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“If in doubt count it out!”: a review of the AIT criminal trial

Samantha Hatt (Chambers of Christopher Kinch QC, London, UK)
Richard Burger (Mills & Reeve Solicitors, Cambridge, UK)

Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance

ISSN: 1358-1988

Article publication date: 27 February 2007

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to consider the outcome of the Financial Services Authority (FSA)'s first ever contested criminal prosecution of company directors accused of making misleading statements to the market.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper reviews the trial and the comments of the trial judge and court of appeal on sentence and confiscation.

Findings

This case shows the FSA's willingness to prosecute significant cases of market misconduct and how seriously the courts consider such behaviour.

Originality/value

This paper will be of interest to the directors and officers of listed companies, their professional advisers and regulatory lawyers.

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Citation

Hatt, S. and Burger, R. (2007), "“If in doubt count it out!”: a review of the AIT criminal trial", Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 108-115. https://doi.org/10.1108/13581980710727047

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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