FCA criminal prosecution for destruction of documents – lessons for firms

The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) ) has been unsuccessful in its attempted prosecution of a former banker, Konstantin Vishnyak, for destroying documents relevant to an FCA investigation brought against him for suspected insider dealing offences. This marks the first time the FCA has exercised its powers in connection with a destruction of documents offence under section 177(3)(a) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (“FCA”). Despite the outcome, it illustrates the risks for firms and individuals in using messaging systems such as WhatsApp. Read more

Corporate Crime update – November 2020

Welcome to the November 2020 edition of our corporate crime update – our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions. Read more

Airline Services Limited – “SFO Secures Third DPA of 2020”

On 30 October 2020, Mrs Justice May, sitting in the Crown Court in Southwark, approved the UK’s ninth deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) between the UK Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) and Airline Services Limited (“ASL”) (read the SFO press release here). The investigation was only made public on 22 October 2020 after the SFO announced that a DPA was reached in principle at a private hearing held the previous day before Mrs Justice May. Read more

FCA prohibitions highlight increasing focus on non-financial misconduct

On 3 November, the FCA prohibited three individuals from working in the financial services industry following findings that they are not fit and proper. The three individuals were all approved persons at the time that they were convicted of serious indictable offences. These Final Notices confirm a trend we identified in our recent Top 10 Global Trends Regarding Investigations Involving Individuals: an increasing focus on non-financial misconduct. Read more

Lisa Osofsky re-examines the priorities of the SFO at the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime

On 7 September 2020, Lisa Osofsky, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), delivered a keynote address at the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime. In light of Covid-19, this year’s speech was delivered virtually, via YouTube. In her speech, Ms Osofsky re-examined the four key priorities that she outlined at her first address to the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime in 2018 and referred to a number of new developments which she said would affect the SFO’s future work. Read more

Corporate Crime & Investigations Podcast Episode 3: Recent Activity in Deferred Prosecution Agreements

In our Corporate Crime & Investigations podcast we look to bring you timely and incisive commentary on key developments in the CC&I space. In this third episode we discuss recent activity regarding Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs). We focus specifically on three DPAs secured by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) involving Guralp Systems, Airbus and G4S Care and Justice Services. Read more