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The Unaoil Bribery Scandal

The Unaoil Bribery Scandal

R v Basil Al Jarah (guilty plea) R v Ziad Akle, Stephen Whiteley and Paul Bond (trial court: T20177415; 20187107) R v Paul Bond (retrial: T20177415; 20187107) R v Ziad Akle and Paul Bond (Court of Appeal: 202001870 B1; 202002164 B1; 20210745 B1) R v Paul Bond (Court of Appeal: 202104035) The Unaoil scandal has been one of the blockbuster bribery cases on the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) docket in recent years. Although the SFO initially secured a string of successful prosecutions, these early...

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Petrofac: a “systemic, serious and grave” corruption scheme

Petrofac: a “systemic, serious and grave” corruption scheme

On 12 May 2017, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it was investigating the oil and gas company Petrofac. Petrofac Limited is registered in Jersey and listed on the London Stock Exchange, and is the parent of a group of subsidiaries, the Petrofac Group, which design, build and operate oil and gas facilities across the Middle East. The SFO’s investigation stemmed from documents revealed during its investigation into the Monaco-based agency Unaoil. In February 2019, Petrofac’s former...

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Sham litigation or legitimate investor claims? The extraordinary case of P&ID v Nigeria

Sham litigation or legitimate investor claims? The extraordinary case of P&ID v Nigeria

Sham litigation or legitimate investor claims? The extraordinary case of P&ID v Federal Republic of Nigeria  1. Arbitration Documents  2. Process and Industrial Developments Limited v The Federal Republic of Nigeria (CL-2018-000182) 3. Process and Industrial Developments Limited v The Federal Republic of Nigeria (CL-2019-000752) 4. Process and Industrial Developments Limited v The Federal Republic of Nigeria (CL-2018-000182) and (CL-2019-000752)   Summary The UK courts are set to hear...

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James Ibori: Confiscating the corrupt assets of a Nigerian Governor

James Ibori: Confiscating the corrupt assets of a Nigerian Governor

An overview of all the UK litigation related to James Ibori, with relevant court documents. This is an example of just one of the many case overviews (with documents) we will be publishing on our website as part of a cases database. Court Documents (Click the links to view) 1) R v Ibori (2013) 2012/2916/A4; [2013] EWCA Crim 815 (Appeal Against Sentence) 2) R v Onuigbo (aka Okoronkwo) 201204789 C4; [2014] EWCA Crim 65 (Appeal Against Confiscation Order) 3) R v Preko 201400201 C1; [2015] EWCA...

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Mozambique and the “Tuna Bond” Scandal

Mozambique and the “Tuna Bond” Scandal

An overview of all the UK litigation related to the Mozambican Tuna Bond scandal, with relevant court documents. This is an example of just one of the many case overviews (with documents) we will be publishing on our website as part of a cases database. Court Documents (Click the links to view) 1) Mozambique v Credit Suisse & Ors. (CL-2019-000127) & 2) Mozambique v Safa (CL-2019-000482) 3) Banco International de Moçambique SA v Credit Suisse (CL-2020-000243) 4) VTB Capital PLC v...

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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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