Serious political unrest and armed conflict are valid excuses for inattention to intellectual property rights in parts of the Middle East and North Africa, but across the region the record is less than encouraging for businesses with brands and other intangible interests to defend. Paul Cochrane reports from Beirut.
An English freezing order may be sought with worldwide coverage of a fraudster’s assets but those are subject to definition. Jeremy Andrews, Sarah McMurray, Oliver Felton and Maria Scott of DLA Piper explore terms and application of the most potent form of ancillary relief.
Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has refused to confirm reports that it is investigating banks over their use of government loan guarantee schemes set up to help UK small businesses through the credit crisis and into the recovery.
As combat between the dishonest and those who would thwart them moves, increasingly, online, so the electronic arms race gathers pace with date privacy always ready to explode in the midst of an investigation. Phil Beckett of Proven Legal Technologies sets out a plan of campaign.
Consumers could face more real-time transaction checks when buying goods by card, leading analytics software firm FICO, USA, has suggested in a study of card fraud levels in 19 European countries.
A judicial hearing is scheduled for 9 September in London after the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) charged the UK subsidiary of French engineering group Alstom with fraud and conspiracy to corrupt.
On 16 July 2014 the Supreme Court delivered a much anticipated judgment on whether a principal has a proprietary claim to a bribe or secret commission paid to its agent. Charles Thomson and Andrew Keltie of Baker & McKenzie examine the facts, rationale and implications of the decision in FHR European Ventures LLP and Ors v. Cedar Capital Partners LLP.
International property and infrastructure services group Sweett says it has been cooperating with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) after the agency confirmed it is investigating bribery allegations involving the company’s past operations in the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere.
Unlike the leniency policy available to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) – which encourages cooperation between an errant company and employee – the combination of Deferred Prosecution Agreements and agreements for cooperating defendants risks creating opposing interests, argues Neil Swift of Peters & Peters.
Chinese authorities are moving to limit public access to data on local companies and their ownership even as President Xi Jinping pursues his anti-corruption drive. Mark Godfrey in Beijing reports on the new, tougher operating environment for investigators.
Transparency International (TI) has issued a free, detailed guide to countering small bribes after research by the anti-corruption organisation found one-in-four people globally paid a bribe in a recent 12-month period.
Customers come first - unless fraud is suspected - writes Scott Zoldi of FICO, and the race is on to refine automatic checks on their spending to better pinpoint the truly dishonest.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, heads the global league table for the percentage of consumers reporting that they have been victims of fraud involving credit, debit or prepaid cards.
The US government has extended by a month the deadline for some programmes under which Swiss banks could signal their intent to strike agreements with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) to avoid prosecution over concealment of the taxable assets of US citizens.