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The Attorney-Client Privilege and Corporate Investigations: An Uneasy Mix

In 2013, David Danon filed a False Claims Act suit against the Vanguard Group, alleging that the company had operated an illegal tax shelter and improperly failed to pay taxes and file returns in New York State.  The suit is based on documents Danon obtained while employed as associate counsel for the company, and last month, […]

US Role in UK Innospec case highlighted again

Much has been made of the sentences passed by HHJ Goymer at Southwark Crown Court this week in the long-running Innospec case. On the face of it, some of the defendants do appear to have escaped lightly. Paul Jennings, 57, was sentenced to 2 years in prison.  Miltiades Papachristos, 51, was sentenced to 18 months […]

New Investigative Powers for the New UK Anti-Trust Enforcement Authority – A Word of Warning

On 1 April 2014, the new Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) came into operation in the UK.  The CMA will be the UK’s lead competition body and is responsible for competition enforcement (amongst other things). The new CMA has brought with it increased enforcement powers.  One of the most notable new powers is the power […]

New powers for UK enforcement agencies from this week

From this week, prosecutors in the UK from the Serious Fraud Office and the Crown Prosecution Service will be able to consider the possibility of making a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) available to a corporate entity instead of pursuing a criminal prosecution against them in appropriate cases of economic crime (read our full alert Brown […]