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

August 2018

In the Q2/2018 European White Collar Crime Report, we identify an increasing drive for corporate transparency, as new beneficial ownership registers are established and updated across Europe – in the UK, Belgium, and the Czech Republic.

As highlighted in last quarter’s Report, the EU continues to strengthen its stance against money laundering, introducing the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive in early July. We look at the detail of the new Directive and the tighter controls it imposes. Meanwhile, France takes steps to transpose the 4MLD into national law.
In the UK and Germany, we examine developments in the law on legal privilege in internal investigations.  In the UK, two cases against the Serious Fraud Office are considering the application of legal privilege to documents produced during investigations; in Germany, the Federal Constitutional Court has handed down a landmark decision on the subject.
In last quarter’s Report we also discussed the growing trend of national courts applying extraterritorial jurisdiction to a number of criminal offences. This quarter, we see that further significant reforms to corporate criminal liability have been introduced in Belgium and Poland too.
Finally, the fallout from the diesel emissions scandal continues apace in Germany. CEOs have been arrested, questioned and indicted, while the German prosecutor has imposed its largest ever fine on a major automotive company.

Please click here to view the full 2018/Q2 report or click through the tabs above for specific subjects.

Please see Looking ahead section for information on forthcoming developments. And for previous edition of the Report see the Archive section.

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