James Kyle secures acquittal for former Alstom Director Terence Watson

January 3, 2019

James Kyle appeared at Southwark Crown Court on behalf of Terence Watson (formerly Alstom's country president for the UK and managing director of Alstom Transport UK & Ireland) in Phase 3 of the Serious Fraud Office's investigation into the French transport company Alstom. The trial in Phase 3 related to allegations of corruption in a Budapest Metro rolling stock contract in Hungary. Mr Watson, along with all other defendants, were acquitted.

The trial was at the end of the SFO's lengthy investigation into the suspected payment of bribes by companies within the Alstom group. Several individuals and corporates were charged with corruption offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and offences of conspiracy to corrupt under the Criminal Law Act 1977.

James specialises in white collar crime and is currently instructed in relation to three ongoing major SFO investigations. Should you require further information about James please contact Gary Goodger, Senior Clerk, or David Corne, Senior Criminal Clerk.

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