Business Crime Quarterly Winter 2016


It’s that time of the year when traditionally we assess the successes and shortcomings of the last 12 months and resolve to do better in the year to come. While the UK’s Serious Fraud Office may simply be hoping for “more of the same” following three successful investigations into corporate bribery, countries languishing at the bottom of Transparency International’s newly published Corruption Perceptions Index really should be resolving to “try harder”.

In this edition of Business Crime Quarterly we consider the first guilty plea proceedings to be brought before the recently–established French National Financial Prosecutor and report on the drive of the Belgian government to improve the efficiency, speed and consistency of the criminal justice system there. We look at the most recent settlements of sanctions violations in the U.S., note the consideration currently being given by the chief of the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice to extending liability to business executives in civil antitrust cases and report on new guidance from the DoJ to companies seeking mitigation credit with regard to FCPA violations. From Australia, Allens reports on two proposed developments: potential amendments to the whistleblower regime and the proposed incorporation of a financial records offence in the Australian criminal code.

Lastly we invite you to access a copy of our recent client publication, Taking Stock: A review of anti-bribery and corruption law and enforcement across the globe. This fully revised and up-to-date review of anti-bribery and corruption legislation provides a quick reference guide to anti-corruption law and enforcement across 25 jurisdictions, with chapters from 18 of our offices and five expert local law firms.

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