UK Deferred Prosecution Law May Avoid FCPA Pitfalls

Law360, New York (May 13, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT) -- By adopting deferred prosecution agreements but subjecting the deals to heavy court oversight, the U.K. may sidestep some of the criticism that has plagued U.S. prosecutors during a recent Foreign Corrupt Practice Act offensive, attorneys say.

On April 25, U.K. lawmakers passed the Crime and Courts Act 2013. Beginning in early 2014, the measure will allow prosecutors in the Serious Fraud Office and the Crown Prosecution Service to enter into deferred prosecution agreements in cases involving fraud, bribery or money laundering.

In a typical DPA, prosecutors...
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