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Crispin Rapinet

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Leading our global Investigations, White Collar and Fraud practice, Crispin, has wide ranging experience in international and cross-border issues arising out of complex fraud, bribery and corruption, insolvency and asset recovery situations. Now based in London, he worked in our Hong Kong office for 5 years and subsequently managed our offices in Asia and the Middle East for 8 years.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

‘Leading firm’ Hogan Lovells International LLP advises on international fraud cases, with particular experience in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Libya. It represents corporates, banks and liquidators/administrators such as Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), Grant Thornton, Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund and Standard Chartered. The firm represented the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA), winning a High Court judgement against Russian oligarch, Sergei Pugachev, this case was worth over $1b. Another highlight includes advising PJSC Commercial Bank Privatbank in a $2.6b claim in the chancery division of the High Court against two Ukrainian oligarchs. Head of team Crispin Rapinet is ‘a master tactician with unrivaled experience’. Chris Hardman has ‘incredible litigation nous’. Claire Lipworth joined the firm from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in April 2017.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises corporations and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on a broad range of white-collar matters including investigations by the SFO and FCA, and asset tracing and freezing orders. The firm continues to advise the president of the Sierra Leone Football Association in a cross-border matter regarding improper use of FĂ©dĂ©ration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) funds. Crispin Rapinet heads the team. Claire Lipworth joined as partner from the FCA where she was chief criminal counsel. Lipworth ‘brings a phenomenal level of experience from her time at the FCA as well as her earlier career in private practice’.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

The broad multi-disciplinary mining offering at Hogan Lovells International LLP advises clients on financing transactions, M&A mandates, regulatory issues, disputes and the construction and planning aspects of projects. On the projects front, practice head Adrian Walker is currently overseeing the contractual aspects of a mine expansion in Africa, and Crispin Rapinet collaborated with the Washington DC and Johannesburg teams to review the anti-bribery compliance policy of a global mining company. Kieron O’Callaghan led the advice to a bank with regards to claims against a large Eastern European mining group on the grounds of alleged breach of loan arragnements. Sarah Shaw recently joined the corporate department from Allen & Overy LLP and construction disputes specialist Angus Rankin arrived from an in-house position at Mitsubishi. David Moss retired from the partnership.

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London: Risk advisory

Corporate governance

Within: Corporate governance

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team garners praise from clients for its 'excellent industry knowledge, appropriateness of advice and response times'. The group assists private and publicly listed companies with a wide range of matters, such as the design and operation of corporate governance policies and procedures, executive remuneration, AGM issues, reviews of annual reports and directors' duties. Consultant Richard Ufland, Paul Randall, counsel Tamsin Nicholds and counsel Philip Corserhave advised longstanding client MP Evans Plc on matters such as compliance with the Disclosure of Transparency Rules, market abuse, constitutional matters (including reviews of constitutional documents) and share option scheme arrangements. On the contentious side, Crispin Rapinet is acting as the lead adviser to Caisse de dépÎt et placement du Québec (as a major shareholder of Bombardier Transportation) on investigations into alleged bribery at a Bombardier subsidiary. Other clients include ITV, Mars and NATS. Andrew Pearson, who has retired from private practice, was succeeded by Jonathan Baird as the head of the practice.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Leading individuals

Crispin Rapinet - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Hogan Lovells International LLP handles multi-jurisdictional investigations and has a particular focus on Russia and the CIS, and the Middle East. Key clients sectors include financial services and life sciences. It also provides advice on compliance and risk-mitigation. Recent highlights include successfully acting for the Deposit Insurance Agency of Russia (DIA) in a landmark High Court judgment against Russian oligarch, Sergei Pugachev in an asset seizure case worth around $1b. Other clients include Airbus, Standard Chartered, Maersk Oil and Gas, ENRC and Lego. Crispin Rapinet heads the team, he is ‘the don of Investigations and anti-corruption work’. Counsel Liam Naidoo is ‘a really good thinker and he surgically cuts open an issue and pulls out the critical parts to present a solution’. Claire Lipworth joined from the Financial Conduct Authority where she was chief criminal counsel.

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