The Serious Fraud Office ("SFO") - the UK department that investigates and prosecutes serious or complex fraud and corruption - has reviewed its policies on facilitation payments, business expenditure (hospitality) and corporate self-reporting.  The purpose is to:

  • restate the SFO's primary role as an investigator and prosecutor of serious or complex fraud, including corruption
  • ensure there is consistency with other prosecuting bodies
  • meet certain recommendations made by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development