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Steptoe & Johnson LLP | China | 18 Nov 2014

Draft amendments to Chinese Criminal Law upgrade bribery and privacy provisions

On November 3, 2014, the Chinese National People's Congress released the Draft Amendments IX to the Criminal Law (Draft) for public comment. Among


Steptoe & Johnson LLP | United Kingdom | 4 Jun 2014

Anti-Bribery and Corruption Guidance for banks: a lesson for every industry?

On 6 May 2014, the British Bankers' Association ("BBA") published its updated Anti-Bribery and Corruption Guidance to provide banks with practical


Steptoe & Johnson LLP | United Kingdom | 23 Apr 2014

Defining “adequate procedures?” UK Financial Conduct Authority issues another regulatory fine for poor ABC controls

On March 19, 2014, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a Final Notice against the insurance broker Besso Limited (Besso), imposing a


Steptoe & Johnson LLP | European Union | 17 Mar 2014

The European Commission’s first biannual EU Anti-Corruption Report

On February 3, 2014, the European Commission's (Commission) Directorate-General for Home Affairs released its first European Union Anti-Corruption


Steptoe & Johnson LLP | United Kingdom | 24 Feb 2014

UK DPAs, corporate fines, and incentives for corporate offenders

In spite of sustained criticism of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over the course of 2013, legislative and sentencing changes being implemented in


Steptoe & Johnson LLP | USA | 17 Jan 2014

Alcoa settles Bahrain FCPA bribery case with SEC and DOJ for $384 million following collapse of SFO prosecution of agent

On January 9, 2014, global aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. and one of its subsidiaries, Alcoa World Alumina LLC (the LLC) (collectively referred to


Steptoe & Johnson LLP | United Kingdom | 23 Aug 2013

SFO lays its first charges under the Bribery Act

Although the Bribery Act 2010 (the Act) only became effective in July 2011 pressure on the UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to charge has steadily


Steptoe & Johnson LLP | USA | 4 Jun 2013

Settlement brings long-running total FCPA matter to closure in the US

After an almost 10-year investigation, on May 29, 2013, Total, S.A., the French petroleum company, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement


Steptoe & Johnson LLP | United Kingdom | 29 Apr 2013

UK legislation permitting deferred prosecution agreements is approved

On 25 April the Crime and Courts Bill received Royal Assent and became the Crime and Courts Act 2013 ("the Act").1 Section 45 and Schedule 17


Steptoe & Johnson LLP | USA, United Kingdom | 15 Oct 2012

International law advisory emphasis on the “serious” from the Serious Fraud Office: UK SFO revokes prior guidance on foreign bribery enforcement

On October 9, the UK’s Serious Fraud Office issued a press release reviewing its approach to the enforcement of UK Bribery Act 2010.

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