Court asks for further assurances in Assange’s extradition case

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The finishing line may be getting closer, but in the latest twist in Julian Assange’s marathon fight against his extradition to the US, the High Court has asked the US and the Secretary of State for some further assurances. At a two-day hearing in February, the High Court considered whether the WikiLeaks founder could be […]

The fast food worker who helped a fugitive launder stolen bitcoin billions

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Last month, an ex-takeaway worker was convicted in laundering the proceeds thanks to which she had gone from living above a Chinese restaurant to a multi-million pound house in an affluent neighbourhood in North London. After a two-month trial, Jian Wen was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of an offence relating to money laundering. […]

Keith Oliver

High Court rules that self-proclaimed bitcoin creator is not ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’

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Earlier this month, and after a six-week trial, the High Court ruled that Australian computer scientist Dr Crag Wright did not create bitcoin and neither did he author the Bitcoin White Paper. Even for an industry long accustomed to controversy and to hitting the headlines, the verdict can be seen as a watershed moment. Wright […]

Denmark begins court case against Briton Sanjay Shah in ‘cum-ex’ fraud case

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Earlier this month a criminal trial started that will be of great interest to tax authorities all over the world. The trial involves British fund trader Sanjay Shah, who has been charged along with eight other British and US citizens, over so-called ‘cum-ex’ schemes. Denmark is alleging that the fraud cost it 12.7 billion Danish […]

Will Assange die in a US prison? – Nick Vamos and Anna Bradshaw in the news

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Yesterday, the legal team of Julian Assange was back in court in a bid to stop the extradition of the Wikileaks founder to the US. The two-day hearing in the High Court will consider whether Mr Assange can be granted leave to appeal against the 2022 extradition decision made by then Home Secretary Priti Patel. […]

Former Goldman analyst found guilty of insider trading and fraud

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Last week, a former Goldman Sachs International analyst was found guilty of insider trading and fraud at Southwark Crown Court, in a case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Mohammed Zina worked at the bank between 2014 and 2017, joining the Conflicts Resolution Group in 2016. Through this role, he came into possession of […]

Charlotte Tregunna

Thinking globally – the role of international lawyers in a world searching for answers

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In our interconnected world, international lawyers play a crucial role in addressing cross-border challenges such as climate change and human rights abuses. Their expertise in navigating diverse cultures and intergovernmental relations positions them to create just and equitable solutions for a more harmonious international order. In this AIJA podcast, Charlotte Tregunna and fellow academic co-ordinators, […]

‘Cum-ex’ scandal: Neil Swift quoted in the press

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On Tuesday, a German court found a former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner guilty of aiding and abetting dividend tax fraud, in connection with the ‘cum-ex’ scandal. Former head of tax, Ulf Johannemann, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for his role in the fraud, having assisted the now-defunct Maple Bank to […]

James Tyler

PRA poised to reveal details of new penalty discount scheme

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Under upcoming plans from the Prudential Regulation Authority, banks in the UK that self-report wrongdoing early could benefit from an “enhancement settlement discount”. The plans are to be fleshed out by the spring but, under the scheme, fines could be reduced by up to half. James Tyler was quoted in an article by Banking Risk […]

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Deal or no deal

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Having spent years looking with envy at the US, where ‘plea deals’ are commonly used, UK enforcement agencies finally got a similar weapon in their armoury in 2014, with the introduction of deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs). However, since the first one was approved in late 2015, only 13 DPAs have been concluded. The Law Society […]