Federal Decree No. 24 of 2018 has amended certain provisions of Federal Law No. 3 of 1987 (the “Penal Code”) to strengthen anti-corruption legislation in the UAE and bring it in line with other jurisdictions by including foreign public officials within its scope.
Crucially, the provisions, which are now in force, apply outside the UAE, to any person who commits a bribery offence if either the offender or victim is a UAE citizen, if the crime is committed by an employee in the UAE public or private sector or if it involves public property.
There are also new powers for the UAE authorities to confiscate the proceeds of crime. To read our full briefing, please click here.
The Criminal Finances Bill 2016-17 (the "Bill") was presented to Parliament and had its first reading in the House of Commons on Thursday 13th October. In a press release on the same day, the Home Office stated that the new legislation is designed to "tackle money laundering and corruption, recover the proceeds of crime and counter terrorist financing". The Bill is divided into four parts: Part 1 adds new powers for enforcement agencies under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 ("PoCA"); Part 2 makes changes to existing anti-terrorism legislation; Part 3 makes provision for two new corporate offences of "failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion"; and Part 4 includes minor and consequential amendments to PoCA.
Below, we set out a brief introduction to the Bill, highlighting certain key areas of interest. Further briefings providing more detail on some of these areas will follow in the coming weeks.
Welcome to the February 2015 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. For the full update on each jurisdiction/region, please click on the name of the jurisdiction/region below. Below we provide a brief overview of what is covered in each update. Continue reading