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Following a referral from HP, the SFO began looking into the sale in early 2013, HP claimed that Autonomy had misled it as to its true value.
The SFO confirmed that its director David Green QC "has opened a criminal investigation into accounting practices at Tesco plc".
The firm has not commented on the probe, but issued a short statement to shareholders on the London Stock Exchange, saying: "GSK is committed to operating its business to the highest ethical standards and will continue to cooperate fully with the SFO."
"As with all our casework, the SFO will undertake a full review of the circumstances of this case with a view to learning any lessons that can be applied to future cases," the fraud office told Reuters.
SFO Fuel has an effective monopoly on jet fuel storage and hydrant system distribution services at SFO and is viewed as an essential function to the airlines.
'Amendments empower the SFO to seek an 'UWO' from the English courts, requiring [in very broad terms] persons in positions of political influence [whether in England or elsewhere] to account for the source of funds by which they have acquired assets, if such assets do not appear to be explicable by reference to their legitimate earnings,' Barrister Farruk Karim Qureshi, mentioned in his letter, written to the NAB chief Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal last month.
In spite of the announcement, one analyst, who wished to remain anonymous, said the revelation that the SFO had launched formal proceedings did not change expectations about how the company would perform financially.
"The charges relate to Barclays Plc's capital raising arrangements with Qatar Holding LLC and Challenger Universal Ltd, which took place in June and October 2008," the SFO said.
A successful prosecution by the SFO would be likely to lead to a large fine, followed by an appeal by Petrofac.
In this time, we experienced the case of insufficiency fracture in medial proximal tibia of the knee, which was caused by 2-year intravenous SFO administration induced hypophosphatemic osteomalacia.
An SFO spokesman confirmed: "The director of the Serious Fraud Office has opened a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption in the civil aviation business of Airbus Group.