A visit of Richard Alderman, Director of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office 16.03.2011

A visit of Richard Alderman, Director of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office

From 14th to 16th March, IBLF organised the visit to Moscow of Richard Alderman, Director of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office. The purpose of the visit was for him to introduce the Moscow business community to the UK Bribery Act and to familiarise himself with efforts being taken by the government and the business community in Russia to combat corruption.

Mr. Alderman’s stay in Moscow began with a Breakfast Briefing organised by IBLF, PwC and White & Case, and attended by about 70 chief legal counsels, compliance officers, internal auditors and finance directors. The topic was the impact of the new UK Bribery Act on Russian companies. The Serious Fraud Office is responsible for the new law’s introduction and implementation.

Later the same day, he was the guest of honour, along with the US Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer and the Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, Yurii Lyubimov, at a dinner hosted by Dame Anne Pringle, the British Ambassador at her Residence. The dinner, which was organised by IBLF and supported by Baker & McKenzie, KPMG and Siemens, was attended by 40 leaders from leading Russian and international companies. The topic of the panel discussion preceding the dinner was “Setting the Tone from the Top – how business leaders can create a culture intolerant to corruption”.

During his visit to Moscow, Richard Alderman gave a public lecture at the Higher Economic School which was attended by law-makers, legal academics, external legal counsels, attended a dinner in his honour for internal legal counsels and compliance officers of major companies organised by Control Risks, and had official with General Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He also spent a day in St. Petersburg to meet with companies, at the invitation of the British Consul General.

Richard Alderman’s visit attracted interest in the press. See below for a sample of the articles which appeared:

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