What do the SFO’s latest probes say about the prosecutor’s state of mind?

Introduction

Date: 15 August 2017. Duration: 11:30.

The UK's Serious Fraud Office has just announced two formal investigations into Rio Tinto and British American Tobacco. But why now?

Announcing probes into huge companies like these seems to show that the SFO is still trying to prove its worth (both to Theresa May and the wider public) after it was proposed that it should be subsumed into the UK's police body, the National Crime Agency.

Listen in as MLex anti-bribery and corruption correspondents Martin Coyle and Ben Lucas talk with London News Editor Ben O'Neill about the agency.

Read more about the SFO in the insights below:

UK attorney general fails to clarify fraud agency's future (29 June 2017)

Move to charge Barclays shows UK fraud office is ready to fight (20 June 2017)

Interview with David Green, Director of the UK's Serious Fraud Office