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Briefing: Account Freezing Orders – Law Enforcement’s Ace of Spades

Briefing: Account Freezing Orders – Law Enforcement’s Ace of Spades

Account Freezing Orders (AFO) were introduced in the UK in the 2017 Criminal Finances Act, alongside Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs), as a new measure designed to tackle illicit finance. While receiving far less attention than their glitzy sister order, AFOs are emerging as the preferred tool for law enforcement to freeze and recover corrupt assets in a relatively straightforward and cost-effective way.

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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

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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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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