Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) in London
Allen & Overy LLP continues to expand its global investigations practice to meet the rise in enforcement activity by worldwide anti-corruption, sanctions, financial services and antitrust authorities. It often handles cross-border and business critical investigations for large multinationals. The practice is well regarded for its expertise in local anti-bribery laws, data privacy laws, and investigative rules and procedures. The team is headed by Arnondo Chakrabarti, who handles the full gamut of corporate crime matters and counts FTSE 100 companies and global financial institutions as clients; Jonathan Hitchin is renowned for multi-jurisdictional corruption cases, cartel investigations and related private damages claims; while white-collar expert Eve Giles handles international and domestic corruption, cartels, fraud, money laundering, insider dealing, market abuse and extradition matters.
‘Arnondo Chakrabarti is calm and unflappable; excellent at probing and evaluating the strategic options.’
‘Eve Giles is very sympathetic and yet gritty. She has good judgement and is open to listening and taking on board the thoughts of others. The ‘real crime’ background within a magic circle firm makes a big difference.’
‘Eve Giles has steel and judgment and a wonderful way with people.’
‘Eve Giles is relentless with opponents but with a productive and calm manner that produces outstanding results.’
‘Jonathan Hitchin is in many ways the grandfather of this area of practice.’
‘Jonathan Hitchin is a real tiger of a litigator – definitely one you want on your side.’
‘Jonathan Hitchin is fantastic – understated but highly effective, and a real delight to work with.’
‘Lawson Caisley is a class act; hard-working and known for his legal ability, a lawyer’s lawyer and liked amongst his peers.’
‘Lawson Caisley is an excellent relationship partner, proactive and keen to understand the issues we face.’
‘Calum Burnett is extraordinarily knowledgeable, experienced and unflappable.’
'Very capable and proper international law firm' Baker McKenzie combines its international criminal defence capability with London expertise. It is noted for its strong US offering, which enables the firm to provide in depth advice on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) but also deals with the top regulatory authorities in the UK including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The team’s broad expertise includes advising on matters involving money laundering, fraud, bribery and corruption, tax evasion, export controls and sanctions breaches, as well as competition and (criminal) health & safety and environmental infringements. It also handles risk assessments and global compliance processes and controls. Key practitioner Charles Thomson is recommended for multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes and investigations, fraud and white-collar crime matters. Thomson heads the team alongside Jonathan Peddie, Sunny Mann and Joanna Ludlam. Philip Annett and Marc Florent both joined as partner from Allen & Overy LLP.
‘Strong International Trade team with deep knowledge in export controls and trade sanctions issues’.
‘Sunny Mann is an excellent, responsive partner and very knowledgeable’.
‘Jonathan Peddie has a lifetime of experience at the top-end of regulatory law’.
‘Henry Garfield is very clever, with good commercial sense and very strong client skills’.
‘Charles Thomson displays tremendous judgment and easily balances his significant legal and commercial knowledge’.
‘Sunny Mann is an expert on sanctions’.
‘This team has very substantial experience in advising corporates on global issues’.
‘They give pragmatic strategic advice, based on their collective experience’.
Bidcorp Foodservice (Europe) Ltd
- Advising a FTSE 100 client following its receipt of a whistleblowing allegation that it had deliberately misled the market as to the cost and progress of a significant project.
- Acting for various senior executives in relation to current UK regulatory investigations into the conduct of a bank and individuals.
- Conducting a detailed series of global investigations for a FTSE 100 client.
The white-collar and regulatory defence group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP offers advice on corporate defence, compliance and regulatory work. It frequently handles high-profile investigations by a range of enforcement agencies, including the SFO, DoJ and SEC, and is noted for successfully negotiating the Rolls Royce deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). The practice also has expertise in prevention measures, sanctions, UK Bribery Act matters and money laundering. Its international client base is made up of large corporates in the engineering, aerospace and defence, infrastructure projects, energy, oil and gas, mining and financial services sectors. The 'extremely well-qualified' team is headed by former attorney general Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC and 'subject matter expert' Karolos Seeger, who specialises in bribery and corruption, international sanctions, fraud, tax evasion and defence representations. Jane Shvets, who splits her time between London and New York, is adept at handling internal investigations, and data protection and cyber security matters.
‘Fantastic team of professionals with deep experience on major matters. The team is clear, insightful, respected by the authorities and very clever’.
‘Karolos Seeger and Tom Jenkins have excellent subject matter expertise and provide strategic advice and advocacy’.
‘Robin Lööf is extremely hard-working and clever’.
‘Konstantin Bureiko is highly qualified, effective and efficient, with excellent availability at all times’.
‘Jane Shvets is a very accomplished and valued client service partner who has strong expertise’.
‘A dedicated team of exceptionally well-trained individuals, with a truly global experience base – the “go-to” firm on corporate crime’
‘Karolos Seeger is exceptional. He has a brain like a computer and can put complex issues across simply and clearly. He inspires confidence, always. He is calm and collected, extremely bright and very personable.’
Royal Dutch Shell plc
The Associated Press
- Conducted an internal investigation for Mobile Telesystems PJSC, a Russian telecommunications company, into corruption allegations relating to its former Uzbek subsidiary, and advised the audit committee of the company in connection with a settlement with US authorities.
- Following representation of Rolls-Royce in a coordinated resolution with authorities in the UK, US and Brazil, continuing to advise the company in all aspects of its compliance and other obligations under the UK and US DPAs.
- Assisted The Associated Press with navigating sanctions restrictions applicable to its operations, enabling it to continue providing global, independent news coverage around the globe.
Dechert LLP’s integrated global team handles the full range of regulatory issues, including internal investigations, governmental investigations and enforcement actions, as well as economic sanction and trade violation issues. On the corporate crime side, it defends companies in investigations and prosecutions relating to anti-bribery and anti-corruption matters, insider trading and market manipulation, fraud and anti-money laundering. With highly successful white-collar teams on both sides of the Atlantic, the firm is well placed to handle international investigations. Global white collar co-head Neil Gerrard will retire from the firm at the end of 2020; other key members of the team in London, which has 'the strength and depth to deal with the largest of corporate investigations', include Matthew Cowie, who is experienced in the pharmaceutical, financial services, defence, oil and gas, and telecoms sectors. Caroline Black focuses on cross-border investigations and has notable experience in corruption, money laundering, fraud and tax matters.
‘They have both very talented senior partners and young attorneys’.
‘Tim Bowden is very technical and perfectly knows his topic’.
‘Matthew Banham is a very helpful no-fuzz, experienced, and result-oriented partner’.
‘Neil Gerrard is an extremely experienced senior partner, a wise-man and strategic advisor’.
‘Caroline Black is very thorough, organised and never gives up’.
‘Matthew Cowie has both credibility and good contacts’.
‘Deep and relevant multi-faceted industry and regulatory experience which allows quick understanding of complex matters’.
‘A great combination of exceptional judgement and experience with the resources and skills to tackle highly complex tasks’.
- Representation of Airbus SE in a global investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, and subsequent coordinated settlements with the UK Serious Fraud Office, French Parquet National Financier, US Department of Justice and US Department of State.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
The corporate crime and investigations team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is noted for its expertise and experience of international regulatory and law enforcement regimes and investigations. The London team is part of a global network spanning 20 countries. The practice's work includes internal and external investigations by the SFO, FCA, the Police and HMRC, with its client base including global investment banks, financial institutions and major multinational corporations. Head of team Susannah Cogman is recommended for advice on all areas of anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and financial sanctions compliance, as well as transactional issues. 'Outstanding leader in his field' Brian Spiro has more than 30 years’ experience acting for corporates and individuals in major business crime cases. Daniel Hudson focuses on bribery, corruption and sanctions matters. Rob Hunt relocated from the Hong Kong office and is currently on secondment to the SFO. Chris Ninan and Kate Meakin were promoted to partner.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has a depth of practical experience and knowledge that would be hard to rival’.
‘They work well together and no aspect of a case is overlooked’. T
‘Brian Spiro is exceptionally thoughtful and a superb lawyer with great practical sense’.
‘The team stands out in the financial crime field as it is very knowledgeable, experienced and well-resourced, covering all aspects of financial crimes’.
‘The team provides clear, timely and practical advice whether the matter is advisory or potentially contentious’.
‘Responsiveness of the team is always excellent’.
‘Daniel Hudson actively leads on matters and is always looking to provide solutions as well as providing very clear relevant advice’.
‘Brian Spiro is a savvy counsel in both corporate and individual matters’.
ICBC Standard Bank plc
- Acted for Roger Jenkins in relation to criminal charges brought as a result of the efforts by Barclays Bank to raise emergency capital at the height of the Global Financial Crisis.
- Advising Watchstone Group Plc (formerly Quindell Plc) in relation to the SFO’s investigation into the company’s business and accounting practices.
Linklaters LLP, which 'provides world class expertise in every field', handles the full gamut of global criminal and regulatory investigations, including fraud, bribery, money laundering, sanctions and all areas of financial regulation. It is experienced in a wide range of sectors, including financial services, technology, professional services and utilities. The practice is well regarded for its experience in dealing with international regulators and prosecutors including the SFO, FCA, PRA, SEC and DoJ. 'Brilliant analyst and problem solver' Satindar Dogra heads the team and is noted for his experience in investigations, as well as policies and procedures relating to the UK Bribery Act. Martyn Hopper is recommended for his experience in multi-jurisdictional regulatory issues and investigations, compliance issues and crisis management. Alison Saunders, who is the former the Director of Public Prosecutions and head of the Crown Prosecution Service, is another name to note. 'Exceptional lawyer and tactician' Elly Proudlock is recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘This is the dream firm. A firm of all the talents. Outstanding lawyers across all domains. Total support for clients and a professional determination to ensure the best possible outcomes at all stages of any particular process. The firm can provide world-class expertise in every field and this means that no problem is beyond its ability. The quality of excellence is a characteristic at all levels from junior associates to senior partners. The firm is a world leader and inspires great confidence. They are also delightful to work with, very reassuring and practical. An all-round complete service.’
‘Christa Band is an outstanding strategist and thinker’.
‘Michael Bennett is a visionary thinker and imaginative practical lawyer’.
‘Ellie Proudlock is a superb, thoughtful lawyer with great flair’.
‘A very strong contentious regulatory practice with great bench strength’.
‘Strength and depth throughout the team in comparison to peers. Experienced on corporate crime and regulatory investigations that are both sensitive and existential for corporates.’
‘This is a team that has added significantly to its strength in recent years and is now ready to move up a level.’
‘They are very knowledgeable and competent, they listen well to client requirements, explaining clearly what is not deliverable, the strategy for delivering the required outcomes and any risks associated with options chosen. Clear and concise communication, which is key to building a strong relationship.’
Nordea Bank Abp
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons is well regarded for its broad investigations expertise, which includes financial markets litigation and contentious regulatory matters. Of particular focus are market and law enforcement investigations by prosecutors and regulators covering market misconduct, corruption, fraud, money laundering, systems and control breaches, individual accountability, sanctions, mutual legal assistance, and business crime investigations. The team takes on mandates from major corporates as well as individuals. Nick Benwell, who regularly advises on multi-jurisdictional investigations and search and seizure orders, heads the team. Stephen Gentle, who also heads the team, is recommended for regulatory investigations and criminal matters. Of counsel Cherie Spinks has significant experience advising on UK Parliament Select Committee investigations. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Camilla de Silva, who joins as partner from her previous role as joint head of bribery and corruption at the SFO.
Other key lawyers:
‘They are a major City law firm that delivers a boutique personal service’.
‘Stephen Gentle and Nick Benwell provide a deeply knowledgeable, commercially savvy, client focused service’.
‘Stephen Gentle is the stand out partner, but the team is generally strong’.
‘Stephen Gentle has very good criminal law instincts and training’.
‘Stephen Gentle is clever, articulate and hard working’.
- Representing Petrofac Ltd, a listed FTSE 250 oil and gas services company, in an SFO investigation for alleged bribery, corruption and money laundering in multiple jurisdictions. The case is highly complex, intensive and continues to attract significant media attention.
- Advising a video games publisher on an inquiry by the European Commission in relation to potential breaches of competition law in the verticals arrangements for the sale of video games.
Slaughter and May
The global investigations practice at Slaughter and May, which has a 'stellar reputation', handles complex cross-border investigations, corporate crime, prosecutions, enforcement actions and related civil litigation. Other areas of focus include compliance and risk matters such as sanctions, anti-money laundering and data protection. The firm is well-versed at dealing with various international regulators and enforcement agencies including the SFO and FCA in the UK and the SEC and DoJ in the US. The 'superb and wonderfully imaginative' Richard Swallow co-heads the global investigations group and is experienced in large, high-value disputes and investigations. The 'outstanding and immensely thoughtful' Jonathan Cotton, who also heads the group, is recommended for investigations and criminal prosecutions and regulatory cases involving the Bribery Act, the Proceeds of Crime Act, the Fraud Act, FSMA, export controls and sanctions, as well as Companies Act offences. Head of dispute resolution Sarah Lee is another key practitioner. Senior associate Ella Williams is noted for her expertise in relation to bribery and corruption, sanctions, regulatory, tax and fraud investigations.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is outstandingly good and sophisticated, it has a superb track record and a reputation for excellence’.
‘Jonathan Clark is a superb lawyer and wonderful to work with’.
‘Offering strength and breadth of expertise across not only regulatory investigations and corporate crime but also related fields, the firm offers an exceptional 360 degree service to corporate clients’.
‘Jonathan Cotton is a superstar, he is ferociously bright, tactically astute and excellent with the clients’.
‘Richard Swallow is a fantastic negotiator’.
‘Jonathan Clark is not only on top of all the detail, but also brings great strategic sense to a case’.
‘Richard Swallow and Jonathan Cotton are approachable, open to constructive feedback upon which they act, and are always available’.
‘Wealth of experience, great bench strength, and great insight into how regulators think and act in different situations’.
British American Tobacco plc
John Wood Group PLC
Standard Chartered Bank
Ultra Electronics Holdings plc
Listed multinational company
Deutsche Bank, A.G.
- Defending British American Tobacco (BAT) in relation to the SFO investigation of suspicions of corruption in the conduct of business by BAT plc, its subsidiaries and associated persons.
- Acting for John Wood Group PLC in respect of an investigation by the SFO into alleged bribery and corruption at the Foster Wheeler companies it acquired in 2017.
- Acting for Standard Chartered Bank in long-running investigations by the UK and US authorities into issues relating to AML and compliance with the US sanctions regime, which culminated in Standard Chartered agreeing in 2019 to pay a US$1.1 bn fine.
Arnold & Porter has 'an unparalleled track record in securing outstanding results for corporate clients'. It acts for multinational corporates in relation to regulatory prosecutions and investigations, advising on matters including bribery and corruption and fraud. Compliance is another core focus for the firm, which advises on money laundering legislation and anti-tax evasion matters. The London team works closely with its counterparts in the US to provide a holistic global approach.The practice is headed by internationally respected and 'utterly superb lawyer' Kathleen Harris, who advises publicly listed multinational corporates and board level executives seeking criminal and regulatory advice in the UK. Sean Curran, who has 'the best client-care skills in the business', also heads the practice and is experienced in criminal and regulatory trials. Curran acts for clients in the finance, defence, and technology sectors.
‘They achieve results through first-rate legal and practical knowledge and tactical ability’.
‘Kathleen Harris has a preternatural ability to identify where investigations will end, and positions her clients in the best position to secure an outstanding result’.
‘Sean Curran has the confidence and trust of prosecutors and practitioners’.
‘The team have dealt with some of the highest profile cases in recent years’.
‘They are held in very high regard by their clients’.
‘Kathleen Harris and Sean Curran are extremely intelligent, hard-working and able to handle clients skilfully’.
‘A team with real depth and wide ranging expertise’.
‘They have outstanding strength in assessing client risk exposure and in advising accordingly’.
Tiffany & Co.
Sotheby’s Auction House
- Providing regulatory advice to Eden Pharma in respect of the impact of the Proceeds of Crime Act on investments, including considerations for its own investors.
- Advising Tiffany & Co UK in relation to anti-money laundering, anti-bribery & corruption and sanctions policies and procedures to ensure compliance with UK and EU laws and regulations.
- Advising Sotheby’s on specific application of due diligence requirements under the money laundering regulations.
Clifford Chance LLP is well regarded for its regulatory enforcement, investigations, fraud and corporate crime expertise. It handles multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency investigations for large corporates and institutions. The team is supported by in-house specialist accountants and financial analysts, who assist with retrieving, managing, analysing, and presenting financial information and issues. Head of practice Luke Tolaini handles bribery, corruption and fraud investigations, and is noted for his experience in energy and commodities matters in developing countries. Roger Best, who has 'decades of experience', is recommended for his experience advising sovereign wealth funds on multi-jurisdictional criminal and regulatory investigations relating to corruption and money laundering. Zoe Osborne left for Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP.
‘A market-leading firm with demonstrable experience in representing corporates in DPA negotiations and corporate tax matters’.
‘Luke Tolaini is a modest but quietly effective presence, he is measured and sensible’.
‘You get all the might of a major international law firm with remarkable deftness of touch in their London team’.
‘Luke Tolaini is one of the very best’.
‘The firm has a great deal of experience of advising corporates and understands their perspective’.
‘When a regulatory or corporate crime case happens which affects one of their clients, the firm is able to draw on a number of partners with relevant experience’.
‘Roger Best is highly regarded’.
‘Luke Tolaini has many years’ experience of high-level of SFO cases’.
Serco Group Plc
An international energy group
An international commodities trading company
A FTSE 250 company
A financial institution
A major UK-based international bank
- Acted for Serco in securing the fifth Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) in the UK.
- Advising Credit Suisse on parallel criminal and civil tax and financial regulatory investigations by a number of government authorities and regulators including in the UK, Australia and Continental Europe.
- Advising an international energy group on an investigation by Ofgem into allegations of market manipulation in the wholesale energy markets and potential associated regulatory and licensing breaches.
The risk and investigations group at CMS has broad expertise and a depth of experience in the financial services, life sciences, energy and technology sectors. It is well regarded for its criminal and regulatory risk advice, which includes compliance, competition, sanctions, employment, health and safety, environment, life sciences regulatory, data protection and professional risk issues. Omar Qureshi heads the team and is recommended for financial crime, corruption and fraud matters, and also internal and external investigations, including high-profile SFO matters. Eoin O’Shea joined as head of white-collar crime from Reed Smith LLP. Steven Cochrane joined as partner from Pinsent Masons LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Omar Qureshi and his partners have deliberately cultivated a global CMS offering for business crime issues’.
‘Very effective and cost-efficient’.
‘CMS has developed a strong bond of trust with their clients on very sensitive matters’.
‘Omar Qureshi is very responsive and practical in his compliance advice’.
‘A key aspect of the CMS offering is the integration of the variables associated with multiple jurisdictions, as CMS regularly advises across their different offices’.
‘The investigations team at CMS handles delicate matters in an incredibly professional manner’.
‘Elisabeth Bremner provides exceptional knowledge, commitment, tenacity and stakeholder management expertise and skill’.
‘Omar Quereshi is a fantastic lawyer, extremely bright and pragmatic’.
Patisserie Holdings (in liquidation)
Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd
- Advising Patisserie Holdings plc, the owner of the Patisserie Valerie chain, on SFO and other investigations regarding widely publicised allegations of financial irregularities and fraud.
- Advising Telit on investigating, reporting and settling regulatory issues with AIM.
- Advising the brand owner and one of the main parties of Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd on a complex set of allegations of alleged market sharing.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP's London practice benefits from the firm's broader presence across the US, as well as Asia and elsewhere in Europe. 'Stalwart of the London corporate crime community' Barry Vitou co-chairs the white-collar and special investigations practice and is experienced in FCA, HMRC, CPS and SFO investigations. Anne-Marie Ottaway focuses on economic crime matters including allegations relating to fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, market abuse and money laundering. The team handles both criminal investigations as well as regulatory risk matters. Other names in the practice include Mohammed Khamisa QC, who specialises in commercial fraud and compliance matters, and who joined as partner from Mishcon de Reya LLP. Lisa Navarro left to form Navarro Law Consultancy.
‘The team’s experience makes it perfectly positioned to advise on the most complex cross-jurisdictional internal investigations and prosecutions’.
‘Barry Vitou continues to fearlessly go out to bat for his corporate clients, never shying away from seeking to hold prosecutors to account in novel and compelling ways’.
‘Barry Vitou has many years of first-hand experience, particularly in the sphere of bribery and corruption’.
‘Barry Vitou and Anne-Marie Ottaway are excellent advisers and understand business judgement considerations, as well as the practical workings of the relevant regulators’.
‘A standout international firm with an excellent global white-collar defence practice’.
‘Anne-Marie Ottaway is a great complement to the team – with her experience of working at the SFO really adding a depth of first-hand experience to the team’.
‘Barry Vitou and Anne Marie Ottaway have an impeccable pedigree in this field and have built up the firm’s Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime practice to an enviable position in the market place’.
‘The team of Barry Vitou, Anne-Marie Ottaway and Gareth Hall are all, not only very knowledgeable, excellent lawyers, but really lovely and good people to have in your corner’.
KBR, Inc. and KBR, Inc.’s UK subsidiaries
- Representing KBR Inc’s UK subsidiaries in connection with the SFO’s investigation into its historic dealings with Unaoil.
Hogan Lovells International LLP provides 'extremely pragmatic and commercial advice' and is renowned for its high profile, high value and complex cases. Of particular note was its victory securing a Court of Appeal decision for ENRC, which re-established the importance, and applicability, of legal professional privilege. The firm’s global network allows it to handle multi-jurisdictional investigations with ease and it has notable experience in Russia and the CIS, and the Middle East. The practice regularly takes on mandates in the financial services and life sciences sectors, and advises on matters involving sanctions, international regulatory investigations, compliance and risk mitigation. Head of team and 'real heavyweight' Crispin Rapinet is recommended for UK Bribery Act work and multinational investigations. Liam Naidoo was promoted to partner while Arwen Handley joined as partner from an in-house role at UBS.
‘Claire Lipworth has real in-depth experience having both defended and prosecuted for many years’.
‘Claire Lipworth is responsive and astute and can anticipate the approach of regulators given her prosecution experience with the FCA’.
‘They are clearly very experienced in the subject area and this inspires confidence in their advice and approach’.
‘Crispin Rapinet has an excellent knowledge of the subject matter and provides timely, pragmatic and clear advice’.
‘Crispin Rapinet and his team are very professional and always available’.
‘Hogan Lovells have been operating in this space for many years and have a long standing specialist team focusing on this work’.
‘Crispin Rapinet combines superb nous with an ability to get to the heart of any issue’.
‘Liam Naidoo is a real powerhouse, having operated in this area most of his career’.
- Advising FMCP, an FCA-regulated asset management company, in relation to a major investigation and asset recovery into large-scale fraud by its former CEO, Frédéric Marino. The company manages Libyan sovereign wealth assets worth almost $1 billion.
- Continuing to advise Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) in relation to the investigation by the SFO and a number of related court proceedings arising out of that investigation, including its $93m claim against the SFO itself.
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's 'very strong' London offering has expertise in company investigations and negotiations with government authorities, alongside corporate crime advice in relation to anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, financial sanctions, data breaches and fraud. The practice often handles cases brought by regulatory authorities including the National Crime Agency (NCA), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Financial Reporting Council (FRC), Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO), Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), SFO and HMRC. Given the firm’s strength in the private equity sector, it often acts for large private equity firms and their portfolio companies, and also handles cases for large international corporates and institutions. Satnam Tumani, who has 'very sound tactical sense', heads the team and is noted for his experience in sensitive compliance, regulatory, bribery and corruption investigations. 'Clever and thoughtful' Marcus Thompson, who also heads the team, handles complex, cross-border investigations.
‘Large firm with a very strong corporate crime arm’.
‘Satnam Tumani is incredibly diligent and has a practical approach to issues’.
‘They have a wealth of technical and corporate experience to provide reliable and imaginative assurance to corporates’.
‘Marcus Thompson is the most technically knowledgeable and commercially sensitive partner in London’.
‘Satnam Tumani and Andrew Butel are very strategic, responsive, pragmatic and easy to work with’.
‘They are very client-centric, provide clear advice and are excellent at managing all of the moving parts of a complex multi-jurisdictional matter’.
‘The team is extremely knowledgeable, very commercially orientated and has great experience in this field’.
‘Marcus Thompson is very experienced, very commercial and gives practical advice which is very important in this field’.
Macfarlanes LLP offers advisory expertise in all areas of financial crime, including bribery, fraud and anti-money laundering. The team also handles POCA issues, compliance matters and sanctions. It is well versed in a broad spectrum of sectors, including financial services, manufacturing and luxury brands. 'Stand out performer' Neill Blundell, who heads the practice, is a well-regarded white-collar practitioner who is experienced in FCA, NCA and SFO investigations. Barry Donnelly is recommended for financial litigation, arbitration, international disputes and investigations. James Popperwell handles civil fraud proceedings and criminal matters.
‘The team attracts very high-quality work and hits above its weight’.
‘They are usually involved in leading investigations, dealing with them discreetly and efficiently to achieve the best result for the client’.
‘Their justified reputation ensures a steady flow of “big name” clients’.
‘Neill Blundell, as team leader, is an impressive departmental head, down-to-earth yet rightly respected both within the profession and by clients’.
‘Neill Blundell’s relaxed approach makes him a pleasure to work alongside’.
‘Since joining Macfarlanes, Neill Blundell has built a very loyal and increasingly well-regarded team around him which bodes well for the firm’s future’.
‘A team that are a safe pair of hands to deal with the range of corporate issues that arise’.
‘Neill Blundell is clearly at the top of his game – he has an excellent understand of the various facets of financial crime and demonstrates great leadership qualities’.
The 200+ member banks of the British Bankers’ Association (BBA)
BBA LIBOR Ltd
- Representing the 200+ bank members of the BBA and BBA LIBOR Ltd in defence of a US$ multi-billion claim in the Commercial Court.
Norton Rose Fulbright’s extensive international presence makes it well suited to handle multi-jurisdictional investigations and financial crime matters. The firm has corporate crime and regulatory investigations teams in the UK and US handling litigation, data privacy, cyber, employment and e-disclosure matters. It regularly receives instructions on significant cybercrime issues and provides advice in relation to crisis management, investigations and reporting to authorities such as the NCA, FCA and ICO. Other areas of focus include sanctions, anti-bribery compliance, export controls and financial crime advice in relation to legalised cannabis companies. Head of team Neil O’May specialises in advising prominent organisations and individuals on high profile investigations and prosecutions. Katie Stephen, who co-heads the team, is noted for her expertise in market abuse and anti-money laundering matters. David Harris also co-heads the team and is well regarded for transnational regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings and litigation.
Other key lawyers:
‘A superb all-round team’.
‘It has an enviable depth of experience and a brilliant track record’.
‘The team is a delight to work with – professional and committed to the client’s best interests’.
‘They are imaginative and determined to achieve the best possible results in the most efficient manner’.
‘Neil O’May is superb, as his track record demonstrates’.
‘Andrew Reeves is outstandingly able and immensely practical’.
‘David Harris is exceptionally talented and provides superb advice’.
Victor Dahdaleh and associated companies
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is 'a superb firm with a dynamic group of individuals who work exceptionally well as a team’. It has a strong criminal practice covering matters relating to fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax fraud, sanctions and cartel defence matters, as well as cross-border investigations. Long noted for its experience representing high-profile individuals, the practice also counts large multinational businesses and governments amongst its clients. 'Outstanding lawyer and superb strategist' Michael O’Kane heads the team and is recommended for high-profile business crime matters, including international corruption sanctions, mutual legal assistance and investigations. Jasvinder Nakhwal’s broad expertise includes acting for corporate entities that are subject to politically-motivated action by foreign governments. Of particular note is her work for Hermitage Management Capital Ltd and Bill Browder. 'True specialist' Hannah Laming advises corporates in relation to SFO and FCA investigations, and regulatory and compliance issues.
Other key lawyers:
‘They are imaginative and commercially sophisticated in their approach and have vast experience to draw on’.
‘They have an outstanding track record of success and are a pleasure to work with’.
‘Michael O’Kane is one of the best lawyers in this field and highly regarded by his peers’.
‘Jasvinder Nakhwal is outstandingly able and wonderfully imaginative’.
‘Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is may be the most experienced law firm in the area of business crime, especially for multi-jurisdictional and complex cases’.
‘They are very professional and totally dedicated to their clients and the cases for which they are acting’.
‘Michael O’Kane is very bright and, if not the best, one of the best strategic-thinkers’.
‘Hannah Laming is able to monitor cases with an iron hand in a velvet glove’.
MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company
A UK-based cigar importation business
A UK-incorporated money services business with international operations and its director
Bunnvale Limited and TICOM Management LLC
Hermitage Capital Management / Bill Browder
- Acting for the Hungarian national oil and gas company, MOL, which in 2009 entered two agreements with the Republic of Croatia concerning the management of the Croatian national oil and gas company, INA.
- Acting for a former foreign investor into the Russian Federation in relation to an INTERPOL case.
Ropes & Gray LLP has 'extensive first-hand experience of advising high-profile corporate clients caught up in regulatory and criminal prosecutions'. It handles prosecutions and enforcement actions across the UK and around the globe. With a strong US presence, the firm is well placed to advise on parallel investigations and proceedings overseas, and often handles matters brought by the FBI, DoJ and SEC, as well as the UK regulators. It also advises on compliance matters, reporting obligations and risk management; leveraging firm-wide relationships with global multinationals, private equity firms, and sovereign investors. The 'exceptionally talented' Judith Seddon co-heads the practice and is noted for her expertise in national and international white-collar crime, fraud, corruption and regulatory and criminal investigations and prosecutions. Amanda Raad also co-heads the team and is dual US- and UK-qualified. Raad is experienced in cross-border cases and negotiating with regulators.
‘Relatively small team that can step up to cover most matters, incredibly geographically flexible to get work done effectively’.
‘Amanda Raad is very approachable, listens, understands business and produces incredibly commercial solutions’.
‘Their advice is pragmatic and direct, and they are quick to grasp the commercial fundamentals as well as the regulatory elements of a challenge’.
‘Judith Seddon is one of the very best lawyers in this sector, she has fantastic judgement, abundant common sense and complete professional integrity’.
‘I have found both the London and the DC teams very plugged into the DOJ/SEC/SFO/FCA standards, and they are able to convey this in a down to earth and approachable manner’.
‘The team is very global, well-coordinated and very commercially orientated’.
‘Amanda Raad stands out as a great partner and advisor, she can reach out and become a trusted advisor to both the legal and the business teams’.
‘Judith Seddon is exceptional, completely focused and highly effective’.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
The 'very strategic and well organised' Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP's cross-border investigations team handles regulatory advice, white-collar crime, corporate governance and parallel civil litigation issues. It is noted for its experience in ‘bet the company’ and crisis situations for financial institutions and corporate clients. Other areas of focus include mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, extradition and Interpol-related issues. Former head of team Keith Krakaur retired; he is superseded by US-qualified Ryan Junck, who is experienced in multinational regulatory investigations brought by the DoJ, SEC, state attorneys general, district attorneys, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Federal Reserve and the US Congress, among others. Andrew Good joined form New York and made partner.
‘Elizabeth Robertson is an excellent white-collar crime and regulatory UK lawyer’.
‘This is an extremely strategic and smart outfit with a lot of integrity and outstanding customer care and service’.
‘They are uniquely able to work with a broad range of clients from a range of backgrounds’.
‘Ryan Junck is a modern, no-nonsense, to the point counsel’.
‘They are a class above the rest and are the leading experts in their field’.
‘Elizabeth Robertson has the skill, experience, strategic planning, care and dedication that gives us no reason to go elsewhere’.
‘They want to genuinely understand the businesses of their clients and then engage in focused and strategic legal advice’.
‘They were available all the time for questions and brought specialists in other fields when needed’.
A global financial institution headquartered in Europe
Crédit Agricole CIB (CACIB) and its parent, Crédit Agricole SA (CASA)
A leading mobile messaging service company
A leading US/UK technology company
A global port logistics business based in the Middle East
An international investment conglomerate
A leading multinational telecommunications, information technology and consumer electrics company
A global Asian financial institution
A global risk and security specialist
A UK-based, NY-listed natural resources company
A north American multinational financial services company
A sports organisation
A London-listed engineering business
- Advising a global financial institution headquartered in Europe in connection with a high profile regulatory investigation in the US and other jurisdictions relating to allegations of money laundering.
- Represented Société Générale on economic sanctions, corruption and market-fraud resolutions.
- Advising a leading mobile messaging service company in connection with global regulatory compliance issues in respect of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.
Stephenson Harwood combines Crown Court expertise with the resources of an international commercial law firm. The practice often handles international cases with cross-border elements and has increasing expertise in US anti-corruption and anti-trust legislation, and sanctions. Tony Woodcock, who heads the team, is well regarded in the corporate and financial crime spheres and is also able to handle contentious cartel investigations, criminal litigation and financial services regulation issues. Justin McClelland is recommended for regulatory investigations, high-value litigation, corporate investigations and compliance programmes. Sean Jeffrey handles commercial litigation, contentious regulatory matters and acts for regulated firms in relation to FCA, PRA, Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) and SFO matters.
‘Superb firm of solicitors handling the biggest of issues with know-how and producing excellent advice and outcomes for clients’.
‘Sean Jeffrey is very intelligent, hard-working and reliable’.
‘Sean Jeffrey provides targeted, practical advice to the client’.
Vincent Tchenguiz and Robert Tchenguiz
Gibraltar Financial Services Commission
Royal Bank of Scotland
Bank Saderat Iran
Bank Saderat plc
Melli Bank plc
Persia International Bank plc
National Iranian Tanker Company
Bank Sepah International plc
- Appointed by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission to undertake a statutory investigation into the collapse of Enterprise Insurance Company plc and the conduct of its directors and auditors.
- Advised high profile clients in relation to an international, multi-jurisdictional investigation following the collapse of the Icelandic Kaupthing Bank.
- Acted for Bank Saderat plc and its parent, Bank Saderat Iran, which were subjected to EU sanctions in relation to Iran (asset freezing measures) in 2010.
'Super firm' White & Case LLP handles all stages of criminal and regulatory investigations, from dawn raid to settlement or disposal. It is well placed to provide corporate entities with a global defence strategy, leveraging support from its international network of offices. The practice is noted for its expertise in money laundering, regulatory issues, tax evasion, insider dealing and compliance. Anneka Randhawa was promoted to partner in January 2020.
‘They have a wonderful track record and enjoy a reputation for excellence’.
‘Jonah Anderson is a brilliant lawyer’.
‘A well-regarded team with sound knowledge and a client-friendly manner’.
‘Every single one of the partners I have met at White and Case is bright, on top of their field, and committed’.
‘The team is very well set up for investigations and has considerable experience’.
- Represented an AIM listed client who, along with its directors, was under investigation by the FCA.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP focuses on large, complex cross-border financial crime matters. Working closely with its US and European counterparts, the London practice is made up of English and US-qualified partners and associates. 'Remarkable litigator' Peter Burrell heads the litigation, compliance, investigations and enforcement, and white-collar defence practice groups. Burrell is noted for his strength in matters such as anti-money laundering, bribery and corruption, sanctions and fraud matters, and also for defending companies and individuals in investigations and enforcement actions. Simon Osborn-King is recommended for domestic and cross-border investigations, commercial litigation and arbitration. Rita Mitchell is also recommended.
‘Global reach and experience’.
‘Michael Thorne is practical and gets stuck in’.
‘They are an outstanding alternative to the Magic Circle firms in London’.
‘They have built a very serious London team in this area in a short space of time’.
‘Peter Burrell has a prodigious appetite for work displays first-class judgement’.
‘The team understands our business and needs’.
‘Diligent and responsive’.
Alstom Power Limited
- Advised a FTSE 250 financial services firm in relation to LIBOR related trades and subsequent complex FCA investigation.
Addleshaw Goddard is well-regarded for corporate crime investigations and civil regulatory investigations, with a focus on cases brought by the FCA and Payment Systems Regulator (PSR). Head of team Nichola Peters is 'experienced and very clever' and is adept at handling corporate crime and contentious financial services regulatory work. Michelle de Kluyver is recommended for cross-border financial crime investigations involving bribery and corruption, sanctions, money laundering and fraud. The team has continued to expand at a senior level with the hire of partners Polly Sprenger and David Young from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Sarah Thomas joined as legal director from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and was then promoted to partner.
Other key lawyers:
‘Sound and knowledgeable team’.
‘High-quality and heavily experienced’.
‘Michelle de Kluyver is exceptionally bright, extremely industrious and has a very calm head in turbulent times’.
‘Michelle de Kluyver has excellent sector understanding and judgment and therefore takes sound proactive and pre-emptive action, which produces good outcomes for her clients’.
‘Erin Shoesmith is exceptionally talented and a pleasure to work with’.
‘Completely cross-border oriented, this team has the ability to work seamlessly across continents’.
‘Michelle de Kluyver is a stand-out partner: thoughtful, clever and strategic’.
‘Very smart lawyers who are both academically astute as well as practical’.
Güralp Systems Limited
- Advising a UK plc in a major criminal investigation conducted by HMRC and overseas authorities.
- Advising a bank on one of the first enforcement investigations by the Payment Systems Regulator.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has a fully integrated corporate risk offering which encompasses white-collar, financial regulatory and investigations expertise. It often acts for businesses under investigation by regulators and enforcement agencies including the FCA, PRA, SFO, HMRC, NCA and CMA in the UK, as well as international agencies. Compliance and prevention are other areas of significant focus. The practice takes on mandates from a range of corporate clients including banks, insurers and major global corporations. Mukul Chawla QC , who has more than 30 years' experience, heads the team. He is widely respected for his expertise in fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering, insider dealing and market manipulation matters and is also noted for his prosecutorial and defence experience gained directly from working at, and acting for government agencies.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is lead by a very experienced QC, who has decades of experience in defending and prosecuting some of the country’s most complex matters’.
‘Mukul Chawla QC’s ability to navigate the complex areas that cases raise before a lay client and jury are unrivalled’.
‘In addition to legal expertise, the practice has an excellent practical understanding of the subject matter that enables effective and expedient resolution of issues’.
‘Polly James is a major name in this field and has great regulatory and criminal expertise’.
‘Mukul Chawla QC is hugely respected and has made the transition very successfully’.
‘Equally strong in financial services and corporate crime, the US merger has strengthened its expertise’.
‘Mukul Chawla QC is thoughtful, nuanced and candid in his advice and a brilliant advocate in court or arbitrations’.
‘Mukul Chawla QC has an ability, quickly, to get to the heart of a matter, clearly identify the options and provide very clear advice as to the route he suggests and the justification for it’.
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s white-collar defence and investigations group was established in January 2020 from a standing start. Mark Beardsworth and Kevin Roberts, who joined from Brown Rudnick LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP, respectively, co-head the team. Beardsworth is well-regarded for the defence of serious fraud and criminal matters, and is well-versed in dealing with regulators including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and FRC. The practice also has experience dealing with money laundering compliance and investigations, anti-corruption and regulatory compliance, asset-tracing and recovery, tax investigations and fraud.
Covington & Burling LLP
The corporate crime practice at Covington & Burling LLP handles both enforcement and corporate compliance work. Areas of focus include anti-bribery, export controls, sanctions and anti-money laundering. It acts for large multinationals in relation to investigations brought by enforcement authorities including the SFO, FCA and NCA. Head of team Ian Hargreaves is noted for his experience advising on major fraud cases, asset-tracing and recovery, risk management, commercial disputes and cybercrime. David Lorello, who also heads the team, specialises in FCPA, UK Bribery Act and other anti-corruption law matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent level of knowledge and research on a variety of subject matters’.
‘This is essential in order to allow progression with cases in a speedy manner and also not to waste time which inevitably converts to increased costs’.
‘Ian Hargreaves is absolutely amazing with his connection and empathy towards clients whilst at the same time being technically gifted’.
DLA Piper 's practice spans corporate crime, investigations and financial services regulatory matters. The firm is well placed to handle high-value, multi-jurisdictional matters with support from its global network of offices. Tony Katz heads the team and specialises in regulatory compliance, white-collar crime and global investigations. 'Incisive legal mind' Sam Millar, who co-heads the team, is a former litigator and focuses on financial crime work for financial institutions and corporates in sectors such as retail, property, sport, gambling and manufacturing. Patrick Rappo is well regarded for his experience in international bribery, corruption, money laundering and fraud issues. Birmingham-based Laura Ford was promoted to partner and is experienced in multi-jurisdictional investigations into allegations of serious and complex misconduct for national and international clients.
‘Sam Millar is a superstar in the field of Regulatory Investigations’.
‘Sam Millar has an intense desire to get to the bottom of any legal, expert or factual issue’.
‘Sam Millar has excellent judgement and is always fair in his assessment of where things have gone wrong’.
Fieldfisher is well regarded for its multi-jurisdictional caseload, which is focused on civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings. Key areas of work include financial crime, internal investigations, corporate governance, compliance and criminal investigations. The firm is experienced in handling UK Bribery Act issues and often deals with various regulators and enforcement agencies, including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and NCA. Tony Lewis heads the team and is recommended for advice on fraud, asset recovery, corruption, money laundering and sanctions. Former co-head of team Francesca Titus left the firm for McGuireWoods London LLP.
‘Kyle Phillips is a highly talented associate destined for great success at partner level’.
‘The Fieldfisher practice for financial crimes and investigations, is new to the firm; but the team have very quickly set themselves out as a quality shop’.
‘What stands out is their ability to work very well on Asia-Pacific matters, and work in smaller efficient teams’
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher handles cross-border, multi-disciplinary corporate crime cases. Working closely with colleagues in the US and internationally, the London team advises on white-collar investigations, bribery and corruption, fraud, tax evasion, market manipulation, insider dealing, money laundering, antitrust and sanctions. Philip Rocher heads the team. Michelle Kirschner joined as partner from Macfarlanes LLP.
‘Sacha Harber-Kelly is a master of detail, whilst remaining calm even in the most difficult circumstances’.
‘Sacha Harber-Kelly has the ability to see through a mass of detail and law and keep a keen eye on what matters and what will help achieve the right outcome’.
‘Depth of regulatory experience and litigation expertise’.
‘Patrick Doris is very easy to get on with, down to earth and authentic’.
‘The team is highly professional, responsive, thoughtful, effective, with superb judgment and client awareness’.
‘They have great cross-jurisdictional experience in complex fraud work and a very strong team of lawyers’.
‘Sacha Harber Kelly is understated, calm, considered, an excellent negotiator and all round star’.
‘Allan Neil is very meticulous and well-organised, he does not lose sight of the big picture’.
Visa Europe Limited
Discovery Land Company, LLC
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
Ernst and Young UK LLP
Anglo American PLC
- Instructed by a US corporate client facing difficulty in securing the return of funds linked to a property transaction from a UK solicitor who claimed criminal proceeds of crime legislation prevented him from doing so.
- Representing Fender in connection with the CMA’s investigation into Retail Price Maintenance (RPM) in the music instruments sector.
Jenner & Block LLP
Jenner & Block LLP advises clients on cross-border investigations involving allegations of bribery, sanction violations, money laundering, terrorist financing, tax evasion and fraud. Other areas of focus include compliance, data privacy, sanctions and modern slavery. It takes on mandates from a diverse range of clients, including tech, energy, financial services, real estate, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, healthcare and retail. The well-regarded Christine Braamskamp co-chairs the firm’s global investigations, compliance and defence practice. Robert Dalling was promoted to partner.
‘Great focus on what the client actually needs, a focus on quality advice’.
‘There is a great capacity in the team to listen to the client and understand which way they want to go’.
‘Christine Braamskamp and her team are top lawyers’.
‘Strong team players, each has their strengths to which they use to support and complete the overall clients’ needs’.
‘The firm is international with an excellent reputation, particularly in the UK and the US in this area’.
‘It is highly experienced in acting for corporates, which are the subject of investigations internationally’.
‘The team is led by the charismatic and likeable Christine Braamskamp and includes the highly competent Paul Feldberg and Robert Dalling’.
‘A fast developing London office for a significant US law firm’.
- Advising Facebook on the establishment of a Content Oversight Board to make important decisions on content moderation issues and to formulate policy in this area.
The criminal litigation team at Kingsley Napley LLP has a focus on serious fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering and financial crime matters, and is particularly noted for its internal investigations work for clients. The firm has seen an uptick in instructions relating to sexual misconduct allegations in the wake of the Me Too movement. The full service firm also offers reputation and crisis management advice, disciplinary, regulatory and dispute resolution services; with the ability to draw on employment, corporate and commercial partners to cover all aspects of a case. Head of team Louise Hodges specialises in multi-jurisdictional investigations, with a focus on financial crime and actions brought by the FCA. Caroline Day also handles global investigations and regulatory breaches.
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has some very experienced practitioners who will work as part of a team in the biggest cases’.
‘Stephen Parkinson is a wise head who combines wide experience with excellent judgment’.
‘Louise Hodges is a reassuring presence on any case given her depth of experience’.
‘There is huge collective experience within the team’.
‘Stephen Parkinson is clever and experienced’.
‘Louise Hodges is a very good criminal and regulatory lawyer’.
‘Caroline Day is clever, calm and has good judgement’.
- Continuing to advise Tesco PLC in respect of its obligations under the terms of the Deferred Prosecution Agreement agreed with the SFO in 2017.
Latham & Watkins is noted for its expertise in bet-the-company government investigations and cases, and multi-jurisdictional investigations involving criminal allegations brought by UK and global regulators. The team is well-versed in anti-bribery violations, accounting irregularities, and other compliance issues. Stuart Alford QC, who co-heads the team, previously headed the fraud division at the SFO. Nathan Seltzer, who also co-heads the team, handles internal and government-led investigations related to financial criminal activity and regulatory enforcement.
‘In Jon Holland, Latham & Watkins have a first rate practitioner who has led teams advising clients on a number of complex global regulatory investigations’.
‘Jon Holland understands the particular challenges presented by dealing with regulators in the context of investigations and knows from experience how to address those challenges’.
A group of UK, US and Singapore-based individuals, both current and former employees of a leading US-based investment bank
A UK-regulated wholesale provider of emerging market banking and other financial services
Global bank headquartered in the EU
Global Asset Manager
Japanese headquartered bank
The UK branch of a US-based brokerage firm
- Advised an EU-based, global spirits distribution company in an investigation of improper payments made abroad by an association of spirit companies .
- Represented Exterran Corporation in an accounting restatement relating to matters in Italy, the Middle East and Brazil, and an SEC investigation into accounting issues and related matters.
- Advised a UK-regulated wholesale provider of emerging markets banking and other financial services on its anti-money laundering and general regulatory obligations in the UK.
Mishcon de Reya LLP handles high-profile investigations and prosecutions, including the defence of SFO and NCA cases. It also handles internal investigations involving employee dishonesty and bribery. The firm is seeing an uptick in instructions relating to unexplained wealth orders and account freezing orders, and also private prosecutions. Head of practice Jo Rickards is adept at handling cases involving corruption, cartels, fraud and contentious financial services. Johanna Walsh is recommended for domestic and international serious fraud. Managing associate Min Weaving is experienced in criminal defence proceedings. Ben Brandon joined as partner from Three Raymond Buildings.
‘A uniquely well-resourced and sophisticated practice in my field of media and communications law’.
‘Well able to react quickly to fast moving events if necessary’.
‘The right mixture of lawyers work seamlessly across complex matters’.
EF Ltd and GH Ltd
Investment Fund Manager
National TV Broadcaster
- Acting for individuals and corporate entities subject to a set of Unexplained Wealth Orders obtained by the National Crime Agency against property in London originally purchased for a sum in excess of £80m.
- Instructed by the administrators of London Capital & Finance following the collapse of the company and opening of an SFO investigation.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP 's City practice covers a range of financial crime matters, including financial regulation, insider trading and market abuse, fraud, corruption, sanctions and tax. The London team works closely with its counterparts in Chicago, New York and Singapore to provide a holistic cross-border service that handles international disputes and investigations by regulators. Melanie Ryan co-heads the team and acts for corporations, financial institutions and professionals in investigations, enforcement activity and related litigation. Chris Warren-Smith, who also co-heads the team, has more than 25 years’ experience in regulatory enforcement matters.
‘This is a superb firm with the ability to deal with any problem no matter how difficult and no matter how international’.
‘There is an unrivalled depth of expertise and talent’.
‘The partners have a cosmopolitan mix of experience and have the support of offices throughout the world’.
‘They are dedicated to their clients and provide an outstanding service’.
‘Chris Warren-Smith is outstanding, he has a wealth of international experience and is a delight to work with’.
‘Chris Warren-Smith is thoughtful, imaginative and practical’.
‘Melanie Ryan is also outstanding, she has great insight and is extremely practical’.
The investigations and white-collar team at Paul Hastings LLP advises on all aspects of anti-corruption law, including compliance, due diligence on M&A, negotiating with government enforcement authorities and civil litigation. It often takes leading roles in global investigations for major corporates.
‘Exceptionally talented litigation and investigation team which is very knowledgeable, covering the whole spectrum of regulatory, tax compliance and corporate criminal law.’
‘Highly regarded by regulators for their professionalism and abilities.’
‘Paul Hastings is a well-resourced firm with good international connections and a high degree of professional expertise’.
‘Paul Hastings are the ‘go-to’ firm for boutique, corporate criminal fraud investigations and defence’.
‘Very clear advice, friendly and very supportive and a real sense of being here to help you with expert leadership’.
‘Joanna Dimmock is an up–and-coming star with extraordinary commitment to her clients’ cases; she can achieve the impossible more often than not’.
‘Jonathan Pickworth is a superb leader’.
‘Joanna Dimmock has unrivalled knowledge and experience of her field which comes from conducting the most high profile cases from beginning to end’.
‘Joanna Dimmock devotes a laser-like focus and unceasing energy to fighting every case’.
‘Jonathan Pickworth is superb and one of the most sophisticated thinkers in this area’.
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP is noted for its experience dealing with international agencies, including the SFO, FCA, DoJ and SEC. The firm advises on corruption, bribery, fraud and money-laundering matters, and internal investigations. Other areas of focus include compliance, enforcement, anti-trust, fraud, market abuse and criminal investigations. Charles Hewetson and Rosanne Kay head the team. Eoin O’Shea, who formerly co-headed the team, left for CMS.
Other key lawyers:
‘It is an experienced international team that is well-acquainted with both European and US regulations and legal practice’.
Stewarts Law LLP specialises in multi-jurisdictional criminal and regulatory issues. Areas of practice include civil fraud, asset recovery, tax litigation and employment-related mandates. The team's client base includes companies in the oil and gas, construction, manufacturing and telecoms sectors. David Savage is recommended for international sanctions matters.
- Representing US corporate, KBR Inc, in the widely reported Supreme Court legal challenge regarding the jurisdictional reach of s.2 CJA 1989 against the SFO, concerning their demand for documents held wholly in the United States of America and with no connection to the UK.
The London office of WilmerHale’s white-collar defence and investigations department is an integral part of its world-renowned practice. It receives significant direct instructions from major clients and represents both corporates and individuals. The team advises international businesses on criminal, regulatory and reputational matters. Head of practice Stephen Pollard is recommended for business crime and securities enforcement work, and has worked on a plethora of high profile SFO investigations. Counsel Christopher David handles cases involving fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, tax evasion, cartels and money laundering.
Ashurst’s increasing focus on financial and corporate crime is evidenced by the firm's recent hire of new practice head Ruby Hamid from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Hamid is noted for her expertise in financial crime litigation and general crime matters and, as a former prosecutor, has strong links with the SFO and FCA. The practice is known for its experience in sanctions, money laundering, tax evasion, and bribery and corruption matters. Its broad client base includes representatives from a host of highly regulated industries, including energy, infrastructure, life sciences, financial services and defence.
‘The arrival of Ruby Hamid has made a significant difference to the firm’s ability to represent corporates in criminal matters’.
‘Ruby Hamid is excellent, committed and incredibly easy to work with’.
‘A growing team with significant expertise in commercial and regulatory fraud and economic crime’.
‘Ruby Hamid has added a star quality to the firm in this department’.
- Advising an oil and gas company in relation to steps necessary to obtain a licence and secondary sanctions assurance from OFAC so that a multi-million dollar energy transaction could proceed to completion.
- Advising an global oil and gas asset investment company in a high-profile matter involving the investigation of bribery and corruption, fraud and money laundering risk arising from a potential investment in an energy asset previously owned by the royal family of the jurisdiction.
- Advising and representing a prime brokerage and hedge fund in its handling of an FCA enforcement investigation relating to financial crime risks arising from deficiencies in its suspicious transaction monitoring procedures. The case resulted in the FCA’s first Focused Resolution Agreement .
BCL Solicitors LLP advises UK and international clients on various regulatory enforcement and corporate crime issues. It often acts for suspects in investigations brought by the CMA, FCA, HMRC, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and SFO, amongst others. Areas of expertise include advising on matters involving allegations of bribery, financial sanctions, terrorist financing and tax evasion, and it has recently seen an uptick in instructions relating to the medical cannabis industry and UK money laundering laws. Ian Burton heads the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘An excellent all-round dedicated team’.
‘Outstanding strategic vision and a determination to do all that is necessary to produce the best outcomes’.
‘Guy Bastable is outstanding, thoughtful and calm, with excellent judgment’.
‘Richard Rheichmann is a star of the future’.
‘Guy Bastable’s assured and sure-footed approach ensures that his clients receive the best strategic and legal advice for their circumstances’.
‘The BCL team are hugely experienced at handling and representing large corporate investigations’.
‘Shaul Brazil is extremely responsive and always well-prepared and on top of everything’.
‘Very wide experience in regulatory issues coupled with criminal expertise’.
Celsa Manufacturing (UK) Limited
Options Energy Resource LLP
- Advising Celsa Manufacturing (UK) Limited in relation to its defence of a HSE prosecution following a double fatal explosion at its steelworks.
- Advising Options Energy Resource LLP in relation to a HSE prosecution after a worker was fatally electrocuted during contact with overhead powerlines.
- Advising a Water and Sewage Company regarding a large criminal investigation undertaken by the Environment Agency and a two-year regulatory investigation by Ofwat
City of London-based litigation boutique Bivonas Law LLP acts for large corporations on corporate crime and regulatory matters. It is experienced in advising on both the prosecution and defence of companies and individuals, making the practice well placed to advise clients on civil, criminal and regulatory matters. The team is headed by Antony Brown , Cindy Dorrington and Steve Sharp. Brown has 38 years’ experience in civil and criminal fraud. Dorrington focuses on regulatory litigation, fraud, money laundering, business crime, and proceeds of crime and financial services regulatory proceedings. Sharp handles cases brought by criminal and regulatory bodies, including the SFO, FCA and NCA.
Other key lawyers:
‘Cindy Dorrington has excellent experience in all manner of financial regulatory, corporate crime and fraud matters’.
‘Cindy Dorrington’s client handling is second to none, she takes a highly practical approach and is highly recommended’.
‘The team at Bivonas has strong knowledge of their domain of work, strong analytical skills, good listening skills and good communication skills’.
‘Steve Sharp stands out for his intellect, diligence, common sense and enormous experience’.
‘Steve Sharp is a great team player with good client skills’.
- Representing a multinational electronics company in worldwide cartel litigation.
- Advising in relation to a major oil company’s potential exposure to corrupt practices and possible cross-border implications.
- Acting for a leading supplier of data storage systems operating from five countries, leading an investigation in a number of jurisdictions into allegations of bribery and corruption.
Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP’s London practice works closely with its counterparts in the US to provide a joined up approach to financial crime and investigations. Head of team Matthew Getz is UK- and US-qualified and focuses on government and internal investigations, white-collar defence, anti-corruption due diligence and regulatory compliance issues. Tracey Dovaston joined as partner from an in-house role at Barclays.
‘Focused, ferocious, fair and effective’.
‘Their partner assigned to me was extremely accommodating and able to adjust to my schedule’.
‘Their current size and structure allows for good personal interaction and flexibility to suit their clients’.
‘Matthew Getz was extremely competent in his handling of my affairs’.
‘Very high-quality people all around, with a range of skills from detached advising to aggressive, engaged advocacy’.
‘Matthew Getz is a thoughtful, pragmatic and effective advisor who quickly understands the litigation situation and can get past the noise to focus on what matters to the client’.
‘The team has great judgement and exhibits creativity that is hard to find amongst counsel’.
‘They are great to work with, which facilitates collaboration and leads to better results’.
- Acted for Midtown Acquisitions, an affiliate of Davidson Kempner Capital Management, the global institutional investment management firm, on the enforcement and successful settlement of a $200m New York judgement against Essar, an Indian company.
Clyde & Co LLP advises on regulatory investigations and corporate crime matters, including allegations of money laundering, bribery and corruption, market abuse and collusion, fraud and sanctions. The firm is well placed to represent large multinational clients in cross-border matters through its global network of offices. The team is co-chaired by Fergal Cathie and John Whittaker, who is recommended for internal investigations, trading disputes and international economic sanctions advice. Niya Phiri was promoted to partner.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles various corporate and financial crime matters, compliance issues and cross-border investigations. It is experienced in cases brought by domestic and international enforcement agencies, including the SFO, FCA, HMRC, DoJ, OFAC and CPS. Manchester-based Zia Ullah heads the team and has more than 20 years’ experience in criminal law.
Other key lawyers:
‘I use this firm mainly in relation to advice in meeting UN/EU/UK and US financial sanctions and have always found them very knowledgeable on the subject’.
‘They are very responsive and clear in explaining their advice’.
‘Zia Ullah is a very personable individual with a wealth of knowledge gained not only in the legal profession but also from roles held in the financial services industry’.
‘The breadth of the team’s hands-on experience is impressive and unparalleled in the industry’.
‘Zia Ullah has a very calm, affable manner which comes from knowing every aspect of his practice area and instinctively knowing how to navigate a client through the most complex of problems’.
‘The Eversheds Sutherland corporate crime team compares very favourably against other white-collar defence practices’.
‘Emma Gordon is an extremely capable and well respected partner who leads by example and has developed a high-performing team’.
‘Ruth Paley is a Legal Director in the team and is one of the leading names in anti-money laundering work in London; she has a depth of knowledge that few in the city have’.
‘James Peacham is a very hardworking solicitor whose client care is second to none. He readily gets the client onside, no matter how difficult the case may be, and puts in all of the hard yards necessary to get a case in order and ready for trial. James is someone who is proactive, rather than reactive, and it is rare that you have to ask him to do something that he has not already thought of and addressed.’
A U.S. listed technology company
An insurance processing service provider
An international money service business
A government owned development finance institution
A global payments technology company
A UK branch of a foreign bank
- Instructed by a US-listed technology company to undertake a 5 year look back at historic sanctions violations in one of its UK subsidiaries operating in the global insurance market.
- Advising an insurance processing service provider with a sanctions compliance program relating to Iran .
- Instructed by a European headquartered bank to devise a sanctions policy, recusal policy and authorisation process along with a compliance framework.
Jones Day's London arm has experience in all aspects of white-collar crime and internal, criminal and regulatory investigations. Leaning on support from its international network of offices, the firm handles a range of multi-jurisdictional matters. Areas of expertise include fraud, antitrust, international trade and breaches of the UK Bribery Act, FCPA, government contracts, healthcare and environmental crimes. Glyn Powell heads the team and is experienced in investigations brought by the SFO, HMRC, Metropolitan Police, FCA, Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority (PMCPA), DoJ and SEC. Sion Richards also heads the team and focuses on major fraud, asset tracing, and corruption investigations.
Güralp Systems Limited
- Acting for regulated crude oil trading company Arcadia as Claimant in $330m High Court fraud proceedings arising out of a scheme by Arcadia’s former management to misappropriate oil trading profits.
King & Spalding LLP advises multinational corporations on cross-border investigations, financial and economic crime, fraud litigation and compliance matters. Areas of focus include anti-bribery, anti-money laundering, export controls and sanctions. The team is headed by dual US and UK qualified Aaron Stephens and Robert Dedman. Former co-head of team Gareth Rees QC left for Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Aaron Stephens and Joanna Harris are an outstanding team; they are both reassuring, completely unflappable and able to see all the angles’.
‘Aaron Stephens has a great understanding for client needs and can navigate the trickiest of situations’.
‘Aaron Stephens is superb on regulatory and criminal crossover matters..
‘Hugely experienced on cross-border and civil/criminal crossover cases’.
‘One of the key strengths of the entire team has been their ability to answer our inquiries in a very detailed way’.
‘They are very fast with their responses and very good communicators’.
‘The entire team is very pro-active’.
‘They put together the perfect team for every case’.
- Representing Deutsche Bank on a transatlantic basis defending it against multibillion-dollar follow-on damages actions over alleged manipulation of FX rates.
- Advising Travelex, a global payments company, in relation to the launch of a new fintech product for Samsung mobile phones and associated financial crime compliance issues across numerous jurisdictions.
- Representing Halkbank in ongoing parallel DOJ and OFAC sanctions investigations concerning allegations of violations of Iranian sanctions.
Mayer Brown International LLP handles criminal defence and compliance matters. With strong links to the US, the multidisciplinary, cross-border team is well-placed to handle government enforcement matters, criminal investigations and related civil enforcement proceedings. Alistair Graham heads the team. Sam Eastwood is recommended for anti-bribery and regulatory compliance work.
- Acting for eOne in its High Court battle with Monex Europe, a Foreign Exchange trading company, and Prince Marwaha, eOne’s former treasurer, relating to a £17m currency trading fraud.
Morrison & Foerster LLP has been ramping up its City white collar and corporate crime group. The team, which advises on high profile investigations by bodies such as the FCA and SFO has added Chiraag Shah from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, and Gareth Rees QC and Hayley Ichilcik from King & Spalding LLP. Jonathan Wheeler heads the practice, which advises on matters involving allegations of financial crime corruption, bribergy, money laundering and contentious insolvencies. Kevin Roberts left for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.
Other key lawyers:
- Acting for the trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari in a large fraud/insolvency matter. He was convicted on charges of money laundering, and his assets were restrained by a Crown Court order shortly before his bankruptcy. His assets comprise more than 80 properties in the UK and property and other assets in many foreign jurisdictions.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP’s multi-jurisdictional team comprises criminal defence specialists and former prosecutors. Areas of practice include compliance, global internal and external investigations, and sanctions matters. The team leans on its in-house forensic accounting and forensic intelligence experts for support. Tom Stocker, who is based in Edinburgh and London, heads the global practice, while the London team is led by Natalie Sherborn , who joined as partner from Kobre & Kim LLP in late 2019, and Neil McInnes. Tax fraud expert Andrew Sackey joined as partner from an in-house role at HMRC in January 2020.
Other key lawyers:
‘Notably ambitious and driven team, always with a keen eye for sourcing the best clients’.
‘Team members can always be counted on to be professional, hard-working and conscientious’.
‘Olga Tocewicz is highly valued and respected’.
‘Ability to advise both corporates and individuals is a strength’.
‘Natalie Sherborn’s knowledge of cross-border investigations and managing global investigations is significant’.
‘Natalie Sherborn is personable and able to communicate at all levels’.
‘Neil McInnes is experienced and provides a very strong service to his clients’.
‘Neil McInnes is an excellent lawyer, a wise and strategic thinker’.
RPC handles investigations, high-value court work, financial crime and compliance matters. It is experienced in SFO, FCA and NCA investigations. The team works with clients such as governments, institutions and large corporates in the engineering, energy, construction, advertising, media, finance and insurance sectors. Sam Tate heads the team and is noted for his experience in cross-border investigations and crime prevention programs.
Other key lawyers:
‘Sam Tate is an outstandingly able lawyer with vast experience in this field’.
‘The team are dedicated and efficient’.
‘Sam Tate has experience across all aspects of corporate crime and has superb judgement’.
‘Sam Tate brings a wealth of practical knowledge from having worked both in-house and in private practice’.
‘Sam Tate has a clear enthusiasm for his subject matter and has an infectious energy’.
‘The team has demonstrated that they are very practically minded and that they are able to clearly understand the brief they have been asked to work on for the organisation’.
‘The team is very client-oriented, creative and reliable’.
‘Sam Tate is easy to deal with, has good practical experience and is a sensible sounding board’.
The Federal Republic of Nigeria
The Financial Times Limited
Oleg Deripaska/Filatona Trading Limited
Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Intercontinental Hotels Group
Open Britain (the People’s Vote)
- Conducted a privileged and independent investigation for the Financial Times into allegations of collusion between its journalists and investors in the German company Wirecard AG.
- Representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria in its claim against JP Morgan arising out of the bank’s role in the fraudulent and corrupt acquisition of an oil prospecting licence by the oil majors Shell and Eni for the sum of $1.3 bn.
- Engaged by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to conduct a bribery and corruption risk assessment across their global operations.
Taylor Wessing LLP handles UK and global financial crime matters. It has noted experience in internal investigations, corporate wrong-doing, and defence against actions brought by regulators and enforcement authorities. David De Ferrars and Tim Strong head the team. Nick Storrs joined as partner from Signature Litigation LLP and Amy Patterson was promoted to partner.
‘Andrew Howell – exceptionally experienced and a cool head for any case.’
‘Andrew Howell is one of the best litigators I know. He never puts a foot wrong.’
Professor Russel Griggs
Asher Miller (David Rubin & Partners) as liquidator of Colarb Capital plc
- Acting for for Deloitte (and two of its engagement partners) in relation to FRC proceedings into audits of Autonomy Corporation plc (a former FTSE 100 company) and in relation to related litigation taking place between Hewlett Packard and former Autonomy management.
- Represented RSM and two of its partners in relation to disciplinary proceedings arising out of an investigation by the FRC into their audit of Tanfield plc and two of its subsidiaries.
Travers Smith LLP’s cross-departmental team corporate crime team is able to draw on strength from its broader operational risk and environment, competition, financial services and markets, employment and dispute resolution practices to advise on regulatory investigations and corporate crime. Under the leadership of Rob Fell, the firm acts for individuals and institutions caught up in investigations brought by multiple domestic and international enforcement agencies. Internal investigations are another area of focus, where the team advises on bribery, money-laundering and fraud issues. Alexa Day was promoted to partner.
‘There is no one I would rather have in my corner than Rob Fell and Huw Jenkin’.
‘Genuine understanding of educational establishments and individuals subject to action by them’.
Brown Rudnick LLP is adept at handling complex criminal fraud investigations. Working closely with its US counterparts, the UK team handles multi-jurisdictional investigations and provides a comprehensive advisory service for compliance matters. Anupreet Amole heads the team. Mark Beardsworth left for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Jamie Symington left for an in-house role at the FRC; and Tom Epps left for Cooley (UK) LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Brown Rudnick is able to provide exceptional advice to corporate clients at rates that are far under what their larger firm peers charge’.
‘Their advice is commercial – in the sense that it is actionable and doesn’t require retranslating back into your business to make it work’.
‘They provide a sharper and more focused work product and advice because they have truly taken the time to understand your in-house issues, drivers and problems’.
‘Anupreet Amole is the lawyer I would call first in a crisis’.
‘Anupreet Amole has calm and understanding that is matched with intelligence and insight’.
‘The team are collaborative and intuitive and allocate the best person for the task in hand’.
‘Peter Bibby is an unrivalled expert in financial services and broader regulatory matters’.
‘They work closely together to achieve client objectives’.
Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP’s business crime and regulatory investigations team handles white-collar crime, proceeds of crime issues, money laundering, bribery and regulatory matters. It acts for international and domestic businesses and is experienced in SFO and police investigations. David Hall heads the team and is noted for his experience acting for the NCA in legal proceedings.
- Handling an increasing amount of work to do with cyber-fraud attacks, which have been launched against a number of clients, including answering questions of criminal and civil liability, dealing with enforcement agencies and asset recovery.
- Acting for a US technology company in relation to potential dawn raids, as well as advising on the content of its anti-corruption policies and procedures and providing regular training sessions.
- Advising clients on the design and implementation of comprehensive and integrated anti-financial crime controls pursuant to the requirements of the Bribery Act 2010, Criminal Finances Act 2017 and Money Laundering Regulations 2017.
Dentons handles FCA, SFO and local law enforcement and investigations. Its main focus in London is financial crime, including money laundering, corruption, insider dealing, market abuse and financial sanctions. Daren Allen heads the regulatory, trade and investigations group, and counts large international banks among his clients. Katharine Harle was promoted to partner.
‘The team’s strengths are knowledge and experience in their field’.
‘The individuals are very engaging and easy to deal with’.
- Advising a bank in a high-profile case involving allegations of money laundering.
- Advising the London branch of a foreign bank on an extensive financial crime audit, following an FCA visit to the branch.
K&L Gates LLP
K&L Gates LLP is noted for its experience advising corporations on criminal law and investigations, regulatory compliance and risk. Bribery, corruption, fraud and anti-money laundering advice are areas of expertise. Clients include FTSE 100 and 250 companies, and multinational corporations. The team is headed by Pittsburgh-based Brian Saulnier and London-based Dylan Moses.
‘Dylan Moses leads a very able team with a wealth of regulatory experience’.
‘They have the resources of a large American firm, but are a relatively small, responsive and nimble team’.
‘Dylan Moses is exceptionally clever and committed’.
‘Dylan Moses He has shown an ability to deal with the most sensitive corporate cases’.
‘Dylan Moses heads an impressive team with a formidable institution at his back’.
‘The firm has a broad range of expertise in regulatory, criminal and civil commercial law which allows it to provide a one stop shop for commercial clients on a range of issues’.
‘Dylan Moses has a lovely manner with clients, understands the individuals as well as the corporate sensitivities in each dilemma and is adept is responding to them’.
‘Its partners and associates in related fields work closely together to enhance the pool of knowledge available to clients to produce pragmatic commercial advice and representation’.
Serco Group plc
Qatar Free Zone Authority
- Advising Serco Group plc on a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters, since July 2013, leading to the fifth Deferred Prosecution Agreement.
- Advising Laing O’Rourke (and two of its subsidiaries) on a number of criminal matters, including two separate corporate manslaughter investigations and Health and Safety Executive investigations into breaches of health and safety law. Representing the client through all stages of an inquest.
- Drafting anti-money laundering and counter terrorism, anti-bribery and health and safety regulations for the free zone in the state of Qatar.
PwC LLP advises listed and unlisted UK companies, multinationals and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on regulatory investigations and corporate crime matters. The group is headed by Agnes Quashie, who focuses on investigations involving fraud, corruption, sanctions, asset-tracing and asset recovery. Other areas of expertise include business ethics, governance, risk and compliance issues and policies.
Other key lawyers:
‘The PwC team is establishing itself well in this highly competitive sector, with a range of forensic investigation and advisory skills’.
‘Nabeel Osman has strong investigative skills and is very adept at putting together the right team to meet corporate clients’ needs’.
‘Nabeel Osman has a very “can do” approach and is instrumental in establishing his team as a market force’.
‘The team has very good experience in what is a specialist area’.
‘The team was competent, approachable and delivered results in the expected timescales’.