The European Central Bank revealed on Wednesday that it has extended its rules on good conduct to subject its supervisory board and policymakers to a common code, as it attempts to beef up its governance framework.
Three former Barclays PLC traders were part of a conspiracy to cheat the financial system that “tainted” the integrity of a key interest rate benchmark used to price trillions of dollars of financial products, prosecutors told a London jury on Wednesday.
Britain's financial services have lost patience with the stalled political process and are transferring assets out of the U.K. regardless of what kind of Brexit deal, if any, the government seals with the European Union, their legal advisers said Wednesday.
British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly survived a vote of no confidence brought by the opposition Labour Party on Wednesday, a day after lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected her proposed deal to leave the European Union.
A London judge has ordered AIG to pay up to £3 million ($3.83 million) to investors who deposited millions for holiday homes in southern Italy that were never built, saying the insurer's decision to pay for the defense of the firm overseeing the mafia-linked development led to higher legal fees.
Brazil’s antitrust authority has launched an investigation into whether American International Group Inc. and 10 other companies in the aviation and aerospace insurance industry affected competition in the country by sharing sensitive pricing information.
Prosecutors opened their second trial in London on Tuesday of three former Barclays PLC employees accused of participating in a conspiracy to rig global interest rates to rip off counterparties that did business with them.
The U.K. Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the government’s draft agreement for leaving the European Union on Tuesday, pitching the Brexit process deeper into disarray and raising questions about whether the March 29 departure date can still be met.
A partner at London law firm Child & Child on Tuesday became the first English lawyer to be punished as a result of revelations from the Panama Papers scandal after he was fined £85,000 ($109,000) by a U.K. disciplinary tribunal for failing to carry out money laundering checks.
The Financial Conduct Authority is considering taking action against Credit Suisse for possible failures of its internal controls over an alleged $2 billion loan scandal in Africa, as well as against individual bankers, the head of the regulator told lawmakers Tuesday.
U.K. police said Monday that they've seized a Cartier diamond ring worth £1.19 million ($1.53 million) from a jailed Azerbaijani banker whose wife became the first suspect targeted using new anti-corruption powers allowing investigators to probe how individuals acquired large amounts of unexplained money.
A London judge on Monday upheld sanctions imposed on the co-founder of an immigration law firm castigated for filing hopeless appeals, finding that as compliance officer he ignored court criticism and warning signs that attorneys were filing weak cases to intentionally delay deportation proceedings.
A music streaming service owned by rapper Jay-Z is being investigated over claims that some of its listening numbers have been fudged, the Norwegian police’s economic crime unit said Monday.
Europe’s banking regulators agreed on rules on Monday that they said will help them to cooperate and exchange information on “weak links” in their fight against money laundering in the bloc.
Prime Minister Theresa May predicted on Monday that Brexit could be abandoned if MPs reject her draft Withdrawal Agreement as anticipated on Tuesday, as she warned that Parliament risks being thrown into “paralysis.”
The government has joined forces with the financial services industry on a new taskforce to battle economic crime such as money laundering and fraud, which costs the U.K. £14.4 billion ($18.5 billion) each year, the Treasury said Monday.
A British hacker was sentenced to 32 months in prison at a London criminal court on Friday for computer attacks that temporarily left Liberia without internet, after being extradited from Germany in connection with attacks on major banks.
Hamburg-based M.M. Warburg & Co. said it has sued to force Deutsche Bank to pick up a €46 million ($53.04 million) tax bill that should have been paid to German tax authorities for controversial trades that have sparked an industrywide investigation into a massive tax avoidance scheme.
An insurance fraudster has been handed a suspended jail sentence at an English court after an investigation by the insurance industry and police linked him to more than 20 claims for car crashes that never took place.
Hundreds of institutional investors have accused Barclays, HSBC and four other banking giants in London's High Court of conspiring to rig the foreign exchange market, seeking billions of dollars in damages for antitrust violations.
The EU General Data Protection Regulation's accountability principle obligates organizations to provide evidence of compliance — one of the biggest changes brought about by the GDPR. Though the concept is simple, embedding accountability into financial services firms' operations and culture will not be achieved overnight, say experts at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
This year, a number of cases have illustrated how English courts are dealing with legal hurdles for cybercrime victims and making it easier to obtain a freezing order or injunction under such circumstances, says Fiona Cain of Haynes and Boone LLP.
Recent cases in the United Kingdom and Cayman Islands show that the broader test for application of the illegality defense endorsed in Patel v. Mirza appears to be more suitable than the previous Tinsley test, but it is now harder to predict the outcome of individual cases, say James Elliott and William Peake of Harney Westwood & Riegels LLP.
The U.K. Court of Appeal's recent decision in Serious Fraud Office v. Eurasian Natural Resources is a substantial step toward confirming the application of legal privilege in internal investigations, and has significantly reduced the divergence in U.K. and U.S. privilege law, say attorneys with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP.
This month, the U.K. National Crime Agency successfully resisted a challenge to its first unexplained wealth orders. This is a victory, but the agency has some way to go to show that UWOs will be a meaningful tool in the U.K.'s anti-money laundering arsenal, says Fred Saugman of WilmerHale.
In KBR v. SFO, the U.K. High Court confirmed that the Serious Fraud Office can require foreign companies to produce documents held outside the U.K. as long as there is a sufficient connection between the company and the jurisdiction. This judgment will embolden other agencies with similar compulsory document production powers, says Andrew Smith of Corker Binning.
The English Court of Appeal's much-anticipated decision in Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation means that companies will continue to face difficulties in obtaining the information they need to investigate suspected wrongdoing, without losing the benefit of legal advice privilege under English law, say Mark Beeley and Rebecca Dipple of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
After almost a year and a half of uncertainty, the U.K. Court of Appeal has restored the eminently sensible position that documents created in an internal investigation are capable of being covered by litigation privilege when a criminal investigation or prosecution is in prospect, say Simon Airey and Joshua Domb of Paul Hastings LLP.
The United Kingdom has taken the unusual step of introducing significant retrospective powers that could unravel acquisitions and transactions from decades ago. The government's intentions are laudable, but its new "unexplained wealth orders" cast doubts on the U.K.'s appetite for foreign investment and may hurt national interests, says Simon Bushell of Signature Litigation LLP.
The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority's recently published annual business plan and mission statement indicate an uptick in enforcement activity. Alongside this, the past year has seen a number of interesting court decisions dealing with claims for litigation privilege, say Abdulali Jiwaji and Elliott Fellowes of Signature Litigation LLP.