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Entries in Serious Fraud Office (271)

Monday
Sep092019

SFO Guidance: New requirement for lawyers to ‘certify privilege’ 

The Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) Corporate Co-operation Guidance has arrived in the form of a five-page document. In it, the SFO defines co-operation as "providing assistance to the SFO that goes above and beyond what the law requires" and details eleven general practices that companies should consider when preserving material and giving it to the SFO. But while welcome, the five pages seem to offer little in the way of genuinely valuable advice. 

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Wednesday
Aug072019

SFO issues guidance for corporate cooperation

SFO Director Lisa OsofskyThe UK Serious Fraud Office published a five-page memo Tuesday that tells companies the steps they should take if they decide to cooperate with the agency in an investigation.

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Monday
Jul152019

UK court approves first-of-its kind ‘group’ DPA

On July 4, 2019, the UK’s fifth Deferred Prosecution Agreement was approved. The DPA is between the Serious Fraud Office and Serco Geografix Limited (SGL), a subsidiary of Serco Group PLC, and relates to fraud and false accounting offenses.

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Monday
Jun032019

SFO fines FH Bertling $1 million for freight contract bribes

The UK Serious Fraud Office fined FH Bertling Ltd £850,000 ($1 million) Monday for bribes to secure contracts in Angola. 

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Tuesday
Feb262019

Tesco and the future of UK DPAs

The recent acquittal of three former members of Tesco senior management raises important questions for companies about the UK DPA process.

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Thursday
Feb072019

Unaoil fallout: Petrofac exec admits sprawling Middle East bribe scheme

The former global head of sales for Petrofac International Limited pleaded guilty Wednesday to UK Bribery Act violations related to over $50 million in bribes involving projects in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. 

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Tuesday
Jan222019

UK Bribery Act: 2018 in review, and a few predictions

Last year marked a key transition in the UK in relation to bribery enforcement. David Green departed from the SFO in April 2018 to be replaced (on an interim basis) by his COO, Mark Thompson, and finally succeeded in the autumn by Lisa Osofsky.

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Tuesday
Nov272018

Four more convictions in SFO investigation into FH Bertling freight contracts

The UK Serious Fraud Office said three former FH Bertling Group senior executives and a ConocoPhillips employee were convicted Tuesday for their role in a bribes-for-contracts plot.

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Monday
Oct292018

Long prison terms for former UK oil company bosses

A judge in London jailed two former top executives of a now-bankrupt oil exploration company to a combined 30 years in prison Monday.

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Wednesday
Oct242018

UK enforcement: Former oil execs convicted of $45 million kickback scheme

Two top executives of a now-defunct oil company were found guilty Wednesday of fraud and money laundering after a six-week trial in London.

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Wednesday
Oct032018

SFO moves to seize Karimova assets

The UK Serious Fraud Office said Wednesday it is trying to recover assets bought with money connected to corrupt deals in Uzbekistan.

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Tuesday
Oct022018

Andrew Reeves: Five lessons about privilege in internal investigations

The English Court of Appeal’s decision in SFO v. ENRC has reset the boundaries of litigation privilege in investigations under English law.

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