Our corporate soul

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‘If your boss demands loyalty, give him integrity. But if he demands integrity, then give him loyalty.’ USAF Colonel John Boyd, quoted in Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram

The justified limitation of associations’ powers in the fight against corruption | Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

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In France, the fight against the great scourges that are corruption, misappropriation of public funds and more generally white-collar crime has led to the emergence of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), constituted in the form of associations, who play the role of public accusers, a role traditionally held by the state prosecutor but without being subject to …

A different mindset

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Alex Novarese, The In-House Lawyer: It has been a record period for Asian activity into Europe. How do you see the general trends? Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, Hinduja Group: China is an issue, because the main difference between the Asian companies, European companies and Chinese companies is that Chinese companies are directly or indirectly state-owned. The second …

Options for internal investigations under Italian law and data protection issues | Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

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Following up on our previous article regarding internal investigations in Italy, issues that arise when the internal investigation concerns a white-collar crime are also worth addressing. When there is knowledge (or suspicion) that a crime has been committed within a company and a criminal proceeding is pending (or may be brought), internal investigations become particularly …

When the tide goes out

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There is a long-established truism among white-collar crime lawyers that when a country goes into a recession, financial crime rises to the surface. And with various reports suggesting Brexit uncertainty and low business confidence could tip the UK economy into a downturn, those specialists are predicting more work will hit desks soon.

Digital maturity for legal departments | Wolters Kluwer

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The term ‘digital transformation’ has become a buzzword in the corporate world, although the meaning is open to interpretation. For some organisations, digital transformation simply means incorporating the latest app into existing infrastructure. Yet, another interpretation involves the implementation of technology, to change the way organisations conduct business. That’s where digital maturity comes into play …

Asset recovery in Turkey: are criminal proceedings the only way? | Moroğlu Arseven

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White-collar crimes have not only increased in scale but have also become increasingly sophisticated. Individuals, companies, and financial institutions have been outflanked by criminal attacks. Furthermore, with advancing technology and complex transactional structures, the proceeds of white-collar crime have become easier to dissipate and move. Accordingly, alongside combating the criminals, finding new and effective ways …

All together now | Herbert Smith Freehills

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The important role that UK business has to play in wider society is being reflected in their updated corporate governance arrangements, explain Paul Ellerman, Caroline Rae, Gareth Sykes and Ben Ward of Herbert Smith Freehills In most major jurisdictions there has been a considerable increase in focus on corporate governance issues in recent years. In …

New Portuguese powers to seize criminal spoils – a dangerous game | Rogério Alves & Associados

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As the level of sophistication of economic crime has evolved and increased, there has been a growing need to streamline the mechanisms for confiscating its benefits, thus eliminating its economic incentive and inculcating the idea that ‘crime does not pay’. The law went beyond a strict definition of white-collar crime and entered what is seen …