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Allen & Overy LLP has β€˜an excellent team of highly experienced and motivated lawyers’ who are β€˜at the top of their game’; the group is β€˜first rate in terms of quality of service, speed of response, business acumen and pure technical ability’. The firm is best known for advising major multinationals on sensitive business investigations; examples include representing a large international hedge fund in relation to the theft of highly confidential information and trading strategies by a former UK employee, in a case spanning London, Hong Kong, Beijing and New York, and the team has also been acting for various FTSE 500 and Fortune 500 companies in an array of matters involving data protection, corruption and sanctions issues. The department is co-headed by Jonathan Hitchin, a β€˜true regulatory investigations specialist who is not afraid to stand up to enforcement agencies’, and Arnondo Chakrabarti, an β€˜outstanding lawyer who is completely unflappable and has a good grasp of what clients need’.

Baker McKenzie utilises its strengths in litigation, financial services, and EU and competition to advise on the full spectrum of corporate crime matters, including internal investigations, anti-bribery, trade sanctions and cyber risks. Key individuals in the team include Charles Thomson, who focuses on civil and criminal cases involving fraud, asset tracing and tax violations; Sunny Mann, who specialises in UK and EU export control, sanctions and anti-bribery rules; compliance and investigations practice head Joanna Ludlam; and Jonathan Peddie, who has notable expertise in financial crime. Highlights included representing Bidcorp Foodservice in a claim against a former manager alleged to have misappropriated company assets and derived secret profits from bribe payments.

Clifford Chance is β€˜in the top bracket of this very competitive field’, and has significant expertise in all areas of financial crime including sanctions, fraud, cartels and criminal investigations. It has represented Serco in several high-profile investigations brought by the UK government into its billing practices, and also advised the founder of Autonomy in relation to allegations of financial impropriety and misrepresentation made by Hewlett-Packard. Key practitioners include Judith Seddon, a β€˜leading solicitor in the field with excellent judgement and analytical skills’; Roger Best, who acts in fraud, sanctions and AML-related issues; and Luke Tolaini, who focuses on corporate criminal liability and cross-border crisis management. RBS and Barclays are also key clients.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is β€˜a market leader in the area of complex global investigations’, and β€˜its fee-earners are accessible and approachable at all levels’, providing β€˜practical and commercial advice whilst paying close attention to detail and to the needs of the business’. The firm regularly represents boards of directors, board committees and corporations in internal investigations, and also acts for companies against individuals and third parties alleged to have committed criminal acts against a corporation. The team recently advised Rolls-Royce on a high-profile investigation into allegations of corruption in Indonesia, China and other overseas markets, as well as on other anti-corruption matters related to its energy business. Lord Peter Goldsmith QC heads the department along with the β€˜particularly impressive’ Karolos Seeger, who β€˜gives a great deal of attention to his clients’ and is noted for his β€˜sound personal judgement along with high-calibre legal advice’.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has a strong track record in high-profile investigations involving the SFO and FCA, and has handled a significant number of global investigations since the financial crisis in areas such as tax avoidance, precious metals, the London Whale and money laundering. The team advises clients on responses to regulators, and related police investigations and criminal prosecutions, and also has significant expertise in antitrust and competition work. Practice co-heads Matthew Bruce and Geoff Nicholas are the key figures, and Ali Sallaway and Paul Lomas are also recommended. Raj Parker left for Matrix Chambers.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s β€˜well-established and well-resourced team’ is β€˜strong, responsive and knowledgeable’, and is β€˜able to combine relevant specialisms to provide an effective and thorough service’. The firm is notable for having handled the UK’s first Deferred Prosecution Agreement, and has recently seen an uptick in demand for its sanctions regime advisory offering in light of the changing sanctions landscape, most notably across Russia and Ukraine. In another recent highlight, the group represented SociΓ©tΓ© GΓ©nΓ©rale in a claim brought by the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), which alleged bribery and intimidation tactics made in relation to a series of trades totalling approximately $1.5bn. Business crime expert Rod Fletcher heads the team and is recommended along with Susannah Cogman, who is β€˜calm, sensible and well informed’.

Hogan Lovells International LLP is β€˜a leading firm which draws on its superb civil litigation practice’, and is β€˜very conscious of the demands and complexities of navigating clients’ requirements, adopting a strategic, practical and focused stance in all matters’. The firm has notable expertise in the financial services and life sciences sectors, and regularly advises on multi-jurisdictional investigations, regulatory issues and sanctions. Highlights included representing the UK parent company of a global industrial group in a major investigation involving internal disciplinary proceedings and associated employment law issues; and advising a healthcare software company on corruption and anti-bribery issues in relation to allegations of payments to a government official in Qatar. Crispin Rapinet is the key figure.

Kingsley Napley LLP’s β€˜exceptionally experienced group of solicitors’ has β€˜a solid level of experience’ in all areas of corporate crime including serious fraud, reputation management, regulatory liability and compliance, and also has a strong international practice with respect to cross-border tax, MLA and extradition issues. The firm has handled a number of SFO investigations related to the financial crisis, and regularly conducts internal investigations in relation to bribery, money laundering and corruption allegations. Leading individuals include Stephen Parkinson and Louise Hodges, along with β€˜exceptional young partner’ Johanna Walsh.

Norton Rose Fulbright represents a mix of corporates, financial institutions and senior executives in internal investigations, regulatory matters and enforcement proceedings, and regularly advises on the implementation of compliance programmes focusing on bribery and corruption, antitrust, economic sanctions and fraud. The firm has also seen increased demand for the application of Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the UK since their introduction into English law, and has also seen a number of instructions relating to senior management liability, whistleblowing and the proposed offence of failing to prevent economic crime. The team is headed by Ruth Cowley, who maintains an active litigation practice. The dual-qualified Lista M. Cannon is also a key figure, advising on investigation and enforcement proceedings, and Sam Eastwood and Neil O’May are other names to note. Chris Warren-Smith joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP’s β€˜experienced team’ has β€˜excellent credentials in this area’, and has β€˜cutting-edge experience in advising corporates under investigation, providing strategic and practical advice’. Practice head Barry Vitou has notable expertise in money laundering matters and the UK Bribery Act, and is praised for his β€˜strategic approach to advising corporates, where he always sees the full picture’. Anne-Marie Ottaway’s β€˜experience with the SFO allows her to see issues from a rounded perspective and give effective advice’. In a recent highlight, the team advised Sweett Group in a corporate prosecution by the SFO in relation to an offence of failure to prevent bribery, a high-profile matter which exposed disadvantages in the precedent set by the SFO for Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the ICBC Standard Bank case.

Simmons & Simmons’ β€˜well-regarded’ team has β€˜good strength in depth’, combining expertise in investigations, litigation, crime and competition to advise across the full range of regulatory issues. It regularly reports to the SFO, the FCA and other regulatory bodies, and has a strong track record in large-scale multi-jurisdictional investigations involving corruption, fraud, money laundering and sanctions. Practice head Nick Benwell has a strong track record in securing search and freezing orders; Stephen Gentle has notable expertise in international financial crime investigations; and Tim Boyce acts for financial institutions in relation to fraud claims and litigation involving complex financial products. The firm’s clients include a mix of global insurance companies, hedge funds, investment banks and energy companies.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP is β€˜top of the range in all aspects’; its β€˜fast, responsive and extremely professional’ team is β€˜not just a legal counsel, but also a business risk adviser’. The firm acts for corporates, directors, officers and employees in relation to various business-related allegations, with key areas of expertise including bribery and corruption, antitrust and cartels, fraud and tax-related matters. Recent work includes representing CrΓ©dit Agricole in a long-running investigation into its compliance with US economic sanctions, and acting for Trinity Mirror in a matter related to the Metropolitan Police Service’s investigation into alleged phone hacking and bribery of public officials. Keith Krakaur heads the practice, and Elizabeth Robertson is β€˜a combative and experienced solicitor’.

The team at Slaughter and May has β€˜the strength and depth of talent to undertake incredibly complex, wide-scale multi-jurisdictional investigations’, and β€˜exhibits excellent strategic judgement’. Highlights included acting for Rolls-Royce in investigations conducted by the SFO, the US Department of Justice and the Brazilian MinistΓ©rio PΓΊblico Federal concerning alleged bribes paid to Chinese and Indonesian advisers, a matter which was resolved by way of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement. The team also represented British American Tobacco in an internal investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption within its Africa-based businesses. Practice head Deborah Finkler is recommended along with Jonathan Cotton, who β€˜sees straight to the heart of the problem and identifies solutions with consummate ease and professionalism’, and Richard Swallow, who β€˜confronts challenging legal issues head-on’.

Ashurst has β€˜a significant practice advising corporates in relation to internal investigations, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering issues’, and has a notable focus on the oil and gas, energy, infrastructure and defence sectors. The firm utilises its global network to provide anti-corruption advice on risks relevant to various jurisdictions, and has a strong track record in acting for corporates and financial institutions in relation to financial irregularities, fraud and money laundering. The β€˜simply excellent’ Angela Pearson heads the department, and is β€˜very clever and careful whilst also recognising the commercial realities of each matter’. David Capps is the name to note for banking and finance disputes.

BCL Solicitors LLP is β€˜a class act, with a proven track record of success and a phenomenal level of associate support’. It is β€˜able to offer unrivalled experience in commercial litigation earned over several decades’, and is β€˜a firm to whom any business person would be well advised to turn in times of regulatory trouble’. The team acts for both corporates and individuals, advising on all matters of alleged criminality including bribery, corruption, cartel activity and sanctions compliance. Practice head Ian Burton is β€˜a superstar who has experience in every kind of case imaginable’, and Richard Sallybanks has notable expertise in SFO investigations.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP β€˜has made huge strides to establish itself as a solid corporate crime firm’, with the London team working closely with the firm’s Russian and Asian offices to provide cross-border expertise across all areas of corporate crime and financial regulation. Key clients include Thames Water, Marubeni Corporation and Tesco. Practice head Aaron Stephens is β€˜a calm, intelligent and thoughtful person who has great client care skills’, and Oran Gelb has a strong track record in financial crime matters.

Brown Rudnick LLP’s β€˜service, knowledge and understanding of relevant issues is always excellent’. The firm is particularly known for its strength in joint US/UK investigations, where it advises on various issues in relation to both white-collar crime and contentious regulatory matters, primarily in the financial services space. Mark Beardsworth heads the team and is β€˜pragmatic and helpful, with an easy-going style in what are often very difficult and distressing circumstances’. Tom Epps is currently involved in a number of finance-related SFO investigations, and Peter Bibby brings significant enforcement expertise from his time at the FSA, advising on contentious regulatory matters. In a recent highlight, the team acted for a major UK university on numerous data protection matters, advising on the misuse of confidential data and IP rights.

DLA Piper has extensive experience in high-profile, cross-border investigations and criminal defence work, with key areas of expertise including tax and fraud investigations, sanctions breaches, cartel cases and financial integrity matters. Recent work includes representing Latvian bank Trasta Komercbanka in proceedings brought by the European Central Bank and the national regulator, which sought to withdraw the bank’s licence on the basis of concerns regarding capital, liquidity and money laundering. The group also acted for Soma Oil and Gas in an SFO investigation into allegations of bribery by public officials in Somalia. Tony Katz heads the financial services and investigations team, and has substantial experience in cross-border matters across various sectors.

Dechert LLP has β€˜outstanding credentials in this practice area’, with a β€˜strong’ team β€˜always focused on client matters and the success of each case’. The practice maintains strong links with the firm’s US offices and regularly advises on multi-jurisdictional investigations involving sanctions, customs and export control issues, and has also developed good relationships with various domestic and international bodies including the SFO, the Bank of England and HM Treasury. Key practitioner Neil Gerrard focuses on white-collar crime in the corporate sector, and recent arrival Matthew Cowie has extensive experience in fraud and corruption matters across the pharmaceutical, defence, telecoms, and oil and gas sectors.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP β€˜is able to offer corporate and business crime services as a one-stop-shop’, and is β€˜a truly international firm which covers the full range of white-collar crime issues, with a vast level of expertise in bribery and corruption’. Highlights included acting for a specialist financial services company which was investigated by HMRC, in a case concerning the VAT treatment of payments by a former senior manager; and representing an outsourced services provider which received a whistleblowing report of bribery. Other recent clients include a leading company in the aviation sector, a global energy company, and a UK challenger bank. Neill Blundell is β€˜a standout lawyer in the department’ and is β€˜particularly strong in representing corporate bodies with criminal and regulatory issues’.

The β€˜experienced and professional’ team at Fieldfisher provides β€˜a high calibre of advice to both individuals and corporates, and is particularly adept at seeing off criminal proceedings’. Tony Lewis is β€˜an expert in the area who always comes up with admirable solutions and delivers solid results’; Francesca Titus is β€˜able to set case tactics and preparation to avoid common pitfalls’; and Alexandra Underwood advises on criminal restraint orders, sanctions, money laundering and bribery issues. The group is currently acting for Currencies Direct in its application to the court for directions for dealing with client funds, some of which may represent the proceeds of crime.

K&L Gates LLP has β€˜the benefit of drawing from an international pool of lawyers, which is of particular use in cross-border investigations’, and β€˜has a highly commercial approach which is founded on practical advice that senior corporate officers understand and appreciate’. The team advises on FCA regulation and enforcement proceedings, insider trading matters, money laundering and sanctions, and also has notable expertise in extradition and mutual legal assistance. Practice head Christine Braamskamp has a strong client base of Dutch nationals, and is β€˜an extraordinarily hardworking lawyer with a keen ability to get to the heart of a case’. David Savell and the β€˜approachable and commercial’ Dylan Moses are also key figures.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s β€˜experienced team of able lawyers’ has β€˜excellent UK strengths with strong international links’, and is noted for its expertise in criminal defence cases spanning the US and China. Key names include corporate crime specialist Satnam Tumani, whose β€˜enormous experience coupled with his care, attention to detail, courtesy and common sense make him an outstanding practitioner’; Chris Colbridge, who heads the firm’s litigation and arbitration group; and Harkiran Hothi, who regularly advises clients on anti-bribery compliance. Innospec is a key client.

Linklaters LLP is appreciated for its β€˜excellent, well-judged service, pragmatic advice and deep technical knowledge’, and is β€˜reliable in a crisis situation, providing an insightful and practical approach’. Clients include a mix of financial institutions, corporates and individuals, and the group regularly appears before various global regulators including the SFO, the FCA and the Pensions Regulator. Highlights included acting for Bhs following its collapse in mid-2016, advising on various Parliamentary enquiries and enforcement actions brought by the Pensions Regulator; and representing a private investment firm in investigations into potential corruption and bribery activity. Michael Bennett and Satindar Dogra are the key individuals, and Christa Band is noted for her financial services expertise.

The β€˜exceptional’ team at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is β€˜extremely knowledgeable and astute in both regulatory investigations and white-collar crime’, and β€˜all of the lawyers show a high level of professionalism and dedication to the matters brought to them’. The group works closely with the firm’s white-collar crime and civil fraud departments, advising corporates on financial crime compliance issues including bribery, sanctions and money laundering. Highlights included advising on a global investigation into alleged corruption among high-level government figures in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi, and representing trader clients subject to civil asset recovery, and criminal fraud and money laundering investigations. Michael O’Kane is β€˜a go-to authority for cross-border criminal and sanctions matters’, and Hannah Laming has notable expertise in criminal liability.

RPC’s β€˜well-led department’ provides β€˜practical advice across a range of regulatory and corporate crime matters’, and has notable expertise in the professional services, construction, retail and art sectors. The team recently advised a marine market client on financial and trade sanctions regimes; handled several anti-money laundering and suspicious activity reporting matters; and investigated a number of fraudulent insurance claims. Practice head Richard Burger β€˜takes a calm and measured approach to proactive defence’, and β€˜is highly valued by clients facing criminal investigations’. Davina Given has extensive cross-border experience, and Parham Kouchikali specialises in financial dispute resolution and FCA enforcement actions.

Reed Smith LLP handles a broad range of criminal and regulatory investigations on behalf of major corporates, and has solid experience in allegations of FCPA and UK Bribery Act breaches. The team recently advised a global company on 30 internal FCPA investigations concerning its operations in Croatia, Austria, France and other European jurisdictions, and also assisted a major financial institution with compliance issues in relation to UK money laundering regulations. Eoin O’Shea leads the practice, focusing on corporate crime, bribery and money laundering issues. Rosanne Kay specialises in enforcement matters and financial services litigation.

Stephenson Harwood is β€˜an excellent firm in the field of regulatory investigations’, with β€˜unparalleled experience of dealing with the SFO, FCA and other overseas bodies’. Recent highlights include acting for Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees in relation to claims against failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing, among which are allegations of malicious prosecution, conspiracy to injure and unlawful interference. The group also represented various Russian and Israeli-owned banks in 12 cases before the General Court of the EU, challenging decisions before the Council of the EU to impose sanctions and advising on sanctions interpretation and compliance. β€˜Accomplished lawyer’ Tony Woodcock β€˜leads an outstanding team’ and is β€˜a great tactician who has every tool in the box at his disposal’. Sara George is β€˜tough, determined and tenacious’.

White & Case LLP’s team has β€˜strong ability and experience in the field along with a good sense of priority’, and is β€˜adept at dealing with high-profile regulatory investigations, and has an eye towards important legislative developments’. The firm advises on corporate crime matters, the mitigation and management of business risk, and public investigations by government bodies including the FCA and PRA. Highlights included representing a global logistics company in a self-reported SFO investigation into corrupt payments made in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, a matter involving both pre and post-Bribery Act conduct. Jonathan Pickworth heads the practice, and β€˜brings valuable experience due to his interactions with enforcement authorities'.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP’s London team is comprised of English and US-qualified attorneys, and has notable experience in managing high-profile investigations and enforcement actions both domestically and overseas. The group is acting for a UK banker accused of manipulating Libor and facing trial in the US, currently representing the client in an appeal against the verdict. Peter Burrell heads the compliance and enforcement practice, and is noted for his expertise in corporate bribery prosecutions, money laundering issues, sanctions and fraud. US-qualified lawyer Rita Mitchell is also a key figure along with Paul Feldberg, who brings significant private sector and fraud regulatory experience.

WilmerHale’s β€˜outstanding’ team is praised for its β€˜excellent coordination and understanding of complex business markets’; it β€˜develops a very good sense of the client’s business risk, providing deep and effective advice on internal processes and risk mitigation’. The firm has been involved in a significant number of SFO investigations, advising a range of clients including major banks and automotive companies, and also has a strong track record representing high-net-worth individuals. Practice head Stephen Pollard is β€˜very diligent’, and β€˜is able to take a pragmatic approach and engage well with senior management’.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s β€˜strong’ team provides β€˜a 24-hour service and proactive advice to its corporate clients’. It is notable for its expertise in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and regularly handles cases involving federal and state investigations, prosecutions, grand jury practice and appeals. Recent work includes representing News UK in relation to the News of the World phone hacking case, the largest criminal investigation in the UK to date, and acting for GSK and Hewlett-Packard on various regulatory matters. Kathleen Harris heads the department, and is β€˜an exceptionally capable lawyer who is particularly well respected in the City’.

β€˜Outstanding law firm’ Bivonas Law LLP provides β€˜a personalised boutique service which addresses the individual needs of its clients’, and is praised for its β€˜dedication, breadth and depth of knowledge, and assiduous attention to detail’. Clients include a range of corporate and senior executives across a range of sectors along with private banks, advertising companies and traders, and the group has notable Bribery Act and risk management expertise. Managing partner Antony Brown is the key figure along with Steve Sharp, an β€˜experienced criminal lawyer who grasps cases head-on’ who is β€˜able to navigate the most challenging and complex issues’.

CMS has expertise across CEE and CIS jurisdictions, and regularly advises on internal and external investigations, enforcement, money laundering compliance and sanctions. The team also has notable experience in Bribery Act matters, and has advised clients in relation to self-reporting and corruption issues. Omar Qureshi heads the corporate crime practice, and Duncan Aldred leads the banking litigation team, advising banks and insolvency professionals on various contentious matters. Maxine Cupitt is the name to note for financial services and insurance work.

Clyde & Co LLP’s β€˜superb team’ is highlighted for its β€˜excellent response times and good attention to detail’, and is β€˜extremely conversant with the regulatory viewpoint’. The department is notable for its strong sanctions practice and its Forensic Investigations unit, which includes a number of forensic accountants and former police officers who assist with complex corporate crime matters. The firm is particularly active in the banking, professional services and healthcare sectors, where it advises a broad mix of clients on money laundering, sanctions, and collusion and market manipulation cases. Chris Hill has β€˜a deft touch’ and β€˜a real understanding of the client’s side of each matter’. John Whittaker is the other key figure.

Corker Binning has β€˜a well-deserved reputation for excellence in the fraud and white-collar crime space’, and β€˜combines hard work, commitment and excellent judgement to provide a through and efficient service’. The firm advises a range of companies in the global shipping, engineering, pharmaceutical, and financial sectors on the risks of prosecution, as well as on large-scale international cases involving fraud, bribery and corruption allegations. Recent work includes assisting GML, an antagonist of the Putin regime in Russia, with enforcement issues arising from a $50bn arbitration relating to the expropriation of Yukos Oil Company. David Corker has extensive experience in bribery, sanctions and export control matters, and Peter Binning is β€˜a major player who is supported by a strong team of junior colleagues’.

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Fox Williams LLP’s highlights included representing two directors in a private criminal prosecution brought by a high-profile property business owner, and acting for an international corporation in the media sector in an internal investigation into allegations of criminal misconduct by a journalist: a matter involving significant liaison with the Metropolitan Police Service. James Carlton has substantial experience in handling disciplinary investigations and proceedings, and Peter Wright specialises in financial services regulatory issues.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is adept at handling cross-border investigations spanning the US and the UK, and is particularly strong in the fields of bribery, sanctions, cartels and financial manipulation. Highlights included representing UBS in investigations initiated by several government authorities into allegations of foreign exchange benchmark rate manipulation, with fines of over $4.3bn having been levied against banks worldwide. The team acted for the same client in an investigation into alleged wrongdoing in connection with a financial product known as the V10 Index. Philip Rocher specialises in high-profile commercial disputes, and Allan Neil has a strong track record in major pan-European investigations.

Irwin Mitchell β€˜benefits from having a team that can deal with all aspects of financial services disputes’, and the group β€˜is well placed to deal with whatever issues might arise in regulatory processes, especially if they lead to civil or criminal proceedings’. The firm continues to represent an EEA-passported insurance firm in a matter involving a criminal investigation, FCA enforcement proceedings, insurance negotiations and related civil proceedings, arising from allegations of fraudulent mis-selling of pensions schemes on a mass basis. The team is also acting for a high-turnover UK business in an internal investigation into potential criminal offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act and Money Laundering Regulations. The β€˜tactically excellent’ Sarah Wallace heads the team, and is β€˜a lawyer you definitely want on your side’.

Jones Day is β€˜very strong in the field of regulatory investigations and corporate crime’, and has β€˜great depth of experience and knowledge’. The firm recently acted for Standard Bank in the UK’s first Deferred Prosecution Agreement, conducting an internal investigation and self-report to the SFO along with subsequent negotiations. It also has a vast array of experience in antitrust and securities improprieties, international trade and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act breaches. Sion Richards co-heads the practice with Glyn Powell, who β€˜combines past experiences as a prosecutor with good defence instincts, which allows him to deal with complex investigations and proceedings’.

McGuireWoods London LLP has extensive expertise in white-collar crime litigation, and is best known for advising corporates on a range of financial crime issues including competition, fraud, money laundering and market abuse. Vivian Robinson QC acts for both corporate and individual clients on regulatory compliance matters, and is involved in the training of senior corporate staff on bribery and corruption risk. David Kirk is the other key figure along with associate Andrew Thornton-Dibb, who has substantial experience in engaging with negotiators in respect of UK and EU legislative proposals.

Michelmores LLP has a focus on fraud and corruption matters, and recently represented Octopus Investments in its recovery of Β£27m following the takeover of Rangers FC, a high-profile fraud case in Scotland. The corporate team also advises on issues related to the Bribery Act, and the employment department is adept at handling allegations in disputes brought by employers. Andrew Oldland QC heads the regulatory and financial services team, and has extensive experience in financial regulation and crime. Peter Sigler is also recommended.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s β€˜commercial approach is a hallmark of the firm as a whole’, and the β€˜great coordination between the forensic accountants and the legal team goes a long way in improving the overall client service’. The firm is noted for its strength in tax issues, corporate finance, investment funds and financial services regulation, and it has substantial expertise in cross-border investigations and disputes. Practice head Agnes Quashie is β€˜a trusted team leader with excellent judgement’, and Chris Cartmell is β€˜a committed and experienced case handler’. Keily Blair focuses on regulatory compliance and enforcement issues.

Ropes & Gray International LLP’s β€˜excellent’ team is β€˜always keen to fully understand the client’s business’. The department has been very active in the life sciences and private equity sectors, advising a broad mix of clients on regulation, compliance, corporate crime and investigations. The practice is co-headed by Amanda Raad, who is β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ and β€˜an exceptional partner to work with’, and former barrister Marcus Thompson, who advises on a range of due diligence, compliance, investigations and remediation.

Steptoe and Johnson LLP deals with the full gamut of civil and criminal fraud issues, and has developed deep expertise in matters connected to the Bribery Act, the UK Proceeds of Crime Act and related legislation. The group also advises on the development and implementation of compliance programmes, fraud risk assessment and prevention, and handles investigations into potential breaches of compliance policies, with a focus on sectors such as professional services, aerospace and defence, pharmaceuticals and financial services. Key figures include compliance expert Jeffrey Cottle, white-collar crime and contentious regulatory lawyer Patrick Rappo, and John Rupp, who focuses on bribery and anti-corruption matters.

Taylor Wessing LLP regularly advises on investigations into the manipulation of FX rates, and also has substantial experience in data protection and cybercrime, corruption and anti-bribery advisory matters. In a recent highlight, the team advised Pi Consulting (Trustee Services) in a matter concerning a substantial pension fraud, assisting with ongoing insolvency, litigation and asset tracing proceedings across various jurisdictions. Key individuals include Shane Gleghorn, who specialises in disputes and investigations in the banking and finance sector, and David de Ferrars, who heads the corporate crime and fraud unit. Tim Strong is also a name to note, and focuses on disputes in the financial and energy industries.

Dentons’ highlights included acting for a bank in a highly publicised matter involving allegations of money laundering, a case currently being brought before the Court of Appeal; and advising the Cypriot special administrator of FBME Bank on the decision of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to designate the bank as an entity of primary money laundering concern. Recent arrival Daren Allen from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP heads the practice, and Celyn Armstrong is the other key individual.

β€˜Specialist private criminal prosecution firm’ Edmonds Marshall McMahon provides β€˜timely advice as the process unfolds’, and is β€˜able to focus on the relevant parts of each alleged corporate crime’. The team recently acted for Orb A.R.L in a High Court action brought against a property tycoon regarding an alleged oral business venture agreement, and also represented TM Eye in Operation Mordor, a series of private criminal prosecutions involving a number of luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Apple and Thomas Sabo, aiming to dismantle the production and circulation of counterfeit goods. Kate McMahon is β€˜a fearless and energetic prosecutor’ who has β€˜a relentless commitment to justice’.

Gowling WLG’s team is β€˜excellent on all fronts’, and is appreciated for its β€˜very quick responses, pragmatic advice, and current and appropriate knowledge’. The firm has advised on the regulatory aspects of claims arising from two major Ponzi schemes, and retains a strong client base of accountancy firms, banks and insolvency practitioners involved in FCA and SFO investigations. Practice head James Sidwell specialises in cross-border asset tracing and white-collar criminal cases, and chairman Andrew Witts is also a name to note.

At Mayer Brown International LLP, highlights included representing an individual in a Β£36m dispute involving substantial allegations of fraud, which arose in relation to the proceeds of the sale of shares in Roadchef PLC; and acting for Sweett Group in an investigation into allegations of bribery activity related to a building contract in North Africa. The team regularly advises clients on fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of trust, Ponzi schemes and asset tracing, and has extensive experience in working with banks and insolvency practitioners. Devi Shah and Alistair Graham are the key names to note.

Mishcon de Reya LLP is noted for its regular involvement in bribery, corruption and high-profile financial crime matters, as well as its work in areas including judicial review, investigations, and private prosecutions. The group recently acted for Monaco-based energy services company Unaoil in a judicial review action brought against the SFO, which the client claimed had misled Monaco police into a raid of its premises following allegations of bribery, corruption and money laundering. Alison Levitt QC heads the team, and recent arrival Jo Rickards from Kingsley Napley LLP is notable for her white-collar crime expertise.

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP advises on cross-border financial crime, corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations, and has significant expertise in FCA and SFO matters along with major contentious insolvencies. Highlights included representing the administrators of Landsbanki in two successful asset recoveries totalling Β£80m, and in several High Court actions against various major retailers. The team also acted for the trustees in the bankruptcy of a high-profile individual convicted on charges of money laundering, where assets were restrained by a Crown Court order. Jonathan Wheeler is the key name to note.

Osborne Clarke LLP is β€˜highly supportive throughout the client’s involvement with various regulatory bodies’, and β€˜always keeps the client informed of any new articles related to your case’. It acts for a mix of domestic and international companies, advising on anti-bribery and corruption issues along with data breaches, fraud and all aspects of white-collar crime. Jeremy Summers β€˜demonstrates great professional care and competence’, and is β€˜compassionate and supportive in his treatment of clients on a personal level’. Tom Ellis is also a key practitioner.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has a strong track record in high-stakes white-collar defence, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations, with clients including a broad range of global institutions across various sectors. The team collaborates extensively with the firm’s US offices, and regularly advises on insider trading issues, market manipulation, violation of economic sanctions regimes, and criminal antitrust matters. The firm also has notable expertise in cases involving the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related international law. Theodore Edelman is the name to note, and splits his time between London and New York.

Weightmans LLP has β€˜a national offering’, and β€˜substantial experience of advising corporates in regulatory matters’. The team is β€˜very responsive to the demands of high-stakes matters’, provides β€˜timely advice and workable solutions’, and is β€˜very careful not to rack up time’. Practice head Euros Jones offers β€˜straightforward advice’ and has β€˜a great deal of experience in the area’, and has recently advised on a number of investigations and prosecutions brought by the SFO, the FCA and the CPS.

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