosure rule

The European Parliament passed a new law on April 15 to force about 6,000 EU companies to disclose information about environmental compliance, human rights, bribery and corruption.

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