United Kingdom: SFO enters into Deferred Prosecution Agreement with Airline Services Limited

The Serious Fraud Office has entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with Airline Services Limited (ASL) having today received final approval from Mrs Justice May.

Under the terms of the DPA, ASL accepts responsibility for three counts of failing to prevent bribery arising from the company’s use of an agent to win three contracts, together worth over £7.3m, to refit commercial airliners for Lufthansa. The agent acting for ASL was also working as a project manager for Lufthansa, as a consultant and then employee, abusing this position to provide an illicit competitive advantage to ASL. Working for Lufthansa as part of the team responsible for evaluating tenders, the agent was privy to commercially sensitive information about potential competitors to ASL and exploited this information to influence and advantage ASL’s own tender bids.

The original full article can be found at sfo.gov.uk

(Photo: Charlie Bibby/FT)

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