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UK: Tim Parkes to chair the FCA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee and the PSR’s Enforcement Decisions Committee

Tim Parkes is to become Chair of the FCA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee (RDC) and the Payment Systems Regulator’s Enforcement Decisions Committee (EDC) in January 2016.  He has been a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP for more than 28 years, after serving 10 … Continue reading

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Recent Sanctions Developments: EU relaxes certain Syrian sanctions and amends measures relating to North Korea, Iran and Tunisia; US relaxes Myanmar sanctions

The EU has recently published a new Regulation (Regulation 697/2013 of 22 July 2013 (“Regulation 697/2013”)) which amends Regulation 36/2012, the key piece of legislation setting out the EU’s sanctions against Syria.  In this briefing we analyse the new provisions … Continue reading

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IFLR’s first Asia financial services regulatory team of the year

Congratulations to our Asia team on winning IFLR’s first award for Financial Services Regulatory team of the year at the annual Asia Awards last week.  IFLR’s creation of this award recognises the increasing importance of, and demand, for financial services regulatory … Continue reading

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UK: Our new “Handy client guide to the Jackson reforms”

The long-awaited Jackson reforms will come into force on 1 April 2013 and will bring about major changes to civil litigation in England and Wales. We have published a guide which summarises on two sides of A4 the key changes … Continue reading

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Rod Fletcher to join Herbert Smith Freehills Corporate Crime team

Rod Fletcher, one of the UK’s leading business crime and investigations specialists, is to join the Herbert Smith Freehills top-ranked corporate crime and investigations team in London in April 2013.    

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SFOUpcoming Webinar “The Bribery Act: An Update”

Thursday 14 February 2013 9:30 – 10:30am UK time The Bribery Act 2010 has now been in force for over 18 months. In this round-up webinar we will look at: the revised SFO guidance and other SFO related developments; Deferred … Continue reading

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Temporary Product Intervention Rules: inadequate safeguards

The FSA is consulting (as it is required to do under the Act) on the new power given to the FCA under the Financial Services Act 2012 to issue temporary product intervention rules without the chore of a consultation (CP12/35). … Continue reading

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TI publishes Corruption Perceptions Index 2012

Transparency International (TI) has published the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 (CPI). The CPI, originally launched in 1995, ranks countries according to how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. The index is compiled using a combination of polls drawing … Continue reading

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Corporate crime update – December 2012

Please click here for the November 2012 edition of our global corporate crime update. Jurisdictions covered in this month’s update include: United Kingdom, France, Spain, Russia, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and the United States.

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Government gives green light to Deferred Prosecution Agreements

In our earlier briefing we reported on the Government’s consultation to introduce Deferred Prosecution Agreements (“DPAs”) – a new mechanism for addressing criminal conduct by commercial organisations. On 23 October, the Ministry of Justice published its Response to that Consultation … Continue reading

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