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What To Do When The SFO Knocks: Tips On Landing A DPA

Law360, London (March 12, 2019, 10:20 PM GMT) -- Companies facing a U.K. fraud investigation may want to avoid the embarrassment and damage of a criminal case by striking a deferred prosecution agreement, but attorneys say firms must clear high hurdles to get a deal — and realize they won’t walk away unscathed.

If the four DPAs signed with the Serious Fraud Office to date are any indication, attorneys say that businesses need to consider drawing a line in the sand against suspected criminal activities, which may mean firing employees suspected of crimes, overhauling the company’s culture and ponying up for stiff fines.

But above all else, former SFO prosecutors...

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