Debevoise & Plimpton LLP remains a go-to firm for complex international regulatory investigations and corporate crime matters, with experience in attaining successful outcomes for a wide range of clients in highly regulated industries, including energy, minerals, defence, and financial services. The firm leverages its US and global footprint in cross-border proceedings, and has seen success in negotiating DPAs alongside securing acquittals for clients facing regulatory and criminal enforcement action by the likes of the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ, including ongoing work for key clients Rolls Royce and Royal Dutch Shell. The ‘pre-eminent‘ team is headed up by Peter Goldsmith KC, who remains active in international white collar proceedings and arbitrations, alongside Karolos Seeger, who continues to offer broad expertise across bribery, corruption, and AML proceedings on a global basis, regularly appearing successfully against enforcement bodies. Jane Shvets offers ‘outstanding, well rounded‘ advice to corporate clients on regulatory compliance audits and internal investigations, as well as regulatory actions, while Konstantin Bureiko is an international counsel with particular expertise in sanctions and international trade work. At associate level, ‘superstar‘ Thomas Jenkins advises clients on anti-corruption and fraud investigations, as well as on regulatory compliance, including compliance with DPAs, while Andrew Lee specialises in FCA proceedings, including litigation.
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) in London
Peter Goldsmith KC; Karolos Seeger
Other key lawyers:
Jane Shvets; Konstantin Bureiko; Thomas Jenkins; Andrew Lee
‘Debevoise is not our primary sanctions firm, however, we regularly reach out to them in highly complex matters to give a second opinion. Their opinion is always very practical in every sense and they are especially thorough with their risk assessment. They have outstanding quality team members both in their US and UK/EU offices and their team work is very strong.’
‘Jane Shvets is an outstanding, well rounded compliance lawyer and team leader. Her advice is strategic and practical at the same time, her assessments in individual cases always feed into how the overall compliance program can be improved. She does not shy away to challenge the client to make the compliance program stronger.’
‘Debevoise has one of the City’s pre-eminent Investigations and Corporate Crime practices. Jane Shvets in particular has shown herself to be absolutely in control of the law and on top of the detail. She bring a calm demeanor to moments of stress and has a first rate analytical capability.’
‘Debevoise is certainly the law firm which has the deepest understanding of different jurisdictions. They are very committed .to the case and to the client.’
‘Karolos Seeger – genuinely international, multi-lingual, extremely clever and engaging – exceptional under pressure – very very good at managing complex matters Tom Jenkins – a super star senior associate, huge work ethic and delivers every time.’
‘Incredibly strong team that brings together expertise across multiple offices to provide a seamless and joined-up end client experience. The strength of the bench is deep and the team is super responsive.’
‘Jane Shvets is simply outstanding. Jane brings together exceptional technical expertise with commercial pragmatism and is very user friendly. It is always a pleasure working with Jane. – Konstantin Bureiko is a brilliant associate. On point and excellent technical ability.’
‘I worked with Debevoise for the first time on an internal compliance investigation in a very challenging jurisdiction. The competence level, the effective and smooth operation, the non-negotiable client-focus and the sheer quality of the team was very impressive. It was a difficult and complex investigation, but the Debevoise team did a fantastic job. The report at the end of a year-long investigation was not only excellent in terms of its technical qualities, but also had a remarkable story-telling element to it that brought a refreshing simplicity to the whole matter and made the key messages clear and easy to understand and digest for the organisation.’
‘The individual that played the key role in our investigation was the London partner, Karolos Seeger. His sheer intellectual and cognitive capacity is impressive and made the whole difference in dealing with the complexity of our investigation. In addition to his razor-sharp mind and deep experience, he has the ability to inspire confidence with his soft-spoken, calm and elegant leadership. He is an exceptional talent and the ultimate expert in his field.’
- Advised Rolls-Royce plc during negotiations of its Leniency Agreement with Brazil’s Office of the Comptroller General (“CGU”), which was approved on October 26, 2021. The Leniency Agreement relates to historic bribery and corruption involving intermediaries in Brazil.
- Acting as global coordinating counsel to Shell on the various bribery investigations and court proceedings relating to the award of the OPL 245 offshore oil block in Nigeria in 2011.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP continues to be a go-to practice for major global corporations facing both criminal prosecutions and regulatory investigations, with multijurisdictional expertise across bribery, corruption, sanctions, and market abuse proceedings. The firm enjoys productive relations with UK and international regulatory and agencies, as well as global law enforcement, and also has an active advisory practice, working particularly actively with energy and financial services clients on the impacts of Russian sanctions, as well as on internal compliance audits and emerging regulatory risks relating to ESG and internal culture. The ‘world class‘ team is led by Susannah Cogman, who has strong expertise across compliance and regulatory investigations mandates, particularly relating to cross-border money laundering cases, while Dan Hudson is a key name for corporate investigations into financial crime, both internal and external. ‘One of the best there is‘, Brian Spiro represents a broad corporate client base in major UK corporate crime investigations, as well as actions by global regulators. Rob Hunt returned from a secondment at the SFO in late 2021, and brings significant regulatory expertise as well as notable capabilities in cross-border work from his time working in Hong Kong, while Kate Meakin is noted for adroitly balancing corporate investigations with parallel litigation and civil proceedings. Counsel Elizabeth Head is a key name for financial crime, senior associate Kathryn Boyd has a particular specialism in anti-bribery and corruption proceedings, and Jessica Chappatte, also a senior associate, works closely with UK regulatory bodies and law enforcement in defending high-profile prosecutions.
Other key lawyers:
Dan Hudson; Rob Hunt; Kate Meakin; Brian Spiro; Kathryn Boyd; Jessica Chappatte; Hannah Lau; Elizabeth Head
‘This is a superb world class firm.’
‘Brian Spiro is one of the best there is in this field and he leads a team of talented individuals.’
‘This team is chock full of tomorrow’s stars. Each is very bright and industrious, acting in combination as a well oiled machine.’
‘Kate Meakin is superb – calm and wise. Hannah Lau is a delight to work with. Full of spark and determination.’
‘A highly skilled and responsive team, easy to work with and a “can do” approach.’
‘I found the team to be very responsive and accommodating of our needs and work hours due to time zone challenges. Commitments made were consistently delivered and our expectations were well managed.’
‘Catherine led the engagement and kept us informed at all times. Her insights and advice was invaluable and pragmatic.’
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons remains highly active on behalf of major UK and international corporates facing major regulatory investigations across the spectrum of financial crime issues, encompassing corruption, fraud, money laundering, and trade sanctions. The firm’s clients include major names in financial services, energy, natural resources, and technology, and the team is able to offer industry-specific expertise, as well as complementary capabilities in civil fraud, regulatory issues, data, and corporate governance, regularly handling internal investigations on behalf of companies facing potential charges or seeking to review compliance policies. The practice is led by the vastly experienced duo of Nick Benwell and Stephen Gentle, both of whom have successful records in acting for corporate clients in regulatory investigations, including multijurisdictional proceedings by the likes of the FCO, SFA, and international enforcement bodies. Camilla De Silva was previously a senior official at the SFO and brings strong prosecutor-side experience, as well as knowledge of regulatory agency developments and strategy, acting for a number of key global businesses. Counsel Cherie Spinks has significant criminal law expertise, regularly representing companies facing regulatory and criminal prosecutions, while managing associate Emily Agnoli continues to bolster her growing reputation in high-profile internal and external investigations on a global basis. Fellow managing associate Alexandra Webster co-ordinates parallel civil, criminal, and regulatory proceedings, playing a key role in complex international mandates.
Stephen Gentle; Nick Benwell
Other key lawyers:
Camilla De Silva; Emily Agnoli; Cherie Spinks; Alexandra Webster
‘A highly integrated and collegiate team – very well liked and respected by the authorities and peers in the market, always put client needs first and work seamlessly with each other and any co-advisers.’
‘Nick Benwell – calm, measured, very thoughtful and strategic Stephen Gentle – a huge intellect, highly respected and fantastic people managament skills. John Malik — clever, hardworking, details always grasped and as hand – very impressive. Emily Agnoli – unquenchable work ethic, big intellect, always measured and thoughtful – a future star without question.’
‘Discrete and capable of analysing large amounts of data quickly.’
‘Camilla de Silva has excellent experience in the area.’
- Representing Petrofac Limited in relation to its successful resolution of a long-running SFO investigation into alleged bribery, corruption and money laundering in respect of contracts across the Middle East.
The ‘highly regarded expert team‘ at Slaughter and May plays a leading role in major ongoing SFO cases, including representing the likes of British American Tobacco and John Wood Group in high-profile proceedings. The firm offers strong criminal and regulatory expertise, with a focus on complex investigations, often involving multijurisdictional elements, relating to bribery, corruption, market abuse, and sanctions issues, as well as providing compliance advice on international trade and AML policies. The practice is led by the ‘superb‘ Richard Swallow , Jonathan Cotton , and Ewan Brown , each of whom offer extensive expertise in complex SFO and international regulatory investigations and prosecutions, while Holly Ware is noted for her global investigations work, largely acting against the FCA and SFO. James Stacey has a strong record in work for listed companies and financial services entities, while Gayathri Kamalanathan has in-house financial services expertise and specialises in regulatory investigations and litigation within the industry. Senior counsel Ella Williams continues to play a key role in complex regulatory prosecutions as well as providing compliance advice.
Richard Swallow; Jonathan Cotton; Ewan Brown
Other key lawyers:
Holly Ware; Jonathan Clark; James Stacey; Gayathri Kamalanathan; Ella Williams
‘Three factors : 1. The sheer brilliance of their legal expertise at every level 2. Their openness to input from the client and to leverage any insights the client can add 3. Their culture of close teamwork – where the most junior lawyer is made to feel valued.’
‘Richard Swallow : partner par excellence. Gave me as client the clarity and confidence to live free of anxiety as I always felt he would ensure we had the best legal brains preparing the best possible case, and because of his evident skill in ensuring very effective collaboration across the multitude of players involved internationally. He also led his team – and all our meetings – by combining serious professionalism and his own deep expertise, with lightness of touch and humour – empowering his younger colleagues and generating an atmosphere of excellent collaboration.’
‘Slaughter and May is able to offer a 360 degree service, with experts in every field of law in respect of which advice may be required in the context of regulatory investigations and corporate crime.’
‘Every individual at Slaughter and May is an excellent lawyer. Standout partners are: Richard Swallow – a brilliant negotiator who you want on your side. Jonathan Cotton – exceptionally bright, yet practical and pragmatic. Ewan Brown – calm and considered, he is a brilliant lawyer. Jonathan Clark – with fantastic judgment, will fight for his client every step of the way. Holly Ware – sharp and incisive, a fearsome opponent.’
‘Richard Swallow is superb – he acts for all the household names. Johnny Cotton is also superb.’
‘Highly regarded expert team that can offer all the assistance clients need’
‘The Regulatory Investigations & Corporate Crime at Slaughter & May are excellent. Key strength is the extremely high quality of the lawyers.’
‘Jonathan Cotton is excellent. He is an outstanding litigator who has a very calm manner and takes a pragmatic approach to difficult issues.’
British American Tobacco plc
John Wood Group PLC
Mr Malcolm Brinded
Former director of Patisserie Valerie
- Successfully defending British American Tobacco plc against the SFO’s long running investigation of suspicions of corruption by bat plc, its subsidiaries and associated persons.
- Advising John Wood Group plc in relation to successful resolution of an investigation by the SFO into alleged bribery.
Addleshaw Goddard continues to expand its footprint in high-profile, complex white-collar criminal investigations, representing a diverse range of businesses facing allegations of money laundering, fraud, bribery and corruption, as well as handling unique issues relating to blackmail, crypto assets, and sanctions, alongside representing companies in actions against former directors and employees. Alongside regular work for domestic clients against the SFO, NCA, and FCA, among others, the firm is also increasing its share of cross-border investigations, including those led by the US DOJ and other global agencies. The team is led by the ‘tenacious‘ Nichola Peters, a key name for global investigations and white collar defence proceedings, with Michelle De Kluyver praised for her ‘thorough and strategic‘ work in complex, cross-border financial crime cases, including international government investigations. Polly Sprenger has in-house SFO expertise and notable capabilities in asset recovery and fraud proceedings. Sarah Thomas represents asset managers, insurers, and other financial services companies in investigations relating to lending, governance and culture, and management accountability.
Other key lawyers:
Michelle De Kluyver; Polly Sprenger; Sarah Thomas; Neeta Chityal
‘Addleshaw Goodard has a strong team which is well placed to deal with a range of financial misconduct.’
‘Nichola Peters stands out for her tenacious advice to corporates. She is a tenacious lawyer who is able to obtain great outcomes for clients in tricky situations.’
‘They are careful, collaborative and have some great cases’
‘Michelle de Kluyver is sensitive, empathetic and always on top of legal developments’
‘Incredible team led by Michelle de Kluyver, Nichola Peters with brilliant managing associate Neeta Chityal. Fantastic knowledge of law in this area, unparalleled commitment to their clients, tenacious, brilliant to work with as part of a team (including with counsel), real strategic thinkers’
‘Michelle de Kluyver is a superb lawyer – has the technical knowledge but has the perspective of the client at all times. Neeta Chityal is also one to watch – must be coming up for partnership shortly, a delight to work with, hugely knowledgeable and has the benefit of spanning both criminal and commercial litigation’
‘They are a very savvy team, lead by women who know their stuff and are of the highest integrity and calibre.’
‘Nichola Peters – really smart. great investigations experience. down to earth approach Michelle de Kluyver – cerebral, thoughtful lawyer who has a calm and measured approach which inspires confidence.’
Bystronic Glass (UK)
- Advising a UK plc in relation to a criminal investigation being conducted by HMRC and overseas authorities.
- Advising Bystronic Glass (UK) Limited on proceedings against a former director, including a private prosecution alongside a parallel civil fraud action alleging breach of fiduciary duties.
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP has a global footprint in regulatory and criminal investigations into corporate crime, with a particularly strong record in acting for multinationals in key sectors such as financial services, healthcare, tech, and energy in complex proceedings brought by the SFO, FCA, and international enforcement bodies including the DOJ and SEC. The firm offers strong contentious expertise, allowing it to represent clients through to the prosecution and enforcement stage, and also advises clients throughout internal investigations, both into regulatory compliance issues relating to money laundering, bribery, corruption, and antitrust issues, as well as handling emerging issues such as ESG, workplace harassment, and culture. Arnondo Chakrabarti leads the team alongside the ‘incredibly experienced‘ Eve Giles, with both acting for a strong range of FTSE-listed companies, multinationals, and financial institutions across complex proceedings, while Calum Burnett and Jonathan Hitchin are key names for financial services and cartel investigations respectively. Sarah Hitchins and Brandon O’Neil are also highly accomplished financial crime practitioners, and senior associates Robin Marshall and Hayley Humphries both offer high-level expertise in corporate investigations, including cross-border proceedings across a variety of industries.
Arnondo Chakrabarti; Eve Giles
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Hitchin; Calum Burnett; Sarah Hitchins; Brandon O’Neill; Robin Marshall; Hayley Humphries
‘A truly experienced team able to mobilise an expert team at short notice in response to a range of corporate crime and regulation issues.’
‘Eve Giles is an incredibly experienced white collar lawyer – one of the few city firm lawyers with significant first hand experience of criminal investigation and prosecution. While being outwardly calm and enormously reassuring to her clients, Eve is fastidious in ensuring that nothing is missed and no opportunity lost for ensuring the best outcome for her clients.’
‘A&O has a very strong corporate base of clientele and expert lawyers to advise on all aspects of corporate business. This means that the regulatory and investigations team doesn’t advise in a vacuum and A&O is able to give holistic advice.’
‘Eve Giles, is highly intelligent, focused and personable. She has decades of first class white collar crime experience.’
‘Calum Burnett – hugely insightful and inspires confidence on large scale enforcement.‘
Baker McKenzie combines global regulatory compliance, risk management, and criminal defence expertise, allowing the firm to act for a wide range of multinationals and major listed companies in the UK and internationally throughout high-stakes regulatory investigations and prosecutions brought by enforcement bodies such as the SFO, HMRC, US DOJ, and SEC, as well as advising companies on internal investigations and compliance issues, both in anticipation of and response to regulatory investigations. The firm offers regulatory expertise, with a number of team members having previously worked at key regulators, and has in-depth knowledge of key legislation such as the Bribery Act and Criminal Finance Act, as well as strong capabilities in handling AML, asset forfeiture, and market manipulation cases, as well as proceedings in emerging areas such as modern slavery. The ‘uniquely broad‘ team is overseen by Joanna Ludlam , who takes the lead on global compliance and investigations work, with an international and high-profile client base, business crime head Charles Thomson , who has represented clients throughout multi-jurisdictional criminal proceedings, financial institutions chair Jonathan Peddie , who combines advocacy expertise with ‘many years of senior banking experience‘, and Sunny Mann, who co-heads the compliance and investigation practice, as well as leading on the firm’s London-based international trade work.
Joanna Ludlam; Charles Thomson; Jonathan Peddie; Sunny Mann
‘The range of experience (as regulators and in-line in banking) gives the team a uniquely broad perspective, and this is supported by deep technical expertise. Their client focus is exceptional – you are never in doubt they have your back, and will leave no stone unturned to deliver the best possible outcome. From partners to associates, you always know they have their best people on the pitch. They are also really fun to work with, and genuinely nice people. I recommend them without reservation. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.’
‘Jonathan Peddie’s many years of senior banking experience means he has real-life experience of the matters on which he now advises clients – and it shows in his insights, his ability to ensure the right blend of strategic and tactical in the team’s focus, and the quality of his analysis of key issues and his advice. Add to this his tremendous empathy for clients, and impressive tenacity, and you have a “go to” guy for contentious regulatory matters.’
‘The practice is international and operational. What I mean by that is that is addition to having international reach, the firm had lawyers with real experience in the subject areas who were “down to earth” communicators. It allowed them to relate well.’
‘The partners with whom I worked were practical, used common sense, and didn’t try to create a fear environment to support unneeded work.’
Clifford Chance LLP has played a key role in a number of high-profile FCA and SFO investigations on behalf of major domestic and international corporates and financial institutions, alongside global investigations by tax authorities and regulatory enforcement agencies. The team regularly handles major follow-on cases, including the application of DPAs, and also has strong expertise in Emerging Market Jurisdiction investigations and sector-wide investigations, including the ongoing Ofgem investigation into the energy sector. ‘Outstanding leader and lawyer’ Luke Tolaini, leads the team, offering strong experience across internal investigations and board-level responses to multijurisdictional investigations including significant reputational risk to clients. Michael Lyons focuses on financial crime investigations, advising several major financial institutions on issues such as money laundering, sanctions, and corruption, while Christopher David handles cross-border corporate and internal investigations for multinationals. Associate Matthew Lee has an emerging reputation for complex financial crime investigations, and fellow associate Ellen Lake specialises in internal and external investigations, compliance, and risk management issues.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Lyons; Chris David; Matthew Lee; Ellen Lake; Carlos Conceicao
‘Clifford Chance as a firm don’t need me to tell you how good they are. Their reputation speaks for itself. But, by hiring Chris David to head up their London white collar practice, they have added one of the very best criminal solicitors to an already stellar litigation team.’
‘Christopher David is a rarity in the Magic Circle white collar world. He’s done it all for real: police stations, high profile crown court trials for individuals and investigations for household name international companies. He’s clever, astute and pragmatic, but with an uncompromising directness that he deploys when necessary. His standing domestically and internationally grows year by year. A very smart hire by Clifford Chance.’
‘Michael Lyons – massively bright, very quick to get to the points that matter to a client, and pursues them doggedly. Luke Tolaini – clever, good to work with and with an exceptional client focus. Luke should be a go-to adviser for any corporate.’
‘Simon Davis is a legend and has fearless judgment. Luke Tolani is one of the very best manages of very complicated hostile litigation in the sector and his team walk in his footsteps.’
‘Highly responsive to clients and providing documents on highest levels on short notice. Provides at all times actionable advice, leveraging their deep understanding of regulators and the law. And always a personal pleasure to work with.’
‘Luke Tolaini is an outstanding leader and lawyer, a commander-in-chief on the case, providing clear perspectives and reliable predictions.’
‘A class act. Everyone in the team is hugely smart, experienced, sensible and, frankly, a treat to work with.’
‘Carlos Conceicao – a master of his craft and an absolute pleasure to work with. Michael Lyons – a rising star as a partner; warm and collaborative style, teamed with sharp intellect’
National Westminster Bank Plc
An international commodities trading company
Serco Group Plc
A global financial institution
A UK financial services firm
An oil and gas operator
A major international financial institution
A major UK-based international bank
- Represented NatWest in the FCA’s landmark first criminal prosecution of a UK bank under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.
- Advising Serco on the implementation of the DPA between Serco and the SFO.
- Advising a UK financial services firm in relation to an investigation into historic cum-ex trading, including liaising with the FCA and HMRC. We are working on this matter together with our colleagues in Frankfurt who are conducting defence criminal proceedings in Germany.
Dechert LLP recruited leading white-collar practitioner Judith Seddon as a co-head of its team from Ropes & Gray LLP in March 2022, adding significant expertise in multijurisdictional investigations into corporate fraud, money laundering, corruption, and regulatory violations brought by the SFO and FCA, as well as global prosecuting authorities. Seddon joins a team focused on international corporate representations against regulatory prosecutions and investigations, as well as internal investigations into both financial and regulatory malfeasance, co-led by dual US-qualified Roger Burlingame and Caroline Black, who is noted for her role in high-profile complex regulatory and internal investigations on behalf of a range of global businesses and financial institutions. Other key members of the team include Matthew Banham, who specialises in financial crime investigations and ESG-related matters, and Dorothy Cory-Wright, who played a key high-profile role advising the former Court of Appeal judge leading the investigation into the Financial Conduct Authority’s regulation of London Capital & Finance. Evan Flowers and Daniel Natoff were promoted to partnership in January 2022, while Simon Fawell and Matthew Cowie departed the firm in November 2021 and June 2022 respectively.
Roger Burlingame; Judith Seddon; Caroline Black
Other key lawyers:
Matthew Banham; Dorothy Cory-Wright; Evan Flowers; Daniel Natoff
Financial Conduct Authority
- Advised Airbus on its coordinated settlement agreement with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the French Parquet National Financier (PNF), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS).
- Advised Dame Elizabeth Gloster (the former Court of Appeal judge) in her capacity as the independent investigator appointed in respect of the Financial Conduct Authority’s regulation and supervision of London Capital & Finance.
- Representing GPT Special Project Management Ltd, an Airbus subsidiary, with respect to criminal proceedings brought by the UK Serious Fraud Office in relation to alleged bribery offences in Saudi Arabia.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP‘s team is now led by the deeply experienced and highly regarded Jo Rickards, who joined alongside Hannah Blom-Cooper from Mishcon de Reya LLP in October 2021, and continues to act for major international corporates in a combination of high-stakes regulatory and criminal investigations, as well as internal compliance audits relating to issues such as money laundering, modern slavery, and greenwashing, among others. The practice was further bolstered by Rebecca Meads‘ arrival from Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP in April 2022, and offers specialist criminal defence expertise, alongside international regularly capabilities, and is able to represent clients before the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ, among other global enforcement agencies.
Other key lawyers:
Rebecca Meads; Hannah Blom-Cooper
‘An exceptional team with top quality lawyers from partner to junior associate level.’
‘Jo Rickards is a dedicated hard working lawyer. We worked together on a particularly difficult case where the client was himself a lawyer. She stood out as both impressive in dealing with the legal issues and the pastoral care clients so often need. She brooked no nonsense from the client (not easy) whilst being able to reassure him that she was on top of all the issues -and she was. If only all my solicitors had the same level of care and expertise.’
Swedish Pension Agency/Kingdom of Sweden
XXP – Professional Trustees
- Advising an international firm of Professional Trustees, about their obligations in the UK under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) about a multi-jurisdictional settlement between the ultimate beneficial owners (UBOs) of the trusts and the DoJ.
- Assisting BTA Bank, and its French lawyer in respect of the criminal fraud prosecution by the French authorities of the Bank’s former CEO.
- Acting for JSC BTA Bank in the recovery of assets as part of the multi-billion USD fraud perpetrated by a former CEO.
The 'brilliant' team at Hogan Lovells International LLP specialises in complex regulatory and internal investigations, acting for a combination of major FTSE-listed and multinational clients throughout SFO and FCA proceedings, including prosecutions, as well as working on global investigations relating to emerging issues such as modern slavery, ESG compliance, and internal policies. The firm combines its investigations expertise with strong in-house criminal and trade capabilities, allowing it to represent clients facing UK and international regulatory enforcement actions as well as emerging sanctions issues, both pertaining to the UK, EU, and US sanctions regimes. The practice is led by the 'available and responsive' Crispin Rapinet , who remains active across multinational investigations by global bodies into issues such as bribery and corporate corruption, while Claire Lipworth is a key name for financial services regulatory issues, including FCA investigations, on behalf of major banks and financial institutions. Liam Naidoo co-ordinates government-led and internal investigations into corruption, and has experience of regulatory regimes in a variety of jurisdictions, while counsel Alex Hohl combines investigations and white-collar litigation expertise.
Other key lawyers:
Liam Nadoo; Claire Lipworth; Alex Hohl; Michael Roberts
‘Stellar firm who offers clients great strategic advice.’
‘Pragmatic and business focused approach. Keen to find solutions and displayed a good understanding of the issues’
‘Crispin Rapinet was pragmatic in approach and offered constructive and business focused advice. A breath of fresh air to deal with and always available and responsive.’
‘Huge resources, some great individuals and very tactical in their approach’
‘Michael Roberts – committed and smart. Liam Naidoo – up and coming partner with a strategic eye’
‘Liam Naidoo is the star individual in the field.’
‘Excellent strength throughout the levels of the team, from junior associate up to partner.’
‘Michael Roberts is a thoughtful and intelligent partner who is always on top of detail and makes thorough and tested strategic decisions. Liam Naidoo is an exceptional talent as a relatively new partner. He is clever and careful and tactically astute. Crispin Rapinet is an immensely experienced partner, very nous-y and extremely good with clients and as a leader of the team. Alex Hohl (Counsel) is top-notch. He is super bright and across the details and documentation faster than anyone. He is extremely reliable and an excellent draftsman.’
‘Strong niche practice well supported by the other practice areas in the firm.’
‘Claire Lipworth is a thoughtful and knowledgeable adviser with excellent judgment.’
- Advising a major medical device manufacturer client in respect to multi-agency investigations into alleged corrupt and anti-competitive activity by its business partners.
- Representing a Kazakh mining company in connection with the ongoing criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, and a range of unprecedented disputes arising out of the investigation.
- Advising a global fintech in respect of an ongoing criminal investigation conducted by the enforcement division of the FCA into breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017.
Offering significant cross-border investigations expertise, the team at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP works with a global client base spanning multiple key sectors on a combination of internal investigations and regulatory compliance advisory matters, alongside high-stakes interactions with regulatory agencies relating to allegations of money laundering, fraud, and corruption. The firm has experience in dealing with key UK agencies such as the SFO, NCA, FCA, and FRC, as well as US and European enforcement bodies, and has notable strengths in three-cornered sanctions cases where clients face sanctions in all three key jurisdictions, as well as advice to private equity funds and portfolio companies. Satnam Tumani, whose expertise encompasses internal and external corporate investigations and regulatory compliance advice on a global basis, leads the team alongside Marcus Thompson, a specialist in financial crime who has been particularly active on complex global sanctions mandates. Andrew Butel is a key name within the team for multinational investigations, acting for a combination of listed companies and international businesses, while managing associate Patrick Navein continues to bolster his reputation for investigations and corporate compliance work in the fields of economic sanctions, AML, and corruption.
Satnam Tumani; Marcus Thompson
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Butel; Patrick Navein
‘Outstanding experience and attention to detail from teams headed by Satnam Tumani makes them difficult to beat.’
‘Satnam Tumani has enormous experience of fraud and corruption. His understanding of the area is deep and extensive. He leads his teams well. A real pleasure to work with.’
‘This is a very well drilled team. They think of everything, in depth, many moves ahead of the opposition. If you want to win, this is the team to hire.’
‘No one knows the SFO like Satnam Tumani. It’s like having a double agent working for you. Patrick Navein is very bright, analytical and always develops an encyclopedic knowledge of any case he is working on – superb.’
‘an outstanding firm with fantastic credibility – they are among the very best of the best’
‘Satnam Tumani – formidable advocat with huge attention to detail and strategic vision. Andy Butel – a great team leader and extremely easy to deal with – massively committed and dedicated.’
‘Practical, positive and hard working.’
‘Excellent hard working team with years of white collar expertise.’
‘Satnam Tumani is a highly experienced lawyer and former senior member of the SFO. Very strategic and first hand knowledge of how cases play out in court.‘
‘Patrick Navein is a highly intelligent, hard working young lawyer and a future star.’
Linklaters LLP acts for a broad client base, including several FTSE-listed companies, encompassing industries such as TMT, financial services, and energy, handling the full spectrum of financial crime proceedings, including bribery, money laundering, and tax evasion. Alongside SFO and FCA investigations into financial crime, the firm also represents clients facing broader corporate criminal allegations, such as Environment Agency investigations, as well as supporting teams internally through investigations, compliance matters, and board-level risk and reputation management issues. Practice head Alison Wilson leads the firm’s global disputes practice, and specialising in contentious financial regulatory cases, regularly representing clients against the FCA. Martyn Hopper focuses on regulatory advice to financial institutions, and Satindar Dogra is a vastly experienced corporate crime practitioner, and has advised clients on investigations and compliance issues relating to corruption, money laundering, and sanctions violations, among others. Former DPP Alison Saunders co-heads the firm’s business crime team, and brings deep expertise in criminal defence proceedings, with counsel Elly Proudlock also a key name for high-stakes SFO investigations into allegations of financial crime.
Other key lawyers:
Satinder Dogra; Alison Saunders; Elly Proudlock; Martyn Hopper
Southern Water Services Limited
- Advised Southern Water Services Limited in connection with a criminal investigation by the Environment Agency.
‘Tough defenders but sensible and approachable’, the team at Macfarlanes LLP advises an international corporate client base on bribery, corruption, and other financial crime issues, encompassing regulatory and criminal investigations brought by international enforcement agencies, as well as internal compliance audits. The firm has a particularly strong record in AML advice, and has also seen an uptick in sanctions work, both with regard to enforcement and compliance. The vastly experienced ‘genuine star‘ Neill Blundell heads up the team, and combines deep regulatory and criminal defence expertise, acting across the full range of financial crime matters for a diverse client base. Barry Donnelly handles multijurisdictional investigations by the likes of the SFO and US DOJ, while senior solicitor Helen Harvey plays an increasingly key role in criminal tax investigations and sanctions work.
Other key lawyers:
Lorna Emson; Helen Harvey; Max Hobbs; Barry Donnelly
‘MacFarlanes are exceptional for multi jurisdictional corporate investigations, with a host of high profile company clients across numerous sectors of business in the UK and worldwide. Experience of SFO, DOJ and FCA, as well as regulators of the city in the USA and across Europe. They are tough defenders but sensible and approachable.’
‘Neil Blundell, a genuine star, been around for years but retains a youthful enthusiasm.’
‘The team is very experienced and responsive, with a good mixture of criminal, regulatory and litigation experience. with Neill Blundell at its head, the team has someone with decades of real, hands on experience of criminal and regulatory investigations.’
‘Neill Blundell (partner and head of team) – experienced, engaging, assuring to clients, good at managing his team. Lorna Emson (partner) – good strategic insight.’
‘Since MacFarlanes enhanced the business crime team, it has sharply enhanced the breadth of its service offering, and with a team that is absolutely at the top of the game — all consistent with the culture, work ethic, and excellence of the firm overall.’
‘Neill Blundell is as sharp as they come, affable but hard-hitting. A pleasure to observe operate.’
‘The practice represents both corporates and individuals sourcing their work from corporate and high net worth individuals. They deal with a wide variety of matters and are building a good foundation for a very good department.
‘Neill Blundell heads up an effective and well informed team, including the newly promoted to partner Lorna Emson. Francis Bond is an effective and well informed associate as is the up and coming Max Hobbs. Neill manages a diverse team and recently has welcomed back Helen Harvey from maternity leave. His team has a sensible relaxed manner whilst being efficient and well informed.’
Norton Rose Fulbright brings to bear its multijurisdictional regulatory investigations, international trade, and white-collar criminal defence expertise in acting for an array of major global corporates and financial institutions throughout high-profile and complex proceedings, including SFO and FCA investigations, prosecutions by UK and US enforcement agencies, and internal compliance reviews relating to financial services regulations, ESG, and other emerging issues. The practice, led by the experienced duo of Patrick Bourke and Neil O’May, offers a broad range of experience, with key names including Ruth Cowley, who combines litigation and investigations expertise, David Harris, who handles regulatory compliance and cross-border investigations relating to financial crime, and Andrew Reeves, a go-to for cross border compliance work who is increasingly active on the sanctions front. Counsel Stuart Neely focuses on internal compliance investigations relating to bribery and corruption, money-laundering, fraud and ESG issues, while senior associate Claudia Culley handles high-profile mandates for financial institutions and corporates relating to regulatory breaches. Lista Cannon has moved into a senior consultant role.
Patrick Bourke; Neil O’May
Other key lawyers:
Pamela Reddy; David Harris; Andrew Reeves; Katie Stephen; Ruth Cowley; Stuart Neely; Claudia Culley; Annie Birch; Jonathan Herbst; Tom Hubbard
‘Very responsive and knowledgeable.’
‘Pamela Reddy is the stand out partner for me. Straight talking, clear advice, and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Over the past few years, NRF has recruited lawyers with first-class criminal law experience to support their corporate client base. Although a common approach over the past 10 years’ with City and US, NRF London have considerable cross-practice and cross-jurisdictional expertise to support their clients.’
‘I first met Pam Reddy through the Euribor case where she acted for an individual trader and was brilliant at navigating the complex world of multi-agency (SEC, DoJ, FCA and SFO) investigations and dealing with multinational corporations on matters of disclosure. Since moving to NRF her reputation has become greater and she is becoming a go-to person for corporate clients. Neil O’May is a highly effective team leader and one of the bigger beasts in the regulatory crime market.’
‘This is a team of talented and focused individuals who easily pass the ball around within the team so that gaps are filled effortlessly. They always seek to bring an answer alongside the difficult question.’
‘Neil O’May has a good understanding of the regulator’s outlook and a great ability to inspire confidence in clients with his no-nonsense assessment of their behaviour. Tom Hubbard and Claudia Culley are tremendously efficient associates with a great attention to detail who will both go far.’
‘Great team work, deep expertise, clear communication.’
‘Our team has been led by Jonathan Herbst and David Harris, with excellent support from Andrew Reeves and Claudia Culley. They have always given us excellent service, and communicated to us really well so that we can make the decisions we need to having understood properly the legal context of those options. The “human” way they interact with the individuals affected has also been critical in an effective service to us.’
The ‘incredibly strong‘ team at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP focuses on complex cross-border, multi-agency regulatory investigations and criminal enforcement actions, utilising its global footprint to act for a combination of major UK, European, and US public companies facing major SFO, US DOJ, FCA, and other regulatory agency investigations, as well as internal compliance audits relating to sanctions regimes, AML, ESG, and internal culture. ‘Skilled advisor‘ Ryan Junck heads up the European white-collar team, representing corporations in multinational regulatory investigations, with particular strength in dealing with US agencies, while ‘inspiring team leader‘ Elizabeth Robertson is also a go-to for multijurisdictional business crime and regulatory matters, as well as major UK-domiciled proceedings. Andrew Good contributes notable US agency expertise, co-ordinating DOJ, SEC, and CFTC investigations, while European counsel Vanessa McGoldrick continues to further her strong record in cross-border corruption, financial crime, and corporate fraud cases, including parallel civil and criminal investigations.
Other key lawyers:
Elizabeth Robertson; Vanessa McGoldrick; Andrew Good
‘Elizabeth Robertson leads a team that are incredibly strong in this area. Her team is very diverse with excellent representation of women on the team, and the teams are always appropriately staffed with the right levels to ensure billing efficiency and cost effectiveness. Critically, what makes Skadden stand out is their unfaltering availability and responsiveness, their commercial approach (recognising the sensitivities of regulatory and corporate crime investigations to a company), and their deep knowledge of how regulators and prosecutors think.’
‘Elizabeth Robertson is an inspiring team leader and this translates into superior team performance for their clients. Elizabeth always puts her team members at every level in front of the client, allowing them to learn from the interactions, and giving confidence to the client that the work being done at lower levels is being performed by lawyers who care about the client and are across their brief. When a client needs assistance in the area of regulatory investigations and corporate crime, it is already a tense and difficult time for their in-house lawyers. Elizabeth is a pleasure to work with, and is always supportive and reassuring to her in house colleagues who are instructing her.’
‘Strong team in depth from associates to partners. We enjoy working with Skadden.’
‘Skadden has an exceptional partner group with Andrew Good, Elizabeth Robertson and Ryan Junck. I have worked with all three and have enjoyed the experiences immensely. They provide clear advice and their clients are very lucky to have them in their corner.’
‘The team is exceptional at bringing together the relevant expertise from the US, UK, and EU to grapple with the difficult multijurisdictional issues that frequently arise for large global financial institutions.’
‘Ryan Junck is an incredibly skilled adviser, adept at balancing legal and business considerations and managing his team. He is truly one of the absolute best in this field.’
A leading European bank
Global tech services company headquartered in Europe
A leading European businessman
An international family-owned business
International tech company
A multinational telecommunications company
UK-regulated Nordic consulting company
A global financial institution headquartered in Northern Europe
A global Asian financial institution
A privately-owned European commercial bank
A European technology company
A UK-listed engineering company
A sports organisation
A global insurance company headquartered in the U.S.
A leading multinational investment management corporation
A developer, investor and operator of power and renewable energy
International oil & gas company
A global risk and security specialist
- Representing a global financial institution based in Northern Europe in connection with a high profile multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency regulatory investigation in the U.S. and other jurisdictions relating to allegations of money laundering in Northern Europe, the Baltics and beyond.
- Advising a leading European bank in an investigation by the DOJ and FCA into allegations of bribery committed by a former employee and broader regulatory enquiries.
Stephenson Harwood offers deep regulatory and criminal investigations expertise, including in-house trial experience alongside integrated capabilities in commercial litigation and corporate governance. The ‘detailed and meticulous‘ team acts for a wide variety of international corporates facing UK and US regulatory enforcement actions, handling interviews and responses to enforcement actions, as well as internal investigations into culture and regulatory compliance, and has a particularly notable record in acting before The Pensions Regulator alongside the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ, among other global regulators and agencies. Practice head Sean Jeffrey has a successful record in high-stakes investigations relating to financial crime, sanctions, and has represented global corporates and financial institutions before UK and EU authorities, while Justin McClelland is highly praised for his ‘impeccably thorough‘ work across internal investigations and cross-border investigations into issues such as bribery, corruption, and market abuse. Alan Ward was promoted to partner in May 2022, and leads on regulatory investigations for a number of major clients, while senior associate Ellen Gallagher is an increasingly key member of the team, most notably playing a leading role in advising the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission on a statutory investigation into the collapse of Enterprise Insurance Company. Tony Woodcock retired from partnership, and has taken on a senior consultant role.
Other key lawyers:
Justin McLelland; Alan Ward; Ellen Gallagher; Tony Woodcock
‘The team at Stephenson Harwood is outstanding: hugely talented, knowledgeable, professional, straight-talking and very hard working, where all individuals contribute. They are fully committed to their clients, manage the workload very efficiently and are very detailed and competent at technical level. On top of that they are very personable and responsive.’
‘Justin McClelland, excellent highly knowledgeable and strategically minded’
‘Top tier law firm with strong lawyers across the board.’
‘Sean Jeffrey, who’s a senior partner. Gives excellent legal and practical advice.’
‘Justin has had a wonderful way with clients who, not surprisingly given his mastery of each case and engaging personality, has the utmost respect for him. His preparation of his cases is impeccably thorough: it is not just a case, as with many, of summarising, but their instructions and enclosures provide a concise and incisive analysis of the evidence and law and this position maintains at every stage of the proceedings. And difficult, complex and novel areas of law at that!’
‘At ease with dealing directly with the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission in America, as well as the Serious Fraud Office and other agencies in the UK, it is plain that Justin enjoys enormous admiration. Yet, again unlikely many perhaps, he wears his success with great humility. He is a fraud solicitor out of the top drawer.‘
Gibraltar Financial Services Commission
- Advised the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission on a statutory investigation into the collapse of Enterprise Insurance Company plc (“EIC plc”) and the conduct of its directors and auditors.
Praised as ‘at the top of their field when dealing with high value, complex matters‘, the team at Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP represents major domestic and international corporates facing financial crime allegations, and is able to handle internal and regulatory investigations, compliance issues, and prosecutions, as well as parallel civil fraud proceedings. The practice, led by the ‘different class‘ Peter Burrell , benefits from significant cross-border expertise, particularly relating to the US, and is able to handle multijurisdictional bribery and corruption, money laundering, and fraud investigations, with dual US/UK-qualified Rita Mitchell a key name for global investigations by the likes of the SFO, FCPA, and US DOJ. Simon Osborn-King has defended multinationals in diverse industries before UK regulators, and also contributes to the firm’s civil fraud capabilities, alongside providing significant regulatory expertise, while senior associate Michael Thorne is noted for his expertise in international financial and trade sanctions and modern slavery work.
Other key lawyers:
Rita Mitchell; Simon Osborn-King; Michael Thorne
‘They are an outstanding alternative to the magic circle firms in London. US headquartered , they have built a very serious London team in this area in a short space of time by very astute lateral hire and rapid promotion. They have the capacity and skill sets to go toe-to-toe with the best and they never fail to impress.’
‘Peter Burrell is a remarkable litigator and leads his team from the front. He has a prodigious appetite for work displays first class judgement and draws heavily from the very talented team behind him. Mike Thorne, Andrew Turnbull and Cristina Caggiano are all stand-out solicitors.’
‘Very capable, responsive and top of their field when dealing with high value, complex matters.’
‘Peter Burrell – just a different class in terms of knowledge and experience. Expert knowledge of the applicable legal issues.’
General Electric (GE) / Alstom
CITGO Petroleum Corporation
- Represented Alstom in connection with possible enforcement action by the European Investment Bank (“EIB”) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”) in connection with various Alstom projects, in particular an EIB/EBRD funded project in Slovenia.
- Represented GE and Alstom France in relation to an indictment by the Slovenian Prosecutor relating to alleged abuse of office and money laundering in relation to the construction of a unit at Slovenia’s largest coal power plant.
- Representing CITGO Petroleum Corp in response to a DOJ investigation under various federal criminal statutes. This is a highly complex matter involving representation of a state-owned, PDVSA subsidiary.
Utilising its global footprint in white-collar crime, regulatory investigations, and prosecutions, the team at Arnold & Porter represents multinational corporates across a diverse range of sectors in internal and external investigations into issues such as bribery and corruption, regulatory compliance, and tax evasion issues, with strong US-UK and cross-border capabilities more broadly. Practice head Kathleen Harris has long-standing expertise in board-level advice, working with high-profile public companies and their leadership teams on complex investigations, often with significant reputational risk attached. She is supported by specialist litigator Sean Curran, who represents clients in fields including finance and tech in regulatory and criminal trials, opposing the likes of the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ. Senior associate Melissa Dames plays a key role in multijurisdictional economic crime cases, encompassing investigations and prosecutions, and has complementary experience in related civil litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Sean Curran; Melissa Dames; Maya Paunrana
Global luxury jeweller
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP combines criminal defence expertise, regularly representing businesses and senior executives in SFO and FCA investigations into bribery, corporate malfeasance, and money laundering, with a global investigations capability, handling internal and regulatory investigations for a global client base and regularly collaborating with the firm’s European and US offices. The practice is led by Sarah Klein, an experienced investigations practitioner who acts for an array of multinationals and financial institutions on internal and external investigations, both relating to regulatory compliance as well as white-collar criminal issues. Polly James is particularly strong in criminal defence work, acting for a combination of corporate and individual clients, while Mukul Chawla, an experienced barrister, remains active as a consultant. Senior associate Naomi Miles is noted for her standout financial services regulatory expertise, including in-house experience, and leading role in a number of key client relationships.
Other key lawyers:
Polly James; Mukul Chawla KC; Naomi Miles
‘They are very responsive and very analytical and detailed in their advice.‘
IHS (Nigeria) Limited
- Engaged by IHS to deliver bespoke and practical compliance training to all IHS senior executives that comprehensively covered
Leveraging the firm’s strong US connections and connections to the financial services space, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP represents international businesses and financial institutions in SFO, FCA, and HMRC investigations into corporate crime, market abuse, and fraud, as well as coordinating cross-border defence proceedings involving global law enforcement and regulatory bodies. The team, led by the highly experienced duo of Mark Beardsworth and Kevin Roberts , also advises clients on internal investigations into issues such as the Senior Managers Regime, money laundering, and broad regulatory compliance concerns. Also of note is the firm’s litigation expertise, both within London and in conjunction with US offices, allowing it to represent clients from pre-charge through to criminal prosecutions. Senior counsel Duncan Grieve is also a key team member, advising and representing a wide range of clients, including multinationals, both on internal corporate investigations and in investigation and prosecution by regulatory bodies.
Mark Beardsworth; Kevin Roberts
Other key lawyers:
‘The key players in the Regulatory investigations and corporate crime team – and thus its strength overall – are Kevin Roberts and Mark Beardsworth both of whom I have worked with frequently over the past 20 years. They are both superb business crime lawyers with years of experience in complex investigations into money laundering, bribery and all kinds of fraud as well as having rare expertise in asset recovery and confiscation law. They are also both charming, humorous with excellent client skills and judgment.’
‘A thoroughly detailed approach to all matters meaning the client is better prepared than the opposition.’
‘Mark Beardsworth – a calm manner, which is reassuring for clients, but which belies the brainwork going on.’
Clyde & Co
With key involvements in high-profile bribery and corruption investigations within professional and financial services, the team at Clyde & Co remains a strong choice for sensitive fraud and white-collar proceedings in the UK and internationally, with additional key expertise in areas such as UK, EU, and US sanctions and dawn raid response. The firm regularly engages with the SFO, FCA, NCA, and international enforcement bodies, working in collaboration with its international offices on multi-jurisdictional investigations. The team is led by John Whittaker, who specialises in international trading issues, alongside Fergal Cathie, who has standout expertise in professional services fraud and malpractice investigations, representing a number of high-profile lawyers. The ‘tenacious‘ Charles Kuhn focuses on the financial services space, primarily handling market abuse, insider dealing, and money laundering proceedings.
John Whittaker; Fergal Cathie
Other key lawyers:
‘Produces imaginative ideas. Very wide experience of financial services issues.’
‘Charles Kuhn is tenacious in pursuit of his client’s interests but also realistic in his advice.’
- Represented a major law firm against serious allegations being made against the firm and leading professional and the SFO.
CMS offers a multidisciplinary team with expertise in financial services regulation and enforcement, competition law, employment issues, risk, and data protection, among other issues, and is able to advise a diverse range of international corporates on regulatory investigations and internal compliance issues, alongside representing in enforcement proceedings and legal challenges. The firm has notable expertise in acting for clients subject to Account Freezing Orders, as well as representing clients throughout CMA investigations, as well as challenging fines and other sanctions resulting from said proceedings. The ‘very well integrated‘ and ‘cohesive‘ practice works regularly with teams elsewhere in the firm’s global offices, and is led from London by Eoin O’Shea, who regularly represents clients in high-stakes fraud proceedings, and Omar Qureshi, who is praised for his ‘strong judgement‘ in antibribery, financial crime, and criminal risk matters. Alison McHaffie specialises in financial services regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, while Brian Sher takes the lead on the firm’s CMA enforcement work, with a strong focus on the life sciences sector. Senior associate Amy Wilkinson has a growing reputation in the market for internal investigations and financial crime compliance issues.
Omar Qureshi; Eoin O’Shea
Other key lawyers:
Alison McHaffie; Brian Sher; Amy Wilkinson
‘An excellent depth of knowledge and extremely experienced and savvy team led by Eoin O’Shea. A first port of call for major fraud defence in particular.’
‘Eoin O’Shea (partner) – an exceptional and unflappable team leader with super judgment.’
‘CMS are a very well integrated compliance and investigations team, across their many offices. I have had the pleasure of working with CMS partners from five jurisdictions and they are individually excellent but also work to enable a cohesive whole for the client.’
‘Omar Qureshi is a fine lawyer with very strong judgment — most of our work has been on antibribery issues, and we approach our clients and advice in a very similar way.
‘There is a very good dynamic between partners and associates- they work well together, partners are clearly available as and when needed and there is strong team work ethos. The individuals I worked with worked extremely hard- making sure they were fully familiar with all the documentation and client’s instructions, and they fully researched less familiar areas of law; such an ethos is to the great benefit of their clients. CMS is also clearly seeking to enhance its experience and expertise in corporate crime, by recently increasing the number of individuals in the team. This is again of benefit to their clients.’
‘I worked with Amy Wilkinson and Omar Qureshi. Amy, as the associate, worked incredibly hard. Nothing was too much trouble, and she had established a very good relationship with the client, taking instructions and raising queries effectively. I felt very supported. Omar was extremely easy to work with- he was welcoming, engaging, interested and on top of the case. I very much enjoyed the experience working with them both, and as a team we achieved a very good result for our client.’
Administrators of Buy2Let Cars
- Representing the former CEO of Solo Capital in a cross-border tax fraud “super trial” following the collapse of the company.
- Successfully achieved the reversal of fine for GSK in a long-running CMA investigation.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher represents an international corporate client base throughout UK and global white-collar crime cases, ranging from criminal defence proceedings through to regulatory investigations, with clients in fields such as financial services, media, entertainment, and professional services. The team leverages the firm’s global platform for complex cross-border proceedings, including those brought by the SFO, FCA, US DOJ, and SEC, among other agencies and enforcement bodies, with financial services fraud, corruption, and market manipulation cases a particular strength. Senior disputes partner Philip Rocher oversees the team, which also includes standout practitioners Sacha Harber-Kelly, who remains a key name for complex financial crime prosecutions, criminal and regulatory investigations specialist Patrick Doris, and Allan Neil, whose expertise includes internal and regulatory investigations, particularly cross-border tax crossing cases.
Other key lawyers:
Alan Neill; Sacha Harber-Kelly; Patrick Doris; Katie Mills
‘This team is top of the game in terms of both US and UK capability. Very commercial and sensible.’
‘Patrick Doris. Highly attuned to client objectives.’
‘Gibson Dunn is a name you can trust. The advice we have received and the work that has been carried out for us is second to none, I have complete confidence in Gibson Dunn’s ability, knowledge, and professionalism.’
‘I have worked closely with Patrick Doris. Patrick inspires me personally and has the greatest ability to speak to people at all levels in the Business in a way that makes them feel both at ease and in awe of Patrick’s extraordinary level of knowledge. Patrick is completely calm under pressure, which is thankfully contagious, as he has brought me back down to earth on several occasions when dealing with incredibly tight timelines or challenging situations. Every FTSE100 company needs a Patrick Doris.’
‘They are a small team but one which packs a big punch in the work that they do in the corporate crime space.’
‘Sacha Harbour-Kelly is a stand out. Ex SFO. very easy to work with. Katie Mills is an associate. She is fantastic. Has every document at the tip of her fingers and is really on top of the detail. she is a key member of the team.’
‘Sacha Harber-Kelly is the stand-out partner here. Very smart, knowledgeable and strategic in his thinking and approach. A pleasure to deal with.’
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
Ernst and Young UK LLP
The well-established duo of Barry Vitou and Anne-Marie Ottaway joined HFW from Greenberg Traurig, LLP in October 2021, bringing with them their successful investigations practice, which includes a number of international corporate and financial services clients. The two lead the new practice at the firm, which provides criminal and civil support throughout regulatory investigations, and has strong cross-border capabilities, with sector focuses including financial services, aviation, energy, and resources. The team combines a strong record in SFO, FCA, and international regulatory and enforcement actions with integrated corporate, transactional, and employment support, also carrying out internal compliance audits for clients, as well as dealing with reputational damage issues. Vitou continues to represent KBR in its successful case against the SFO in the Supreme Court, in a standout ongoing mandate. Another key member of the team is Daniel Martin, who has broad expertise in cross-border economic and trade sanctions, particularly as they relate to the shipping and aviation industries.
Barry Vitou; Anne-Marie Ottaway
Other key lawyers:
‘The team includes partners with a great track-record at closing down criminal investigations without charges being brought. Barry and Anne-Marie head up the team which is able to represent clients in heavyweight cross-border investigations.’
‘Barry Vitou is pre-eminent in his field. He is a razor-sharp strategist who has a gift for seeing a clear pathway through even the most convoluted problems. He remains calm under pressure and his sage advice is invariably right. You definitely want him on your side.’
‘Anne-Marie Ottaway is a former SFO prosecutor who now defends. She has tremendous experience in this area of work, and her work output is phenomenal. She works incredibly well as part of a team.’
‘Anne-Marie Ottaway and Barry Vitou are without doubt one of the strongest combinations in London’s white collar market. Combining long standing experience of UK and US corruption in the private sector with an in-depth knowledge of the working of the SFO and many years in the private sector, their experience ranges from internal investigations to the Supreme Court and few in the City can boast of that range.’
‘Anne-Marie Ottaway is a star so far as advice to corporates is concerned. Experienced, incisive, razor-sharp. Her advice gets the point and gets to the point.’
‘Anne-Maire Ottaway has previously supported my last firm on a significant and sensitive white-collar crime matter. Her insight into what the regulatory authorities may be thinking, as well as the process, was invaluable for me and other Senior Management. She navigated us to a successful conclusion that saved the firm much expense and unwarranted poor publicity.’
‘As can be seen from their track record, the team have provided excellent advice to corporate clients, in the face of extreme challenges. Their knowledge of this space is fantastic and they can rapidly bring an experienced team to bear on most matters.’
‘Barry Vitou and Anne-Marie Ottaway are stand out partners for the firm and effectively leverage their years’ of experience. They are great to work with and can provide that much needed sense of calm at c-suite level during a crisis.’
KBR Inc and KBR Inc’s US Subsidiaries
- Represented KBR Inc in the first legal challenge to SFO’s claimed extraterritorial jurisdiction of its S.2 document compulsion powers and took this matter to the Supreme Court, where the appeal was successful.
Jenner & Block LLP
Jenner & Block LLP represents international businesses in sensitive regulatory investigations and government enforcement actions, as well as advising on compliance and strategic risk management issues. The firm has a strong record in cross-border work, particularly as pertains to the US, and acts for clients in a wide range of industries, including financial services, real estate, energy, and pharma, with strong capabilities in issues such as sanctions violations, corruption, and corporate fraud, alongside associated expertise in areas such as ESG and human rights. Practice head Christine Braamskamp has great experience in advising multinationals on complex investigatory matters, as well as representing them in criminal and enforcement proceedings, while Paul Feldberg is active in SFO and FCA investigations, offering in-house regulatory expertise from his time at the SFO. Rob Dalling is another key team member with trial experience, and represents key clients in major internal and external investigations relating to financial crime and other issues. Lucy Blake regularly handles cross-border investigations into areas including business crime, business ethics, and internal culture.
Other key lawyers:
Paul Felberg; Rob Dalling; Lucy Blake
With a major global client base encompassing corporates and financial institutions, the team at Latham & Watkins specialises in multi-jurisdictional investigations into issues such as money laundering violations, anti-bribery and corruption issues, and anti-competitive behaviour, co-ordinating cross-border internal investigations alongside responding to UK and US regulatory proceedings, from initial notification through to enforcement action. The firm has been particularly active in sanctions work during 2022, advising its clients on UK, EU, and US sanctions regimes towards Russia, as well as advising global clients on responding to Russian-imposed sanctions. The practice is led by Nathan Seltzer, a US-qualified lawyer practicing from London, and offering broad expertise in internal investigations and government criminal and regulatory actions, alongside former SFO Fraud Division head and 'exceptional contentious advisor' Stuart Alford KC, a financial crime and regulatory specialist with notable capabilities in corruption, money-laundering, and fraud cases.
Nathan Seltzer; Stuart Alford KC
‘Market knowledge combined with commercial pragmatism.’
‘Excellent knowledge of the inner workings of the SFO and other UK regulators and law enforcement agencies; international focus and reach.‘
‘Stuart Alford KC is an exceptional contentious adviser to boards and corporates; his knowledge of the inner workings of the SFO is highly prized by clients.‘
Mishcon de Reya LLP strengthened its team in February 2022, recruiting global investigations specialist Alison Geary from WilmerHale and Kizzy Augustin, who offers bespoke expertise in corporate manslaughter and health and safety issues, from Russell-Cooke LLP. The new arrivals join a practice that acts for a wide range of corporate clients, including domestic and international businesses, throughout UK and global regulatory investigations and criminal proceedings, offering contentious expertise across the full range of fraud and corruption issues. The firm also has a strong capability in internal investigations, particularly relating to emerging issues such as ESG, modern slavery, and workplace harassment as they relate to potential prosecutions. Practice head Johanna Walsh has experience in high-stakes regulatory proceedings as well as internal investigations, with particular expertise in Proceeds of Crime Act issues, while Matthew Ewens regularly handles cross-border bribery and corruption cases brought by the SFO and other agencies. Senior associate Min Weaving contributes strongly to financial services and banking sector proceedings, with in-house financial services regulatory experience. Jo Rickards joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Kizzy Augustin; Alison Geary; Matthew Ewens; Min Weaving
‘Excellent team – with a holistic view of what the corporate needs. Excellent links with investigators and counsel to provide practical strategic advice to get ahead of the problem.’
‘Matthew Ewens is hardworking, committed and has excellent judgement. All of these qualities make him stand out amongst his peers.’
‘Multi disciplinary offering provides a seamless service to corporates with complex problems.’
‘Jo Walsh is calm, committed and very strategic in her thinking’
‘The regulatory and corporate crime team at Mishcon de Reya is led by Jo Walsh with four other partners working closely with her, each of whom has a different skillset within this area. Clients can take comfort from the fact that whatever issues arise, there will be someone in the team who has probably handled exactly the same situation previously.’
‘Johanna Walsh is superb – she has a wealth of experience handling fraud, bribery and corruption investigations, both internally and by public bodies such as the SFO and NCA.’
‘Matthew Ewens also stands out for his knowledge of the area. His calm, measured approach and focus on detail reassures clients that they are in very safe hands.‘
‘Kizzy Augustin has recently joined to further enhance their white collar crime team. Kizzy specialises in Health and Safety matters, acting for both corporate clients and individuals.’
‘Matthew Ewens is particularly strong in white collar crime and has both a great work ethic and a friendly disposition. He will go far.’
London Investment Manager
International Investment Entity
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP offers strong expertise in criminal and regulatory investigations into financial crime, handling allegations of market abuse and insider trading, corruption, and tax issues in proceedings brought by UK, US, and other international regulators and enforcement agencies. Clients include a number of international financial institutions, alongside high-profile corporates and charities. As well as enjoying productive relationships with its US and global offices in cross-border mandates, the firm also works closely with its London-based employment, corporate governance, and commercial litigation teams, allowing it to act in a broad range of complex cases, including contentious proceedings as well as internal investigations into culture and broad regulatory compliance. The team is co-led by Melanie Ryan , who heads up the firm’s financial crime disputes and investigations team, offering experience of the Financial Services & Markets Act, and has represented clients before the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ, among others. Co-head Chris Warren-Smith is deputy chair of the firm’s global investigations practice, and handles the full range of regulatory proceedings, including pre and post-investigation advice on compliance and strategy, alongside representing clients through accompanying litigation and enforcement actions.
Melanie Ryan; Chris Warren-Smith
‘This is a world class firm with a wonderfully talented team.’
‘Superb lawyers with imaginative solutions.’
The London-based team at 'worldwide investigations powerhouse' Paul Hastings LLP continues to be active across a number of high-profile and complex corporate investigations and prosecutions, including cases led by both the SFO and US DOJ, regularly involving cross-border allegations of bribery and corruption, market abuse, money laundering, and executive malfeasance. The team represents multinationals in a variety of industries, led by the 'formidable' Jonathan Pickworth, who offers vast experience across corporate regulatory investigations and criminal defence work. Joanna Dimmock is another specialist criminal defence practitioner who regularly contributes to high-stakes proceedings, and is praised by clients as 'outstandingly able'.
Other key lawyers:
Joanna Dimmock; Alex Leitch
‘This is a brilliant team led by the inspirational Jonathan Pickworth.’
‘Jonathan Pickworth is a brilliant strategist and a wonderful leader.’
‘Jo Dimmock is outstandingly able and a wonderful person to have on any team.‘
‘Paul Hastings is the worldwide investigations powerhouse – it has worked on many of the biggest and most complex cases.’
‘Jonathan Pickworth is a formidable talent – determined, highly articulate and extremely capable.’
‘Jonathan Pickworth is the star performer in PH white collar crime and deserves his reputation following wins representing individuals in SFO actions.’
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP stands out for its contentious and litigation capabilities, regularly representing corporate clients in high-stakes criminal investigations and prosecutions relating to corporate crime and regulatory breaches, defending clients in court in cases relating to fraud, corruption, cartel activity, and sanctions violations brought by domestic and international regulatory bodies. The firm also co-ordinates multijurisdictional investigations, both internal and external, and has a notable capability in bringing and defending private prosecutions. Nick Vamos leads the team, and utilises his law enforcement expertise to guide corporate clients through sensitive cross-border investigations relating to issues such as money laundering and terrorist financing, while senior partner Michael O’Kane is also active in high-profile international cases, including cartel, bribery, and sanctions proceedings, as well as cases with significant extradition elements. Jasvinder Nakhwal has represented clients before UK and international prosecution authorities, and has a notable specialism in working with businesses facing politically motivated actions by foreign governments. Anna Bradshaw is a go-to for SFO investigations and prosecutions, into fraud and money laundering allegations. Hannah Laming left the firm in July 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Michael O’Kane; Jasvinder Nakhwal; Anna Bradshaw; Neil Swift; Anna Cronin
MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company
Post Office Limited (POL)
Royal IHC Limited
Hermitage Capital Management / Bill Browder
- Representing MOL, the Hungarian oil and gas company, in a cross-border case.
- Representing Post Office Limited in relation to over 800 potential wrongful convictions.
- Representing Hermitage Capital Management in a high profile INTERPOL cases involving Russia, including a USD 230 million fraud against the company and the harassment of its employees.
With a strong focus on high-value, complex global investigations, both internal and external, RPC is a strong choice for international clients facing regulatory scrutiny and criminal prosecutions, able to offer expertise across corporate crime and regulatory issues relating to bribery, corruption, trade and export controls, and sanctions, among others. The team is led by ‘savvy operator‘ Sam Tate, who has handled cases brought by the SFO, US DOJ, and FCA, including negotiating two major DPAs, and is able to draw upon the firm’s tax and corporate governance expertise across a variety of sectors. A former HMRC official, Adam Craggs specialises in criminal tax investigations, and Michelle Sloane is a key name for financial crime litigation. At senior associate level, the ‘hardworking‘ Lucy Kerr regularly represents major corporates in financial crime and regulatory investigations, including playing a leading role in DPA negotiations, while Kate Langley has worked as an independent reviewer of DPA compliance alongside advising a number of high-profile clients on regulatory audits, and Alice Kemp, a qualified barrister also admitted in New Zealand, has prosecuted and defended financial crime cases brought by the SFO, as well as handling asset seizure and account freezing orders.
Other key lawyers:
Adam Craggs; Jonathan Cary; Michelle Sloane; Kate Langley; Lucy Kerr; Alice Kemp
‘Sam Tate – a very experienced and legally savvy operator who clients love for his dedication and experience in the white collar arena’
‘This team is growing, and is really making a mark in the investigations and corporate crime area. They are very client focussed, and with real experience of cutting through problems to reach the outcome their clients need.’
‘Sam Tate – very client friendly, completely focussed on getting the right outcome for the client. Extremely good negotiator.’
‘RPC is a fantastic firm and a great alternative to some of the larger London practices – highly personalised service and genuine client commitment’
‘Sam Tate is a great communicator, meticulous and extremely personable.’
‘A solid team with strong and experienced leadership in place and a good pipeline of senior associates’
‘Sam Tate – commercially minded lawyer who approaches problems from the client’s perspective and has an outstanding knowledge of the law in this area. He has a great ability to boil a complicated issue down to its central parts and then propose a workable solution.
‘Lucy Kerr – solid senior associate with a great future ahead of her in this area. Hardworking, sensible advisor and a strong drafter.’
The Federal Republic of Nigeria
The Financial Times Limited
Newcastle United Football Company Limited
InterContinental Hotels Group plc
- Successfully negotiated two Deferred Prosecution Agreements connected to a Fortune 500 company facing a high-value bribery investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.
- Acting for Newcastle United Football Club in respect of the HMRC’s criminal investigation.
- Appointed by NEOM in Saudi Arabia to support the development of a Third Party Risk Management process.
White & Case LLP has a strong record in corporate financial crime work, most notably that of its UK and EU international sanctions team. The practice co-ordinates defence for clients facing investigations by the FCA, SFO, HM Revenue and Customs, and other enforcement agencies, and also conducts internal investigations for clients facing allegations of money laundering, tax evasion, trade-based malfeasance, and fraud. Alongside its European expertise, the firm also benefits from its global platform, allowing it to handle cross-border investigations for both domestic and international clients. The practice is led by the up-and-coming pair of Jonah Anderson and Anneka Randhawa, both specialist financial crime lawyers with strong records in cross-border proceedings.
Jonah Anderson; Anneka Randhawa
‘Jonah Anderson – He works very hard for his clients. Gives pragmatic and sensible advice.’
‘Very qualified and professional individuals.’
‘White & Case have experience across many areas of white collar and financial crime. It is one of the hardest working teams I have come across. They also work extremely well with their colleagues in other departments to provide a rounded service across various fields to their clients – because the problems they solve for clients are rarely single faceted. You might expect that sort of cross-fertilisation and multi-disciplinary approach in a full-service law firm but in my experience it is not always the case and at W&C it works particularly well. The communication skills are not just inter-departmental, they also translate to communications with clients, opponents and regulators.’
‘Jonah identifies the best outcome for his clients and works 24/7 to get there. A smart tactician, able to apply nuanced judgment he is a calming but forceful presence that clients and opponents listen to. On all aspects of money laundering there is no one with more expertise than Jonah but he is extremely bright and achieves excellent results for his clients across all areas of financial crime.’
‘Anneka is hugely knowledgeable in relation to the industries that she services. Clever, and quick, she is a force to have on your side.’
‘I have been working with White & Case for many years now in different jurisdictions, in various disciplines of law. I have always been extremely happy with their work and the latest internal investigation was no exception. The team handled a complex and difficult internal investigation extremely well. In addition to their strong competence and skills, they were also very responsive, very flexible, remarkably transparent and clear in their billing and they managed to work very smoothly with different internal and external stakeholders. They always made us feel their crown-jewel client and that is priceless.’
‘I was particularly impressed with Anneka when, at the last moment, she showed great flexibility and professionalism when she made a difficult decision to ensure the integrity of the investigation.’
‘One of the top teams operating in this area, especially re advice to corporates on money laundering.’
Ashurst advises a diverse and international client base, including financial services institutions alongside energy and infrastructure companies, on regulatory investigations and prosecutions brought by international regulators and enforcement agencies, as well as advising clients on internal compliance issues and risk management matters. The team is engaged in ongoing SFO investigations, and is able to handle multi-jurisdictional proceedings relating to fraud, money laundering, sanctions, and market abuse, leveraging the firm’s international platform. Ruby Hamid leads the practice, and has great experience both prosecuting and defending the full range of corporate malfeasance and financial crime cases, while Ross Denton takes the lead on international sanctions and trade matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Ruby Hamid offers down-to-earth, practical advice to corporates navigating complex ESG concerns and matters. Ruby is solution focussed and non judgmental.’
‘Busy, efficient, hard working and capable’.
‘Ruby Hamid has a lot of experience in corporate work and is bright and hard working’
‘Ross Denton has been very helpful with sanctions legal advice when necessary. He is personable and explains things in a simple manner so better understood.’
‘Fast responding/accessible, high quality services.’
The ‘excellent team‘ at BCL Solicitors LLP is increasingly active on behalf of corporate clients facing financial crime investigations and charges, with areas of focus including money laundering, account freezing orders, and Unexplained Wealth Orders. The firm acts for a diverse client base, including high-profile names in professional services as well as trustees and charities, and also has a strong record in complex compliance advice alongside its criminal representations. Senior partner Ian Burton oversees the team alongside John Binns , a key name for Proceeds of Crime Act work and cross-border investigations, as well as compliance advice on complex issues such as cannabis. Richard Reichman has notable expertise in health and safety issues and internal investigations, while senior associate Anoushka Warlow is noted for her work on challenging search warrants and unlawful retention of evidence during complex corruption proceedings.
Ian Burton; John Binns
Other key lawyers:
Richard Reichman; Anoushka Warlow; Tom McNeill; Suzanne Gallagher
‘This is an excellent team which has a deep understanding of the law. It offers practical and sensible advice.’
‘Shaul Brazil is an excellent lawyer, who is tactically astute and focused on the client. He deliver great outcomes.
‘Anoushka Warlow will be a star of the future.’
‘A very strong team with a fantastic reputation. Very personable and responsive’
‘BCL’s Corporate Crime and Investigations department rightly has an excellent reputation representing heavyweight corporate clients in Corporate Crime investigations, including investigations by the MPS, FSA, HSE and EA.’
‘Richard Reichman is phenomenal. He has able to grasp the detail of a case very quickly and can identify tactical and strategic issues likely to arise. His knowledge of the law is excellent. He has a thoroughbred background in corporate crime meaning that he is adept at advising Boards and working with a range of regulators and investigators.’
‘Tom McNeill is also very bright and a huge benefit to any team. He rolls his sleeves up and gets stuck into the most complex problems.’
‘Suzanne Gallagher is diligent and personable – a huge asset to any team.’
Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP
Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP deepened its corporate crime and investigations expertise with the February 2022 arrivals of former SFO Director David Green KC from Slaughter and May and Andrew Mitchell KC, an expert in asset seizure and the Proceeds of Crime Act, from 33 Chancery Lane. They join a team with capabilities across corporate crime, particularly financial crime, regulatory investigations, and criminal defence proceedings, with a team of experienced advocates also able to draw on the firm’s international expertise in acting for international clients and in cross-border cases. The practice is led by former senior SFO official John Gibson, a specialist in bribery and corruption cases, alongside Richard Kovalevsky KC, who has a successful record in criminal defence proceedings, and is involved in a standout high-profile financial crime case on behalf of KBR, involving both the SFO and the US DOJ.
John Gibson; Richard Kovalevsky KC
Other key lawyers:
David Green KC; Andrew Mitchell KC; Thomas Shortland; Tim Harris
‘C&G have been involved in many of the highest profile corporate crime and regulatory investigations in recent years. The team is first rate and really understands not only the legal context but also the commercial and practical implications of the investigations for the corporate client.’
‘Richard Kovalevsky KC has huge experience and when he talks it is really worth listening. Tim Harris is extremely bright, hard working and has huge experience of investigations. He is always on top of the detail and able to give practical and pragmatic advice. He is also great with clients. ‘
‘Vast experience, insights, and extraordinary tactical skills – the paradigm of a solutions-focused approach.’
‘John Gibson and Thomas (Tom) Shortland – a dynamic duo of sheer professionalism, experience and expertise. And utterly charming too.’
‘John Gibson – Has had terrific experience in the most high profile and difficult cases from the other side of the fence, having previously had good experience in private practice. Since joining from the SFO has been developing an solid practice.’
‘Richard Kovalevsky KC – A major addition for the firm. Clever and experienced’
‘Richard Kovalevsky KC is standout for his pragmatic approach and tactical flare. David Green as former SFO Director is wise counsel.’
‘A growing team with bags of experience.’
DLA Piper works with an international corporate and financial services client base across the full range of criminal and regulatory matters, with notable strength in financial crime work, including regulatory and internal investigations, compliance advice, and support throughout criminal proceedings. The firm has novel areas of expertise in cyber crime, including criminal data breaches and cyber risk advice, reflected in the work of legal director David Cook. The practice is overseen by experience corporate crime advisers Tony Katz, who co-ordinates cross-border investigations, particularly in the financial services space, and Sam Millar, who has a strong focus on litigation in financial crime cases. Laura Ford is also a key member of the team.
Tony Katz; Sam Millar
Other key lawyers:
Patrick Rappo; David Cook; Lizzy Bullock; Jeremy Sher; Laura Ford
‘Subject matter knowledge and expertise was par excellence.’
‘Good team of collegiate workers.’
‘Patrick Rappo is the stand out partner. Very practical, clear and firm advice, and a joy to work with.’
‘The key strength of this DLA team is the partners. I have worked often with Jeremy Sher and Tony Katz and regard them as exceptionally good. That sets the tone for the team as the work product from associates who have trained and worked with, in particular, Jeremy (as the more junior partner) reflects his work ethic and ability.’
‘The partners, Jeremy Sher and Tony Katz, are both amongst the very best I have worked with: tactically astute, very clever, see straight through to the heart of the investigation or dispute and show great judgment.’
‘Highly responsive, take the time to truly understand how best to present the advice pragmatically and in a way that is easily digestible for non lawyers.’
‘Strong in anti-money laundering regulatory advice.’
‘Both Tony Katz and Lizzy Bullock are exceptional. As we work across jurisdictions, we will often need advice not just from the UK team but also other jurisdictions so that it’s presented in a joined up way. They will refine the instructions to enable the advice to be obtained seamlessly as a one-stop shop and so that there’s consistency on approach. Utterly responsive, we agree the budgets up front, they are familiar with our billing requirements making it usually easier to manage from an administration point of view.’
Arconic Architectural Products SAS
National Westminster Bank Plc (NatWest)
Sunrise Brokers LLP / Canto Fitzgerald Group
- Successfully defended Thomas Kalaris in the Serious Fraud Office’s prosecution relating to allegedly fraudulent capital raisings at Barclays Bank at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.
- Acting for Arconic Architectural Products SAS on a large number of claims arising from the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017.
- Advised NatWest on its convictions for three offences of failing to comply with money laundering regulations. The conviction was the first time the FCA has pursued criminal charges for money laundering failings and the bank were fined £265m.
- Represented Sunrise in an FCA investigation.
- Represented UK Finance, in relation to its responses to the FCA’s consultation on a new Consumer Duty.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for a combination of high-profile corporates, including several FTSE-listed businesses, as well as leading financial institutions, across financial crime investigations, internal compliance matters, and throughout enforcement proceedings, and is particularly noted for its position on the FCA Skilled Person panel, reflecting its strength in advising regulated financial services firms on compliance issues. The nationwide practice is headed by Manchester-based Zia Ullah , who has an international practice encompassing anti-bribery and corruption work and money laundering advice, and strong international sanctions capabilities, and is a regular advisor to major financial institutions. In London, Emma Gordon is a key name for cross-border corporate investigations, regularly interacting with UK and US regulatory bodies and enforcement agencies.
Other key lawyers:
Emma Gordon; Ruth Paley; Steve Smith
‘Great AML specialists’
‘Ruth Paley is an integral partner within the Corporate Crime and Investigations team at Eversheds. Her experience and knowledge of AML law, procedure and compliance is nothing short of outstanding. Ruth is a powerhouse performer in global corporate investigations relating to offences of bribery, fraud and money laundering. Her approach to internal investigation interviews is calm, considered and concise. Truly an outstanding lawyer.’
‘Eversheds has a pragmatic approach to legal advice, and their knowledge and experience is invaluable. They are confident in their conclusions, and deliver in a clear and concise manner. We also believe they are value added – i.e. their pricing is reasonable. They understand what the regulator may expect, and their advice is tailored accordingly; enabling us to meet our regulatory and commercial obligations.’
‘Gregory Brandman is well regarded in the industry and as a firm we have worked closely with him over the last 6 months. His advice is pragmatic and he is realistic. He takes onboard all stakeholder comments, and exercises diplomacy. He has a good gut feel on how the regulator will react, and he is usually right.’
‘Eversheds have a strong corporate crime team, with particular capability in the anti-money laundering (“AML”) and sanctions space.’
Airline Services Limited
Fieldfisher has developed its corporate crime offering with the arrival of practice head Quinton Newcomb and Shiv Haria-Shah from Fulcrum Chambers Ltd in December 2021 and January 2022 respectively, both qualified barristers with extensive corporate crime expertise, both in co-ordinating responses to regulatory investigations and representing clients throughout criminal prosecutions and enforcement proceedings. The team handles investigations by the likes of the SFO and FCA, as well as cross-border proceedings, with a strong focus on regulator-led financial crime proceedings. Clients include international businesses, public sector organisations, and governments. Other key team members include Tony Lewis, a specialist in Bribery Act and multijurisdictional corruption proceedings, and senior associate Elliott Kenton, whose focuses include internal investigations and representing corporate victims of economic crime. ‘Outstanding‘ senior associate William Glover joined in January 2022 from 3TG, bringing experience from the Bar in fraud prosecutions, as well as supporting the team in corporate investigations.
Other key lawyers:
Shiv Haria-Shah; Tony Lewis; Elliot Kenton; Will Glover
‘The firm has an impressive track record for conducting challenging regulatory investigations under extensive time pressure. I am aware that they assist corporates in this regard internationally and have a dedicated team of lawyers who travel extensively to ensure they are there to provide an optimum service for their clients.’
‘Will Glover is an outstanding lawyer with noteworthy analytical skills. He is able to rapidly assimilate voluminous material and has a talent for quickly identifying the critical issues. Will’s experience at the criminal Bar has put him in an ideal position to weigh up evidence in regulatory investigations and give crucial and timely advice to his clients. He is a well respected lawyer with a very bright future ahead of him.’
‘The arrival of the Fulcrum team at Fieldfisher is a strong development. They are extremely experienced in complex white collar matters and have been involved in some the most significant SFO matters of the last 10 years.’
‘Quinton Newcomb is the key individual. Quinton has an excellent grasp of the detail whilst also providing clear and pragmatic advice to clients. He is also a genuinely nice person. Shiv Haria-Shah also provides high quality advice and has a strong advocacy background.’
‘Quinton and Shiv have extensive experience of representing corporates who cross the line and find themselves the subjects of criminal investigations, or worse.’
‘Working with Shiv Haria-Shah is a total pleasure – he listens, processes and advises in a very clear and precise manner. Challenges are made much easier by his flexibility and focus on a successful objective: he stays calm and relies on his expert knowledge of the law to ensure projects are completed successfully. He is a delight to have on your team. I also found Quinton Newcomb to be an excellent client manager – always available and always committed to putting the client first and resolving their issues.’
‘The team combines specialist knowledge, and both courtroom and investigation experience meaning they can provide expert advice from all ends of the spectrum. Their real experienced grounded in practice at the Bar, involvement in one of the largest corporate prosecutions in recent times and experience in multi-jurisdictional investigations informs their nuanced, practical and tactical advice.’
‘Although the team is new at Fieldfisher, they have a broad depth of criminal law expertise. They operate at a very high level.’
- Acting for ENRC in one of the highest profile and longest running corporate corruption investigations by the SFO in UK legal history.
- Representing Wirecard in one of the most high-profile and complex financial crime investigations in recent history.
- Acted as litigators and as trial counsel to Alstom in the largest contested corporate corruption prosecution in UK legal history and potentially one of the last following the introduction of DPAs.
Jones Day works closely with its global disputes and investigations teams on cross-border regulatory investigations and criminal proceedings, representing international businesses in cases relating to money laundering, bribery, and fraud, with cross-border asset tracing, enforcement, and recovery particularly notable capabilities for the firm. Also of note is the firm’s work on investigations emerging from high-profile retail collapses and cross-border insolvencies, in many cases where allegations of wrongdoing emerged some time after the collapse of the business. The practice is led by global disputes head Sion Richards , who is heavily involved in multi-jurisdictional fraud and corruption investigations, alongside former senior SFO official Glyn Powell, a key name for complex economic crime proceedings. Adam Brown is also active in representing corporates and financial institutions throughout cross-border investigations by the SFO, SEC, and other international enforcement agencies.
Sion Richards; Glyn Powell
Other key lawyers:
Adam Brown; Karl Moussalli
‘The team has a stellar reputation in the market. They are clearly experts in big ticket fraud cases involving multiple jurisdictions.’
‘JD’s associate pool really stands out. Of particular note is Karl Moussalli, a fantastic lawyer whose work ethic and can-do attitude is phenomenal. I have found him to be a highly, technically gifted lawyer but also a commercially-minded practitioner. Karl is, without any doubt, a rising star in his field.’
King & Spalding LLP is active in representing major corporates and financial institutions, including standout client Deutsche Bank, in a wide range of financial crime cases, including high-stakes foreign exchange and misappropriation cases before UK and US courts, facing charges brought by regulators in the US and UK, as well as advising clients on due diligence and internal compliance issues relating to global anti-bribery and AML regulations. The firm’s cross-border expertise is notable, both due to the team’s ability to leverage its global presence, as well as the international expertise of the team, with practice co-head Aaron Stephens dual UK and US-qualified, and regularly co-ordinating criminal defence proceedings for major clients on both sides of the Atlantic. Co-head Robert Dedman focuses on financial services sector compliance work, while Joanna Harris is a senior associate with standout expertise in fraud and white-collar criminal defence matters on behalf of corporate and financial services clients.
Aaron Stephens; Robert Dedman
Other key lawyers:
‘Understanding what the brief requires and delivering with skill and confidence.’
‘Joanna Harris is excellent to work with, understanding client needs and delivering in a timely and calm manner.’
‘A global power house with a great London team. Very collaborative across offices, sectors and disciplines.’
‘Aaron Stephens is a much respected and hugely liked member of the London white collar community. very talented, strategic and measured – greatly benefits from a genuinely transatlantic perspective and set of hugely impressive credentials. a go to partner on any major matter.’
Water Street Healthcare Partners
- Representing Deutsche Bank in various class and direct-action litigation matters that are proceeding in the UK High Court (Commercial Court), the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”), Canada, Israel and Brazil, all concerning alleged manipulation of the global foreign exchange (“FX”) market.
- Defending Deutsche Bank against a claim issued by 1MDB in the UK High Court which relates to the high-profile frauds and misappropriations suffered by 1MDB, a defunct former Malaysian state-owned fund, at the hands of various third parties.
With a team of specialised and experienced criminal lawyers, Kingsley Napley LLP advises and represents corporate clients throughout high-stakes criminal and regulatory proceedings relating to issues such as serious fraud, financial crime, bribery, and emerging matters including modern slavery and ESG, with a strong focus on cradle-to-grave support from pre-investigation to charge, through to in-court representations. The firm is able to draw upon in-house corporate governance and data protection expertise for complex investigations, and also has cross-border connections, allowing it to play a key role in multijurisdictional cases. Practice head Louise Hodges works with corporate clients across corporate crime, fraud, and bribery cases, handling both internal and external investigations, while Caroline Day specialises in investigations, heading up the firm’s offering in this space. Formerly General Counsel at the SFO, Alun Milford has particular knowledge of regulatory strategy and DPAs, and Jill Lorimer heads up the firm’s financial services investigations and regulatory practice.
Other key lawyers:
Caroline Day; Alun Milford; Aaron Watkins; Sophie Wood; Jill Lorimer
‘Unrivalled real world experience in actually litigating the issues that corporate clients increasingly have to grapple with. Proper criminal lawyers with commercial edge. There’s a reason why Kingsley Napley alumni populate the white collar departments in the magic circle and US firms.’
‘Louise Hodges, leads the team and is one of the sharpest and most formidable fraud lawyers in the country. Clients love her.
‘Caroline is the glue that holds a major case team together. She is the first name I would instruct / recommend and then build the team from there. Her ability to work under huge time pressure in cases with intense public and media scrutiny is impressive. She leads and co-ordinates with real skill and sensitivity.’
‘Alun Milford has been a superb addition to the team. He brings unrivalled experience and an ability to make real world predictions that are invaluable to clients facing difficult and finely balanced decisions.‘
‘This team is exceptional.’
‘Louise Hodges – Her breadth of experience is unique and her wisdom is of the very, very best. She is also a naturally gifted leader and a lovely, empathetic person; under the most acute pressure, she never loses her intuitive understanding of the organisational and human impact of her advice to the boards of FTSE companies.’
‘Specialist criminal lawyers. Depth of experience in the most complex criminal trials in the UK. A wealth of experience dealing with individual defendants.’
With a strong global platform, particularly within the US, Africa, and Asia-Pacific, Mayer Brown International LLP is well-placed to handle cross-border internal and regulatory investigations, compliance reviews, and criminal defence cases, regularly representing clients throughout SFO and US DOJ proceedings, as well as before regulators globally. The London-based team was strengthened in October 2021 with the transfer of counsel Liang Pu, who brings significant Chinese law expertise and experience in global bribery proceedings, from the firm’s Hong Kong office, and the recruitment of financial services ESG and risk specialist Musonda Kapotwe from an in-house position. They join a practice overseen by Alistair Graham, who has a strong record in defending global businesses in significant criminal proceedings, and also features Sam Eastwood, who focuses on compliance advice and has acted as an independent monitor to the SFO, World Bank, and African Development, and US-qualified Jason Hungerford, who advises clients facing sanctions-related investigations by global enforcement agencies.
Other key lawyers:
Musonda Kapotwe; Liang Pu; Jason Hungerford; Sam Eastwood; Chris Roberts
‘Under Alistair Graham’s dignified leadership, this is a very well run team, all very comfortable in their positions and excelling in their tasks.’
‘Alistair Graham is extremely impressive. He is highly intelligent, has boundless energy and is determined to win. Of particular note is his ability to think through future scenarios and prepare thoroughly for them. As a result, he is unflappable and able to pour all of his enormous energy and talent into the job in hand. He is also excellent at dealing with people, whoever they are, and for that reason gets far further with the opposition and concessions they might make than almost any other practitioner.’
‘I have worked with Alistair Graham who is excellent. He has wide knowledge of regulatory matters, having worked many years ago at the FCA and run many important cases in this area’
‘One of the leading players in this market. Superbly resourced with real strength in depth and unrivalled knowledge of this area of law.’
‘Alistair Graham – one of the best partners there is. Masses of experience and never takes his eye off the ultimate question of what is in the best interests of the client.
‘Chris Roberts – a very solid number two who will surely be a partner in the future.’
Ugland Nordic Shipping AS/Teekay Shipping Norway A.S
- Advised eOne on an internal investigation into allegations of fraud arising out of currency trading, and the subsequent multi-million pound fraud claim in the High Court.
Morrison Foerster offers strong expertise across international financial crime and white-collar cases, advising and representing clients through high-stakes SFO and FCA investigations into bribery, corruption, and money laundering, among others. The firm is further noted for its national security and sanctions offering, advising corporate clients on regulatory and enforcement issues relating to trade sanctions, lobbying, FDI, and cyber incidents, with expertise across UK, EU, and US law. The team is led by Gareth Rees, an experienced practitioner in business crime cases and a former prosecutor, former SFO official Hayley Ichilcik, who is praised for her ‘adept handling‘ of bribery, money laundering, and international sanctions cases, and global financial crime specialist Saqib Alam, whose areas of focus include antitrust violations, bribery, and sanctions violations.
Saqib Alam; Hayley Ichilcik; Gareth Rees KC
‘Hayley Ichilcik- She’s a very able lawyer whose commercial practice covers a wide range of areas, and she’s adept at each of them; she’s clever, tough, charming and a delight to work with. Clients love her, as does her legal team: she provides encouragement, reassurance and adept handling of the most difficult case. First-rate.’
‘Gareth Rees- With immense regulatory experience, he’s simply statesman-like; and quietly gains the respect of all around him. He has a calm, confident and reassuring manner that only comes through years of experience in fighting at the coal-face. You want him on your team; and you certainly don’t want him on the other side. He’s terrific.’
‘Hayley Ichilcik draws upon a broad range of experience to deliver an A1 service to her clients. Clever and considered advisor who sees the big picture and the important detail.
‘Gareth Rees KC draws upon his experience as an advocate to be able to provide top drawer legal representation to clients.’
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP remains a standout for complex cross-border financial services investigations, working with a number of banks and financial institutions, as well as government authorities on tax fraud, corruption, and sanctions violations proceedings, working effectively with key teams in Europe, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific in multijurisdictional cases. The nationwide team is led by Edinburgh-based Tom Stocker, who has seen great success in representing clients against SFO investigations into the full range of financial crime issues, as well as advising on regulatory compliance, while Neil McInnes has notable Africa, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific expertise in both internal and external investigations. Formerly a senior HMRC official, Andrew Sackey specialises in contentious criminal tax fraud proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Sackey; Neil McInnes
‘Small but extremely competent team.’
‘Tom Stocker is an absolute star. He knows his subject matter has an excellent client manner and gets the job done.’
‘I worked with the team on a large regulatory project and I would wholly recommend them. They were always available, took time to understand the business and what we were looking to gain from the project, amended the delivery of the project to reflect issues around fees as we were working to a fixed budget. They have a high skill level and understanding of the sector.’
‘Andrew Sackey is the partner who I have worked with and I cannot speak highly enough of Andrew. He is a very experienced, approachable lawyer who, having previously worked at HMRC, brings a different perspective to his work which is really insightful. He is exceptionally knowledgeable about his subject and is extremely responsible and easy to work with.’
‘Deep knowledge and experience teamed with user-friendly, client-focused service. A top class team.’
‘Tom Stocker (partner) – energetic, committed, super-experienced. He is genuinely passionate about his work and will always go the extra mile for his clients.’
‘Interesting Scottish/English expertise and base.’
‘Tom Stocker combines and extremely pleasant personality with common sense, a solid tactical legal mind and bags of experience. Very easy to work with.’
‘Tom Stocker has a wealth of experience in white collar crime investigations and defence work. He is forensic, robust and respected by the various agencies active in this area.’
Skatteforvaltningen (The Danish Customs and Tax Administration)
- Representing Skatteforvaltningen (The Danish Customs and Tax Administration) as the claimant in highly complex multi-party London Commercial Court proceedings to recover c. DKK 12.6 billion (c £1.5 billion) losses arising from one of the largest alleged frauds discovered within the financial services sector.
- Represented Wood Plc and it is subsidiary in a corporate bribery case resolved by way of a negotiated non-prosecution agreement with the public prosecutor in Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Civil Recovery Unit.
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP focuses on complex multi-jurisdictional regulatory compliance and internal investigations mandates, with an international client base and particularly notable expertise in economic, financial, and trade sanctions. The practice is overseen by financial crime specialist Rosanne Kay and Charles Hewetson, while the ‘pragmatic and user-friendly‘ Leigh Hansson is US-qualified and leads on the firm’s standout sanctions capability, representing clients in sanctions enforcement cases before international agencies, with a strong focus on the shipping sector, as well as life sciences and manufacturing.
Rosanne Kay; Charles Hewetson
Other key lawyers:
‘The team allowed us to get combined UK/EU/US legal advice the team was great at following up on any outstanding issues Reed Smith showed great flexibility in handling billing and assisting on the technology side with documentation transfer we always appreciate the great understanding of our business (insurance) and advice with commercial approach in mind team response time is excellent and is recognised in our industry as one of the best.’
‘Leigh Hansson and Alex Brandt are both amazing at quick response time, personalised follow-up, good understanding of customer’s business, pleasant communication, ability to deal on short notice with very urgent and non-conventional situation.’
‘Great multi-jurisdictional team.’
‘Leigh Hansson is our “go to” lawyers when it comes to US sanctions and export control issues. She is very pragmatic and user-friendly.’
The ‘impressive‘ Sara George heads up the team at Sidley Austin LLP, acting for a number of major global businesses in regulatory investigations into fraud, bribery, corruption, market manipulation, and other financial crime issues. The team is also able to handle internal compliance audits relating to money laundering and sanctions violations, and collaborates closely with cross-border teams, particularly in the United States, in handling major multi-jurisdictional proceedings, up to and including multi-party criminal trials brought by the SFO, US DOJ, and other agencies.
‘Sara George is a particularly impressive partner, who inspires confidence in her team and her clients.’
‘Good team highly regarded.’
BeIn Media Group
WilmerHale advises and represents corporates throughout high-stakes regulatory investigations and criminal proceedings brought by enforcement agencies, most notably the SFO. The firm acts for a combination of major domestic and international businesses, and handles the full range of financial crime cases, with practice head Stephen Pollard enjoying a strong reputation for financial services fraud, competition and cartel allegations, and market abuse proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
‘Headed by Stephen Pollard, this is a market leading team in corporate crime matters.’
‘Lloyd Firth is the smartest person in the room. He is a superb lawyer, a strategic thinker and has a rigorous attention to detail.’
Bivonas Law LLP utilises its boutique structure to provide a partner-led service to corporates and public entities facing high-stakes corporate crime and regulatory proceedings, representing companies facing SFO and FCA investigations as well as handling cross-border and international cases before regulatory and enforcement agencies and carrying significantly reputational risk. The team offers key litigation expertise as well as knowledge of civil proceedings, allowing them to handle parallel proceedings, as well as working closely with counsel at the trial stage of criminal cases. The firm is headed by senior partner Antony Brown, the ‘exceptional’ Cindy Dorrington , who has strong expertise in corporate corruption cases, and Steve Sharp, who has advised clients on criminal and regulatory proceedings brought by all key UK regulators.
Antony Brown; Steve Sharp; Cindy Dorrington
Other key lawyers:
‘A commercially-minded, client-orientated but traditional law firm with an excellent client base.’
‘Cindy Dorrington is a wily litigator with significant experience of financial services and commercial matters.’
‘Antony Brown is an excellent client finder with excellent commercially instincts.’
‘Roland Ellis is a sensible litigator with broad commercial experience.’
‘Impressive team managed by Cindy Dorrington who leads from the front….exceptional team including the approachable Roland Ellis and tireless Steve Sharp.’
‘Cindy brings 25 years of experience and an ultimate understanding of the client and their difficulties. She is clear and concise and impresses those who work alongside her.’
- Advising an African government in relation to the prosecution of several senior officials involved in wide-scale international corruption whilst in office.
- Advising a UK-based asset management company on its exposure to third party liability after the SFO requested information about its clients linked to an investigation into alleged money laundering and fraud offences concerning the award of major oil contracts in the Middle East.
- Acting for the UK arm of a ship husbanding company involved in a major US Navy contracting scandal concerning allegations of bribery and overcharging.
Burges Salmon LLP advises corporates on regulatory investigations and compliance issues relating to operations in the UK and abroad, with experience in acting against the NCA, SFO, and police, both throughout investigations and in litigation. The firm’s multi-jurisdictional expertise is reflected in its work for clients in Saudi Arabia, France, the BVI, and Israel, among others, with other notable capabilities including financial services work, both private and public. David Hall leads the primarily Bristol-based team, which is also active in London, specialising in complex money laundering and corruption cases, alongside Guy Bastable, who heads up the corporate crime department and offers broad expertise across AML, corruption, insider trading, and business regulatory issues.
David Hall; Guy Bastable
‘The corporate crime team headed by Guy Bastable is establishing itself as a leading player in the market, currently handling a significant and notorious case with a significant public profile.’
‘Guy Bastable has vast experience and is a superb lawyer.’
‘They have a good-sized multi-disciplinary team which allows them to cover a vast range of regulatory issues within the corporate crime world. Not all firms have this breadth of experience.’
‘Guy Bastable is a nationwide leader in his field. He is savvy, wise and street smart.’
‘David Hall is knowledgeable and shrewd, good with clients.’
‘Guy Bastable comes from a financial crime and proceeds of crime background and has added significant heath & safety and regulatory experience to make him very much an all-round player. He is therefore able to advise clients on both their potential criminal and regulatory exposure and how to minimise those clients’ risk levels against possible (or actual) proceedings across various tribunals.’
‘Guy Bastable is thoughtful and imaginative. An excellent person to have on your side.’
‘Stand out partner: David Hall.’
Dentons uses its international reach to act for clients on a global basis, with team members offering multi-jurisdictional expertise in business crime, regulatory law and investigations. The practice was bolstered by the November 2021 arrival of co-head Louisa Caswell from Addleshaw Goddard, an international disputes specialist with a strong record in SFO investigations, and the January 2022 arrival of Chris Brennan, who has deep experience in contentious financial services work. Additionally, counsel Dan Lund joined from Akin Gump LLP in December 2021, bringing significant international sanctions, trade, and AML experience. The team is co-led by Katharine Harle, who advises on financial markets and regulatory investigations, including acting for brokers in FCA proceedings.
Louisa Caswell; Katharine Harle
Other key lawyers:
Chris Brennan; Dan Lund; Craig Neilson
‘An outstanding international litigation department with a specialism in maximum complexity banking cases and handling HNW and demanding clients.’
‘Chris Brennan is a great recent signing who brings excellent judgment and legal understanding to all of his cases.’
‘Dentons is a reliable law firm, both in terms of the quality of the advice and the quick turnaround for providing it. Its international capacities are a big bonus as we can receive advice in all the jurisdictions in which we operate.’
‘Craig Neilson is our client partner and is an absolute pleasure to work with. He is excellent and very personable.’
K&L Gates LLP advises FTSE 100 and global multinational companies on regulatory risk and compliance, as well as representing clients throughout regulatory and criminal investigations, up to defending clients in court. The firm offers expertise in issues such as corruption, sanctions, insider trading, and FCA/FRC regulation, and can also call upon dual-qualified lawyers, particularly US-qualified practitioners, for cross-border matters. The team is led by experienced advocate Dylan Moses, who has formerly practiced as a barrister and specialises in money laundering and health and safety issues, while former FCA official Michael Ruck, is a key name for financial crime issues such as market abuse. Brian Saulnier divides his time between London and Washington DC, and has experience in matters in high-risk jurisdictions
Other key lawyers:
Michael Ruck; Brian Saulnier
‘A strong multi-jurisdictional team with enviable resources on both sides of the Atlantic. The firm’s many departments and strength in depth make them an obvious choice for corporates or individuals alike. They can assemble a team of almost any size, at the drop of a hat, with a range of skills, a range of seniorities, a range of price points, from a range of different jurisdictions. That distinguishes them from many of their competitors in the field.’
‘Dylan Moses is the key member of this team. He is calm under pressure, experienced in a wide range of work, steady under fire, with a first rate tactical mind. To this he adds an exceptionally empathetic and likeable client manner, which time and again enables those whom he represents to deliver their very best selves to investigators, regulators, tribunals and courts. His recent SFO work has been quietly superb. He adds value wherever he is engaged and, without fail, lets the client take the credit for it. That is a rare skill among first division lawyers.’
‘Strong team with experienced practitioners and high quality mandates included SFO work.’
‘Dylan Moses is an excellent practitioner. He is collegiate, calm and reassuring. He is also highly experienced and is responsible for building the practice at K&L.’
‘Able to advise on the full spectrum of criminal and regulatory issues. A strong team in London with Dylan Moses and Michael Ruck.’
‘Michael is personable and calm and is able to bring his years of experience “in house” at the FCA to the table.
‘Dylan Moses is bright, sharp and technically excellent – one of the few white collar crime specialists with years of experience at the criminal bar.’
‘The team provides excellent practical advice to corporates which it achieves through its collaborative ethos within the team.’
‘Lead partner, Dylan Moses, uses his many years experience as a barrister practicing in corporate crime to great advantage when advising corporates on regulatory compliance. He has the ability to cut through the complexity of corporate law so as to provide advice which clients can understand in a practical setting. He is very highly regarded by the profession.’
Balli Group Plc
Serco Group Plc
Qatar Free Zone Authority
Former CEO Of Balli Group Plc
Former CFO Of Redcentric Plc
Senior Manager Of KPMG
- Advising Serco Group plc on a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters, since July 2013, leading to the fifth Deferred Prosecution Agreement.
- Advising LOR (and two of its subsidiaries) on a number of criminal matters and Health and Safety Executive investigations into breaches of health and safety law.
- Drafting anti-money laundering and counter terrorism, anti-bribery policies and health and safety regulations for the free zone in the state of Qatar.
Formed in February 2022 by former partners at Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP, the team at Pallas Partners LLP has established itself as a strong choice for corporates facing complex, often multijurisdictional regulatory and criminal investigations into financial wrongdoing, corruption, and sanctions violations, with clients including a number of financial institutions and pharma companies. The practice is led by Tracey Dovaston, who brings significant financial services regulatory expertise from prior work in-house at financial institutions, and has represented a number of key clients throughout complex investigations, alongside Matthew Getz, who is dual UK and US-qualified and handles government and internal investigations for corporates, as well as representing in white collar defence proceedings. Senior associate Alessia de Quincey is a notable contributor to the practice, regularly supporting clients throughout financial crime investigations and associated litigation.
Tracey Dovaston; Matthew Getz
Other key lawyers:
Alessia de Quincey; Natasha Harrison
‘Savvy and wise, quick to roll up their sleeves, on top of the law and commercially strategic’
‘Matt Getz and Natasha Harrison are exceptional. Very smart, thoughtful, commercial. Great sounding boards for any kind of complex legal issue really. They are capable of thinking outside of the box.’
‘Team was very professional in dealing with corporate fraud and advise given was relevant and concise’
‘Matt Getz was particularly helpful in addressing concerns and went out of his way to address concerns. Was knowledgeable and honest in assessing the case and giving advise’
‘Excellent at dealing objectively with whistleblower allegations and ensuring clients respond to these appropriately. The sooner Pallas Partners are brought in to help a corporate client manage an investigation or an allegation of corporate crime, the better. Their advice is always measured but never formulaic.’
‘I have worked most of all with Tracey Dovaston, and found her to be calm under pressure but forceful with her advice, which is always well balanced and underpinned by commercial as well as legal strategy. She is a robust defender of her clients’ interests. She is capable of dealing with any number of issues which might arise during a dispute, both purely legal but also issues to do with reputation, media strategies, forensics and investigations in general. Her sophistication in leveraging these different components serves clients extremely well. Alessia de Quincey has also impressed me with her handling of the detail.’
Investors in Glencore
VR Capital and Farallon Capital Management
Squire Patton Boggs has expanded the London footprint of its global investigations and white-collar practice, adding new practice head Hannah Laming from Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP in July 2022, an expert in complex, high-profile regulatory and criminal proceedings, alongside director Ben Ticehurst, who has a strong record across UK agency investigations of all types, including fraud, bribery, and money laundering, who joined from Howard Kennedy LLP in March 2022. Sports sector specialist Wayne Barnes joined from Fulcrum Chambers Ltd in January 2022, further bolstering the team. The firm acts for a wide range of clients, and has notable expertise in high-profile investigations with significant reputational risk in industries such as sports, calling upon in-house financial services, employment, and health and safety expertise in complex cases. In cross-border work, the team is able to collaborate with its US and Middle East practices, as well as a growing presence in Europe. Jonathan Chibafa is a legal director with a combination of in-house corporate governance and advocacy expertise, and focuses on high-stakes investigations and internal compliance advice on financial crime and ESG issues.
Other key lawyers:
Ben Ticehurst; Wayne Barnes; Jonathan Chibafa
‘Very experienced at dealing with investigations, especially in complex matters.’
‘Jonathan Chibafa: Highly experienced at dealing with complex investigations. Able to think laterally and understand the nuances of complex investigations. His background as a barrister gives him a real edge in understanding the core issues at play.’
‘The team are truly fabulous. They conduct investigations with the utmost discretion, conscious of the environment and personalities involved. Their advice was legally sound yet easily understandable and practical. The team’s diversity is a huge strength – the team didn’t feel like they were talking to a panel that didn’t understand our business, it felt like they understood us and could advise in our landscape.’
‘Jonathan Chibafa is a superstar in the team. He is bright, approachable, always available at short notice, and understanding of the pressures of our business. His advice is always practical and makes sense to the team. I never need to translate it into a simpler form for non-lawyers – it is always presented in a way that means the whole business can understand the advice and why we have got to that conclusion.’
‘People, willingness to help and find unique ways of dealing with problems which arise.’
‘The practice has a number of very experienced and well-regarded lawyers with genuine and longstanding experience of the full range of white collar and business crime issues. The distinctive feature of the practice is the depth of expertise in these issues areas in a field where many firms offering these services do so through existing civil litigation lawyers with a limited background in criminal law.’
‘Jonathan Chibafa has a varied background which makes him very well-informed from multiple perspectives. His strategic judgment and legal knowledge was honed over nearly 10 years of independent practise at the Bar. His time in-house at large multi-national corporations gives him a keen understanding of what clients need and want. He has a broad perspective that encompasses regulatory risk and compliance practice.’
‘A very accessible team with excellent client care.’
With strong global expertise thanks to its global platform, the team at Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP advises an international client base on domestic and cross-border financial crime investigations, both regulatory and internal, as well as defending clients before enforcement bodies including the US DOJ, SEC, SFO, and FCA. Specialised expertise includes bribery, corruption, sanctions, and terrorist financing, with notable recent work in the cryptocurrency space as it relates to financial crime. Practice head John Rupp focuses on FCPA and Bribery Act compliance advice and internal investigations, regularly interacting with global law enforcement bodies, while Zoe Osborne remains a key name for cross-border financial crime and contentious regulatory investigations, including some of the few ongoing SFO investigations into businesses. Leigh Mallon combines litigation expertise with work on special investigations and internal compliance policy audits, and has worked in both the UK and London.
Other key lawyers:
Leigh Mallon; Zoe Osborne
Stewarts Law LLP advises domestic and international corporates on corporate investigations, both internal and initiated by regulatory agencies, with a notable focus on financial crime, including fraud, corruption, international sanctions, money laundering, and insider trading allegations. Clients come from a variety of industries such as data, energy, real estate, and telecoms, with the team leveraging internal asset recovery, tax litigation and employment expertise, allowing it to handle complex proceedings, including cross-border investigations. David Savage leads the team, and offers strong financial services regulatory expertise, advising on institutional internal investigations and issues such as international sanctions. Pia Mithani advises a wide range of clients, including international public institutions and hedge funds.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team in white collar is a specialist boutique within a litigation firm. As such they offer an excellent service and one which puts partner time at the forefront even though their associates are also excellent.’
‘David Savage is incredibly knowledgeable, approachable and personable. He takes great care to make sure his clients and contacts know how much he cares about them and their issues.’
Combined Property Control
- Represented Combined Property Control in its dispute with Lockton Companies LLC arising out of an insurance claim made under a significant property portfolio insurance policy in which it is alleged that Lockton, as broker, fraudulently altered certificates of insurance and forged documents pertaining to agree to certain settlements sum on behalf of the insurer.
Taylor Wessing LLP advises clients in fields including financial services, accounting, life sciences, and technology, leveraging combined criminal defence, reputation management, and investigations expertise in its work on compliance issues, cross-border regulatory proceedings, and internal investigations. The firm has notable expertise in emerging cryptocurrency investigations relating to theft and hacking, and has strengthened its contentious capabilities with the arrival of Richard Viegas from Collyer Bristow LLP in January 2022. David De Ferrars leads the team, working with family businesses through to multinational corporations on corporate malfeasance and corruption investigations. Laurence Lieberman is a standout name for life sciences and financial services work, as well as regularly advising Indian businesses, with key areas of expertise including compliance investigations and breaches.
David de Ferrars
Other key lawyers:
Richard Viegas; Laurence Lieberman; David McCluskey; Michelle George
‘David McCluskey provides wise counsel of a range of issues, in particular with regard to financial regulators and the cross over between corporate crime and fraud. He is a good strategist to have at your side.‘
‘Taylor Wessing is a highly regarded name among commercial firms. They are incredibly effective at putting to bed big problems for big name individuals and corporates alike, from bribery and corruption to macro-economic market manipulation to high-net-worth tax evasion.‘
‘The lawyer with whom I work most frequently is Michelle George. She is cerebral and yet a devastatingly effective strategist.‘