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March 12, London – Companies are being challenged to fundamentally rethink the way they disclose details of their work to combat corruption in new research published by Transparency International UK. Open Business sets a new bar for disclosures in anti-corruption and governance and provides an aspirational but achievable roadmap to better corporate practice. Read the
11th March 2020, London – Today marks the end of a hearing over the legality of two Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) investigating £80 million of UK property bought with suspicious funds from Kazakhstan. The case has been dominated by conflicting claims over who owns three London properties and how their purchase was funded. A web
Responding to the Budget announcement of a new ‘economic crime levy’ on firms subject to the Money Laundering Regulations, Rachel Davies of Transparency International UK said: “We welcome the Government’s commitment to intensify Britain’s efforts to tackle economic crime. When taking on those with deep pockets and powerful allies, you need all the resources you
10th March 2020, London – A joint investigation between Transparency International UK, Finance Uncovered and the BBC today revealed the National Crime Agency has issued an unexplained wealth order (UWO) in relation to a mansion in one London’s most sought after neighbourhoods linked to a family member of the Former Kazakh President, Nursaltan Nazarbayev. Transparency
13th February, London – Transparency International UK is urging Boris Johnson to clarify who paid for his luxury Caribbean holiday over the Christmas break. Mr Johnson declared the £15,000 trip as a gift from businessman David Ross, a major Conservative Party donor. But a spokesperson for Mr Ross has since been reported as saying that
11th February, London – A consultation into establishing freeports in the UK is a welcome start into exploring the complex array of potential implications of this initiative. The Government this week began consulting on the creation of up to 10 freeports across the UK. These specially designated zones typically allow business to be carried out
5 February 2020, London – A second legal challenge lodged by the respondent to the UK’s first ever Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) has been dismissed by the High Court in London. This means the respondent – Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of a state banker from Azerbaijan – must now explain to the National Crime Agency
3 February, London – A €3.6bn (£3bn) corporate plea deal struck by Airbus to end a long-running corruption probe must now be followed up by prosecuting executives involved. Failing to hold individuals to account will damage public confidence and risks setting a precedent where big companies can buy their way out of trouble. Courts in
London, January 23 2020 – More than two-thirds of countries – along with many of the world’s most advanced economies – are not improving or are showing signs of backsliding in their anti-corruption record, according to the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released today by Transparency International. The UK’s score has also stagnated, with the
20 January, London – A global investigation into how Isabel dos Santos became Africa’s richest woman adds further pressure on the UK to bring an end to secrecy offered by its offshore jurisdictions and crackdown on professionals facilitating suspicious activity. The trove of documents known as the “Luanda Leaks” – and subsequent investigation by journalists
Azerbaijan authorities should lift a travel ban against award-winning investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, UK-based rights groups urged on 15 January. Ismayilova was detained in December 2014 and sentenced in September 2015 to seven-and-a-half years in prison on trumped-up charges. She was conditionally released in May 2016, but three and a half years later, still remains
19 December, London – Transparency International UK strongly welcomes the inclusion of measures to tackle corrupt money in the UK property market in today’s Queen’s Speech. Rachel Davies, Head of Advocacy at Transparency International UK, said: “Our research has shown time and again that the UK property market is a safe haven for dirty money.

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