Four years of UK DPAs: an interim assessment of the new enforcement tool and its potential ramifications

Recent years have seen a surge of interest in pre-trial diversion agreements among regulators worldwide, in tandem with the growing pursuit against corporate economic crimes. In the past two decades, such agreements had been left predominantly within the purview of US enforcement actions, and the UK authorities, in particular, had limited alternative tools to prosecution. However, since 2014, UK prosecutors are able to enter into deferred prosecution agreements with commercial organisations. To date, four DPAs have been signed and approved by the Crown Court at Southwark.

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Mixed Messages from the UK’s First Contested Prosecution for Failure to Prevent Bribery

In February 2018, the UK secured its first ever contested conviction of a company for “failure to prevent bribery.” Under Section 7 of the UK Bribery Act (UKBA), a company or commercial organization faces liability for failing to prevent bribery if a person “associated with” the entity bribes another person while intending to obtain or retain business or “an advantage in the conduct of business” for that entity.

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Parting the Fog of the UK Bribery Act 2010: A Critical Discussion of What We Do Know about the Act and Why It Is in the Company's Interests to Comply with Its Provisions

The Bribery Act 2010 received Royal Assent in April 2010, finally coming into effect on July 1, 2011. As Jack Straw indicated at the 5th European Forum on Anti-Corruption in June 2009, the aim of the Act is to foster a “zero-tolerance culture” towards corruption in business. In furtherance of this aim, compliance advice, the Ministry of Justice's “Guidance for Relevant Commercial Organisations” has been released. While the MOJ was required by the Act to publish this guidance, businesses should not treat the guidance as fully authoritative since the guidance does not change the wording of the Act. Nevertheless, the guidance provided is comprehensive, focusing in particular on how the adequate procedures defence to the s.7 offence (failure of commercial organisations to prevent bribery) may be established. Despite the guidance, however, there remains considerable uncertainty among businesses on the key issues of corporate hospitality and facilitation payments, as well as the potential costs of prosecution under the Act.

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Artikel: Does Anti-Corruption Legislation Work?

This article presents a critical evaluation of the anti-corruption legislation existing for the past 15 years and changes to this legislation; turning specifically to discussion of the amendments to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 1977 (US), the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Officials in International Business Transactions, the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the Bribery Act 2010 (UK) and relevant Australian legislation.

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Anti-Corruptie Buitenland Update: 27 juni t/m 3 juli 2016

De wekelijkse greep uit buitenlandse ontwikkelingen op het gebied van (anti-)corruptie.

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    Voortgang UK Anti-Corruption Plan

    In mei 2016 is een voortgangsrapportage gepubliceerd met betrekking tot het UK Anti-Corruption Plan. De algemene conclusie van dit rapport luidt dat de verschillende overheidsinstanties goede vooruitgang hebben geboekt. Eerder zijn 66 aandachtspunten benoemt. Daarvan zijn nu 62 actiepunten geïmplementeerd of worden op korte termijn geïmplementeerd. 

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    ‘Update anti-corruptieregimes: recente ontwikkelingen onder de FCPA en UKBA’

    De bestrijding van corruptie is de laatste jaren een actueel onderwerp. De Verenigde Staten lopen voor op het vlak van de handhaving van ‘internationale’ corruptie, het Verenigd Koninkrijk lijkt inmiddels ook stappen te zetten op dit gebied. Dit artikel bespreekt enkele recente ontwikkelingen met betrekking tot de FCPA (Verenigde Staten) en de UKBA (Verenigd Koninkrijk). 

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    Southwark Crown Court veroordeelt Cyril Sweett International Limited (CSIL) wegens omkoping

    De Southwark Crown Court in het Verenigd Koninkrijk heeft onlangs voor de eerste keer een straf opgelegd aan een rechtspersoon in relatie tot artikel 7 van de Bribery Act 2010 (UKBA). Deze bepaling stelt strafbaar “Failure of commercial organisations to prevent bribery”. 

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