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TIPS Newsletter | July 2021

Updated: Aug 31, 2021

Dear TIPS Member,

Applications for a role on the TIPS Managing Committee for 2021/22 are now being accepted and should be sent to by Sunday 8 August 2021. This presents a great opportunity for you to help shape the direction of the TIPS Network over the coming year and beyond. You will be able to better engage with other members of the TIPS Network and will join a committee of enthusiastic and engaged professionals and academics who share a passion for the anti-corruption agenda.

Please refer to the separate role specification form. If you would like to learn more about the experience of existing committee members, do feel free to reach out to the TIPS team via the TIPS website. We look forward to receiving your applications!

Please see below the TIPS Newsletter for July 2021. We look forward to seeing you (online) soon.

- the TIPS team


1. Upcoming Events (register on our Events page)

Agents of Innovation | 2-6 Aug 2021 | 2-10.15pm BST

A principles-based approach to building back better | 12 Aug 2021 | 6-7pm BST

What needs to be done to advance UK payments regulation? | 26 Aug 2021 | 2-3.30pm BST

What non-profits need to know about anti-corruption laws | 15 Sept 2021 | 3-4pm BST

Human rights and due diligence | 21 Sept 2021 | 1-2.30pm BST

The rise of ESG investments | 23 Sept 2021 | 6-7pm BST

Human rights and the Environment | 30 Sept 2021 | 6-7pm BST


2. Recent TIPS events

TIPS Virtual Talk | Summary

On 26 July 2021, 15 TIPS members attended wonderfully engaging discussion session presented by Reuters journalist Estelle Shirbon and TIPS member Joseph Sinclair on the on-going James Ibori confiscation case. It was a truly fascinating session with amazing insights into this case and the human stories of those involved drawn from more than 15 years of dedicated investigative journalism.

Many thanks to Estelle and Joseph for presenting such a fascinating session!


3. Items of Interest

TI UK Publication: House of Cards. This report reviews potential factors influencing the UK government’s housing policy and identifies 10 key issues that need resolving to help produce a more open and inclusive policy process that is more transparent and free from undue influence. See here.

TI UK blogs.

- New research reveals extent of Conservative Party’s financial reliance on property sector. See here.

- Lessons from past approaches towards human rights and corruption point to pursuing them together in future. See here.

- Greensill scandal highlights need for overhaul of UK lobbying rules. See here.


- Corruption, Crime and Compliance: DOJ brings flurry of False Claims Act cases. Listen here.

- Tax Justice Network: The capture of Malta and the fight for justice. Listen here.

Other items.

- Illicit enrichment laws and the presumption of innocence. See here.

- In FinCEN release of AML priorities, Wolfsberg metrics of effectiveness, a glimpse of the future of financial crime compliance. See here.

- Anti-money laundering expert convicted of allowing criminal money to be sent abroad. See here.

- SRA begins money laundering clampdown with six firms fined. See here.

- Guatemala attorney general fires top anti-corruption prosecutor. See here.

- Deutsche Bank enabled “massive” US Ponzi scheme, lawsuit says. See here.

- UK fraud watchdog digs into alleged mine bribes in DR Congo. See here.


4. Jobs Board

- Project Manager, Radicalisation Awareness Network, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, The Hague. See here.

- Financial Crime Investigator, Monzo Bank, London. See here.

- Lead Regional Compliance Counsel, Google, London. See here.


5. One Minute Reads

New One Minute Reads have been uploaded to the TIPS website. Please do click the link to read more – perfect for your morning/evening WFH coffee break!


6. Support TI-UK directly by joining Friends of TI-UK!

As a friend of TI-UK you will receive updates from TI-UK directly about TI-UK's ground-breaking research & advocacy campaigns. Your subscription will also support TI-UK's ongoing work across the UK, Business, Health, Defence & Security initiatives. Find out more here.


7. A Focus on...

Reecha Patel

TIPS member

Manager, Investigations & Compliance


Why did you get involved with TIPS?

I was introduced to TIPS by TIPS Managing Committee member James Hensser, a colleague at EY. During my time at EY, I have focused on anti-corruption work and have been interested in the impact of corruption, which formed part of my University dissertation. I was keen to get involved in TIPS to connect with others who work in the anti-corruption space, to learn more about their experiences, and to increase my knowledge of wider corruption issues and transparency efforts.

Please describe your experience as part of the TIPS Network.

My experience of TIPS has been extremely rewarding with regards to my personal development and networking. TIPS has been a welcoming and encouraging place where I have been able to attend networking events on a variety of anti-corruption and transparency related topics. This has broadened my awareness of the anti-corruption and the business integrity landscape in the UK.

I have also been able to practice my speaking skills by presenting to the network at a TIPS Virtual Talk on embedding and measuring culture in organisations. It has been great to participate in discussions with other TIPS members from a wide range of backgrounds. TIPS Network events continuously draw on highly interesting and trending topics and I look forward to building my network further (perhaps in person!) at future events.

Connect with Reecha on LinkedIn.

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