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Unaoil – a very complicated win for the Serious Fraud Office

Unaoil – a very complicated win for the Serious Fraud Office

13 July 2020    In a much-needed win for the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, two out of three of those it was prosecuting for corruption in the Unaoil case were found guilty. The case has exposed some ugly competition between global enforcement agencies, and some alarming behaviour by the new Director of the Serious Fraud Office in her pursuit of American style techniques in corruption and fraud cases. But the questions left at the end of the trial are why the victims of corruption in Iraq did not...

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New report: WEAK LINK OR FIRST LINE OF DEFENCE?       THE ROLE OF UK EXPORT FINANCE IN FIGHTING CORRUPTION IN A POST-CORONAVIRUS AND POST-BREXIT TRADE DRIVE

New report: WEAK LINK OR FIRST LINE OF DEFENCE? THE ROLE OF UK EXPORT FINANCE IN FIGHTING CORRUPTION IN A POST-CORONAVIRUS AND POST-BREXIT TRADE DRIVE

Spotlight on Corruption is today releasing a major new report on the role of UK Export Finance (UKEF) in fighting corruption in the UK’s post-Brexit and post-coronavirus trade drive. UKEF is a government agency that provides taxpayer support to underwrite the majority of financial risk that UK companies face when exporting abroad. UKEF is being called upon to play an enhanced role in the government’s trade drive. In particular, UKEF’s ability to make direct loans to foreign governments and...

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The NCA’s Kazakh Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) – a costly decision?

The NCA’s Kazakh Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) – a costly decision?

1 July 2020 On 17 June 2020, Lady Justice Carr unequivocally refused the National Crime Agency’s (“NCA”) application for permission to appeal. The NCA had sought to challenge Justice Lang’s decision to discharge the unexplained wealth orders (“UWO”) against the Aliyev family (see our earlier post). The NCA had an uphill struggle given that Lang J had found that it was an unreliable assumption to say that the funds had originated from Rakhat Aliyev. Carr LJ agreed, finding that the lower...

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Transparency in COVID-19 public bailouts

Transparency in COVID-19 public bailouts

Transparency in government-backed COVID-19 loans Along with the Fraud Advisory Panel and Transparency International UK, we wrote to the government on 16 June to ask them to publish the names of all those who have received bailout loans. The letter can be seen here. Here we explain why such transparency is needed.  On 23 March the UK government announced it would provide £330 billion worth of loans and guarantees to support businesses that are struggling as a consequence of the COVID-19...

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We’re hiring – exciting new role as researcher and communications officer

We’re hiring – exciting new role as researcher and communications officer

We're hiring - exciting new role as researcher and communications officer Job Title: Research and communications officer Responsible to: Executive Director Contract: 1 year contract (with intention to renew subject to performance and funding) Salary: £27,000 pa plus pension Working arrangements: Full-time, 35 hours per week. Home based in or near London. Flexible working encouraged. 30 days leave per annum plus public holidays. Working culture: Our team is open, inclusive, friendly, respectful...

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Civil society groups’ letter to the Director of the SFO on implications of the Airbus Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Civil society groups’ letter to the Director of the SFO on implications of the Airbus Deferred Prosecution Agreement

In the letter, we ask the SFO to look at: whether the regime provides sufficient incentives for companies to self-report whether senior executives are being held to account effectively whether the penalties imposed reflect the full wrongdoing committed whether compensation principles are being effectively applied in DPAs whether there is enough transparency in the DPA regime and whether Article 6 of the OECD Convention is being sufficiently respected particularl with regard to the national...

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Are the UK courts fit for purpose for fighting overseas corruption?

Are the UK courts fit for purpose for fighting overseas corruption?

In November 2019, the UK’s longest running corruption trial, Alstom, came to an end. This Spotlight on Corruption briefing looks at the
lessons from the case, and asks whether the case has created perverse incentives to companies to fight it out in the courts rather than come clean to law enforcement.

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Financing Bribery?

Financing Bribery?

Presentation by Sue Hawley to the OECD about the role of Export Credit Agencies in fighting corruption.

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