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RPC's financial crime team has significant experience conducting complex, multi-jurisdictional internal investigations into allegations of financial crime within corporate clients, covering corruption, sanctions and money-laundering issues. We regularly defend financial crime actions by a range of regulators and prosecutors, including the SFO, FCA and National Crime Agency (NCA), including representing corporate clients at interviews under caution.

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‘One of the leading firms in this space’ Allen & Overy LLP handles high-profile, global investigations for corporations and financial institutions into corruption, sanctions and antitrust issues. It is currently acting for global banks, and FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies in relation to tax fraud, criminal investigations and anti-money laundering issues. The firm continues to act for a major international hedge fund in relation to a trade secrets theft by a former employee. This cross-border matter involved an extradition from China back to the UK where the theft took place and is worth over £31m. Jonathan Hitchin heads the team, Arnondo Chakrabarti is another key practitioner. Eve Giles joined as partner from Kingsley Napley LLP . Michelle De Kluyver left the firm for Addleshaw Goddard .

Baker McKenzie advises corporations in relation to a range of regulatory and enforcement matters and has a particular expertise in export controls and export sanctions. It also provides corporate counselling and assists clients to conduct risk assessments and implement compliance processes. The multidisciplinary team advises on litigation, employment matters, intellectual property, financial services, banking, and competition and trade law. The firm is acting for Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC to recover around $500m that was stolen in a complex receivables financing fraud. It is also acting for Bidcorp in a breach of fiduciary duty and employment contract case worth £45m. The team is headed by Joanna Ludlam, Jonathan Peddie, Sunny Mann and Charles Thomson , who has ‘very quietly and effectively built up a first-class team’.

Clifford Chance LLP advises on sanctions, bribery and benchmark manipulation matters and has a specialist in-house team of forensic accountants. The firm continues to act for Serco in relation to investigations and inquiries by the City of London Police and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). It also is acting for the founder of Autonomy in relation to allegations of financial impropriety and misrepresentation made by Hewlett Packard in a case worth over £3bn. RBS is also a client. Key practitioners Roger Best and Luke Tolaini are recommended. Judith Seddon left the firm for Ropes & Gray LLP.

‘Leading firm’ Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advises on a broad range of corporate defence, compliance and regulatory work. Key client sectors include engineering, aerospace and defence, infrastructure projects, energy, oil and gas, mining and financial services. Recent highlights include advising Rolls-Royce with its Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) with the SFO and Department of Justice (DOJ) and also its leniency agreement with Brazil’s Ministério Público Federal. This very high-profile case related to bribery and corruption. Lord Peter Goldsmith QC co-heads the team with Karolos Seeger. Jane Shvets, who is ‘a good communicator, and amazingly attentive to clients’ issues and details in investigations’ was promoted to partner. Wendy Miles QC joined as partner from Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP . Associate Robin Lööf is also recommended. Junior partner Alex Parker left the firm.

Dechert LLP has ‘a professional and experienced team composed of really nice lawyers’. It advises corporate clients on fraud, bribery, money laundering, international trade, export control and sanctions issues. It is adept at handling investigations by the National Crime Agency (NCA), SFO, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and various European Union (EU) institutions. Neil Gerrard heads the team and is ‘in the first rank of practitioners in the field’. Matthew Cowie  has ‘an excellent grasp of the law along with the ability to ensure that involved parties work together in a collaborative way when possible’. Caroline Black ‘keeps cool in complex and stressful situations with senior decision makers’, Miriam Gonzalez is also recommended. Roger Burlingame joined as partner from Kobre & Kim LLP. David Hughes left for Stewarts Law LLP.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has ‘a reputation in this area that is deservedly exceptional’. In 2017 it represented clients under investigation by the SFO, the police, the FCA, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the Pensions Regulator (TPR), the FRC, the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA), the DOJ and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). A particular highlight included advising PwC in relation to an investigation by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) into PwC's Client Money and Asset (CASS) audits of Barclays Bank. In October 2017 the investigation was abandoned. Other clients include Goldman Sachs, Lloyds, RBS, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS and Vanquis Bank. Susannah Cogman heads the team, supported by Rod Fletcher and Daniel Hudson, who are ‘very professional and capable colleagues and a pleasure to work with’. Hywel Jenkins is ‘a stand-out star of the team and incredibly clever’. Brian Spiro joined as partner from BCL Solicitors LLP .

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.

The ‘highly professional and very efficient’ practice at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has ‘a strong reputation and well-documented case history and is ably supported by smart and committed teams in the UK and US'. It acts for corporations facing prosecutions from regulatory agencies such as the SFO, NCA, FCA, The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), HMRC and Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI). The firm advises on various corporate crime issues such as anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, financial sanctions, data breaches, and fraud. Satnam Tumani co-heads the team, he is ‘personable with a strong work ethic and unparalleled experience as a senior prosecutor who possesses a depth of multi-jurisdictional experience’. Marcus Thompson joined as partner from Ropes & Gray LLP and now co-heads the team. Andrew Butel was promoted to partner, he has ‘an impressive ability to review, analyse and assimilate vast quantities of data’. Sarah Klein is ‘articulate, personable and pragmatic with a keen eye for detail’. Michael Casey joined as partner from Ropes & Gray LLP.

Linklaters LLP advises corporations and financial institutions on regulatory compliance and investigations and prosecutions by the FCA, PRA, TPR, DOJ and SEC. The firm is advising Amec Foster Wheeler in relation to bribery and corruption investigations by the SFO, SEC and DOJ. Another highlight included acting for Sir Philip Green and Taveta Investments in relation to the Work and Pensions and Business, Innovation and Skills Committee inquiry into BHS which resulted in a £363m settlement. Other clients include Citi, UBS, Lloyds, Morgan Stanley, RBS and Aviva. Michael Bennett and Satindar Dogra head the team, supported by Martyn Hopper, Christa Band, Ben Packer and Andrew Hughes. Elly Proudlock joined as counsel from WilmerHale, Susana Cao Miranda joined as partner from Goldman Sachs.

The ‘outstanding’ practice at Norton Rose Fulbright advises a wide range of corporate clients in high-profile investigations. It is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, criminal investigations and related prosecutions and civil litigation. It provides advices on issues of bribery and corruption, fraud, money-laundering, antitrust, economic sanctions, export controls, human rights and market manipulation. Sam Eastwood (now at Mayer Brown International LLP) headed the team alongside Peter Scott and Neil O’May who has ‘quickly established a reputation as a go-to person for managing these cases’. Lista M. Cannon is ‘always thinking three steps ahead of everyone else – she has long-range vision, and commands the confidence of her clients’. David Harris is noted for his ‘mastery of the detail of all aspects of his cases’. Pamela Reddy joined as partner from Simons Muirhead & Burton. Ruth Cowley is also recommended. Chris Warren-Smith  and Melanie Ryan left for Morgan Lewis.

Simmons & Simmons  advises on corruption, fraud, money laundering, sanctions, mutual legal assistance and criminal tax investigations. It is also adept at handling the criminal side of investigations, advising clients on search and seizures, interviews, internal corporate investigations and cross-border criminal matters. Another area of expertise is contentious regulatory investigations including misconduct, systems and controls breaches and individual accountability. It has particular experience of dealing with investigations by the FCA and SFO. The firm’s key client sector is financial services including including retail and wholesale banks, asset managers, brokers and other major financial institutions. Nick Benwell and Stephen Gentle, who ‘brings a calm reassurance to problem areas’ head the team. Tim Boyce, Richard Sims and Emma Sutcliffe are also recommended.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP  is ‘a most professional, talented and client-oriented firm’. It deals with complex, multi-jurisdictional investigations, regulatory advice, white-collar crime, corporate governance and parallel civil litigation. The firm continues to advise SocGen on various US government agency investigations across many countries with regards to sanctions, London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and tax. Another highlight included representing and successfully reaching a settlement for BlackRock Fund Advisors (BFA) in relation to an investigation by the SEC. Keith Krakaur heads the team and is ‘an outstanding lawyer in the regulatory and white-collar criminal area of law’. The ‘very experienced and client-focused’ Elizabeth Robertson is also recommended.

Slaughter and May is ‘a go-to firm for international corporate investigations’ and has ‘strength and depth in the team, very good associates and provides excellent strategic advice’. The firm continues to act as corporate counsel for Rolls-Royce in relation to investigations by the SFO, DOJ and Brazilian authorities into bribery and corruption in overseas markets, this matter was worth around £671m. Other key clients include Shell and British American Tobacco. Sarah Lee heads the team, supported by Jonathan Cotton and Richard Swallow who is ‘savvy and creative, and has a nice touch with clients and prosecutors’. Deborah Finkler is ‘very smart and very strategic’. Nick Gray  and Richard Parker retired.

Ashurst acts for corporations and financial institutions with regards to internal investigations into bribery, corruption, financial irregularities, fraud and money-laundering and sanctions. It is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional investigations, including those by the FCA, SFO and NCA. Key client sectors include oil and gas, energy, infrastructure and defence. Head of team Angela Pearson is ‘a highly capable leader with good commercial judgement’. David Capps is also recommended.

BCL Solicitors LLP advises companies and large organisations on internal investigations and external investigations conducted by the SFO, FCA and HMRC. Areas of expertise include fraud, bribery, corruption, sanctions, cartels and corporate manslaughter. Ian Burton heads the team, he is ‘respected by all, especially his opponents and is able to position his clients to the maximum advantage at the investigation phase’. Richard Sallybanks has ‘an outstanding brain for corporate investigations’. Michael Drury has ‘decades of experience and a tenacious approach to cases he undertakes’. John Binns was promoted to partner and Shula de Jersey from Slater and Gordon. Brian Spiro left for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

The ‘highly regarded’ practice at Brown Rudnick LLP is adept at handling joint US/UK investigations with a particular focus on the financial services sector. The firm continues to act for a top-tier UK university on various issues such as data protection breaches and mis-use of confidential data and intellectual property (IP) rights by a former employee. It is also advising a firm of accountants on anti-money laundering rules. Head of team Mark Beardsworth is ‘a highly experienced adviser to senior industry directors’. Tom Epps is ‘not one to follow the pack and considers carefully his decisions before delivering creative solutions’. Peter Bibby is also recommended. Anupreet Amole, who is ‘particularly impressive and has excellent industry awareness’, joined as counsel from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave merged to form Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in April 2018. The firm acts in the areas of anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, tax, employment, corporate crime, financial regulation, anti-trust and competition. Working in conjunction with its Russian and Asian offices it offers a full service to international clients, including in-house forensic services. Clients include AIG and Marubeni Corporation. Andrew Tuson heads the team, he is ‘extremely knowledgeable in the general area of financial crime, and particularly market abuse’. Oran Gelb and Polly James are recommended. Richard Chalk joined as partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Former practice head Aaron Stephens left the firm for King & Spalding LLP.

DLA Piper is ‘superb under pressure and delivers exactly what is required when required’. It advises corporations on bribery and corruption, money laundering, tax and fraud investigations, cartel cases, sanctions breaches, crisis management, global compliance issues and financial integrity matters. The firm is acting for SMG Europe Holdings following the the terrorist attack in the City Room just outside the Manchester Arena in 2017, this has involved providing crisis management support and conducting an internal investigation. Another highlight includes acting for Boston Consulting Group, advising an expert witness in the high-profile Tesco fraud case. Tony Katz and Sam Millar head the team. Simon Airey  left the firm for Paul Hastings LLP.

Fieldfisher handles civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings in multiple jurisdictions worldwide. Recent highlights include advising on an internal investigation into high-value bribery and corruption, and FCA and SFO investigations. Clients include Currencies Direct and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which it is acting for in relation to a high-profile investigation. The ‘knowledgeable, strategic, experienced, responsive, and professional’ Tony Lewis Heads the team. Francesca Titus is’very experienced, bright and gets the job done’. Alexandra Underwood is recommended alongside Hartley Foster , who ‘sees the landscape from the moment of instruction and is fantastic at avoiding minefields’. Judy Krieg joined as partner.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP handles cross-border strategic advisory, transactional, investigative and enforcement issues. It also deals with fraud, bribery, money-laundering and anti-competitive behaviour issues. Matthew Bruce and Geoff Nicholas head the team, supported by Paul Lomas and Ali Sallaway.

Kingsley Napley LLP advises corporate clients on bribery offences, pre-bribery act corruption allegations, serious fraud, money laundering and regulatory breaches. The firm continues to act for Tesco in relation to alleged accounting irregularities discovered in an SFO investigation, this case is worth £250m. Stephen Parkinson was promoted to senior partner, Louise Hodges now heads the team as the criminal practice area leader, she is ‘at the very top of the tree’ in this field. Johanna Walsh  was promoted to partner, as was Rebecca Niblock who is ‘hugely respected by colleagues, due in large measure to her unerring ability to out-tactician her opponents’. Eve Giles left the firm for Allen & Overy LLP.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP advises corporate clients on financial crime, compliance issues, anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions and anti-money laundering. The firm continues to act for Hungarian oil and gas company MOL in relation to a high-profile bribery allegation in which the company is said to have tried to bribe the former prime minister of Croatia. Michael O’Kane heads the team, he provides ‘clear and concise advice in a truly approachable and rational manner. He has a deep understanding of the complexities in the areas that he specialises’. Anna Bradshaw was promoted from of counsel to partner. Nick Vamos joined from his position as head of special crime at the CPS. Hannah Laming is also recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLP advises on compliance issues and conducts investigations in relation to fraud allegations and regulatory breaches. It is particularly adept at handling SFO investigations for infrastructure and energy companies. Key practitioner Anne-Marie Ottaway is ‘experienced, sensible and cool under pressure’. Neil McInnes has rejoined the London office from Singapore. Senior associate Michael Ruck has ‘come into private practice from the FCA and as such is very knowledgeable and will fight a client’s corner’. Senior associate Olga Tocewicz combines ‘excellent client relations with a good, incisive mind, calm and unflappable, she can be trusted with the most difficult cases’. Christopher Richardson joined as a partner and head of forensic accounting from Ernst and Young. Tom Stocker is also recommended. Barry Vitou left the firm for Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Reed Smith LLP advises on the full range of issues relating to regulatory investigations and corporate crime, including competition, corruption, bribery, fraud and money-laundering investigations. It carries out internal investigations for clients across the globe and is particularly adept at advising on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and bribery. Key practitioner Eoin O’Shea has experience in acting for multinational companies on significant investigations in sectors such as energy and natural resources, defence, life sciences and financial services. Rosanne Kay focuses on regulatory enforcement matters. Charles Hewetson is also recommended.

‘Well-established and well-regarded’ Stephenson Harwood is ‘very good, both in terms of knowledge, depth of team and response times’. It is adept at handling investigations by the FCA, SFO, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), DOJ, SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The firm continues to act for Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees in relation to claims against the failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing, this case is worth over £1.5b. Another highlight includes acting for the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission in an investigation in to the collapse of Enterprise Insurance. Key practitioner Tony Woodcock is ‘a star lawyer, wonderful to deal with and has a wealth of experience and great judgement’. Sara George is ‘an impressive litigator with a very good FCA background’. Sean Jeffrey is also recommended.

White & Case LLP advises large multinational clients on SFO, FCA, HMRC, NCA and police investigations in relation to allegations of tax evasion, sanctions busting, money laundering, insider dealing, fraud, false accounting and financial services offences. It has experience of conducting global defence strategies in multiple jurisdictions. The ‘very competent and friendly team’ is led by Jonathan Pickworth who 'knows the law inside out and brings to bear his considerable expertise on matters he is involved in’. Joanna Dimmock was promoted to partner and Lydia Jonson joined the team as a professional support lawyer.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP advises corporates, financial institutions and individuals on cross-border bribery and corruption, financial crime, sanctions, money laundering and fraud issues. The firm is acting for Afren against two former directors charged with fraud by the SFO after a self-report, the alleged fraud is valued at over $500m. Another highlight includes acting for a FTSE 250 financial services firm in relation to an FCA investigation into LIBOR-related trades. The team is ‘super responsive, patient and thorough with the process of learning the nuances of a particular investigation and marketplace’. Peter Burrell heads the team, he has ‘a very caring and understanding personality and is very knowledgeable’ and Rita Mitchell is also recommended. Simon Osborn-King joined as partner from Slaughter and May and Paul Feldberg left to join Jenner & Block LLP.

WilmerHale advises corporates and individuals involved in significant SFO and FCA investigations on the full gamut of financial services-related criminal matters. The firm works across a global network of offices to attract high-profile clients which include HSBC, Rolls Royce and Standard Chartered. Stephen Pollard heads the team, supported by counsel Christopher David and David Rundle who was promoted to counsel.

Arnold & Porter advises multinational corporates across in relation to regulatory prosecutions and investigations and also compliance issues. The firm continues to advise News UK in the wake of the News of the World phone hacking scandal in regards to the interaction of the rights of individuals with the freedom of the press and state prosecutions. Other clients include states, multinational technology and pharmaceutical companies. The team is composed of ‘knowledgeable and able lawyers who apply themselves with considerable industry and efficiency to servicing their clients’ needs’. Kathleen Harris heads the team, ‘her judgment on tactical issues, negotiation, advice on Deferred Prosecution Agreements and complex issues such as legal professional privilege is outstanding’. Sean Curran is also recommended.

Bivonas Law LLP advises a variety of corporations and senior executives across a range of sectors including banking, advertising, oil and gas, traders, hotels and financial services. It is adept at handling FCA investigations, enforcement and interventions. A particular area of expertise is the Bribery Act and also the prevention and risk management of corporate crime, including cyber crime. Head of team Anthony Brown has ‘a sharp legal mind, vast legal knowledge, a positive approach to work, awareness of business needs and a high-level of professionalism’. Steve Sharp has ‘wide experience, a good legal brain, works like a Trojan and is a great team member’.

CMS combined with Nabarro and Olswang in May 2017. It advises on various corporate crime matters including compliance procedures, the UK Bribery Act, money laundering, enforcement and sanctions. Key client sectors include construction, energy and utilities, life sciences, Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT), retail financial services and insurance. The firm is acting for Skansen Interiors in defence of a prosecution under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010 for failing to prevent bribery by one of its former board directors. Omar Qureshi heads the team, he is supported by Adam Greaves, Dan Tench and Alison McHaffie. Senior associate Amy Wilkinson rejoined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Corker Binning advises on the full gamut of financial corporate crime including bribery, sanctions and export controls. It deals with large-scale multi-jurisdictional investigations focusing on the shipping, engineering, industrial manufacturing, pharmaceutical, banking, finance and hospitality sectors. The firm continues to advise GML, an antagonist of the Putin regime in Russia in relation to a $50b arbitration following the expropriation of Yukos Oil Company in 2004 by the Russian regime. In 2014 GML won the arbitration however this decision was recently overturned by a Dutch court. David Corker is a key practitioner alongside Peter Binning, who is ‘the godfather of business crime’. Newly promoted partner Claire Cross ‘knows every document in the case’.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises corporations involved in high-profile investigations undertaken by the SFO, HMRC, FCA, Trading Standards and the NHS Fraud Unit. The team provides ‘a very good overall service and responds quickly and effectively’. The firm continue to act for a Russian conglomerate on its cross-border response to a $200m fraud committed by former employees. Key practitioner Zia Ullah specialises in international sanctions, anti-money laundering and fraud cases. Jake McQuitty joined as partner from TLT. Former head of team Neill Blundell left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP.

Fox Williams LLP advises on a broad range of corporate crime issues including fraud, bribery, market manipulation and sanctions compliance. It recently acted for a large logistics company in relation to a City of London Police investigation into alleged fraudulent sales practices, after liaising and cooperating with the investigators, the investigation was terminated. Other clients include brokerage firms, foreign banks, multinational media companies and a public relations company. James Carlton heads the team and is ‘vastly experienced in this area and is particularly excellent in corporate investigations’. Sona Ganatra was promoted to partner. Peter Wright is also recommended.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher deals with large cross-border financial crime investigations. It is adept at handling global bribery, corruption, tax evasion, insider dealing, money-laundering and LIBOR and forex cases. The firm continues to represent UBS in relation to anti-trust conduct and the LIBOR investigations conducted by the SFO. It is also representing a global investment bank in parallel insider dealing investigations being conducted by the SEC and US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in the US and FCA and NCA in the UK. Philip Rocher heads the department and is recommended alongside Allan Neil and Sacha Harber-Kelly, who joined as partner from the SFO.

Irwin Mitchell advises corporates on SFO investigations and internal investigations involving crime and regulatory breaches. It has a particular focus on financial crime and contentious financial services investigations, bribery, fraud and money laundering. The firm also advises corporates and individuals on preventative measures. Sarah Wallace heads the team, she is ‘the go to choice for a tough and no nonsense litigator who will leave no stone unturned in defence of her clients’. She is supported by senior associates Craig Weston, Tina Lakhani and Katie Byrne.

Jones Day is adept at conducting internal investigations into fraud, anti-trust, securities improprieties, international trade and breaches of the FCPA, government contracts, healthcare and environmental crimes, and internal and regulatory investigations. Glyn Powell has experience of police, revenue authorities and SFO investigations. Powell jointly heads the team with Sion Richards, who acted in the UK’s first DPA. Adam Brown provides advice on FOREX investigations conducted by the FCA.

K&L Gates LLP  advises on internal investigations, bribery, corruption, complex fraud, insider trading, anti-money laundering, cartels, health and safety, sanctions, extradition, mutual legal assistance, FRC matters, FCA regulations and enforcement proceedings. The firm is acting for Serco Group on various criminal and regulatory matters including the high-profile SFO investigation into fraud involving government contracts. The team is ‘extremely responsive and assesses each piece of work intelligently’. ‘Rising star’ Dylan Moses, who is ‘good to work with, is very popular, and has excellent experience’ was promoted to partner. Robert Dalling  joined as special counsel. Senior associate David Savell left for Locke Lord LLP and Christine Braamskamp left for Jenner & Block LLP.

Michelmores LLP advises on regulatory investigations, police investigations, prosecutions, commercial litigation and financial crime. It also is adept at drafting anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) policies and procedures. The firm is advising a large Israeli bank in relation to the UK aspects of a worldwide tax evasion investigation b the DOJ. Another recent highlight included advising a UK arms exporter on potential breaches of export control legislation, and issues relating to self-reporting and the proceeds of crime act (POCA). Andrew Oldland QC heads the team, which includes Peter Sigler.

Mishcon de Reya LLP advises on corruption investigations, money laundering, fraud, market abuse and insider dealing. It also handles private prosecution work and is currently conducting proceedings arising from an internal accounting fraud and is acting for a national broadcaster to bring proceedings relating to unlawfully streamed content. The firm is also acting for UnaEnergy in relation to a multi-jurisdictional SFO investigation into alleged corruption in a matter worth millions of dollars. Alison Levitt QC heads the team, supported by legal director Gareth Minty. Jo Rickards joined as partner from Kingsley Napley LLP.

PwC LLP provides ‘excellent quality of service and value for money’. It deals with financial crimes, investigations, criminal defence and compliance engagements. Areas of expertise include investigations by regulatory authorities such as the FCA and SFO; governance, risk and compliance strategies; and identifying breaches of law. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), plcs and international conglomerates. Head of team Agnes Quashie is ‘determined to get the best outcome for her clients’. Chris Cartmell is ‘knowledgeable, resourceful and client focused’. Keily Blair is also recommended.

Ropes & Gray LLP International provides ‘a superb service with quick responsiveness’. It focuses on the private equity, life sciences, energy and natural resources, and financial services markets. The firm advises on matters relating to global corruption, sanctions, money laundering, due diligence and on-going monitoring procedures. It also conducts internal investigations, advises on the FCPA and UK bribery act, and represents corporations involved in external investigations by authorities such as the DOJ, SFO, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Key practitioner Amanda Raad is ‘exceptionally intelligent, diligent, and willing to put in long hours to get the job done’. Sean Seelinger and Arla Kerr were promoted to counsel. Judith Seddon, who ‘exudes calm control and consummate professionalism’ joined as partner from Clifford Chance LLP, Sarah Lambert-Porter also joined from Clifford Chance LLP as senior associate. Marcus Thompson for Kirkland & Ellis International LLP .

RPC provides ‘timely, expert and practical advice tailored to clients' specific circumstances’. It advises corporations in criminal investigations and corporate witnesses in compliance with production orders and statutory demands for information and documentation. Key client sectors include professional services, media, construction, retail and art as well as having a particular focus on the insurance sector. Davina Given heads the team, which includes Jonathan Cary, who relocated from the Hong Kong office. Parham Kouchikali is also recommended. Richard Burger joined DWF.

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP has ‘an experienced, thoughtful, creative and patient team’. It advises on criminal fraud issues, civil recovery matters, contentious criminal and regulatory matters, corporate internal investigations, bribery, corruption, money laundering and sanctions. It also provides advice on the development and implementation of compliance programmes, preventative and reactive advice and investigations into potential breaches of compliance policies. Jeffrey Cottle, Patrick Rappo, John Rupp and Meredith Rathbone head the team. Keith Huffman and Peter Ibrahim joined as associates.

Addleshaw Goddard advises corporate clients on bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraud, market abuse, economic sanctions, export controls, customs, health and safety, cartels and other criminal and regulatory investigations. The firm is continuing to act for Güralp Systems in relation to an SFO and DOJ investigation into payments made to a South Korean public official researcher. ‘Stand out regulatory and investigatory lawyer’ Nichola Peters heads the team. Michelle De Kluyver joined from Allen & Overy LLP. Clarissa Coleman left for K&L Gates LLP.

Burges Salmon LLP advises on many aspects of corporate crime including money laundering, proceeds of crime, bribery and regulations. It is adept at handling cases involving the SFO, NCA and the police and also handles cases of asset freezing and recovery. Recent highlights include acting for the NCA in relation to a £220m compensation claim. David Hall heads the team, he has ‘excellent judgment and is a thorough, proactive thinker’. Kari McCormick and legal director Thomas Webb are also recommended.

Clyde & Co LLP advises corporates and individuals on internal investigations, disclosures to regulators, regulatory investigations and regulatory enforcement action. Areas of expertise include anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, anti-bribery, corruption, market abuse, fraud and sanctions. Recent cases have included investigations by the SFO, FCA, City of London Police, NCA and FCA. The firm also has an internal forensics investigations unit. Joint head of team Chris Hill has a particular focus on the insurance and international risk markets. John Whittaker who also heads the team focuses on commodity and natural resource companies. Charles Kuhn joined the firm from Hickman & Rose, he focuses on providing regulatory advice on financial market cases.

In 2017 Dentons merged with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens. The firm advises on criminal and civil proceedings and regulatory investigations by the FCA, SFO, local law enforcement and overseas regulators. It also conducts internal investigations, provides compliance and prevention of crime advice, and deals with confiscation and civil recoveries. Recent highlights included acting for a global investment bank in relation to an anti-money laundering review across 24 jurisdictions. Daren Allen heads the team, he is supported by Celyn Armstrong who joined as partner from Linklaters LLP. Craig Neilson joined the team as partner as part of the merger with Maclay Murray & Spens.

Edmonds Marshall McMahon is a specialist private prosecutions firm, it has ‘a highly dedicated team with a wealth of specialist knowledge and impressive client care skills’. It advises on strategies for prosecution and enforcement of crimes against industry. It also acts for corporations who have been the victims of fraud. The firm continues to act for TM Eye who in turn are instructed by Novartis, Apple, Louis Vuitton and Mulberry assisting in the prosecution of those selling counterfeit goods. Key practitioner Andrew Marshall is ‘extremely bright, hard-working and tactically astute’. Kate McMahon has ‘enthusiasm, experience and sheer dynamism’. Tamlyn Edmonds is ‘very bright, a fearless advocate and has good forensic skills’. David Jugnarain is also recommended. Dennis Kavanagh joined as senior associate.

McGuireWoods London LLP advises corporations on a range of financial crime issues, including bribery and corruption, competition, fraud, money laundering, market abuse, and financial sanctions. It also advises on compliance, self-reporting, DPAs and prosecutions. The firm is providing ongoing advice to a UK subsidiary of an Indian operation which is under investigation for corruption allegations. Vivian Robinson QC heads the team, she is ‘excellent in her field and strong tactically and strategically’. William Boddy was promoted to partner, associate Andrew Thornton-Dibb is also recommended. David Kirk left the firm.

Morrison & Foerster LLP is ‘a high quality, niche firm with a wealth of talented and experienced litigators’. It advises corporate clients on financial crime issues including corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations. It has experience of dealing with multi-jurisdictional FCA and SFO investigations and cross-border contentious insolvency matters. Clients include financial institutions, funds, trustees and multinational public companies. The firm is acting for Grant Thornton, the trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari who was convicted of money laundering, the case is valued at £25m. Jonathan Wheeler heads the team, supported by Kevin Roberts, who is ‘a hugely experienced, wise and knowledgeable criminal lawyer and has an excellent manner with clients’. Paul Friedman is also recommended.

Osborne Clarke LLP advises national and international corporations in relation to various investigations. Key client sectors include financial services, investment funds, real estate, energy, media and high-technology fields. Areas of expertise include internal investigations, bribery, corruption, dawn raids and due diligence in relation to acquisitions.Jeremy Summers heads the team, supported by Tom Ellis.

Paul Hastings LLP provides ‘high levels of expertise, competence, professionalism and responsiveness’. It advises on government investigations, litigation, and corporate compliance, including anti-corruption and FCPA, global trade controls, privacy and data security, securities enforcement, and white collar matters. The firm also designs compliance programs, conducts due diligence on mergers and acquisitions, and conducts internal investigations. Simon Airey joined as head of team in May 2017 from DLA Piper , he has ‘great charisma and superb judgment and he has the confidence of even the most exacting clients’.

Travers Smith LLP acts for corporations and institutions in relation to investigations by the FCA, SFO, the London Stock Exchange, the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, and DOJ. It also advises corporations on compliance issues and the design of anti-bribery programmes. Recent highlights included advising the Bank of England in relation to an SFO investigation into crisis-era liquidity auctions. In 2017 the SFO closed its investigation. Rob Fell heads the department, he is ‘charming and excellent at building relationships with general counsel and in-house legal teams’. Doug Bryden and Tim Lewis are recommended, Heather Gagen was promoted to partner.

Weightmans LLP conducts internal investigations for clients in relation to fraud, bribery and corruption, and defends corporate clients in relation to external investigations. It also provides compliance advice in relation to corporate crime and breaches of regulatory corporate crime legislation. The firm also conducts private prosecutions. Euros Jones heads the practice, he has ‘very good experience in this area and is an effective litigator’.

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