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Aziz Rahman and Matthew Cowie outline the due diligence issues raised by the Entain DPA

Authors: Azizur Rahman, Matthew Cowie  24 January 2024

The main points arising from gambling company Entain’s deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) were explained in an article by Matthew Cowie and Aziz Rahman.

In their piece, which was published by Law360, they detail the significance of the DPA, which saw Entain conclude a £615 million settlement and admit the corporate offence of failure to prevent bribery. HM Revenue and Customs had conducted a long-running investigation into Entain’s business operations.

Aziz and Matthew say that the Entain case shows the importance of companies recognising how the enforcement landscape works, with numerous agencies able to assert their jurisdiction over companies operating in the U.K.

They emphasise the need for gambling and gaming sector companies to review their exposure to high-risk markets and anti-money laundering and anti-bribery laws, and ensure they are legally compliant.

It is also important for investors to conduct due diligence on any company or third party they are considering becoming involved with, especially if it is active in a jurisdiction with a reputation for bribery.

The full article can be read here (subscription required)

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Aziz Rahman is Senior Partner at Rahman Ravelli and its founder. His ability to coordinate national, international and multi-agency defences has led to success in some of the most significant corporate crime cases of this century and top rankings in international legal guides. He is recognised worldwide as one of the most capable legal experts regarding top-level, high-value commercial and financial disputes.


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Matthew is a partner at Rahman Ravelli. He is an award-winning white-collar crime lawyer with a successful track record in groundbreaking cases and the largest corporate investigations. He led cases that shaped how the UK investigates international corruption, including some that helped prompt the creation of the Bribery Act 2010 and the introduction of DPAs. Matthew acted for Airbus in the largest-ever global foreign bribery resolution.

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