Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • June 13, 2024

    EU Makes First Ever Formal Pharma Price-Fixing Complaint

    European Union antitrust authorities issued their first ever price-fixing complaint in the pharmaceutical industry Thursday, going after the only company that did not agree to a €13.4 million ($14.4 million) settlement in October.

  • June 13, 2024

    Meta Facing Complaint Over Plans To Train AI With User Data

    A Norwegian consumer protection group has hit Meta with a legal challenge over its plans to deploy its users' data — including images and posts — to train artificial intelligence models.

  • June 13, 2024

    Angolan Billionaire Dos Santos Fights £580M Asset Freeze

    The daughter of Angola's former president argued at the Court of Appeal Thursday that the wrong legal test had been applied when telecoms operator Unitel SA secured a £580 million ($740 million) freezing order against her assets.

  • June 13, 2024

    Labour To Set Up Watchdog For COVID Corruption

    The Labour Party promised to create a new COVID-19 corruption tsar and use "every means possible" to recoup public money lost in fraud and failed contracts during the pandemic, as it launched its general election manifesto Thursday.

  • June 13, 2024

    UK Digital Markets Law Will Spur Group Consumer Litigation

    Hastily passed legislation that equipped the competition regulator with the clout to punish companies for breaches of consumer protection will probably spur litigation, lawyers say, although claims will be limited for now after the proposal to extend the class action scheme was abandoned.

  • June 13, 2024

    UK Adds 42 Entries To Russian Financial Sanctions List

    The U.K. government slapped further sanctions on Thursday on 42 individuals and entities involved in sectors of strategic significance to the Russian government, including financial services and defense, as it continues to respond to the unprovoked war waged by Russia against Ukraine.

  • June 13, 2024

    Lawyer Struck Off For Fake Immigration Application Claims

    A solicitor who was imprisoned for helping clients make bogus immigration applications to remain in the U.K. was struck off by a tribunal Thursday.

  • June 13, 2024

    Media Personalities Appear At Court Charged Over Forex Ads

    Six reality TV stars and social media influencers appeared at a London court for the first time Thursday charged with promoting an unauthorized trading scheme online that dealt with high-risk financial products tied to foreign exchange rates.

  • June 13, 2024

    Labour Prioritizes Wealth Creation In Election Manifesto

    Keir Starmer said on Thursday that his Labour Party would kick-start a future of "national renewal" if it wins the general election, with economic growth and wealth creation driving a manifesto that lacked any surprise headline pledges.

  • June 12, 2024

    Ex-Serco Chair Says Contract Fraud 'Came Out Of The Blue'

    Serco's former chair said at a London trial Wednesday that the scandal of its overbilling for government contracts left a "cloud" hanging over the outsourcing multinational, as the company clashes with investors seeking to recover their losses from the resulting plunge of its stock price.

  • June 12, 2024

    NCA Arrest Man In PPE Medpro Investigation

    The U.K.'s National Crime Agency said Wednesday that a man has been arrested in north London as part of its investigation into alleged potential criminality in the procurement of government contracts for medical equipment supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 12, 2024

    SRA Files Legal Claim Against Post Office

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has filed a legal claim against the Post Office as part of its ongoing investigation into the Horizon IT wrongful prosecution scandal.

  • June 12, 2024

    Eurojust Dismantles €113M Fraudulent Investment Scheme

    Police have taken down a €113 million ($122.2 million) pyramid fraud scheme based around crypto mining in an operation spanning several European countries, the Eurojust European law enforcement agency said on Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2024

    BHS Ruling A 'Coup For Liquidators' Over Director Duties

    A landmark ruling that found two directors liable for the collapse of a U.K. retailer and ordered them to repay a chunk of the losses highlights the limited reliance that directors can place on professional advice and a lack of experience to avoid responsibility.

  • June 12, 2024

    Investors To Sue Betting Giant For £100M Over Bribery Probe

    Entain PLC, the owner of gambling businesses Ladbrokes and Coral, is set to face a £100 million ($128 million) legal battle from institutional investors who say Entain did not warn them about a prosecution over its alleged failure to prevent bribery in Turkey.

  • June 12, 2024

    Automakers Safe From French Law In 'Dieselgate' Disclosure

    Vehicle manufacturers including Renault and Peugeot Citroen that face thousands of "dieselgate" claims for allegedly cheating car emission tests are not at any risk of criminal prosecution in France while disclosing evidence before trial in England, a London court has ruled.

  • June 12, 2024

    Fuel Trader Says £5M Payments Were For Market Advice

    A former fuel trader insisted at his fraud trial in London on Wednesday that he received £5.2 million ($6.6 million) in payments for providing consultancy advice on "betting on the right horse" rather than in secret commissions.

  • June 11, 2024

    PC Gaming Giant Valve Faces £656M Action For Overcharging

    Valve Corp., owner of the world's largest video game distribution platform, Steam, has been hit with a proposed £656 million ($836 million) class action for allegedly overcharging 14 million PC gamers in the U.K., the digital rights campaigner filing the claim announced Wednesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    UniCredit Overturns $69M Plane Payment Sanctions Ruling

    UniCredit was entitled to withhold $69.3 million in payments to lessors for Russian planes because of sanctions, a London appellate court ruled Tuesday, partly overturning findings that it was not reasonable for the bank's U.K. branch to believe it could not make the payments. 

  • June 11, 2024

    KC Advised Post Office To Remove Judge From Horizon Trial

    A top barrister advised the Post Office to get a High Court judge to recuse himself from a trial dealing with wrongly prosecuted subpostmasters or else risk losing all litigation brought by the subpostmasters, the barrister recalled in an inquiry hearing Tuesday regarding the scandal.

  • June 11, 2024

    Tories Pledge To Tackle Court Backlog, Carry On Rwanda Plan

    The Conservative Party announced a slew of justice plans on Tuesday to cut the criminal court backlog, support third-party litigation funding and abandon international human rights commitments, if necessary, to pursue its Rwanda migrants policy.

  • June 11, 2024

    Serco Denies Directors Knew Of Fraud In Securities Trial

    Serco Group PLC denied investors are entitled to compensation over a fraud that caused the outsourcing giant's share price to nosedive, arguing on the second day of a London trial Tuesday that none of its directors had known about the alleged wrongdoing.

  • June 11, 2024

    Widow Who Signed Docs 'Without Reading' Still Owes $64M

    A London appellate court has ruled that a former Hong Kong resident can't escape a personal guarantee to pay 500 million Hong Kong dollars ($64 million) to cover bonds issued by her husband's company, in part because she entered the contract for business purposes.

  • June 11, 2024

    FCA Eyes Consumer Impact Of New Legal Cooperation Rules

    The Financial Conduct Authority has set out how it is working with the Financial Ombudsman Service and other bodies under a new duty of legal cooperation required by the Consumer Duty and changing payments regulations.

  • June 11, 2024

    LC&F Administrators Attack Ex-Boss' Credibility In Ponzi Case

    The administrators of London Capital & Finance PLC have criticized the company's former head as a "thoroughly unreliable witness" as they closed their case that he and others operated the business as a £237 million ($302 million) Ponzi scheme.

Expert Analysis

  • Risks And Promises Of AI In The Financial Services Industry

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    Generative artificial intelligence has immense potential to revolutionize the financial services industry, but firms considering its use should first prepare to show their customers and the increasingly divided international regulatory community that they can manage the risks inherent to the new technology, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • EU Anti-Greenwashing Guide Analyzed For Fund Managers

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    Anna Maleva-Otto and Matthew Dow at Schulte Roth explain how the European Securities and Markets Authority’s new guidelines on sustainability-related terms in fund names aim to protect European Union investors from unsubstantiated claims, and how they provide quantifiable criteria for determining which terms can be used to promote their funds.

  • FCA 'Finfluencer' Trial Exposes Social Media Promo Risks

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    The upcoming Financial Conduct Authority prosecution of nine individuals for Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 violations is the first time an online influencer will be tried for using social media to promote investments, demonstrating the need to be wary of the specific legal requirements surrounding financial product promotion, says David Claxton at Red Lion.

  • Appeal Ruling Clarifies 3rd-Party Contract Breach Liability

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    The Court of Appeal's recent decision in Northamber v. Genee World serves as a warning to parties that they may be held liable for inducing another party to breach a contract, even if that party was a willing participant, say Neil Blake, Maura McIntosh and Jennifer O'Brien at HSL.

  • How Law Firms Can Handle Challenges Of Mass Claims

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    With a wave of volume litigation possibly about to hit the U.K. courts, firms developing mass claim practices should ensure they heed the Solicitors Regulation Authority's May warning and adopt strategies to ensure regulatory compliance and fair client representation, says Claire Van der Zant at Shieldpay.

  • 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.

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