Tag: Money Laundering

A proposal to extend beneficial ownership rules to UK land-holding foreign companies

A report published today by Global Witness, alleging that an individual with ties to a former Kazakh public official owns large swathes of London, follows much recent interest in the issue of public officials owning property in the UK via secretive corporate structures that conceal their interest. Earlier this month, an Early […]

Privy Council Clarifies When Innocent Bank is Liable to Victims of Theft

To what extent must a bank make inquiries as to the commercial purpose of a transaction, particularly a transaction involving an offshore structure? And when is a bank liable to compensate a victim of theft for receiving funds deriving from stolen assets and using them for its own benefit? These […]

Prosecuting “Illicit Enrichment”: a new offence for the UK?

This article by  James Maton and Jamie Humphreys was first published on the blog of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption. There are many policy developments that would help improve asset recovery efforts in the UK (see Transparency International’s publication Closing down the Safe Havens). However, if we were to […]

What do I need to know about POCA?

If you’re a company officer or director and need a quick reminder on your responsibilities under the UK’s Proceeds of Crime Act and the anti-money laundering regime, take a look at our one page tipsheet. We cover the following areas: an overview of the Act the definition of “proceeds of crime” confisction and forfeiture […]

Welcome to the Cooley blog on asset recovery

Welcome to our blog. Cooley has a proven team representing states  and companies seeking to trace, freeze and recover the proceeds of corruption or fraud, or obtain compensation for corrupt or fraudulent acts. We assist states to: Recover stolen public funds, bribes and compensation for corruption from dishonest public officials, their companies, trusts, […]