Welcome to the summer 2018 edition of our corporate crime update – our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters over July and August. 

This month, the global corporate crime practice is also excited to welcome Cameron Dunstan-Smith to Herbert Smith Freehills’ rapidly growing Johannesburg office. Cameron joins us from Bowmans, where he was a partner in the Governance, Compliance and Investigations practice. His extensive experience includes fraud and corruption investigations, compliance, governance and regulatory matters, FCPA and UK Bribery Act compliance advice and due diligence, anti-money laundering compliance and investigations. He has worked in multiple African jurisdictions, the UK, East Asia, Europe and the United States on a variety of investigations and has provided advice to regulators in South Africa, the United States and the UK.

If you would like to know more about our South Africa practice or South Africa corporate crime matters, please contact any of your usual Herbert Smith Freehills corporate crime contacts.

Returning to our summer update, for the full update on each jurisdiction, please click on the name of the jurisdiction below. Below we provide a brief overview of what is covered in each update.


  • Tax enforcers unite against international tax crime: enablers, cryptocurrencies and cybercrime are priorities
  • House of Lords Select Committee inquiry on the Bribery Act 2010
  • Law Commission consultation on anti-money laundering rules and suspicious activity
  • SRA report finds increasing reports of money laundering, cyber-crime and suspicious investment schemes
  • NCSC report reveals cybercriminals stole £11 million of client money from legal sector
  • NCA awarded over £8 million in fight to tackle serious and organised crime 
  • NCA publishes annual report 
  • FATF objectives for 2018/2019
  • FATF report on tackling professional money laundering 
  • FATF fourth round of AML/CTF mutual evaluations


  • European Public Prosecutor’s Office to take up its duties by the end of 2020
  • Federal Constitutional Court denies legal privilege in Jones Day’s internal investigations
  • Lengthy jail sentences for Ponzi schemers in the Infinus trial


  • Saudi Arabia underlines illegality of cryptocurrency trading in official reminder
  • Founder of private equity group faces criminal investigation after allegedly issuing a $217 million cheque with insufficient funds
  • Ten men accused of stealing Dhs6 million from Abu Dhabi Bank


  • US Appellate Court rejects DoJ’s expansive use of conspiracy for FCPA jurisdiction
  • First wave of United States sanctions against iran re-imposed on 7 August 2018, as the amended EU Blocking Statute comes into effect on the same day
  • DoJ sentences Bitcoin trader to 41 months for money laundering
  • Israel’s Mizrahi Bank rejects $342 million DoJ settlement offer
  • DoJ extends FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy to M&A
  • CFTC announces first whistleblower award to an individual outside of the US
  • CFTC announces $45 million whistleblower award
  • Walmart beats DoJ in FCPA privilege case
  • SEC proposes changes to whistleblower programme 
  • SEC signs agreement with CFTC 


  • Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang loses appeal 
  • HK ICAC chief warns of corruption in belt and road countries 
  • SFC proposes revisions to AML/CTF guidelines ahead of FATF evaluation



  • Focus on overseas fugitive bears fruit 
  • Regulators turn attention to corruption in the movie business
  • China says graft suspects detained under Supervision Law must be well treated 


  • Cryptocurrencies key priority for Korean regulators
  • South Korean court sentences Park to another eight years in jail


  • India’s new anti-corruption law targets bribe-givers and establishes corporate liability offence modelled on the UK Bribery Act


  • Enforcement activity by the NACC 
  • Thailand introduces new anti-corruption law


  • Vietnam stepping up on graft crackdown against bank executives 
  • Continuous commitment to fight money laundering
  • Authorities investigating tax evasion


  • Singapore launches another best practice paper to combat money laundering and terrorist financing
  • New AML/CTF Regulatory Regime for PSMDs


  • Former Malaysia Prime Minister faces new charges
  • Malaysia’s amendment on anti-graft laws in progress
  • Suspected abuse of power and corrupt practices by Sabah Forestry Department


  • Anti-graft body now part of government’s effort to crack down on corruption


  • Cryptocurrency exchanges regulation
  • Instances of bribery and corruption at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Tokyo Medical University
  • Further data falsification and improper lending scandals


  • Whistleblower Bill delayed in Senate
  • Further funding announced for ASIC to enhance enforcement


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