Barry Vitou, a partner in Pinsent Masons in London and head of their Global Corporate Crime Team, talked with me this week about the future of the SFO.
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The Financial Times reported Friday that anti-corruption groups, (Global Witness, Transparency International and Corruption Watch) had written to the Prime Minister and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office raising concerns about the integrity of the SFO’s investigation into the sale by GPT Special Project Management, an Airbus subsidiary, of communications equipment to the Saudi National Guard.
Bloomberg reported this week that an informed but unidentified and unauthorized person, presumably not the director, had revealed that the Serious Fraud Office was preparing to ask the UK’s Treasury to supplement its annual budget of $37 million by more than 50 per cent in connection with its investigation of market-rigging and bribery allegations.
The trial of a UK subsidiary of Paris-based Alstom started Tuesday, with the Serious Fraud Office alleging in filings that the company paid $8.5 million in bribes for contracts in India, Poland, and Tunisia.
A father and son arrested by the UK Serious Fraud Office during the investigation into allegations of bribery by jet engine maker Rolls Royce have been released from bail obligations, indicating they are likely to play no further role in the case.
The director of the UK Serious Fraud Office said the agency is close to making more arrests in its bribery investigation of jet engine maker Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc.
It’s not just the language that divides us. On June 4 the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit handed down its judgment in SEC v. Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. This was not, as the citation suggests, a titanic battle fought to legal death but rather the parties coming together to challenge a federal judge’s decision not to endorse a settlement between them. The SEC and Citigroup were at one in their submissions to the appellate court.
The Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was published by the Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in November 2012. The Guide, the merits of which have been widely debated on the FCPA Blog, is now the subject of extensive discussion in the second edition of the Cambridge University Press Commentary on the OECD Convention on Bribery.