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Matthew Cowie assesses the SFO seeking permission to charge individuals in the Glencore bribery investigation

Author: Matthew Cowie  17 June 2024

Law360 sought Matthew Cowie’s opinion about the Serious Fraud Office seeking permission to pursue charges against individuals as part of its Glencore bribery investigation.

Glencore has already pleaded guilty and been fined. But Matthew said that any prosecution of individuals would face "a number of hurdles’’. 

He added that the SFO will have to persuade the Attorney General that charges are justified on the evidence and that the prosecution is in the public interest. 

Matthew also explained that the Attorney General’s dual-facing role as both head of the prosecution service and legal adviser to the Cabinet can become complicated in bribery cases involving a political element.

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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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