Profile: Richard Alderman

Globalised markets mean that financial crime often stretches across borders. The head of the UK's Serious Fraud Office describes the agency's focus on weeding out international fraud.

The UK's Serious Fraud Office, responsible for prosecuting individual and corporate instigators of major frauds and offshore corruption, did not have a vintage year in 2008.

The office saw the collapse of some of its largest and most expensive cases and a damning report by former New York prosecutor Jessica de Graz