The collapse of the SFO’s prosecution of former Serco executives: lessons for corporates

    On 26 April 2021, the prosecution by the Serious Fraud Office (the "SFO") of fraud charges against two former directors of Serco Geografix Limited ("Serco") collapsed. The SFO offered no evidence against the defendants, and the presiding judge directed the jury to return verdicts of not guilty. This happened after it became apparent that the SFO had failed to disclose to the defendants certain relevant materials, rendering it unsafe for the prosecution to proceed. Read more

    Corporate Crime update – May 2021

    Welcome to the May 2021 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

    Hong Kong Stock Exchange to modify profits-based listing eligibility requirements to combat IPO-related misconduct

    The Hong Kong Stock Exchange is to increase the profit requirement for companies seeking to list on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange by 60%. This is a smaller increase than was initially proposed in the consultation paper. This will mean that a listing applicant relying on the profit test to satisfy its eligibility for listing will need to have profits in its most recent financial year of not less than HK$35 million (increased from HK$20 million currently) and in the two preceding years, in aggregate, profits of not less than HK$45 million (increased from HK$30 million currently). These changes, as set out in the consultation conclusions, will become effective on 1 January 2022. Read more