White collar crime in Europe

Themes and trends

There continues to be an increasing appetite amongst authorities around the world to investigate corporates and banks for a range of criminal offices. 

Governments are also introducing new criminal offences aimed at corporate conduct.  Penalties are increasing and law enforcement authorities are becoming more aggressive.   

Most notably, we have seen across Europe:

• increased emphasis on bribery prosecutions in Belgium,

• increase of maximum fines for economic offences to 10% of annual turnover in the Netherlands,

• intensifying levels of prosecution in the tax arena in Germany,

• dual prosecution of market abuse by AMF and criminal authorities ruled unconstitutional in France,

• abandonment of the offence of failing to prevent economic crime in the UK.

In our recent publication we draw together key issues for in-house practitioners in relation to corporate crime including prosecution trends, developments in investigation practice and new offences of corporate and financial crime in Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands and the UK.

In our report we look in more detail at trends in:

• bribery and corruption,

• money laundering,

• market offences,

• sentencing,

• settlement,

• prosecutorial attitudes and resourcing.

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