Thursday, March 26, 2015 4:44
“The share price fell first thing, then recovered; no one cares, as they didn’t with BAE and Saudi...A fine? A few million, perhaps, who cares? Even the China/Indonesia stories are a long way in the past, and investors are super-focused on the road to 2018: that’s what gets the share price to £20 or back to £5.” This quote from an analyst appeared in a story in the FT yesterday about the latest development in an ongoing bribery investigation story. For present purposes it doesn't really matter which company. It could be any - but it raises an important question. What punishments should be meted out to deter bribery. Are fines the answer? Are they big enough? What could be an effective deterrent to stamp out bribery? What about debarment? Is there another way? On the face of it the analysts comment yesterday seems to embody what some would say is wrong with the ...
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By Michael Ruck, Senior Associate Pinsent Masons (formerly with FCA enforcement) In the spirit of regulatory togetherness the SEC and FCA have both announced they will focus on financial crime, including bribery and sanctions breaches, within the financial services industry. The story was covered in some detail in the Financial Times. This will result in an increase in the number of investigations of senior management, greater prosecutions of individuals, a focus on firm systems and controls and investigation of potentially fraudulent accounting procedures (the FCA recently passing on its investigation of Tesco in favour of allowing the SFO to investigate). Whilst the FCA is likely to refer any criminal prosecutions in the UK to the SFO to ensure its general desire to see senior management behind bars rather than facing fines alone, the spirit of international co-operation is being touted as extremely strong following the work on the Libor and FX investigations. The ...
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News & what’s on
A compliance dilemma as Easter approaches…Killing the goose that laid the golden egg? Jeremy Clarkson dropped by BBC.
Context is everything and anyone can mess up. Including the UK's Prime Minister. The Jeremy Clarkson story is a perfect example of how to do the right thing (and what to avoid). According to the BBC statistics, Top Gear is the world’s most widely watched factual show, with an estimated global audience of c. 350 million people last year its associated magazine has nearly 2 million readers. We understand that Top Gear generates c. $225 million for the BBC. Jeremy Clarkson is synonymous with the show and is hugely popular. We watch it and in the words of the Director General of the BBC, Tony Hall, Jeremy is a 'huge talent' who has made an 'extraordinary contribution' to the BBC. The essence of the incident in question (as told by the BBC's findings following its own investigation) is that on 4th March a member of staff on the Top Gear team – who is a completely innocent party ...
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Bribery Act & Proceeds of Crime
The SFO has successfully prosecuted its first series of Bribery Act convictions. On Friday the SFO reported that "Gary Lloyd West, former Director and Chief Commercial Officer of SAE, James Brunel Whale, former Director, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of SGG and Stuart John Stone, Director of SJ Stone Ltd, a sales agent of unregulated pension and investment products, were convicted of Bribery Act 2010 offences at Southwark Crown Court." The first SFO convictions are of individuals, not a corporate and related to a good old fashioned boiler room fraud scheme. But they are significant. Media focus has been and remains on the investigation and prosecution of exotic (normally overseas) bribery and fraud involving corporate fat cats and corporations operating in the City of London and other financial centres. This case was none of the above and at the unglamorous end of SFO investigations - though importantly commenting on the verdict David Green, SFO ...
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Richard Bistrong: Q&A “…it is pretty clear that the current compliance models, while essential, are still not working.”
An interview with Richard Bistrong. You must read it. Find out about bribery from the front line from someone who has been there, seen it, done it and got the jumpsuit. Where did you go to school, university etc? First, Barry, I want to thank you for inviting me to thebriberyact.com, and for giving me the opportunity to exchange perspectives with you and your community. I really enjoyed our discourse at the Pinset Masons Regulatory Symposium and I appreciate the chance to continue the dialog. As to education, I went to undergraduate school at the University of Rochester where I received my bachelors in Political Science, cum laude with high honors, which included studies at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna. Immediately thereafter I commenced graduate studies at the University of Virginia, where I received a Masters of Arts in Foreign Affairs in 1987. At the Regulatory Conference, I think we ...
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