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July 23, 2014 12:00 AM  | Link
For regular commentary on issues related to Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery, follow us at: twitter.com/AntiBriberyLaw and for issues specifically related to Asset Recovery, follow us at: twitter.com/AssetRecoverLaw. read more
July 30, 2014 1:36 PM | Permalink |
James Maton
The English Court of Appeal has considered whether a defendant is required to give up the profits made from a transaction where he has dishonestly assisted another to breach fiduciary duties owed to the claimant. read more
July 28, 2014 2:49 PM | Permalink |

This article is a very interesting and useful summary of asset recovery remedies available in civil law countries, linked to case studies.

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July 24, 2014 3:09 PM | Permalink |
James Maton
The lack of political will is undoubtedly the biggest obstacle to investigating and prosecuting corruption and to bringing proceedings to recover the proceeds of corruption. read more
July 17, 2014 5:10 PM | Permalink |
James Maton
A public official receives a bribe to award a contract. Does the bribe “belong” to the official or to the state that he or she represents? read more
June 9, 2014 10:34 AM | Permalink |
Stephen Huggard
Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rendered a decision that will now make it more likely for companies dealing with government controlled entities abroad to face liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). read more
The Sunday Times exposé on 1 June 2014 made further allegations concerning the integrity of Qatar’s winning big to host the World Cup in 2022. read more
The great irony of the European Court of Justice’s (“CJEU”) decision concerning Google and the ‘right to be forgotten’ is that the original complainant now has his name at the front and centre of the Judgment, plastered across every legal précis, and when one now searches his name in Google, the very reason for his original complaint is easily identifiable. read more
Ukraine faces numerous very serious issues at present – ensuring domestic stability and security is key. read more
April 16, 2014 10:14 AM | Permalink |
Antonio Suarez-Martinez
The City of London Police Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit (OACU) has launched a video highlighting the damaging consequences for UK companies and individuals of engaging in corrupt business activities. read more
April 15, 2014 1:16 PM | Permalink |
Antonio Suarez-Martinez
Whilst the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) is expected to walk the talk in response to the Bribery Act, it expects corporates to do the same when self-reporting wrongdoing. read more
April 14, 2014 12:39 PM | Permalink |
Antonio Suarez-Martinez
The White House has publicised a legislative proposal as part of the President’s budget to help law enforcement investigate the use of shell companies for unlawful purposes including money laundering. read more
April 9, 2014 10:14 AM | Permalink |
James Maton
The English Court of Appeal has decided that the National Crime Agency is entitled, in civil recovery proceedings, to all of the profits made on investments funded in part by the proceeds of crime and in part by loans made by a bank. read more
Towards the end of last year the OECD published a report on measuring OECD country responses to illicit financial flows from developing countries (“the Report”). read more
April 1, 2014 3:27 PM | Permalink |
James Maton

Trace International has published its 2013 report summarising international anti-bribery enforcement trends.

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March 27, 2014 10:40 AM | Permalink |
Ajita Shah
The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) recently received a €4m boost from the European Union (EU) when the EU and the United Nations in Guatemala signed a cooperation agreement worth €4m or 44 million Guatemalan Quetzales to support the work of the CICIG. read more
The United States and Europe have launched two rounds of sanctions against Russia, which formally annexed the Crimean region of Ukraine on March 21st. The recent addition of 20 more individuals and Bank Rossiya to the U.S. black list has begun to have ramifications for the Russian economy, as reported by The Economist1, The Wall Street Journal2, and Bloomberg3. Some lawmakers advocate for more stringent sanctions, such as the type that were imposed against Iran. But Washington has other tools at its disposal that could more subtly dampen the Russian economy without requiring legislative action.   read more
Money laundering and tax evasion will be harder to hide following the approval of new amendments to the EU’s proposed Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive by the European Parliament on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 which in future will require the ultimate owners of companies and trusts to be listed in public registers in EU countries. read more
“Breathtaking" is how one European Commissioner characterized the corruption described in the European Commission's February 2014 Anti-Corruption Report, which details each E.U. Member State's efforts in fighting corruption and provides advice for improving the effectiveness of those efforts. read more
Following the Council of the European Union’s agreement through Council Regulation (EU) 208/2014 on 6 March 2014 to impose financial sanctions, including asset freezes, against certain Ukrainian persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Ukraine, the UK Treasury has published its financial sanctions notice (the Notice). read more

Antonio Suarez-Martinez has co-written a piece with Nick Maxwell of Transparency International UK for Money Laundering Bulletin on “Closing down the UK as a safe haven for corrupt assets” available here http://www.moneylaunderingbulletin.com/risksandcontrols/briberyandcorruption/closing-down-the-uk-as-a-safe-haven-for-corrupt-assets-97187.htm

 

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