Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • March 05, 2024

    FCA To Probe Personal Guarantees In Some Small Biz Lending

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Tuesday it will be investigating the use of personal guarantees in small business lending following complaints by an industry group.

  • March 05, 2024

    FCA Warns Firms To Remedy Failings In AML Controls

    The Financial Conduct Authority has fired off a warning to the chief executives of 1,000 firms it regulates for money laundering purposes, telling them on Tuesday to tackle failings in their controls.

  • March 05, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy Chief Settles SFO Claim Over DOJ Fraud Case

    Mike Lynch has settled his claim against the Serious Fraud Office that demanded the watchdog turn over information on him over concerns that U.S. authorities sought international assistance to avoid running out of time to charge him for fraud, his spokesperson said Tuesday.

  • March 04, 2024

    FCC Inks Anti-Scam Partnership With UK Counterpart

    The Federal Communications Commission said Monday it will work formally with its U.K. counterpart to combat scam robocalls and robotexts, an announcement that came days after reaching a similar agreement with Britain's data privacy enforcer.

  • March 04, 2024

    Dentons Failed To Make AML Checks On PEP Client, SRA Says

    Dentons faced a battle at a London tribunal on Monday over its anti-money laundering procedures after the U.K. legal regulator said it had failed to conduct adequate checks on a politically exposed client for years.

  • March 04, 2024

    Barrister Disbarred For Falsely Trying To Double Fee

    A barrister who tried to double his fee for representing a client at a civil hearing and then misled the court when trying to cover up his tracks was disbarred by a tribunal on Monday.

  • March 04, 2024

    Associate Of Ex-Dechert Partner Says Settlement Ends Claims

    A British-Canadian businessman accused of conspiring with former Dechert partner Neil Gerrard to hack aviation tycoon Farhad Azima told an English judge on Monday that Azima's settlement with the law firm brings the claims against him to an end. 

  • March 04, 2024

    FCA Warns Asset Managers To Follow Sustainability Rules

    The Financial Conduct Authority has warned chief executives of asset management companies that it will focus on their compliance with rules on sustainability disclosure that come into force this year.

  • March 04, 2024

    5 Questions For Peter Carter On Insider Dealing Prosecutions

    The Financial Conduct Authority's successful prosecution of a former Goldman Sachs analyst for insider dealing provides new insights into what a determined criminal will do to get around compliance procedures and break the law. Here Peter Carter KC at Doughty Street Chambers, who led the prosecution for the FCA, talks to Law360 about the intricacies of tackling these kinds of cases.

  • March 04, 2024

    Apple Fined €1.8B For Restricting Music Streaming Developers

    The European Union's antitrust authority said Monday that it has fined tech giant Apple €1.8 billion ($1.95 billion) for abusing its dominant position in the market for music streaming apps by preventing developers from letting iPhone users know about cheaper subscriptions.

  • March 04, 2024

    KPMG Fined £1.46M For Ad Agency Accounting Breaches

    The Financial Reporting Council said on Monday that it has fined KPMG £1.46 million ($1.85 million) for a string of "serious failings" during the audit of advertising group M&C Saatchi PLC.

  • March 03, 2024

    UK Gov't Plans New Law To Reverse PACCAR Funding Fallout

    The U.K. government announced legislative changes on Monday designed to make it easier for people to secure funding for legal claims against companies in the wake of a landmark Supreme Court ruling that made many litigation agreements unenforceable.

  • March 01, 2024

    WealthTek Case Paused For FCA To Weigh Bringing Charges

    A judge on Friday delayed the Financial Conduct Authority's enforcement proceedings against a wealth manager over an £80 million ($101 million) shortfall, finding the watchdog should prioritize deciding whether to charge the company's founder over one of the "most significant frauds" it ever investigated.

  • March 01, 2024

    Ex-Stobart CEO Fights To Argue Conspiracy As A Shareholder

    Stobart Group's former chief executive should not be allowed to retry his claim that he was the victim of a conspiracy to remove him as chair, the company now known as Esken Ltd. told a London court on Friday.

  • March 01, 2024

    Wright Blames Enemies For Forged Email In Satoshi Trial

    Craig Wright hit back on Friday at accusations that he forged an email amid a trial over his claims that he is the inventor of bitcoin, telling a London court that an enemy could have doctored the message to sabotage his case.

  • March 01, 2024

    Greenwashing Risk Warning As EU Plans Benchmark Change

    European asset managers warned on Friday that expected revisions to the rules on benchmarks would remove transparency, hindering the explanations about sustainability that they need to give investors to fight against greenwashing.

  • March 01, 2024

    5 Questions For Ex-Public Prosecutions Director Max Hill KC

    Max Hill KC, the former head of the Crown Prosecution Service, was persuaded to join King & Spalding LLP as a consultant in its special matters and government investigations practice partly because of the changing economic crime landscape in the U.K.

  • March 01, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen a legal battle between confectionary heavyweight Mars Wrigley UK and a frozen food manufacturer, a trademark infringement claim by Abbott Diabetes Care over glucose monitoring meters, Mercedes-Benz Group hit with two commercial fraud disputes, and the Mediterranean Shipping Company tackle a cargo claim by an insurance company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 01, 2024

    Home Office Ankle Tags For Migrants Breached Data Law

    A government pilot scheme to electronically monitor migrants breached privacy law, the U.K.'s data watchdog said on Friday as it issued an enforcement notice and warning.

  • February 29, 2024

    HMRC Uncovers Complex Offshore Tax Avoidance Scheme

    The U.K. tax authority said Thursday that it had exposed a complex tax avoidance scheme operating through a Singapore-based company.

  • February 29, 2024

    Drax May Face Group Litigation Over Greenwashing Claims

    Drax Group PLC shareholders could launch a group legal action against the energy company over claims it faked its environmental credentials to secure £6.5 billion ($8.2 billion) in U.K. government subsidies, the law firm helming the action said.

  • February 29, 2024

    Mozambique President Beats 'Tuna Bonds' Immunity Appeal

    Mozambique's president cannot be sued in England by shipbuilder Privinvest in the country's wide-ranging litigation over the $2 billion "tuna bonds" corruption scandal as a London appellate court on Thursday upheld a ruling that he has immunity as a sitting head of state.

  • February 29, 2024

    European Authorities Arrest 14 In €195M VAT Fraud Probe

    European law enforcement agencies said Thursday that they had arrested 14 people suspected in a €195 million ($211 million) value-added tax fraud across 17 countries.

  • February 29, 2024

    Global Regulator Seeks Stronger Swiss Bank Safeguards

    A global standards setter recommended on Thursday that the Swiss authorities introduce tougher rules for the country's biggest banks as it learns from the crisis that led to the rushed UBS-Credit Suisse merger in 2023.

  • February 29, 2024

    Academic Says Richard III Film Shows Him As Misogynistic

    A university academic who oversaw the discovery of Richard III's remains told the High Court in the first stage of a libel trial on Thursday that a Steve Coogan film portrays him as devious, misogynistic, patronizing and disablist.

Expert Analysis

  • Firms Should Prepare For New DEI Reporting Requirements

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    While the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority's recent proposals on diversity and inclusion in the financial sector are progressive, implementing reporting requirements will pose data collection and privacy protection challenges for employers, say lawyers at Fieldfisher.

  • What The UK Digital Markets Bill Will Mean For Businesses

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    The new investigatory and enforcement powers conferred by the U.K. Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill mean that although businesses may be aware of their market status due to existing EU law, they should ensure they are mindful of the changes to consumer law and the implications for digital markets, says Richard Hugo at Burges Salmon.

  • 5 Takeaways From ICO's Biometric Recognition Guidance

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    Recent guidance from the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office is a helpful reminder of key data protection principles and obligations stemming from the U.K. General Data Protection Regulation that organizations should consider when implementing biometric recognition technology, say lawyers at Dechert.

  • TikTok Fine Highlights EU Approach To Children's Data Rights

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    Following the Irish Data Protection Commission's recent fine against TikTok for breaching children's data protection rights, organizations should adopt a proactive approach and implement measures aiding compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation, says Carla Murray at Myerson.

  • A Case For The Green Investment Regime Under The ECT

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    The EU and U.K.'s potential plans to exit the Energy Charter Treaty, which has been criticized as protecting fossil fuel investments to the detriment of energy transition, ignore the significant strides taken to modernize the treaty and its ability to promote investment in cleaner energy forms, say Amy Frey and Simon Maynard at King & Spalding.

  • Considerations For Fund Managers Seeking Retail Investment

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    With recent legal developments, including a revised Long Term Investment Funds Regulation effective in 2024, supporting the market trend of retailization, there are several practical considerations for alternative fund managers embarking on a European fundraise for retail capital, say Zac Mellor-Clark and Kate Downey at Fried Frank.

  • FDI Considerations For UK Venture Capital Transactions

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    With the U.K. National Security and Investment Act highlighting foreign direct investment matters for venture capital transactions, investors dealing with companies connected to the U.K. should be alive to how the act's requirements can affect deal timelines, structures and terms, say lawyers at Covington.

  • What The Anti-Coercion Instrument Will Bring To The EU

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    Vassilis Akritidis and Jean-Baptiste Blancardi at Crowell & Moring discuss why the European Union recently adopted a report on the anti-coercion instrument to reform its trade legislation, how the instrument will be used to respond to unfair economic pressure from third countries, and how businesses can impact the EU's decision making.

  • Why FCA Crypto Rules Need To Align With UK Gov't Aims

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    There is a critical need for cryptocurrency regulations that protect consumers while supporting the government's aim to make the U.K. a crypto hub, but the Financial Conduct Authority’s recently effective rules on financial promotion of crypto-assets bring an unintended risk that legitimate firms will be driven out of the market, says Laura Navarathnam at the Crypto Council for Innovation.

  • What To Consider When Making Brand Sustainability Claims

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    A recent KMPG report shows that while consumers are actively seeking out sustainable products, most will also avoid brands caught misleading customers about their sustainable credentials, meaning companies must walk a fine line between promoting and exaggerating sustainability claims, says Iona Silverman at Freeths.

  • In Balancing Commerce And Privacy Interests, Consent Is Key

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    Although the European Commission's recent adoption of the EU-U.S. data privacy framework will make the use of tracking services with pixels easier, it highlights the significance of website visitor consent and the need for enterprises to provide users with complete and transparent information while adhering to all data protection regulations, say Áron Hegyi and Máté Dura at Schönherr.

  • CMA Report On AI May Lead to Greater Competition Control

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    The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority’s recent report on artificial intelligence foundation models is a sign that developers could face increased merger control and antitrust enforcement, and businesses should be mindful of these views to ensure that their models do not come under investigation, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • UK Mozambique Ruling Will Have Int'l Ramifications

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    The recent U.K. Supreme Court judgment in Mozambique v. Privinvest considered for the first time stay proceedings under the Arbitration Act, offering guidance on whether claims are a "matter" within the scope of an arbitration clause, which could become a point of reference for foreign courts in the future, say lawyers at Herbert Smith.

  • Recent Trends In European ESG-Related Shareholder Activism

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    New ESG reporting standards in the European Union, as well as recent climate change, board diversity and human rights cases, illustrate how shareholder activism may become more prominent in years to come as regulation and investor engagement continues to strengthen, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • Audit Regulator Review Has Tips On Climate Metric Reporting

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    The U.K. Financial Reporting Council’s recent review of climate-related metrics and targets in listed companies’ annual reports is an extremely useful guide for issuers considering the quality of their disclosure reporting, with a number of key areas identified as central to further improvement, say lawyers at Bryan Cave.

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