The people at the very top of a global corporate with substantial assets in the UK face a quandry. They are happy to agree to any level of corrupt practice, any level of underhand crooked dealing, bribes, blackmail, fraud and deceit in order to maintain sales and fatten the bottom line, but new legislation including the Bribery Act puts them personally in the frame and exposes the firm to unlimited fines. What to do?
Well, the firm gets off Scot-free if it reports itself for fraud. So what bosses must do is motivate a second-tier of fat cat executives to do all the dirty work - sell a £70m piece of mobile engineering to a dodgy third-world dictator, for example, on the understanding that they will welsh on the deal and the firm can make false claims under what used to be called Export Credit Guarantees, meaning the taxpayer funds a new piece of mobile engineering for the President of Bongo-Bongo land and his wives - and when things get too hot, the bosses grass the executives up to the Serious Fraud Office saying 'We knew nothing, officer, we are shocked and outraged by their awful deeds'.
Just random speculation, there, not referring to any global corporate in particular, mind.