Phillip Gardener

Restricting information for foreign proceedings: addressing the Ramilos trading effect

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Fraud is increasing beyond domestic borders and the need for cooperation between jurisdictions in pursuing the proceeds of financial wrongdoing has never been so acute. Recent developments internationally, notably in the United States, seem to reduce the tools of collaboration available. However, the position in our own jurisdiction is lacking in this regard and in […]

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Fraud reform is needed urgently

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Max Hill QC, director of public prosecutions for England and Wales, and Lisa Osofsky, director of the Serious Fraud Office, recently put their support behind extending the ‘failure to prevent’ (FTP) model from current bribery and tax offences to further encompass fraud, reviving a decades-long debate around how far corporates should be responsible for the […]

Peters & Peters

Corruption in soccer: SFO drops the ball

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Peter FitzGerald and Amalia Neenan have penned an article for The Law Society Gazette on the recent decision by a Swiss court to acquit the former president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, and UEFA’s former president, Michel Platini, following an allegation that a 2011 payment of 2.2 million Swiss francs from FIFA to Platini – which […]

Dr Anna Bradshaw

‘Circles of hell’: Case before Dublin High Court shows complexity of sanctions and disputes

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Anna Bradshaw and Alistair Jones were quoted in the September 2022 issue of WorldECR, commenting on a case at Ireland’s High Court involving Cypriot companies wanting to purchase marine vessels that they had leased from a Dublin-registered firm allegedly owned by Russia. Anna told the publication that the case is a good illustration of the […]

Account forfeiture application withdrawn, and criminal investigation closed

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In 2018, the City of London Police (CoLP) obtained account freezing orders (AFOs) over our clients’ business and personal accounts. Our clients, and their UK-incorporated company, had unwittingly become embroiled in a large-scale money laundering investigation, involving a complex web of UK bank accounts held by overseas nationals. From early in our instruction, we asserted […]

‘Greenwashing’: fashion industry in the spotlight

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In July, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched an inquiry into ASOS, Boohoo and George at Asda to investigate potentially misleading ‘green’ claims by the three fashion brands.   The watchdog is concerned that some of the firms’ fashion products are being marketed as being eco-friendly and sustainable, even though the businesses may […]

Criminal charges: why Swiss court found Blatter and Platini not guilty and what happens next

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In July 2022, a Swiss Federal Criminal Court (FCC) found former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and former UEFA president Michel Platini not guilty, following charges of corruption brought against them by the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG). The fraud trial centred around an allegedly unlawful payment of about CHF 2 million made […]

Maria Cronin

CMA takes a shot at the fashion industry and “greenwashing”

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With more businesses using sustainability as a marketing tool, in a bid to attract environmentally aware consumers or to secure investment in environmental, social and governance (ESG)-related funds, it was only a matter of time before “green” or “eco-friendly” claims would attract the regulators’ attention.   In July 2022, the UK Competition and Markets Authority […]

Peters & Peters

A crack in Sepp Blatter’s defensive wall

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The Swiss acquittals of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini — the former presidents of Fifa and Uefa, respectively — are the latest episodes in a long and sordid tale involving allegations of corruption, kickbacks and kick-offs.   Charges were brought on the grounds that a 2011 payment of 2.2 million Swiss francs from Fifa to […]

The end of the road? Extradition to Russia and the country’s abuse of Interpol

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For several years, the United Kingdom’s extradition arrangements with Russia and Russia’s membership of Interpol have been under severe strain. Does the Ukraine crisis now call for a fundamental change?   In this article for Global Investigations Review, Jasvinder Nakhwal, Nick Vamos and Alistair Jones argue that the Ukraine crisis and Russia’s expulsion from the […]