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Brexit: Unlawful Prorogation Means Continued UK Parliament Scrutiny of Brexit Plans

Posted in Brexit, EU Withdrawal Agreement, GT Alert, No-deal Brexit
In a historic decision issued 24 September 2019, the UK Supreme Court ruled that the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, acted unlawfully when he advised the Queen to prorogue, or suspend, the UK Parliament for five weeks, until 14 October 2019. The effect of the very clear and unanimous decision of the 11 Supreme Court judges… Continue Reading

Beware of Strangers Bearing Gifts: UK ‘Business Integrity Initiative’ Aims to Support the Anti-Corruption Efforts of SMEs

Posted in Bribery Act 2010, Corporate, criminal law, Government, GT Alert, International Trade, National Crime Agency, Serious Fraud Office, sfo, White collar
The UK government’s Anti-Corruption Newsletter for Summer 2019, supported by ‘Anti-Corruption Champion’ John Penrose, MP for Weston-super-Mare, covers the latest developments in anti-corruption over the last quarter. Two reported highlights illustrate the government’s steadfast approach to issuing new statutory guidance for both large corporates and small UK businesses. However, the latter category could receive subsidised… Continue Reading

Brexit: Can the Remainers Stop a No-Deal Brexit?

Posted in Brexit, EU Withdrawal Agreement, GT Alert, No-deal Brexit
Brexit has driven fault lines through British politics as seen at no time since the 1680s. Fervent ‘leavers’ and fervent ‘remainers’ can be found in both of the main political parties, although most favour various compromise options in between. This is reflected in the composition of the UK Parliament and has resulted in an impasse,… Continue Reading

The Serco Deferred Prosecution Agreement: A Lesson in Pragmatism

Posted in criminal law, Deferred Prosecution Agreement, GT Alert, Serious Fraud Office, sfo, White collar
On 4 July 2019 at Southwark Crown Court, Mr Justice William Davis formally approved the fifth Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) entered into by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO). The SFO’s latest DPA is with Serco Geografix Limited (SGL), a now-dormant subsidiary of Serco Limited (SL), and marks the end of a six-year investigation which started… Continue Reading

M&A Deal Flushes Out Bribery Scheme Leaving Seller Director with a Multi-Million Pound Hangover and Jail Time

Posted in GT Alert, Serious Fraud Office, White collar
On 30 May 2019 the SFO issued a press release announcing that Carol Ann Hodson, the former director and owner of a company named ALCA Fasteners Ltd (ALCA), pleaded guilty to paying bribes amounting to £300,000 in order to secure contracts worth £12m. The bribes were paid to purchasing manager1 of a German company over the… Continue Reading

Roll Up, Roll Up: ‘Cannabis Inc.’ Is Open for Business, but UK Investors Must Wait Their Turn

Posted in cannabis, criminal law, Proceeds of Crime Act, White collar
With the U.S. cannabis market reported to be worth around $10 billion, sales in Canada expected to reach $6.5 billion by 2020, and the UK having recently decriminalised the use of the drug for medicinal purposes, UK-based investors are eyeing the potential for profit from this new business area. Click here to read the full GT… Continue Reading

UK Financial Conduct Authority Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Underway With Threats of Civil and Criminal Enforcement

Posted in GT Alert, White collar
Speaking on 4 April 2019, the head of enforcement for the UK FCA, Mark Steward, warned those subject to the UK’s anti-money laundering regulations that ‘it is time that the FCA gave effect to the full intention of the Money-Laundering Regulations which provides for criminal prosecutions’. He added: ‘[The FCA is] now conducting ‘dual track’ AML investigations,… Continue Reading

Nike Fined €12.5 Million for Restricting Intra-EEA Sales

Posted in Antitrust Trade & Regulation
In a warning shot to businesses using intellectual property rights to restrict cross-border sales within the European Economic Area (EEA), on 25 March 2019 the European Commission fined Nike €12.5 million for banning traders of licenced football merchandise from selling to other EEA countries. The decision underscores the Commission’s commitment to eliminating commercial practices that threaten the… Continue Reading

LIBOR and “No-Deal” Brexit

Posted in Brexit
One of the consequences of a “no-deal” Brexit would be that the United Kingdom would no longer have access to the European financial market. This would affect LIBOR as a trusted and widely used benchmark. LIBOR vs. EURIBOR Currently, two relevant benchmarks exist in the European Union: LIBOR and EURIBOR. LIBOR stands for “London Interbank… Continue Reading

I Smell a Rat: SFO Looks to Informants – Dangling the Carrot of Immunity?

Posted in criminal law, White collar
Lisa Osofsky, the new director of the UK Serious Fraud Office, says her agency should use insiders and co-operators to bring to life by way of live evidence the document-heavy cases it prosecutes. Speaking to the Commons Justice Committee in December 2018, Ms Osofsky alluded to the slow pace of SFO investigations as one of… Continue Reading

Top 5 Predictions for UK White Collar Defence in 2019

Posted in Brexit, criminal law, Government, International Law, White collar
What does 2019 have in store for white-collar defence in the UK? In this GT Alert, we list our top 5 predictions relating to Serious Fraud Office (SFO) Director Lisa Osofsky, who indicated various areas of focus for her tenure; Brexit and the potential loss of the European Arrest Warrant regime and the U.K.’s access to EU… Continue Reading

The Financial Conduct Authority – Part 1 – Market Manipulation

Posted in criminal law, FCA, Financial Conduct Authority, spoofing, White collar
The term ‘market manipulation’ is a broad one which can mean a number of things. In this GT Advisory, we consider how market manipulation is approached in the U.K. in both a civil and criminal context, and how it has been enforced by the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We also discuss spoofing, a tactic… Continue Reading

Prove It or Lose It! Part III: A Step Too Far? Account Freezing Orders & Account Forfeiture Orders

Posted in criminal law, White collar
Part III of our series on asset recovery powers available to UK law enforcement authorities focuses on new powers under the Criminal Finances Act 2017 to obtain orders to freeze bank accounts and apply for forfeiture orders, permanently depriving the account holder of the funds contained in the account. These draconian new powers have received little publicity… Continue Reading

Brexit – Where Now?

Posted in Brexit, Government, International Law, International Trade
At their summit on 25 November, the leaders of the EU27 states approved the draft agreement providing for the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU. The EU and U.K. also issued a joint statement outlining the framework for the post-Brexit EU/U.K. relationship. These developments, although much-awaited, give little legal certainty in the short term. Draft Withdrawal… Continue Reading

Prove It or Lose It! – Part I: Unexplained Wealth Orders

Posted in White collar
Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) have recently been in the news. They extend the powers available to UK law enforcement authorities under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). A UWO enables investigators to ask people who are holding assets, which based on their legitimate income they would not be able to afford, to prove that… Continue Reading

SFO Carries out 30 Property Raids as Part of Criminal Investigations – Over Triple the Number the Year Before

Posted in White collar
But raids as part of asset seizure probes fall to zero LONDON – 26 July 2018 – The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) launched 30 property raids to gather evidence for its ongoing criminal investigations (i.e. before prosecution takes place) in the previous 12 months year ending March 31. The number is more than triple… Continue Reading

Frankfurt Court Approves Online Marketplace Restriction for Luxury Perfumes

Posted in Antitrust Trade & Regulation
The Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt ruled on 12 July 2018 that manufacturers of luxury products are permitted to restrict authorised resellers from reselling on online marketplaces. The marketplace restriction at issue was imposed by Coty Germany on Parfümerie Akzente, one of its authorised distributors, to prohibit it from distributing Coty perfumes on a third-party… Continue Reading

UK Court Rules a Suspect in a Criminal Investigation has Reasonable Expectation it will be Kept Private

Posted in White collar
In Sir Cliff Richard OBE v. The British Broadcasting Corporation and The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police [2018] EWHC 1837 (Ch) a UK court has ruled that the reporting by the BBC of a police investigation (which was later closed without prosecution) into Sir Cliff Richard and televised search of his home using a helicopter flying… Continue Reading