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Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
- Allen & Overy LLP
- Baker McKenzie LLP
- Clifford Chance LLP
- Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
- Hogan Lovells International LLP
- Kingsley Napley LLP
- Norton Rose Fulbright
- Pinsent Masons LLP
- Simmons & Simmons
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
- Slaughter and May
- BCL Solicitors LLP
- Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
- Brown Rudnick LLP
- Covington & Burling LLP
- DLA Piper
- Dechert LLP
- Eversheds LLP
K&L Gates LLP
- Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
- Linklaters LLP
- Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP
Reed Smith LLP
- Stephenson Harwood
- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
- Nick Benwell - Simmons & Simmons
- Roger Best - Clifford Chance LLP
- Neill Blundell - Eversheds LLP
- Peter Burrell - Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
- Lista M. Cannon - Norton Rose Fulbright
- Arnondo Chakrabarti - Allen & Overy LLP
- Susannah Cogman - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
- Jonathan Cotton - Slaughter and May
- Matthew Cowie - Dechert LLP
- Louise Delahunty - Cooley (UK) LLP
- Sam Eastwood - Norton Rose Fulbright
- Rod Fletcher - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
- Stephen Gentle - Simmons & Simmons
- Neil Gerrard - Dechert LLP
- Lord Peter Goldsmith QC - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
- Kathleen Harris - Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP
- Jonathan Hitchin - Allen & Overy LLP
- Tony Lewis - Fieldfisher
- Neil O’May - Norton Rose Fulbright
Eoin O’Shea -
Reed Smith LLP
- Raj Parker - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Stephen Pollard -
- Crispin Rapinet - Hogan Lovells International LLP
Elizabeth Robertson -
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
- Ali Sallaway - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- Judith Seddon - Clifford Chance LLP
- Karolos Seeger - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
- Richard Swallow - Slaughter and May
- Satnam Tumani - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
- Barry Vitou - Pinsent Masons LLP
- Tony Woodcock - Stephenson Harwood
Arnondo Chakrabarti and the ‘practical and no-nonsense’ Jonathan Hitchin jointly lead the department at Allen & Overy LLP. The ‘top-of-the-league’ team receives high-profile instructions from foreign governments, financial institutions, and engineering and energy services clients.
Baker McKenzie LLP’s ‘excellent’ business crime practice is led by Charles Thompson, Joanna Ludlam and Sunny Mann. The firm’s global reach has allowed it to respond to the increasingly co-ordinated global efforts of regulators and prosecutors. Jonathan Peddie recently joined the group from Barclays, where he led the litigation and financial crime team. Andrew Keltie retired at the end of 2015.
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Clifford Chance LLP remains ‘right at the top of the very competitive group’ of London corporate crime teams. Luke Tolaini continues to advise Serco, following an SFO investigation into the company’s billing practices. The department is led by the ‘bright and experienced’ Judith Seddon and Roger Best.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides a ‘reliable and prompt’ service in matters involving international investigations, compliance and government enforcement. Lord Peter Goldsmith QC and the ‘outstanding’ Karolos Seeger are advising ENRC in relation to the SFO’s investigation of fraud, bribery and corruption in Africa and Kazakhstan.
Jointly led by Matthew Bruce and Geoff Nicholas, the team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP specialises in advising and representing corporates in large-scale international investigations. Ali Sallaway and Raj Parker are also recommended.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s ‘thoughtful and effective’ team is regularly involved in some of the highest-profile corporate crime investigations. Rod Fletcher led a team in a landmark case that resulted in the UK’s first Deferred Prosecution Agreement. Susannah Cogman is also highly recommended.
Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘world-class team’ includes Crispin Rapinet, Liam Naidoo and Jeremy Cole (‘a powerhouse in the field’). The group has particular expertise in international investigations, and has advised on various trade and economic sanctions recently.
Stephen Parkinson’s department at Kingsley Napley LLP continues to ‘hold its own against the Magic Circle firms’. The ‘exceptional’ group, which includes Jo Rickards and Louise Hodges, has received increased instructions from corporates and is acting for Tesco in relation to the SFO’s high-profile investigation into accounting irregularities.
At Norton Rose Fulbright, Lista Cannon brings ‘immense gravitas and decisive strategy’ to the regulation and investigations department. The team has ‘excellent expertise’, and includes the ‘slick and professional’ Chris Warren-Smith, Neil O’May and Sam Eastwood.
Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘emerging as a leader in the fields of corporate criminal defence and anti-corruption compliance’. The ‘expert’ team is led by Barry Vitou, who, along with newly promoted partner Anne-Marie Ottaway, represented Sweett Group in the first admission of guilt by a corporation under section 7 of the Bribery Act.
Simmons & Simmons is ‘one of the leading firms’ in the corporate crime arena, which advises on international investigations regarding corruption, bribery, sanctions and money laundering. The team is ‘strong across the board’, and includes Nick Benwell, Richard Sims and Stephen Gentle. Stephen Moses and Emma Sutcliffe were recently promoted to partner.
The lawyers at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP use their ‘unmatched industry knowledge’ to provide a ‘one-of-a-kind’ service to corporate clients facing a range of criminal allegations. Department head Ryan Junck advised Crédit Agricole and BNP Paribas in relation to economic sanctions. Matthew Cowie left for Dechert LLP and Elizabeth Robertson joined from K&L Gates LLP.
Slaughter and May’s ‘outstanding’ dispute resolution group is headed by Jonathan Cotton, who successfully defended Olympus Corporation in Crown Court proceedings regarding false representation to the auditors of a UK subsidiary.
Adopting a ‘pragmatic approach’, Ashurst’s ‘experienced’ team represents clients in the energy, resources, infrastructure and financial services sectors. Angela Pearson displays ‘sound client management skills’ and leads the team, which includes Tom Cummins and Edward Sparrow.
Acting for corporates and individuals in matters covering the full gamut of business crime, BCL Solicitors LLP has earned ‘a profile that is entirely justified’. Headed by Ian Burton, the team provides an ‘exemplary’ service and includes the highly recommended Richard Sallybanks and Shaul Brazil.
‘Creative thinker’ and US and UK dual-qualified lawyer Aaron Stephens leads the ‘superb’ practice at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. Stephens’ team benefits from the firm’s global presence, but still offers ‘specialist niche advice of the highest quality’.
The ‘go-to’ team at Brown Rudnick LLP includes ‘two of the best business crime lawyers of their generation’: Mark Beardsworth and Tom Epps. The team specialises in advising companies on enforcement issues where there are dual UK and US aspects.
Covington & Burling LLP provides a ‘superior level of service’ across a range of disciplines. David Lorello combines ‘expert knowledge with a commercial outlook’ and leads the corporate crime group alongside Robert Amaee*. The team is experienced in dealing with US and UK prosecutors, and has expertise in international – and particularly US-facing – investigations. *Robert Amaee joined *Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in August 2016.
The ‘responsive and proactive’ group at DLA Piper handles some of the largest multi-jurisdictional criminal and regulatory investigations. David Gray’s team is ‘among the highest quality in terms of strength in depth’, and includes the ‘calm and assured’ Simon Airey and Tony Katz.
Neil Gerrard’s team at Dechert LLP has earned its reputation as a ‘leader in the areas of trade and sanctions litigation’. The ‘internationally minded’ Miriam Gonzalez has handled several high-profile matters regarding sanctions compliance. Matthew Cowie joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP and Jonathan Pickworth left for White & Case LLP.
‘Excellent tactician’ Neill Blundell heads the fraud and investigations department at Eversheds LLP. The team includes Polly Sprenger, a ‘commercially minded expert in the field’. The group receives significant instructions from banks and financial institutions including HSBC, Barclays and Lloyds Bank.
The ‘proactive’ corporate crime and investigations department at Fieldfisher is headed by the ‘pragmatic’ Tony Lewis. His team displays expertise in parallel civil and criminal proceedings, and is advising Currencies Direct on funds that may be considered proceeds of crime.
K&L Gates LLP includes Christine Braamskamp, who is a ‘walking one-stop shop’ for criminal advocacy. The team is advising Trinity Mirror on the highly publicised Operations Elveden and Golding. Elizabeth Robertson joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP in 2016.
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s ‘nascent’ team is headed by Satnam Tumani and has particular expertise in internal investigations as well as sanctions advisory work. Chris Colbridge and Harkiran Hothi are recommended, as is Neema Dowson-Collins, who recently made partner.
Linklaters LLP provides ‘tailored advice on all aspects of potential corporate offences in the UK and other jurisdictions’. The dispute resolution group is led by the ‘calm and steady’ Michael Bennett and Satindar Dogra, who wields the ‘unerring ability to deliver the right advice’.
Michael O’Kane’s ‘fantastic’ business crime department at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP works closely with the firm’s top-ranked civil fraud practice to provide advice to corporates and individuals on potential criminal liability. The crime team includes Hannah Laming, who provides compliance advice regarding anti-bribery and corruption and sanctions.
RPC’s team is ‘particularly adept in matters involving regulators and breaches of financial sanctions’. ‘Standout lawyer’ Richard Burger has vast experience in advising the insurance sector on financial crime matters. Recent personnel developments saw Parham Kouchikali join from Linklaters LLP and Davina Given promoted to partner.
Led by Eoin O’Shea, Reed Smith LLP’s practice is regularly instructed in high-profile international fraud and bribery cases.
Headed by Tony Woodcock, the regulatory litigation team at Stephenson Harwood provides ‘seamless representation between the civil, regulatory and criminal fields’. The ‘dedicated’ Sara George had recent success acting for Tradition Financial Services and Sean Jeffrey advises a number of high-profile organisations on sanctions compliance.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s compliance and enforcement department is led by the ‘very knowledgeable’ Peter Burrell, who is ‘always willing to listen and take a client’s views into consideration’. Burrell’s team is experienced in advising on compliance regarding anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions, and money laundering. Rita Mitchell made partner in 2015.
The level of service offered at WilmerHale ‘consistently exceeds expectations’. Led by the ‘clear-headed and technically skilled’ Stephen Pollard, the team is involved in several of the most noteworthy investigations currently underway in the UK. Christopher David and Alison Geary are also recommended.
Despite its small size, the corporate crime team at Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP ‘punches well above its weight’. Department head Kathleen Harris is ‘unparalleled’ and continues to act as specialist criminal adviser for News UK in all aspects of the News of the World phone hacking case.
Headed by Antony Brown, Bivonas Law LLP’s practice is a ‘serious player’ in the market. Brown’s team includes the ‘calm and sensible’ Steve Sharp, and John Bechelet is acting for a company in High Court proceedings brought by the FCA regarding manipulative trading.
Jointly led by Chris Hill and John Whittaker, the level of service at Clyde & Co LLP is ‘paramount’. The ‘strong’ group has particular specialism, and indeed numerous instructions, with regards to assessing and advising on sanctions compliance.
Fox Williams LLP’s financial crime investigations department is led by James Carlton and includes Peter Wright. The team works across a variety of sectors and acts for FirstEnergy Capital on an ongoing basis.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s white-collar defence practice prides itself on its multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary capabilities. Department head Philip Rocher acts for UBS regarding a number of global fraud investigations.
Headed by the ‘astute’ Sarah Wallace, Irwin Mitchell’s financial crime team is ‘becoming increasingly sought after’. Wallace is currently instructed by clients involved in investigations by the FCA and the SFO. Robyn Walters is recommended.
With a focus on fraud and corruption matters, Michelmores LLP acts for Octopus Investments on their purchasing agreement with Glasgow Rangers FC. Andrew Oldland QC leads the London regulatory and financial services team, which includes Peter Sigler.
The ‘proactive and highly creative’ Agnes Quashie leads the practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP. Quashie has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional matters and her team has picked up several new clients recently.
Marcus Thompson and Amanda Raad are recommended in Ropes & Gray LLP’s corporate crime and investigations practice. The team advises on anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions, and money laundering in matters where there are international – specifically US – aspects.
Steptoe & Johnson’s cross-departmental group is jointly led by Jeffrey Cottle, Patrick Rappo and John Rupp. The practice has experience in dealings with UK and US prosecutors.
The team at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP includes Theodore Edelman and has significant experience in acting for financial institutions. The group advises on sanctions compliance and also parallel US-UK proceedings.
David de Ferrars and Tim Strong lead the ‘outstanding’ corporate crime and fraud practice at Taylor Wessing LLP. The team recently acted for Pi Consulting on a substantial pension fraud. Shane Gleghorn is also recommended.
White & Case LLP’s practice was strengthened following the arrival of Jonathan Pickworth from Dechert LLP. The team has acted for several global financial institutions in relation to internal and regulatory investigations.
The ‘extremely efficient’ team at Jones Day enjoyed tremendous success through securing the first UK Deferred Prosecution Agreement for Standard Bank. The practice is led by Sion Richards and Glyn Powell.
The corporate crime practice at King & Wood Mallesons is ‘excellent in all respects’. Headed by Ian Hargreaves, the team advises on a range of financial crime matters and has conducted investigations and risk assessments in Africa for several companies.
Mayer Brown International LLP is led by Devi Shah and the ‘first-rate’ Alistair Graham. The group has extensive experience in bribery and fraud investigations, and was instructed by Sweett Group to carry out an investigation regarding alleged bribery in the Middle East and North Africa.
Mishcon de Reya LLP’s business crime group is led by the ‘fierce and thoughtful’ Alison Levitt QC, and includes ‘incisive tactician’ Gareth Minty. In addition to the team’s defence work, Levitt has also led several private prosecutions.
Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP’s practice is headed by Kevin Roberts, a higher court advocate with an ‘excellent legal mind’. The team is particularly experienced in international regulatory compliance investigations that are US facing.
The team at Shoosmiths LLP is led by Stephen Dawson. It advises corporates on a range of matters including sanctions violations, anti-bribery and corruption, and money laundering. The group has particular experience dealing with FCA enforcement actions.
Under the leadership of the ‘very well-respected’ Euros Jones, Weightmans LLP is gaining increased recognition for its representation of companies in potential criminal matters. The team acts for a number of clients in the insurance and construction sectors.
The ‘very strong’ team at Withers LLP advises corporate clients on the full gamut of business crime matters and has experience dealing with nearly every UK regulator and prosecuting authority. Gerallt Owen and Anne Davis are both ‘highly experienced and accomplished’.