Susan Monty, head of the financial crime, civil fraud and regulatory team at SM&B recently participated in a panel discussion at the C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery conference in Miami discussing a comparative view of corporate criminal liability.
Susan spoke on a panel with other fraud lawyers from the USA, France and Switzerland about the differing attitudes of the regulators to corporate prosecution. This topic is particularly relevant as David Green QC, Director of the SFO has recently stated that he hopes to conclude the first deferred prosecution agreements in the UK by the end of 2015. This, combined with the Government’s decision last month not to go ahead with the introduction of a general corporate offence of strict liability for companies who commit economic fraud, indicates that regulators are increasingly turning towards civil remedies to punish corporate offenders, a matter addressed by the panel. The SMAB team specialises in this field, offering civil and criminal defence within one department to clients facing parallel proceedings which cross both arenas.
The panel discussion was part of a 2-day conference discussing ground breaking remedies, novel tactics and innovative strategies for asset recovery.
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