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Welcome to Allen & Overy’s Investigations Insight blog, sharing with you our views and insights into the latest trends, risks and developments in business crime and financial services investigations

Hong Kong’s Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data – the end of the paper dragon?

At a global panel session on 28 March 2019, the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner expressed concern that Hong Kong runs the risk of being left behind as “a risky jurisdiction for hosting data”. This could soon change. The Hong Kong’s Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau presented to the Legislative Council on 20 January 2020 a Read More

Culture, compliance and corporate governance in the new decade

This year marks the beginning of a new decade, challenging us to look back at the progress and innovation the business community has made with regard to compliance and corporate governance, but also to look ahead to the 2020s and what will be required of companies to thrive in an increasingly diverse and global consumer Read More

When criminal law affects your obligations to others

Looking back at 2019 there were a number of interesting English civil court rulings which highlighted the difficulties faced by a party trying to balance obligations (e.g. to a contractual counterparty, a customer or to the court) when there is suspected criminality or a clash with foreign criminal law.   Here are four which we found interesting: Read More

UK AML changes in force today

Changes to the UK anti-money laundering regime come into force today, implementing the EU’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5MLD) and Financial Action Task Force (FAFT) recommendations.  We summarise  the key changes made to the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (MLRs) by the Money Laundering and Terrorist Read More

Australia looks to simplify and broaden its approach on corporate and executive criminal responsibility

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has authored a discussion paper into criminal responsibility in Australia. Amongst other things, the paper proposes reforms to how liability is attributed to corporations and their senior executives. The discussion paper follows several inquiries into corporate behaviour and regulation, including the recent Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Read More