The sentencing of Romy Andrianarisoa, the first ever foreign public official to be convicted under the Bribery Act 2010, provides important takeaways.

By Pamela Reddy, Robin Spedding, and Matthew Unsworth

On 10 May 2024, Romy Andrianarisoa was sentenced to three-and-a-half years’ imprisonment for soliciting bribes contrary to Section 2 of the Bribery Act 2010 (Bribery Act). Andrianarisoa, former Chief of Staff to President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar, requested substantial cash payments in exchange for helping UK-headquartered Gemfields Group

By Dan Smith and James Fagan

On 25 September 2015 the United Kingdom saw its first disposal of the offence of failure by a commercial organisation to prevent bribery under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010 (the “Failure Offence”). The Civil Recovery Unit of the Scottish Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has reported that it has recovered £212,800 under an agreed civil settlement with Brand-Rex Limited, a developer of industrial and network cabling solutions based in Scotland.