Investigations

The focus of this blog is to provide insights into the latest trends, risks and developments in financial services investigations, including those conducted by the FCA, the PRA and other overseas regulators. Set out below are Allen & Overy’s thoughts on the latest developments in this area.

New guidance about what to expect if self-reporting to the SFO

The Director of the SFO, Lisa Osofsky, confirmed back in April of this year that she would “soon be issuing guidance for corporates and their legal advisers to provide them with added transparency about what they might expect if they decide to self-report fraud or corruption to my office.” This Guidance was published as an Read More

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My turn to ask the SFO a few questions

Normally it is my clients who are on the receiving end of questions from the SFO, so I was delighted to be given the opportunity by GIR on Wednesday to be able to put some questions to the Director of the SFO, Lisa Osofsky,  about a number of issues that individuals and companies have been Read More

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DPA penalty discount for self reporting: change recommended by House of Lords committee

The operation of the Bribery Act 2010 has been subjected to post-legislative scrutiny for the first time since it came into force. A House of Lords Committee heard evidence from businesses, NGOs, lawyers, judges, enforcement authorities and the government. The report, published on 14 March, is largely very positive about the impact of the Act. Read More

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Instant Messaging Apps and Corporate Record Retention Policies: revised DOJ guidance for companies

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued revised guidance regarding what records companies must retain to be eligible for full remediation credit under the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy. Previously, the Policy effectively required companies to ban the use of any ephemeral messaging applications which automatically delete data, such as WhatsApp and Wickr. The amended Read More

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FCA annual report 2017/18: Enforcement highlights

Yesterday afternoon the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) published its Annual Report. Alongside the Annual Report, the FCA also published its usual Enforcement Annual Performance Report (the Report), which sets out an overview of the FCA’s enforcement activities during 2017/18. Set out below are some of the key points highlighted by the Report.   Read More

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