Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • July 04, 2024

    Pope Aide Says Vatican 'Trapped' By UK Property Deal

    A close aide to the pope testified Thursday that he authorized payments of Є15 million ($16.2 million) to an Italian broker to regain full ownership for the Vatican of a London building at the heart a now-notorious property deal.

  • July 04, 2024

    Lender Hits Elite Law For £1.9M Over Alleged Loan Breach

    A lender has sued Elite Law Solicitors after it allegedly failed to spot that its client was a fraud and did not secure necessary protections over a £1.9 million ($2.4 million) property loan, telling a court that this has left it unable to recover its cash.

  • July 04, 2024

    Emirati Scrap Metal Sellers Lied To Secure $45M Loan

    A Dubai shipping broker and his son made false and fraudulent representations when they secured a $45 million loan arrangement from a Norwegian security agent and other lenders, a London court has ruled.

  • July 04, 2024

    Briton Wins Bid To Challenge $99M Wine Fraud Extradition

    A British businessman accused of defrauding investors out of $99 million by persuading them to make interest-bearing loans using valuable wine collections as collateral won a chance on Thursday to challenge his extradition to the U.S.

  • July 03, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Chair Says Legal Review Buried On Advice

    The former chair of the U.K.'s Post Office told a London inquiry Wednesday that he had not shared a legal review of prosecutions of subpostmasters due to advice that it would be legally privileged, despite warnings in the report that some of the convictions may have been unsafe.

  • July 03, 2024

    Royal Mail Faces £878.5M Mass Claim Over Bulk Deliveries

    The owner of Royal Mail is facing an estimated £878.5 million ($1.1 billion) collective action, as the representative of potentially 290,000 retail businesses asked the U.K.'s specialist antitrust court to approve the class claim Wednesday.

  • July 03, 2024

    Credit Suisse Units Fined $19.5M For South Korea Breaches

    South Korea's financial services watchdog said Wednesday it has fined two subsidiaries of the Credit Suisse group, which was absorbed by UBS in 2023, a record total of 27.17 billion South Korean won ($19.5 million) for breaching short selling rules.

  • July 03, 2024

    UralChem Owner Can't Shift EU Sanctions

    The European Union's General Court on Wednesday upheld sanctions against oligarch Dmitry Mazepin, finding he remains a leading businessperson in Russia's economy and a major owner of UralChem, one of the country's biggest mineral fertilizer manufacturers.

  • July 02, 2024

    Gambling Biz Settles €273M Buyout Dispute With Financier

    Gambling hall operator MaxBet has settled a host of international legal disputes with Luxembourg-based financial holdings company Maximus stemming from a deal for Maximus to purchase various MaxBet-owned businesses that went south, lawyers for MaxBet told Law360 on Tuesday.

  • July 02, 2024

    £8.5M Property Deal Said To Defraud Creditors In Debt Row

    A British Virgin Islands-registered company has asked a London court to declare that the transfer of an estimated £8.5 million ($10.8 million) property by one of its debtors was done to intentionally hinder the company's chances to reclaim the money it is allegedly owed.

  • July 02, 2024

    Worldpay Faces Demand For Client Info In Alleged FX Fraud

    An architecture firm has asked a London court to order merchant service provider Worldpay to hand over a virtual ledger of one of its customer's accounts in an attempt to track down $1.17 million allegedly missing in a forex broker fraud.

  • July 02, 2024

    Ex-Bird & Bird Pro Fights To Toss Sexual Misconduct Case

    A former Bird & Bird LLP partner asked the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on Tuesday to throw out allegations of sexual misconduct toward two junior female colleagues, arguing that the sector's watchdog was prosecuting him after "egregious" delays and an "inadequate" investigation.

  • July 01, 2024

    Solicitor's COVID Letters Had 'No Legal Merit,' SRA Says

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority accused a solicitor at a London tribunal Monday of wrongly sending threatening legal letters to bodies for his clients who refused the COVID-19 vaccine, saying the letters had "no legal merit."

  • July 01, 2024

    Meta 'Pay Or Consent' Model Breaches Digital Rules, EU Says

    Meta's "pay or consent" advertising model for Facebook and Instagram users does not comply with the European Union's Digital Markets Act, the bloc's antitrust watchdog said in preliminary findings on Monday.

  • July 01, 2024

    Global Group Tells Banks To Report Suspected Crime Better

    A global banking group for combating financial crime warned Monday that banks should improve the quality of suspicious activity reports to make them more useful to law enforcement and cutting current over-reporting.

  • July 01, 2024

    Company Director Accused Of Funds' Use For Own Expenses

    A supply chain company is suing a former director and his wife for over £2 million ($2.5 million), alleging he authorized company payments toward hotels in Dubai, a London private members club and his daughter's tuition fees for his family's benefit.

  • July 01, 2024

    Monzo Introduces New Anti-Fraud Controls

    Monzo Bank Ltd. launched Monday three new security features to add a layer of protection for payments and pot withdrawals exceeding a daily allowance while addressing the growing concern of phone theft and fraud.

  • June 28, 2024

    EU Wraps Antitrust Probe Of Microsoft's OpenAI Stake

    The European antitrust authorities have ended their probe into tech giant Microsoft's control of authority in artificial intelligence-powered chatbot ChatGPT's owner OpenAI, but are switching the angle of the investigation in the partnership that could lead to a formal competition probe.

  • June 28, 2024

    SRA Launches Consultation On New Financial Penalties

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority on Friday said it is seeking feedback on its proposals to update its approach after being granted new powers to issue unlimited financial penalties.

  • June 28, 2024

    Forced Labor Ruling To Spur NCA Scrutiny On Supply Chains

    An English appellate court's landmark findings that the National Crime Agency misunderstood the U.K.'s anti-money laundering powers could cast greater scrutiny on the extent of illicit goods flowing through companies' supply chains, lawyers say.

  • June 28, 2024

    Shein, Temu Ordered To Turn Over Info For EU Probe

    The European Union's executive arm said Friday it has ordered Temu and Shein to provide it with information relating to its new EU online content rules, following complaints from consumer organizations and its own investigations.

  • June 28, 2024

    EU Adds 4 Pro-Russian Companies To Sanctions List

    The Council of the European Union added four Russian companies and two individuals to its sanctions list Friday for actions that threaten Ukraine amid Russia's waging war against it.

  • June 28, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen Uber hit with claims from Addison Lee and the former CEO of the Kabbee app, animal by-product company Leo Group file a defamation claim against a local anti-odor campaigner, and a self-styled lord who claims to be the illegitimate son of the late Prince Phillip resume legal action against his cousins for a share in his late aunt's estate. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 28, 2024

    Turkey Taken Off Global AML Monitoring List After Rule Fixes

    The Financial Action Task Force said Friday that it has removed Turkey from its "gray list" after the country improved its anti-money laundering rules and strengthened its regulations combating the financing of terrorism.

  • June 28, 2024

    ING Claim Would Fund Sanctioned Billionaire, Tecnimont Says

    ING cannot recover money from Tecnimont in a €212 million ($227 million) bond dispute because compensating the Dutch lender would directly fund a sanctioned Russian billionaire, the Italian industrial group said in London court filings.

Expert Analysis

  • EU Directive Significantly Strengthens Enviro Protection

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    The recently revised European Union directive on environmental protection significantly strengthens its prior legislation and broadens the scope of environmental crime through the introduction of offenses for conduct resulting in severe damage, say Katharina Humphrey and Julian Reichert at Gibson Dunn.

  • How Revision Of The EU Works Directive May Affect Cos.

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    The European Union’s proposed revision of the Works Councils Directive, motivated by perceived shortcomings of existing legislation and the transformation of the world of work, includes significant changes that would increase workers' rights, including through strengthened enforcement and confidentiality provisions, says Thomas Player at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • What The New Digital Markets Bill Will Mean For Companies

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    The recently passed Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill will bring significant reform to U.K. merger control and antitrust rules for all businesses, but the introduction of a strategic market status regime and its reporting obligations means large tech organizations in particular need to think carefully about the forthcoming changes, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • EU's AI Act: Pitfalls And Opportunities For Data Collectors

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    The European Union’s new Artificial Intelligence Act entails explicit requirements and limitations throughout the AI value chain that might affect firms directly or indirectly dealing with AI development, such as data-as-a-service companies and web scraping providers, says Denas Grybauskas at Oxylabs.

  • FCA Doubles Down On New Priorities With Target ID Plan

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    Respondents to the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent consultation on its plan to publicly name subjects under investigation are concerned that the regulator’s cost-benefit analysis has not adequately considered the risks, but the FCA is holding firm, and it seems likely the changes will be implemented, says James Tyler at Peters & Peters.

  • Insurance Ruling Stresses High Hurdle To Fix Policy Wording

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    In Project Angel v. Axis, the Court of Appeal recently refused to rewrite the exclusion clause of an insurance policy, reminding parties in the warranty and indemnity market to carefully word clauses, as there is a high threshold before courts will intervene to amend policies, say Joseph Moore and Laura McCann at Travers Smith.

  • CMA Reports Signal Tighter Scrutiny Of AI Model Markets

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    The Competition and Markets Authority’s recent reports on artificial intelligence foundation models suggest that competition in AI is not working as it should, so large digital firms can expect the regulator to use its full toolbox as it continues to monitor and investigate the sector, say lawyers at Cooley.

  • Taking Stock Of Changes UK Economic Crime Act Will Bring

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    With more than six months since the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act's enactment, it is time to look at the steps organizations can take to prepare for imminent changes, including the new failure to prevent fraud offense and extensions to Companies House authority, say lawyers at Mayer Brown.

  • Examining Senior Managers' Accountability For AI Use

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    With the Financial Conduct Authority's artificial intelligence update and the Prudential Regulation Authority’s letter to the government offering key guidance on the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, Senior Managers in these organizations need to show they have taken steps to prevent breaching requirements in order not to be held personally accountable, says Jennifer Holyoake at DLA Piper.

  • FCA Brokerage Changes Offer Asset Managers Wider Options

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    The Financial Conduct Authority’s fast-tracked plan to lift its controversial ban on joint payments to broker-dealers for third-party services will be welcomed by many asset managers wishing to return to a soft commission structure, say Richard Frase and Simon Wright at Dechert.

  • What Cos. Should Know About The EU Greenwashing Rules

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    The EU's recently proposed Green Claims Directive introduces new rules to improve the transparency and honesty of environmental claims in advertising, which will help ensure that consumers receive accurate and reliable information to make informed purchasing decisions, says Daja Apetz-Dreier at Morgan Lewis.

  • Sanctions Ruling Opens Door For Enforcer To Clear Up Rules

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    In Vneshprombank v. Bedzhamov, the High Court recently argued against a broader interpretation of the test on reasonable suspicion for asset freezes, offering the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation an opportunity to clarify when freezes should be applied and respond to judicial criticism of its guidance on financial sanctions, says Tasha Benkhadra at Corker Binning.

  • How Gov't Response Addresses Investment Act Concerns

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    The government’s recently published response to a call for evidence on the National Security and Investment Act is largely appropriate to stakeholder concerns raised and demonstrates in its five areas of focus that it is willing to respond to live issues, say lawyers at Watson Farley.

  • New Legislation May Jeopardize The Future Of Data Protection

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    While U.K. officials argue that the recently enacted Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Act seeks to enhance national security and the pending Data Protection and Digital Information Bill aims to modernize data protection regulations, both give rise to concerns about achieving a balance between security needs and individual liberties, says Maria Moloney at PrivacyEngine.

  • 'Debanking' Complaints Highlight Need For Flexibility In AML

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    The House of Commons' Treasury Committee's concerns about bank account closures have highlighted certain counterproductive features of anti-money laundering laws, and the review offers the opportunity for a more flexible approach, says John Binns at BCL Solicitors.

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