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European White-collar Crime Report

A summary of the key legislative and enforcement developments in white-collar crime across Europe

In the most recent Report for 2017/Q3 we take a closer look at the status of the implementation of MLD4 across Europe, provide an update on German tax evasion investigations and report on an ongoing debate over the legality of the Italian dual track system for prosecuting market abuse.

It is clear that the criminalisation, prosecution and punishment of tax-related wrongdoing continue to be an area of focus for governments and prosecutorial bodies across Europe. A number of new investigations have been opened this summer, convictions obtained and significant sentences imposed for corruption-related offending.
Against a backdrop of enforcement scrutiny, institutions are still grappling with a lack of clarity over the bribery and corruption related matters to be included in their annual reports (in light of the EU directive on non-financial and diversity information). The highest German court releases a significant judgment on sentencing and work continues to establish a European Public Prosecutor’s Office. The impact of MLD4 is being felt across Europe, as AML requirements are significantly tightened in Italy, Belgium and Germany. In the UK, consultations are taking place about extending investigative powers in relation to proceeds of crime and establishing a new AML supervisory body.
Finally, a US court ruling on the inadmissibility of lawfully compelled testimony may have widespread implications for the conduct of investigations in Europe and elsewhere.
Please click here to view the full 2017/Q3 Report.

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