Welcome to Allen & Overy’s Investigations Insight blog, sharing with you our views and insights into the latest trends, risks and developments in financial services investigations

Whistleblower Update: SEC announces whistleblower award to a government agency employee

Kurt Wolfe

The SEC recently approved a $2.5 million whistleblower award to “an employee of a domestic government agency whose whistleblower tip helped launch an SEC investigation and whose continued assistance enabled the SEC to address a company’s misconduct.” The award is noteworthy because of the source of the tip—a government employee—and because it is a first-of-its-kind Read More

Hard lessons from the English court on legal professional privilege

Stacey McEvoy

​Financial institutions engaged in cross-border business are increasingly at risk of being caught in the middle of a complex web of internal, regulatory and criminal investigations as well as civil litigation and employment claims when something has gone wrong. These may be conducted simultaneously or at different times, but they will often arise out of Read More

Global cartel enforcement: Where is it heading in 2017?

John Terzaken

Depending on how you choose to read the mid-year statistics, 2017 is either trending towards record high or record low fine totals for global cartel enforcers. Fine totals in the first half of 2017 are at USD1.64bn. But this figure is heavily influenced by nearly USD1bn in fines the European Commission re-imposed on air cargo Read More

A&O SMCR reflections: Don’t overlook these things when considering employee conduct and performance issues

Sarah Hitchins

A lot of time has been spent by some firms managing conduct and performance issues under the UK Senior Managers and Certification Regime (the SMCR) over the past 15 months. In our second blog post looking at these issues (the last one is available here), we highlight key areas that firms should not lose sight Read More

Last Call for Securities Class Actions

Justin Ormand

The Supreme Court made clear this past Monday that there’s no room for hesitation in pursuing claims for securities law violations. In a 5-4 decision, the Court held in California Public Retirement System v. ANZ Securities (CalPERs) that the three year deadline for filing claims under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 is Read More