Recent press relating to alleged bribes paid in the context of procurement of IT services are a timely reminder that criminal offences exist under Australia law for bribery even where there are no public officials involved. Companies frequently, and understandably, focus on interactions with public officials when considering compliance measures…
Georgie Farant and Angela SevensonBrowsing
Georgie Farrant is a partner in Baker & McKenzie's Sydney office and a member of the Australian Dispute Resolution, Compliance, Financial Services and Insolvency practice groups. She also serves as a member of the Firm's Global Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Group. Georgie practices in commercial disputes, with a particular focus in financial services disputes, including civil actions relating to financial services and financial products, insider dealing and market abuse actions, takeover related actions and advice, and disciplinary actions by regulatory bodies. She also advises companies in relation to a range of compliance and regulatory issues including anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, whistleblowing and regulator investigations. Angela Sevenson is a senior associate in the Global Compliance and Australia Dispute Resolution groups. She was admitted in 2002 and joined the Firm in 2004. Her work in purely compliance matters involves prevention, detection and investigation of improper conduct (e.g., corruption or fraud) or non-compliant conduct (e.g., pertaining to sanctions, political contributions or whistle blowing).