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Bribery and Corruption

UK bribery legislation is among the strictest in the world. The UK's Bribery Act 2010 applies to all companies doing business in the UK and imposes obligations that extend worldwide. Companies can be held liable for bribes paid by overseas agents, even if the company did not know about the bribe. Consequently, no business can afford to be without robust anti-corruption policies and processes.

Notable deals and highlights

  • We counselled a services company on self-reporting to the UK Serious Fraud Office in light of the acquisition of a business with operations in Nigeria.
  • We attended a client's offices to provide emergency advice during a 'dawn raid' by police seeking documents, and caution interviews.
  • We undertook a multi-jurisdictional corruption investigation for a US-based global corporation, and advised on self-reporting to regulatory and prosecutorial authorities.
  • We advised employees of a large multinational corporation on giving evidence in a high profile criminal trial.
  • We advised an international telecoms company on an internal investigation following the discovery of irregular payments in Africa and updated its anti-bribery polices to avoid future irregularities.
  • We advised a global transport company on designing and conducting a thorough bribery risk assessment.
  • We have advised numerous clients worldwide, including across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and the CIS in a variety of sectors on the implementation of procedures to prevent bribery and corruption.
  • We conducted a cross-border corruption investigation for a global sports federation, which involved parallel criminal proceedings in France.
  • We conducted an internal investigation for a FTSE-100 company into the theft of highly confidential information by its employees.
  • Following a whistleblower complaint, we acted for a global payment services provider to conduct an investigation into allegations of financial wrongdoing in multiple jurisdictions, including Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Germany.

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