Risk & Compliance monthly highlights - July 2020

Risk & Compliance monthly highlights - July 2020

In this issue:

Crime prevention

GDPR & data protection

Health & safety

Crime prevention

Regulatory regime

Corporate Crime analysis: Kerri McGuigan, associate at Peters and Peters, discusses the launching of the European Financial and Economic Crime Centre (see: LNB News 05/06/2020 70) and explains how this new body may interact with the UK’s National Economic Crime Centre. See News Analysis: Enhanced support—the launching of the European Financial and Economic Crime Centre.

Law 360: The US Department of Justice (DOJ) say they are pressing forward with investigations and enforcement actions during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, hewing to their traditional priorities while increasingly targeting pandemic-related actions. See News Analysis: Covid crimes—US Department of Justice set to boost white collar crisis cases.

Anti-bribery & corruption

Law360, Expert Analysis: While the Bribery Act 2010 (BA 2010) has been positive overall, regulators should seek urgent reform to better enable the investigation and prosecution of companies and individuals for economic crimes, especially in cases directly harming people and the environment, says Chris Phillips at Alvarez & Marsal. See News Analysis: Reflections on the Bribery Act 10 years on.

MLex: A corruption probe into ABB, dropped in May 2020, saw the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) conduct 15 interviews and 1,411 hours of investigation, MLex has been told in response to a Freedom of Information request. See News Analysis: Halted ABB probe saw SFO conduct 1,400 hours of investigation.

The SFO has announced the closure of its investigation into Da La Rue Plc, a British company manufacturing paper and security printed products. Following an extensive investigation and a thorough review of the available evidence, which started in July 2019, the SFO concluded that the case did not meet the prosecution test laid out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. See: LNB News 16/06/2020 49.


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Allison is a former partner of Shoosmiths, with extensive experience of legal management and practice compliance.