Regulatory investigations and corporate crime in London
Allen & Overy LLP 's corporate crime team is 'practical and pragmatic', and is as adept at representing large multinational companies as international financial institutions in business-critical investigations. The team advise on matters including corruption, sanctions, financial issues, regulatory investigations, anti-bribery compliance, and data and privacy issues. As befits an international firm, Allen & Overy's global network of offices means it can handle a range of multi-jurisdictional investigations by various enforcement authorities. Head of team Jonathan Hitchin is recognised for his strength advising on cross-border investigations, cartel investigations and private damages claims. Arnondo Chakrabarti handles the full gamut of corporate crime matters and counts FTSE 100 companies among his clients. The magic circle firm strengthened its hand with the addition of Eve Giles , who advises both corporates and individuals on white collar and criminal defence matters. Lawson Caisley is also highly regarded.
‘Practical and pragmatic with their advice’.
‘Risk-balanced, clear and easily consumed and explained advice’.
‘Arnondo Chakrabarti is particularly a stand out’.
- Acting for a corporate entity and their private equity owner in connection with an internal investigation following issues raised by the company’s auditors.
Baker McKenzie's tier one corporate crime practice handles a full range of matters ranging from internal and regulatory investigations through to bribery prevention, compliance and advisory work. The firm's broad geographic spread means the 'extremely knowledgeable' team has extensive experience with both UK Bribery Act and US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters. The team is multi-disciplinary and includes experts in criminal and civil litigation as well as practices such as employment, IP, financial services, EU and competition. Key practitioner Charles Thomson advises corporates in relation to fraud, asset tracing, money laundering, health and safety, environmental infringements, tax violations, bribery and corruption. The practice also benefits from the in-house experience of disputes partner Jonathan Peddie , who joined in 2015 from Barclays , where he held roles including global head of financial crime, legal. The firm often deals with regulators including the FCA, SFO, Europol and HMRC.
Charles Thomson; Jonathan Peddie; Sunny Mann; Joanna Ludlam
Other key lawyers:
Henry Garfield; Yindi Gesinde
The team are very knowledgable and extremely responsive’.
‘Jonathan Peddie provides assured case management, deep expertise and strategic insight’.
‘Baker McKenzie is a very capable, international law firm with a very strong London presence’.
‘Charles Thomson displays tremendous judgement and easily balances his significant legal and commercial knowledge’.
‘Jonathan Peddie has a lifetime of experience at the top end of regulatory law’.
‘Well resourced, extremely knowledgeable, client driven and great to work with’.
‘Charles Thomson is one of the few original thought leaders in white-collar and regulatory investigations; terrific judgement and leadership’.
Tradition Financial Services
- Representing Bidcorp, a leading listed global food services company which has been the victim of fraud and corruption by its former managing director. The firm conducted an internal investigation for Bidcorp; instituted civil proceedings for a headline claim of approximately £45m; as part of these proceedings, obtained preliminary relief, including freezing, disclosure, and passport delivery-up orders and cross-examination of the defendants and advised the client on anti-money laundering and corruption related issues, as well as criminal remedies available to them.
- Acting for Tradition Financial Services Limited in the defence of an alleged missing trader intra-community (MTIC) fraud.
Clifford Chance LLP handles regulatory enforcement, investigations, fraud and crime matters through its leading practice in London. Its extensive global network means it has significant experience dealing with multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency investigations. Areas of expertise include sanctions, fraud, anti-money laundering, cartels and criminal investigations. Differentiating its offering, the team is supported by an in-house team of forensic accountants enabling it to easily retrieve, manage, analyse and present financial information and issues. Head of team Luke Tolaini focuses on investigations that involve bribery, corruption and fraud, particularly in the energy and commodities sectors in developing countries. Roger Best is recommended for his experience in corruption and money laundering investigations.
Other key lawyers:
Roger Best; Michael Lyons; Matthew Lee; Zoe Osborne
Major financial institutions
An international commodities trading company
An international energy company
- Advising Credit Suisse on parallel criminal tax investigations by a number of government authorities including in the UK, Australia and Continental Europe.
- Representing Serco against allegations of irregularities in billing practices.
- Advising a major financial institution on a cross-border investigation involving the SEC, DoJ, FCA and SFO into potential money laundering and bribery offences.
- Providing advice on US and EU sanctions and AML compliance matters for an international commodities trading company and representing them in an urgent high court application.
- Assisting a government authority with an internal investigation in relation to allegations of anti-money laundering and sanctions breaches by third parties in the territory for which the government authority has jurisdiction.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 's top tier London corporate crime team is 'the real deal' according to one client, advising on matters ranging from prevention, corporate defence, sanctions, compliance and regulatory investigations. It also deals with internal investigations for boards of directors, board committees and corporations. It frequently advises clients in sectors including engineering, aerospace and defence, infrastructure projects, energy and financial services. Co-head of team Lord Peter Goldsmith QC advises on white-collar, arbitration and litigation matters domestically and internationally. Karolos Seeger, who also co-heads the team, specialises in white-collar crime, internal investigations, compliance and corrupt practices legislation. Robin Lööf was promoted to international counsel. Jane Shvets focuses on white-collar defence and internal investigations Alex Parker left the firm for an in-house role at GlaxoSmithKline.
Lord Peter Goldsmith QC; Karolos Seeger
‘Top-tier work product combined with straightforward and responsive client service make this team the real deal’.
‘The team to go for when you need agile, forward thinking lawyers who will do things the right way’.
‘Debevoise’s approach represents a perfect blend of high-level legal expertise, an understanding of how businesses operate in a fast-paced global environment, and a common sense approach to proposing solutions that can be deployed in real-life’.
‘Karolos Seeger has deep experience dealing with a multitude of agencies across the world. He is experienced, hands-on and has tremendous judgement’.
‘Many of the team are multilingual which facilitates handling cross-border matters and they are very flexible and dedicated, working all hours to get the job done’.
‘Jane Shvets is a great resource, in particular in relation to Russia related work’.
‘Jane Shvets is approachable, available and provides first-class legal advice’.
Rolls Royce plc
- Advised Rolls-Royce plc in its Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, which has been confirmed in open court by the President of the Queen’s Bench Division (Sir Brian Leveson) and published by the SFO.
Dechert LLP represents clients internationally in relation to high profile civil, criminal, investigation, compliance, defence, and enforcement matters. Its areas of advisory expertise include multi-jurisdictional investigations, fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering, export controls and sanctions. Well known partner Neil Gerrard heads the team and specialises in advising on regulatory investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, HMRC, FCA and DOJ. Matthew Cowie has broad sector experience that includes clients in the pharmaceutical, financial, defence, oil and gas, and telecoms sectors. Caroline Black focuses on cross-border regulatory and internal investigations matters. Roger Burlingame joined as partner from Kobre & Kim LLP. Miriam Gonzalez left for Cohen & Gresser LLP.
‘Dechert provide a service that is almost unique in its strength, depth and diversity’.
‘Quite exceptional pedigree and experience, with members of the team having worked for the independent bar and for the major prosecution agencies’.
‘Neil Gerrard is a brilliant litigator and handler of the most complex and demanding of cases’.
‘Caroline Black is very pragmatic and efficient. She is very capable, engaged, hard-working and widely respected.’
‘Matthew Banham has very good legal analysis skills’.
‘Roger Burlingame is a personable, creative, expert on US law and practice’.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is as comfortable advising compliance and advisory matters as investigations and regulatory defence and white collar crime matters. It frequently counsels clients in sectors such as banking and financial services and mining, advising on matters including bribery, corruption, sanctions, money-laundering, fraud, modern slavery and tax evasion. Susannah Cogman heads the team and has a broad practice spanning investigations, including those by the SFO, compliance and regulatory matters. Daniel Hudson handles regulatory investigations by the SFO, FCA, the police and HMRC. Brian Spiro , who joined in 2017 , acts for corporates and individuals in business crime matters in the UK and throughout Europe.
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Hudson; Hywel Jenkins; Brian Spiro; Jenny Stainsby; Andrew Procter; Karen Anderson; Kate Meakin; Elizabeth Head; Ajay Malhotra; David Knott; Kathryn Boyd; Chris Ninan; Sarah Thomas; Benedicte Perowne; Jon Ford
‘Strong practice across multiple international locations, with star individuals in several’.
‘Brian Spiro is outstanding and is a terrific addition to the firm’s global white-collar presence’.
‘Dedicated, expert, experienced financial crimes team, covering all aspects of financial crime including anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption, and sanctions’.
‘Susannah Cogman and Dan Hudson are both extremely knowledgeable and known experts in their area; excellent communicators, who see the “big picture” and oversee the provision of timely practical advice.’
‘Kathryn Boyd has excellent technical knowledge, and in-house experience used to provide relevant, practical advice’.
ICBC Standard Bank plc
The Executive Counsel to the Financial Reporting Council
Various employees and ex-employees of Tesco plc
A senior British businessman involved in bribery allegations concerning GlaxoSmithKline’s activities in China
Various individuals in respect of the SFO’s investigation into Afren PLC
- Advising a financial institution regarding a criminal investigation and prosecution brought against a former employee for alleged insider trading.
- Advising a large law firm in relation to a major police investigation into and upcoming criminal trial of a former partner of the firm.
- Conducting an internal investigation for a UK listed company following a whistle-blower report alleging potentially fraudulent conduct by senior executives relating to the company’s accounts.
- Acting for a large retail bank in relation to civil claims and a customer remediation exercise connected to historic criminal wrongdoing.
- Advising a client in relation to potential anti-bribery and corruption issues and conducting an internal investigation in relation to the same.
‘This is a team that understands the risks and problems working at the interface of regulatory law and corporate criminal law’, says one client of Hogan Lovells International LLP . The practice deals with high profile, multi-jurisdictional investigations through its global network of offices and has a particular focus on Russia and the CS, and the Middle East. It has significant experience in matters such as bribery, corruption, sanctions, regulatory, compliance, tax evasion, anti-money laundering advice and risk-mitigation advice. It has a particular focus on clients in the financial services and life science sectors. Head of team Crispin Rapinet is adept at dealing with UK Bribery Act matters and international acquisition-related anti-bribery risks.
Other key lawyers:
Liam Naidoo; Claire Lipworth
‘The team is highly capable of providing sound advice in a variety of areas in a pragmatic way’.
‘Liam Naidoo and Claire Lipworth are able to translate a deep knowledge in non trivial areas such as bribery and corruption, money laundering and tax evasion into a simple easy to follow piece of advice’
‘Claire Lipworth uses her knowledge of the FCA to provide wise counsel and great strategic direction’.
‘Hogan Lovells have a strong team with deep knowledge of the relevant law and how it applies in practice’.
‘Crispin Rapinet is an experienced litigator with good tactical skills’.
‘Liam Naidoo is an up and coming lawyer with a stellar future ahead’.
Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation
Russian Deposit Insurance Agency
Leading international organisations across a number of industry sectors
- On behalf of ENRC, the team has secured one of the most significant and widely acclaimed Court of Appeal decisions for many years, which has re-established the importance, and applicability, of legal professional privilege.
- Lead counsel to an overseas pension fund that is a major shareholder in a multinational transportation company, in relation to investigations into alleged bribery at a company subsidiary.
- Advising a radiation therapy client in relation to a number of internal investigations focusing on allegations of corruption and other financial and corporate crime in the Czech Republic, Russia, Turkey, Korea, Italy, China, Sri Lanka, and Hong Kong.
- Conducted a major investigation and asset recovery for FM Capital Partners Ltd (FMCP) and its client Libya Africa Investment Portfolio (LAP), an FCA-regulated asset management company in relation to a large-scale fraud by its former CEO, Frédéric Marino.
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has built a strong team in London that is adept at handling cross-border investigations and prosecutions brought by regulatory agencies including the SFO, NCA, FCA and HMRC. It also advises on internal company investigations and deals with government agencies on behalf of clients. Given the firm's strength in the private equity sector, Kirkland has a particular focus on advising large buyout houses and their portfolio companies but its client base extends far beyond this. It advises on matters such as anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, financial sanctions, data breaches, fraud, corporate crime prevention and general advisory work. Co-head of team Satnam Tumani specialises in cases of accounting fraud, tax fraud, data protection infringements, and FCPA/UK Bribery Act matters. Marcus Thompson, who also co-heads the team, specialises in investigations that involve bribery, corruption, sanctions, data breaches and money laundering.
Satnam Tumani; Marcus Thompson
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Butel; Sarah Klein; Michael Casey; Patrick Navein
‘The team gets to the crux of the matter quickly and provides pragmatic and commercial guidance on potentially sensitive matters’.‘
‘A sound City practice with bright, solid practitioners and good client care’.
‘Satnam Tumani has a huge wealth of experience and knowledge of serious corporate fraud and corruption in national and multi-jurisdictional cases, and an intimate knowledge of the workings of the main prosecuting and investigating authorities’.
‘The team has a wealth and breadth of experience and proven ability to provide global coverage for a global asset manager’.
‘Marcus Thompson is absolutely brilliant; straight talking, commercial and pragmatic’.
‘Mike Casey is highly responsive; he delivers commercial and clear but thorough advice’.
‘A leader amongst others and particularly suitable for the larger, thornier cases involving the Serious Fraud Office’.
‘Satnam Tumani is exceptional; he is hugely intelligent and able to use his vast experience as a former prosecutor to excellent effect’.
- Representation of a global mining company in relation to allegations of payments to a consultant to secure mining rights in Africa.
- Representation of an Asian multinational electronics company in connection with an internal investigation concerning allegations of fraud.
- Representation of a global stationary company in an internal investigation into allegations of compliance irregularities.
Linklaters LLP has a strong corporate crime offering in London, with the firm's international network and broad practice coverage meaning it is able to handle multi-jurisdictional criminal and regulatory investigations, and advise on the employment and remuneration consequences arising from investigations. Its lawyers regularly work on cross-border cases brought by regulators including the SFO, FCA and PRA in the UK and the DOJ and SEC in the US. Clients include financial institutions, corporates and individuals. Co-head of team and global head of disputes Michael Bennett deals with financial crime investigations and regulatory risk. His highly regarded co-head Satindar Dogra, who also heads the London disputes practice, handles fraud investigations and corporate crime, including bribery, corruption, sanctions and money-laundering cases. Martyn Hopper is also highly recommended for financial regulation matters. Adding further strength to its bench, the magic circle firm added Alison Saunders as a partner from the Crown Prosecution Service, where she was director of public prosecutions.
Michael Bennett; Satindar Dogra
Other key lawyers:
Lloyds Banking Group
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group
- Acted for two of the six firms originally placed under investigation following the FCA’s thematic review into the fair treatment of long-standing customers in the life insurance sector (TR 16/2), published in March 2016. The investigations focused on, among other issues, the adequacy of disclosure of exit and paid-up charges to customers from December 2008.
Norton Rose Fulbright advises clients on multi-jurisdictional investigations, enforcement, criminal prosecutions and civil litigation through its global network of offices. It often advises clients facing investigations by the bodies such as the SFO, FCA, HMRC, NCA and CPS, advising on matters in fields such as cybercrime, bribery, money laundering, compliance and export controls. Clients include corporates, financial institutions and senior individuals. Patrick Bourke co–heads the team alongside Neil O’May , who handles international fraud, market abuse and investigations. Lista Cannon focuses on transnational regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. David Harris is recommended for his cross-sector experience and deals with clients in the financial services, banking, energy and defence sectors. Jeffrey Cottle, who splits his time between Washington and London, joined as partner from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP. Sam Eastwood and Jason Hungerford both left the firm for Mayer Brown International LLP.
Patrick Bourke; Neil O’May
Other key lawyers:
‘An outstanding team of talented individuals’.
‘Neil O’May is one of the leaders in this field.’
‘Significant practical experience in handling regulatory investigations, particularly in the area of corruption’.
‘Demonstrate a practical response to assisting companies with compliance challenges’.
‘Ruth Cowley is extremely knowledgeable, professional and extremely practical’.
Victor Dahdaleh and associated companies
- Represented Victor Dahdaleh in a criminal prosecution brought by the SFO concerning allegations of corruption following an investigation undertaken by the SFO in cooperation with the DOJ and several EU countries.
- Advising a global financial institution in connection with potential criminal, civil and regulatory issues and liabilities arising from its involvement in certain tax based financial products.
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP advises both businesses and individuals on corporate and white collar crime and investigations work, taking the lead on allegations of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, sanctions, mutual legal assistance and data protection matters. It also helps companies bring private prosecutions and has been seeing increasing instructions relating to financial crime compliance issues. Head of team Michael O’Kane specialises in cases of corruption, cartels, sanctions and extradition. Jasvinder Nakhwal handles investigations brought by the SFO, the police,the Competition and Markets Authority and also foreign prosecuting authorities. Maria Cronin was promoted to partner and Peter Fitzgerald was promoted to of counsel. Leading fraud lawyer Monty Raphael QC retired and is now a special counsel to the firm.
Other key lawyers:
MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company
Bunnvale Limited and TICOM Management LLC
Khadem Al Qubaisi and related companies
US card processing company
Cunico Resources N.V.
- Acted for the Hungarian national oil and gas company, which in 2009 entered into two agreements with the Republic of Croatia concerning the management of the Croatian national oil and gas company, INA. Croatia subsequently alleged that the agreements had been procured as the result of a bribe offered to its then Prime Minister.
- Secured the release of $12m for two Russian trading firms following a ground-breaking judicial review against the City of London Police (‘COLP’).
- Lead counsel in a global investigation concerning allegations of corruption by high-level government figures in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi.
- Successfully acted for a US corporate, the beneficial owner of funds which are subject to what is believed to be the largest cash seizure ever to take place in the UK – in excess of $30m held as banker’s drafts.
- Representing a UK corporate and its director in relation to allegations of terrorist financing in the UAE.
Simmons & Simmons advises clients on international investigations involving corporate crime and contentious regulatory matters in sectors including financial services, TMT, healthcare and energy. With a cross-practice team of experts from areas including litigation, competition, employment and tax, the firm has experience dealing with claims including corruption, fraud, money laundering and sanction matters. The firms handles investigations by a wide range of organisations including the deals with investigations by the National Crime Agency, The Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the CMA and HMRC. Nick Benwell co-heads the team and advises corporates and individuals on corruption, money laundering and fraud-related matters. Stephen Gentle, who leads the team alongside Benwell, focuses on fraud, money laundering, sanctions and bribery matters, with clients describing the pair as 'an all-star combination'. Of counsel Cherie Spinks is recommended for her criminal law expertise. Satyen Dhana joined as partner from CMS.
Nick Benwell; Stephen Gentle
Other key lawyers:
‘Simmons & Simmons has an exceptional team who combine the highest levels of technical and tactical expertise with a practical, non-judgemental and commonsense approach’.
‘A solid and increasingly experienced team’.
‘The all-star combination of Nick Benwell and Stephen Gentle is probably without parallel for any listed company facing a regulatory issue’.
‘Stephen Gentle is clever and experienced’.
‘Nick Benwell is personable and client-friendly – a well-informed leader in this area.’
Mr Sushovan Hussain, former CFO of Autonomy plc
- Representing Petrofac in its response to the SFO’s ongoing investigation into alleged bribery, corruption, and money laundering by the company, its subsidiaries, agents and employees in multiple jurisdictions.
- Acting for a leading financial institution in relation to the conduct of an internal investigation following anonymous whistle blower allegations of bribery by two of the firm’s employees.
- Advising a major retail bank in respect of civil recovery proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
- Advising on a high profile multi-jurisdictional SFO corruption investigation in the investment management sector.
- Successful discontinuation of a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) insider dealing investigation in the energy sector.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP represents clients in relation to multi-jurisdictional investigations, regulatory advice, white-collar crime, corporate governance and parallel civil litigation. It is particularly experienced in representing corporates and financial institutions in ‘bet the company’ cases. Other areas of expertise include mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, extradition and Interpol-related issues. Key jurisdictions include the UK, France, Germany, Asia and the US, where it is adept at dealing with regulators and prosecutors. Head of team Keith Krakaur is described as a 'master' by one client and is experienced in global investigations that involve economic sanctions, corrupt practices, money laundering, tax and accounting fraud.
Other key lawyers:
Elizabeth Robertson; Ryan Junck; Vanessa McGoldrick; Bora Rawcliffe
‘Great firm across the board, with a very experienced white-collar team’.
‘Deeply insightful, well plugged in, super-responsive and proactive, always thinking ahead’.
‘Great knowledge and practical understanding about the approach regulators are likely to take in regulatory investigations’.
‘Ryan Junck is an outstanding trusted adviser and counsellor’.
‘Keith Krakaur is a master in this area’.
Credit Agricole CIB
Former Broker to Airbus
Former Director of Rolls Royce plc
Former Director of British American Tobacco
- Representing Société Générale in three strands of the most high-profile economic sanctions, corruption and market-fraud resolutions ever entered into by a global financial institution.
- Advising a leading European asset management business in connection with an internal investigation and Financial Conduct Authority scrutiny in the UK and coordinating with international regulatory counsel in multiple jurisdictions, including Switzerland.
- Advising a multinational based in the Middle East in an internal review and potential commercial dispute relating to allegations of misconduct or corruption filed with authorities in Pakistan.
- Represented Basler Kantonalbank (BKB) in reaching a $60.4m Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the U.S. DOJ to resolve a charge that it conspired to help U.S. taxpayer-clients evade their tax obligations, file false federal tax returns, and otherwise hide hundreds of millions of dollars in Swiss bank accounts.
- Representing a leading multinational telecommunications, information technology, and consumer electronics company in connection with investigations into its operations in China.
Slaughter and May's 'exceptional' team advises on a broad range of multi-jurisdictional financial, regulatory, enforcement and corporate crime matters. With extensive expertise in allegations of bribery, corruption, fraud, sanctions, civil litigation and criminal proceedings, the firm is well-versed at dealing with various international regulators and enforcement agencies including the SFO and FCA in the UK and the SEC and DoJ in the US. Richard Swallow co-heads the team and is experienced in high-value disputes and criminal investigations. Jonathan Cotton, who co-heads the team alongside him, deals with investigations, criminal prosecutions and regulatory cases concerning the Bribery Act, the Proceeds of Crime Act and the Financial Services and Markets Act. David Green CB QC, the former head of the SFO, joined as a senior consultant, adding further weight to the practice. Camilla Sanger and Holly Ware were both promoted to partner.
Richard Swallow; Jonathan Cotton
Other key lawyers:
‘Truly outstanding with an immense range of exceptional talent’.
‘Richard Swallow is brilliant and has an outstanding reputation’.
‘All the lawyers at Slaughter and May are exceptional, but worthy of particular mention are Richard Swallow, Jonny Cotton and Jonathan Clark’.
‘Richard Swallow is an excellent negotiator and fantastic with clients’.
‘Jonathan Clark also is a clear thinker with excellent judgment’.
‘Jonny Cotton is the lynchpin of the team; an absolute pleasure to work with; sensible, savvy and strong on the detail’.
‘Tim Blanchard is an extremely strong senior associate, very good at managing complex investigations’.
‘James Stacey is new to the area but already making a big impact’.
British American Tobacco plc
John Wood Group PLC
Ultra Electronics Holdings plc
Deutsche Bank, A.G.
JPMorgan Chase Bank
- Defending British American Tobacco plc in an SFO investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption.
- Acting for John Wood Group PLC in respect of an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into alleged bribery and corruption at Foster Wheeler companies it has acquired.
- Represented a major listed corporate in an investigation by the FCA regarding potential breaches of the Market Abuse Regulation and other regulatory provisions.
- Advising Deutsche Bank in LIBOR Investigations
- Acting for Rolls-Royce plc (“RR”) in relation to ongoing cooperation obligations with the UK DPA, an ongoing Brazilian CGG investigation and ongoing issues in other jurisdictions.
Arnold & Porter 's City team handles both regulatory investigations and corporate crime. Areas of expertise include conducting multi-jurisdictional internal and external investigations, transnational negotiations with foreign regulatory and prosecuting agencies and advising on matters of compliance, anti-fraud policies, bribery, corruption and criminal defence. It often deals with investigations by organisations such as the SFO, CPS, FCA, HMRC, FRC and DoJ. Co-head of team Kathleen Harris is very experienced in corporate crime matters. Sean Curran, who also co-heads the team, advises corporates and individuals on white-collar defence matters.
Kathleen Harris; Sean Curran
‘Arnold & Porter’s practice is concerned with high-profile, serious crime and investigations and its success rate is superb’.
‘Partner-led service that is of the highest quality’.
‘Sean Curran handles matters with style and confidence; he has the ability to deal with the most senior executives of the largest global corporates’.
‘Kathleen Harris is a leader in this field; her ability to predict the direction of travel in a case, and place her clients in the best possible position, securing outstanding results, is very well established’.
Republic of South Africa
Tiffany & Co
Jes Staley, CEO, Barclays Bank
- Providing News UK with strategic advice in relation to the civil claims arising from the former News of the World phone hacking scandal.
- Representing the Republic of South Africa in the recovery of proceeds of crime obtained from the illegal harvesting and exporting of fish from South Africa.
- Advising Tiffany & Co UK in relation to anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption and sanctions policies and procedures to ensure compliance with UK and EU law and regulations.
- Advising Mergermarket in respect of various potential causes of action and defences, including consideration of legal and reputational risk.
Brown Rudnick LLP advises clients on criminal investigations, internal investigations, enforcement issues, risk management, general advisory work and contentious regulatory matters. The firm has a particular focus on financial regulation and is adept at handling cases by the FCA and SFO. Other areas of expertise include anti-bribery, money laundering, tax evasion, economic sanctions and cyber security. Jamie Symington joined as a partner from the FCA and Anupreet Amole was promoted to partner.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
The merger between legacy UK firm Berwin Leighton Paisner and US player Bryan Cave to create Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in April 2018 has strengthened the combined firm's transatlantic corporate crime offering. Adding further weight, the firm added the well-regarded Mukul Chawla QC as a partner from Foundry Chambers. Chawla now co-heads the team alongside Nathan Willmott, Mark Srere and Andrew Tuson. The group advise companies and individuals in relation to investigations by UK organisations including the FCA, PRA, SFO, HMRC, NCA and CMA. Areas of expertise include defending allegations of tax fraud and evasion, export control prosecutions, bribery, corruption, compliance and prevention. The firm also has its own in-house forensic services unit, differentiating its offering. Clients include major banks, financial institutions and corporates.
Nathan Willmott; Mark Srere; Mukul Chawla QC; Andrew Tuson
Other key lawyers:
Oran Gelb; Polly James; Clare Reeve; Naomi Miles
‘Very experienced associates and partners for risk advisory work’.
‘The recent recruitment of Mukul Chawla QC means that a giant from the legal world of Corporate Crime is now able to bring his vast experience to advise from the very outset of an investigation’.
‘Mukul Chawla QC is an unparalleled cross-examiner with top class-leading client skills’.
- Acted for an international security services company and its majority shareholders on a dispute with an overseas minority shareholder and a UK supplier in relation to allegations of fraud and bribery.
- Acting for a major international corporate in relation to a number of significant anti-bribery and corruption projects.
- Advising a major international investment bank in relation to compliance with a request for information from the US Department of Justice and, separately, issues concerning the Proceeds of Crime Act.
- Advising a global financial services firm in relation to the receipt of an information request pursuant to the new so-called “super SAR” mechanism introduced under the Criminal Finances Act 2017 and related issues concerning its reporting obligations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
- Advising a UK bank in relation to an ongoing FCA investigation under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.
CMS advises clients on investigations and corporate crime allegations in the life sciences, financial services, energy and technology sectors. Areas of expertise include white-collar crime, financial services enforcement, market abuse allegations, competition, sanctions, life sciences regulatory, data protection and professional risk. The firm's extensive international network means it regularly handles cross-border investigations and it also has a focus on Bribery Act-related matters. Corporate crime head Omar Qureshi advises on internal and external investigations and litigation, as well as advising on compliance matters. Elisabeth Bremner joined as a partner from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Other key lawyers:
Elisabeth Bremner; Adam Greaves; Dan Tench; Alison McHaffie; Amy Wilkinson; Caroline Hobson; Alison McHaffie; Simon Morris; Shuna Mason; John Markham; Matthew McGoldrick
‘Omar Qureshi is a first class lawyer with an exceptional eye for detail. He’s an impressive communicator and negotiator’.
‘A commercial firm that understands and is able to address corporate crime and regulatory issues, particularly bribery and corruption’.
Patisserie Holdings plc (in administration (KPMG LLP are the administrators)
- Advising Patisserie Holdings plc (in administration) (parent company to the Patisserie Valerie chain) on investigations by the SFO and others regarding the company’s widely publicised financial irregularities and fraud.
- Acted for Skansen Interiors in the first ever contested prosecution for failing to prevent bribery, by one of its former directors.
- Acting for an AIM-listed company on various investigations relating to allegations of insider dealing and market abuse, including dealing with the FCA and AIM Regulation.
- Advising an AIM-listed company on a FCA market abuse investigation.
Corker Binning represents individuals and corporates facing investigation by regulators and organisations including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and the CMA, with a particular focus on advising individuals. Areas of expertise include cash seizures, detentions, criminal cartel investigations, tax fraud, money laundering, insider dealing, breaches of regulatory regimes and cases with Proceeds of Crime Act-related issues. David Corker is adept at handling criminal and regulatory litigation, and cartel investigations. Claire Cross was promoted to partner.
Other key lawyers:
Claire Cross; Peter Binning; Andrew Smith
‘Corker Binning provides the strongest combination of tactically-astute leaders in the shape of Peter Binning and David Corker, individuals with unrivalled investigatory and corporate crime experience’.
‘Corker Binning is a group of like-minded excellent performers, who all pull in the same direction and are committed to delivering the best’.
‘Peter Binning is a master tactician and consummate team leader, bringing the finest counsel and associates together to deliver an unrivalled work product’.
‘The team are wonderful at helping clients deal with issues before they go to court’.
‘A fantastic team with substantial experience acting in relation to regulatory investigations, often in an international context’.
‘Peter Binning is clever and thinks strategically about how to solve the problems his clients face’.
- The team is assisting GML with pre-emptively protecting its position in an ongoing challenge against the Russian Government relating to the expropriation of Yukos Oil.
DLA Piper advises clients on various corporate crime, investigatory and compliance matters, with the firm's extensive international network positioning it well for multi-jurisdictional matters. Its areas of expertise include bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax and fraud investigations, cartel cases, sanctions breaches, crisis management and financial matters. The team acts for clients from a range of sectors including financial services, retail, energy, sports and logistics. Co-head of team Tony Katz focuses on regulatory compliance, white-collar crime and global investigations. Sam Millar, who also heads the team, handles litigation and global investigations particularly in the financial sector. Patrick Rappo joined as partner from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP.
Tony Katz; Sam Millar
Other key lawyers:
Patrick Rappo; Laura Ford
‘DLA is a truly global firm, which is important when dealing with cross-border cases’.
‘They are very human, responsive and always attentive to clients’ needs.
‘Sam Millar possesses intellect, integrity and humanity – he’s a first-class lawyer and individual’.
‘Patrick Rappo is very professional and knowledgeable about the SFO’s investigation process’.
Yu Group PLC
- Conducting an investigation into the accounts of Yu Group PLC, working with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) and representing the client in respect of the ongoing FCA market abuse investigation..
Fieldfisher advises clients on civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings. Areas of expertise include advising on investigations, risk assessment, bribery, corruption, fraud, tax evasion money laundering and sanctions. Co-head of team Tony Lewis is adept at handling Bribery Act compliance issues and investigations by organisations such as the SFO, FCA, HMRC and NCA. Francesca Titus, who also heads the team, handles corporate criminal law, internal investigations, and extradition. Kyle Phillips joined as senior associate from Howard Kennedy LLP.
Tony Lewis; Francesca Titus
Other key lawyers:
Kyle Phillips; Alexandra Underwood; Hartley Foster; Judy Krieg
- Leading an international internal investigation into Europe’s leading specialist for payment processing and issuing services. This is in relation to allegations of serious offences of forgery and/or falsification of accounts
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP advises large corporates and financial institutions on multi-jurisdictional investigations. Areas of expertise include price fixing, securities and commodities fraud, insider trading, bribery, sanctions violations, money laundering, accounting fraud and market manipulation. Key practitioner Ali Sallaway is recommended for her expertise in disputes, litigation, arbitration and global investigations.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s white-collar defence and special investigations team was launched in May 2018 with the arrival of Barry Vitou from Pinsent Masons LLP and gained further traction with the addition of Anne-Marie Ottaway from the same firm in October that year. Vitou, who serves as co-chair of Greenberg's global white collar criminal defense practice, as well as head of the London team, is well known for business crime defence work and investigations, as well as for advisory work around the UK Bribery Act. The team is experienced in cross-border matters, advising on investigations by various regulators including the SFO, FCA, HMRC , DoJ, SEC and CPS. Its cases include worldwide criminal money laundering investigations, fraud, enforcement and bribery cases.
Other key lawyers:
Anne-Marie Ottaway; Gareth Hall
‘Excellent knowledge of regulators and law-enforcement’.
‘Maintains good relationships within the law-enforcement community to ensure that lines of communication are always maintained’.
‘An ability to find solutions quickly and focus upon the most important factors of a matter’.
- Representation of KBR’s UK subsidiaries in connection with its historic dealings with Unaoil.
- FCA enforcement investigation into printing and flying.
- Advising a corporate client whose software was compromised by a criminal cyber hack, extortion, blackmail and a connected allegation of common assault by one of its employees.
- Advising on potential UK criminal law risks from investing in overseas cannabis businesses.
- Advising a London real estate developer in connection with the proposed acquisition of property in Belgravia owned by a well known Russian Oligarch under investigation for the alleged theft of several billion USD.
Kingsley Napley LLP acts for clients on internal, criminal and regulatory investigations. In addition to extensive experience advising on matters such as fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering and financial crime, the firm also regularly counsels clients on matters of reputation and crisis management. The team, which is co-led by Louise Hodges and Caroline Day, has seen some change in the last few years at partner level. Nicola Finnerty joined as a partner from the independent monitoring board at HMP Pentonville, while Alun Milford joined as partner from the SFO. However, Eve Giles left the firm for Allen & Overy LLP and Johanna Walsh leftfor Mishcon de Reya LLP.
Louise Hodges; Caroline Day,
Other key lawyers:
- Advised Tesco PLC in relation to the SFO’s investigation into alleged accounting irregularities.
- Instructed by a global professional services firm in relation to a private criminal prosecution against two of its staff members (and others), alleging fraud.
- Advising a company providing withholding tax reclaim services to investment fund managers.
- Acting for a hedge fund in a cross-border tax fraud investigation
Macfarlanes LLP has made a significant push into corporate and white collar crime with the hire of Neill Blundell , who joined as a partner from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and now heads the City firm's team. Blundell has a lot of experience acting for corporates on fraud and financial crime matters. The team, which is able to call upon lawyers in practices such as disputes, is able to advise on a host of matters from bribery, corruption and money laundering allegations, through to claims of insider dealing, market abuse, unexplained wealth orders and cartel offences. Clients include listed companies, private banks, hedge funds, private equity houses, global security and data protection companies, and industrial conglomerates. The firm also advises on investigations by overseas and domestic regulators.
Other key lawyers:
Barry Donnelly; James Popperwell; Lorna Emson
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP is adept at handling cases involving allegations of corruption, bribery, fraud and money-laundering and internal investigations. Other areas of expertise include compliance, enforcement, anti-trust, fraud, market abuse and criminal investigations. It often deals with cases involving the SFO, the FCA as well a the DoJ and SEC in the US. The firm handles multi-jurisdictional cases and is experienced in conducting work in China, France, the US and the UK. Co-head of team Eoin O’Shea has broad sector experience, which includes energy and natural resources, defence, life sciences and financial services work.
Eoin O’Shea; Charles Hewetson; Rosanne Kay
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent client management skills – an ability to cut through complex legal issues to the nub of a problem’.
‘Eoin O’Shea is fiercely passionate about the rule of law’.
Ropes & Gray LLP has a particular focus on the financial services, private equity, asset management, life sciences and energy and natural resources sectors. It advises clients within these sectors, and more, on matters including allegations of corruption, money laundering, FCPA and UK Bribery act issues, as well as regulatory compliance and investigations, often coming up against the DoJ, SEC and FBI in the US and the SFO in the UK. Co-head of team Amanda Raad is US-qualified as well as being admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and has particular expertise handling investigations with a US element. Her highly regarded fellow co-head, Judith Seddon, joined as a partner from Clifford Chance LLP and advises clients on allegations of white-collar crime, fraud, corruption and regulatory and criminal investigations and prosecutions. The firm bolstered its ranks with the addition of Rosemarie Paul as a partner from Akin Gump LLP.
Amanda Raad; Judith Seddon
Other key lawyers:
Rosemarie Paul; Sean Seelinger; Arla Kerr; Matthew Burn; Chris Stott; Sarah Lambert-Porter
Stephenson Harwood handles corporate crime, investigations and prosecutions. Areas of expertise include anti-corruption, anti-trust legislation, cartels, sanctions and cross-jurisdictional cases. It often deals with regulatory investigations by the FCA, SFO, CMA, DoJ, SEC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Tony Woodcock heads the team and focuses on criminal and contentious financial services investigations and business regulation. The team has been expanding, with the addition of the 'superb' Justin McClelland as a partner from Winston & Strawn LLP and Jake Pidcock , who joined as a partner from the FCA. Sara George left for Sidley Austin LLP.
‘Justin McClelland is the main selling point as he brings considerable experience, expertise and judgement in the field’.
‘Justin McClelland can be a game-changer; he knows the case backwards and has superb instincts’.
The Trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust and the Tchenguiz Family Trust, and related companies.
Gibraltar Financial Services Commission
Royal Bank of Scotland
Bank Saderat Iran
Bank Saderat plc
Melli Bank plc
Persia International Bank plc
National Iranian Tanker Company
Bank Sepah International plc
- Advised in one of the most significant pieces of ongoing public law related litigation for the last ten years, advising The Trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust and the Tchenguiz Family Trust, and related companies during an SFO investigation, dawn raid, and in connection with the ongoing resulting litigation and regulatory issues.
- Appointed by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission to undertake a statutory investigation into the collapse of Enterprise Insurance Company Ltd and the conduct of its directors and auditors.
- Act for one of the largest tanker companies in the world, which was originally subjected to EU sanctions (asset freezing measures) in 2012.
- Act for Bank Saderat plc, the UK subsidiary of one of Iran’s largest commercial banks, Bank Saderat Iran. The Banks were subjected to EU sanctions in relation to Iran (asset freezing measures) in 2010.
White & Case LLP advises corporates in cross-border and domestic investigations and frequently advises clients caught up in investigations with regulators such as the SFO, FCA, HMRC, NCA and the police. The team, which is headed by financial crime specialist Jonathan Pickworth , regularly handles allegations of bribery, corruption, fraud, money laundering, sanctions, export controls, insider dealing, compliance, and tax and accounting issues. Jonah Anderson was promoted to partner and is recommended for his expertise with anti-money laundering systems and controls.
Other key lawyers:
Jonah Anderson; Joanna Dimmock; Lydia Jonson; Anneka Randhawa; Rebecca Copcutt
‘A very solid array of experience and really good knowledge of regulators and law enforcement’
‘A team that doesn’t always follow the well-trodden path and considers matters from original angles, which can result in great benefit to clients’.
‘The team are a real pleasure to work and socialise with’.
- Represented an AIM listed client under investigation, along with its directors, by the FCA.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP is adept at handling compliance, investigations and enforcement matters. Areas of expertise include advising clients on anti-money laundering, sanctions and fraud matters relating to the UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. It is experienced in dealing with investigations by the SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC in the UK and, in the US, the DoJ, SEC, and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Head of team Peter Burrell is recommended for his experience in compliance and internal corporate investigations as well as defence work. Simon Osborn-King joined as partner from Slaughter and May.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Osborn-King; Rita Mitchell; Michael Thorne
Alstom Power Limited
- Instructed to assist a FTSE 250 firm in respect of a complex FCA investigation relating to LIBOR related trades.
WilmerHale advises corporates and individuals in relation to white-collar and corporate crime. The firm handles matters such as export control issues, sanctions and internal investigations for FTSE 100 clients and financial institutions. The well-regarded Stephen Pollard heads the team and is very experienced in dealing with SFO and FCA investigations.
Other key lawyers:
Christopher David; David Rundle; Lloyd Firth
- Conducted a highly-sensitive and time-pressured investigation on behalf of the non-executive Board of WPP into allegations of personal misconduct and misuse of company assets by the then CEO, against a backdrop of intense media scrutiny.
Ashurst is able to offer global international advice on matters including anti-bribery, corruption, financial irregularities, fraud, money laundering, sanctions, regulatory and criminal processes. Its clients include national and international corporates from sectors such as energy, infrastructure, defence and life sciences, as well as financial institutions. The firm often acts for companies caught up in investigations by bodies such as the FCA, SFO and NCA. Key practitioner David Capps focuses on internal and regulatory investigations.
BCL Solicitors LLP advises corporate and individual clients on financial crime, corporate crime and white-collar crime. The firm advises on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, compliance procedures, fraud, sanctions, cartels and corporate manslaughter. It often deals with regulators including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and overseas authorities. Head of team Ian Burton advises clients on business crime investigations and prosecutions. Richard Reichman was promoted to partner.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Reichman; Richard Sallybanks; Michael Drury; John Binns; Shula de Jersey; Harry Travers; Guy Bastable; Shaul Brazil; Julian Hayes
Options Energy Resource LLP
- Represented Options Energy Resource LLP in relation to the Health & Safety Executive investigation and prosecution arising from a workplace accident in 2016 when a contractor was fatally electrocuted following contact with overhead powerlines.
Specialist litigation boutique Bivonas Law LLP handles prosecution and defence of companies and individuals. The 'impressive' team is adept at dealing with foreign and domestic regulators. Areas of expertise include the Bribery Act, corruption, risk management and cybercrime. Clients include private banks, advertising companies, service companies within the oil and gas industry, hotel groups and financial services industry organisations. Firm-wide senior partner Antony Brown specialises in managing large scale commercial disputes and criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Sergey Litovchenko and George Kampanella both joined as partners from Pinsent Masons LLP and EBR Attridge LLP respectively. White collar and financial services regulatory partner Cindy Dorrington has taken up a new role as firm-wide managing partner, while Roland Ellis has been promoted to partner.
Other key lawyers:
‘A very impressive team who understand the realities of litigation’.
‘The team at Bivonas Law is exceptional in every way – in their expertise, their attention to details and their promptness’.
‘A tight knit and expert team boasting high calibre lawyers who provide timely, practical and realistic advice to their clients at a very attractive cost’.
‘On most levels they out-smart, out-think and out-manoeuvre their opponents’
‘Antony Brown is an exceptional lawyer; fast and an real expert in this field’.
‘Roland Ellis is excellent, has superb judgement and is beautifully calm in a storm’.
‘Antony Brown has a sophisticated understanding of the mindset and needs of a business’.
‘George Kampanella is a highly experienced and capable lawyer’.
- Acting for a multinational technology company in relation to allegations of price-fixing.
- Defending fraud allegations (by three Swiss banks) against a Greek-based corporation.
- Acting for a major UAE-based IT contractor in relation to allegations of corruption involving a government-awarded security contract.
- Advising a Russian owner of a construction group in relation to an ongoing investigation by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Russia) relating to alleged banking fraud and misappropriation of loan funds.
- Representing a bank in relation to investigations connected to loans in Mozambique.
Clyde & Co LLP advises international corporations, regulators and governments on various risk advisory matters. It also represents clients in multi-jurisdictional corporate crime and regulatory investigations. Areas of expertise include anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption, market abuse, fraud and sanctions. The firm has a particular focus on the industrial and insurance sectors, and also advises commodities, transport and energy clients. Co-head of team Christopher Hill focuses on regulatory, compliance and dispute resolution matters. John Whittaker, who also heads the team, specialises in trading disputes, international economic sanctions matters and advisory work.
Christopher Hill; John Whittaker
Other key lawyers:
Charles Kuhn; Nigel Brook; Clare Hatcher; Angus Duncan; Richard Harrison; Anousheh Bromfield
‘They know how to resolve a dispute in the best interests of their client annd they work tirelessly to do so’.
‘Christopher Hill has exceptional client-care skills and overarching commercial commonsense’.
‘Nigel Brook has great industry knowledge, is unflappable and pragmatic’.
- Advising multiple insurers in connection with their insurance of loans made by two banks to an African country. The loans have been linked to alleged large-scale bribery and corruption. This is known as the multiple billion dollar “Tuna Bonds” scandal.
- Advising an insurance broker on a series of investigations by multiple regulators worldwide in connection with the alleged sharing of commercially sensitive information in the aviation insurance broking sector.
- Advice on financial crime issues and regulatory obligations following discovery by a client of secret payments made by an outsource provider to one of its employees who ran the tender process for the relevant contract.
- Advising on a large scale remediation exercise arising out of pensions mis-selling.
- Advising an insurer on bribery and corruption risks associated with numerous existing contracts with intermediaries. This instruction was prompted by the UK regulator, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), launching the Wholesale Insurance Broker Market Study.
Covington & Burling LLP
Covington & Burling LLP advises corporate clients on investigations, allegations of bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraud, and trade control and sanctions violations. It also handles compliance and regulatory due diligence in M&A deals. The firm is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional investigations in Africa, Europe and Asia. Co-head of team David Lorello has experience on investigations relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the US, the UK Bribery Act and European corruption laws. Ian Hargreaves, who co-heads the team alongside him, is experienced in asset tracing, recovery, corporate governance, risk management, commercial disputes and cybercrime. Mark Finucane transferred to the London office from Washington. Robert Henrici joined as a partner from Linklaters.
David Lorello; Ian Hargreaves
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is experienced in handling cross-border investigations including those brought by the SFO, CFA, HMRC and CPS. Areas of expertise include compliance, fraud, tax evasion, financial crime and prosecutions. Clients include multinationals, financial institutions and individuals. Manchester-based Zia Ullah heads the team and is adept at advising on sanctions, money laundering and bribery matters. Steve Smith joined as a partner from Nomura International plc. Former head of team Neill Blundell left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Steve Smith; Jake McQuitty; Emma Gordon; Laura Dunseath; Ruth Paley; Saira Choonka
International Financial Services Company
A US listed technology company
An insurance processing service provider
An Irish retail bank
A money service business
Irish clinical research organisation
- Reviewing financial crime and governance controls for the International Financial Institution.
- Engaged by the UK branch of a European head-quartered bank to assist in providing formal verification to the FCA of the bank’s anti money laundering remediation of all of its clients
Fox Williams LLP handles a broad range of white-collar and corporate crime matters including allegations of fraud, bribery, market manipulation, insider trading, money laundering and sanction breaches, as well as advising on regulatory compliance. The firm often deals with investigations by the FCA, the Serious Fraud Office and the National Crime Agency. Co-head of team James Carlton is adept at handling financial crime matters, and regulatory and disciplinary investigations and proceedings. Peter Wright, who also co-heads the team, focuses on financial services regulatory issues. Sebastian Sayer joined as a senior associate from the FCA.
James Carlton; Peter Wright
Other key lawyers:
Sebastian Sayer; Sona Ganatra
‘Fox Williams has great strength in depth on investigations and corporate crime’.
‘The firm is hugely experienced and practised in obtaining the very best results for its clients’.
‘Great expertise in financial services non-contentious and contentious work and related investigatory work’.
‘Sona Ganatra, alongside James Carlton, is an exceptional combination’.
‘Sona Ganatra is a new partner with incredible knowledge of the area, and is very client friendly’.
‘Peter Wright is a clear leader in this area’.
‘James Carlton has a very wise head; he continually demonstrates an encyclopaedic knowledge of the pitfalls of internal investigations and is incredibly astute in achieving the best possible result for his clients’.
Jenner & Block LLP
Jenner & Block LLP has been adding to the strength of its corporate crime and investigations team in London since its 2018 hire of Christine Braamskamp from K&L Gates LLP , who now heads the UK investigations, compliance and defence team. It has added Paul Feldberg and Rob Dalling , also from K&L Gates LLP , as a partner and special counsel respectively and is able to advise on matters such as internal investigations, compliance, enforcement, sanctions, whistleblowing, anti-money laundering and anti-bribery. The firm often advises multinational corporations caught up in investigations by the SFO, DOJ, FCA and FRC, working for clients from a range of sectors including financial services and energy as well as technology and manufacturing.
Jones Day handles internal and regulatory investigations relating to fraud, antitrust and securities improprieties, international trade, FCPA-related issues, government contracts, healthcare and environmental crimes. Glyn Powell heads the team alongside Sion Richards who specialises in multi-jurisdictional investigations, fraud and corruption. The firm is known for securing the UK’s first ever deferred prosecution agreement and is adept at handling matters relating to the UK Bribery Act.
Glyn Powell; Sion Richards
Other key lawyers:
Adam Brown; James Fidler
Latham & Watkins advises on bet-the-company government investigations, multi-jurisdictional cases, and matters involving the Bribery Act in the UK and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Office of Foreign Assets Control in the US. Its global footprint means it regularly advises clients opposite UK regulators such as the Serious Fraud Office and the DoJ and SEC in the US. Clients include banks, asset managers, financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and FTSE 250 companies. Co-head of team Stuart Alford QC is experienced in high-profile investigations and prosecutions. Nathan Seltzer, who heads the team alongside him and is vice-chair of the firm’s white collar practice group, relocated to the London office from Washington DC, and focuses on cross-border internal investigations, and civil and criminal government investigations. Jon Holland and Andrea Monks both joined as partners from Hogan Lovells International LLP , adding further bench strength to the practice.
Stuart Alford QC; Nathan Seltzer
Mishcon de Reya LLP advises corporates on investigations by various regulatory authorities including the SFO, FCA, CMA and HMRC. Areas of expertise include corruption, cartels, money laundering, insider dealing, market abuse, fraud and contentious financial services. Client sectors include IT, telecoms, real estate and the public sector. Highly regarded partner Jo Rickards heads the team following the departure of Alison Levitt QC to 2 Hare Court. The firm added the 'outstanding' Johanna Walsh joined as partner from Kingsley Napley LLP and specialises in corporate crime investigations including cross-border cases.
Other key lawyers:
Johanna Walsh; Gareth Minty; Tim Thompson; Min Weaving
‘The recruitment of Johanna Walsh from Kingsley Napley to join Jo Rickards is a coup for the investigations unit’
‘Johanna Walsh is an outstanding lawyer and investigator who stands in the front rank of her profession’.
‘Top end service, with unbeatable experience of both defence, prosecution (including private prosecution) and internal investigations’.
‘Johanna Walsh has expertise in defence of the most complex commercial crime and in internal investigations’.
‘Jo Rickards is a standout partner; she has incredible – almost unrivalled – experience in the corporate crime and regulatory arena, and particularly in cases with an international dimension’.
‘The corporate crime team at Mishcon is an agile, young, dynamic group that is very well-respected in the industry’.
‘Gareth Minty is hugely knowledgeable, particularly around private prosecutions’.
Unaoil Monaco SAM
Quinn Emanuel Sullivan & Urquhart LLP
- Acted for a number of the Unaoil companies in the SFO’s investigation into allegations of corruption.
- Successfully represented Allseas S.A. in the largest private prosecution ever brought (by value), with the victim company suffering a loss of €100m as a result of team of international fraudsters who perpetrated a High Yield Investment Programme fraud.
- Advised Quinn Emanuel Sullivan and Urquhart LLP in relation to allegations made by two employees against a partner. Alison Levitt QC undertook an investigation into the allegations, the result of which led to the partner being expelled by the firm.
- Assisted two associated high value companies in successfully resisting two separate but linked private criminal prosecutions brought on behalf of Apple UK/Apple Inc for alleged trademark infringements.
- Conducted a private prosecution on behalf of Sky UK Limited against an individual who was selling devices that enabled people to access unlawfully streamed broadcast content. The individual received 16 months imprisonment.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP handles investigations, civil litigation, criminal trials, enforcement actions, regulatory inquiries, and internal investigations globally. Areas of expertise include enforcement, compliance, anti-corruption, bribery, securities fraud, market abuse and insider trading. It also deals with employment issues, data privacy and tax investigations. It often deals with UK and US regulatory agencies including the DoJ, SFO, SEC and CFTC. Co-head of team Chris Warren-Smith focuses on financial crime and regulatory enforcement matters. Melanie Ryan specialises in securities and regulatory investigations, fraud, corruption and tax issues.
Chris Warren-Smith; Melanie Ryan
‘An excellent team of dedicated and practical lawyers with all round expertise’.
‘The team have a good knowledge of their subject matter and are always open and honest’.
‘The two stand out partners are Melanie Ryan and Chris Warren-Smith; they are always there for you and willing to help’.
Pinsent Masons LLP's team is lead by Tom Stocker, who splits his time between Edinburgh and London and has experience of large-scale investigations and also provides crisis management advice. The practice advises on a range of work from matters relating to the Bribery Act to money laundering, modern slavery and enforcement and compliance issues. It is experienced in dealing with investigations brought by the SFO and Information Commissioner's Office. The multidisciplinary team is made up of specialist criminal lawyers, investigative lawyers and forensic accountants. It includes criminal defence specialist partner Neil McInnes , who relocated back to London from Singapore, David Hamilton , who joined as senior associate from Stephenson Harwood and Alex White , who joined as an associate from the CPS. Anne-Marie Ottaway and Barry Vitou left the firm for Greenberg Traurig, LLP .
‘Dedicated and hard working, careful but strategic’.
‘Neil McInnes is capable of taking on the most high profile investigations. He is cool under fire and a rock in times of difficulty’.
‘Neil McInnes is incredibly hard-working with superb judgement and real dedication to his cases’.
RPC advises on multijurisdictional internal investigations involving financial crime, corruption, sanctions, bribery and money laundering issues. It often deals with regulators including the SFO, FCA and NCA. Other areas of expertise include compliance, risk mitigation plans and deferred prosecution agreements. Sam Tate joined as a partner from Exiger and now heads the team. He has experience in cross-border investigations, private prosecutions, reporting advice, compliance reviews and money laundering issues. Toby Lamarque joined as a managing consultant from Exiger. Richard Burger left the firm for DWF.
Other key lawyers:
‘An excellent and dedicated team’.
‘Great blend of experience and technical knowledge’.
‘Sam Tate is fantastic, he has the air of a man who is unflappable having seen it all before, yet is patient in answering difficult questions and provides honest, helpful answers’.
‘Their unquestionable experience in corruption-related investigations is well combined with an excellent understanding of the practical implications for business’.
‘RPC has a very strong following in this field both domestically and globally, with significant cases and experience of multi-disciplinary problems’.
‘Sam Tate is an outstanding lawyer in the field: he has a unique background intellectually, professionally and personally’.
Federal Government of Nigeria
- Representing The Federal Republic of Nigeria in its claim against JP Morgan arising from the bank’s role in the allegedly fraudulent and corrupt acquisition of an oil prospecting licence by the oil majors Shell and Eni for $1.3 bn.
Stewarts Law LLP’s financial crime department is headed by the highly regarded Richard Kovalevsky QC who joined the firm from 2 Bedford Row. Areas of expertise include civil fraud, asset recovery, tax litigation, commercial litigation and reputation management. It also handles matters relating to bribery, corruption, fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and the manipulation of financial markets. David Savage joined the firm as partner from SG Kleinwort Hambros. Karen Hutchinson was promoted to legal director.
Richard Kovalevsky QC
‘Richard Kovalevsky QC is one of the few criminal silks that really gets the increasingly US approach to white collar criminal enforcement in the UK. A go-to defence counsel for employees in trouble.’
- Retained by KBR, Inc. Limited in connection with the SFO enquiry into Unaoil. Providing advice and court representation to the US parent company in connection with the SFO’s demand for documentation within the global investigation. Working directly with the General Counsel of KBR, Inc. on this matter.
- Detailed advice and submissions to the information commission on behalf of a global insurer resulting in no action being taken.
- Representing a corporate in a corruption investigation.
- Retained to advise Ticket Hut Ltd and represent the company in relation to a Trading Standards prosecution brought against the company.
Travers Smith LLP combines lawyers from its financial services & markets and dispute resolution teams to advise on regulatory investigations, enforcement action and disciplinary proceedings. It is experienced in dealing with investigations brought by the FCA, the SFO, the London Stock Exchange, the Environment Agency, the Health and Safety Executive and the US DoJ. Areas of expertise include bribery, money laundering and fraud. Head of team Rob Fell focuses on dispute resolution, regulatory investigations and internal investigations. Stephanie Lee was promoted to partner.
Other key lawyers:
Doug Bryden; Tim Lewis; Heather Gagen; Caroline Edwards; Nigel Seay; Stephen Paget-Brown; Toby Robinson; Huw Jenkin; Stephen Whitfield; Sam Cottman; Richard Everett
‘Travers Smith have unparalleled expertise in regulatory investigations’.
‘The team has real strength in depth compared to many of its rivals, with heavyweight partners assisted by highly experienced associates’.
‘The team is particularly adept at managing potential and actual investigations of financial institutions by regulators and prosecution authorities, combining efficient disclosure management, timely advice, and immense skill in negotiation’.
‘Rob Fell is formidable, combining a razor sharp mind with immense charm’.
‘Huw Jenkin is a class act; he became a partner at an unusually young age and since then has gone from strength to strength’.
- Representing a major logistics company on all aspects of regulatory investigation and defence in relation to a workplace fatality.
Addleshaw Goddard 's corporate crime team is led by Nichola Peters , who has experience of cross-border investigations, deferred prosecution agreements and judicial review proceedings against authorities. The team cover a wide range of corporate crime and fraud matters including allegations of bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud, market abuse and insider trading, as well as handling matters involving economic sanctions, export controls, health and safety and regulatory matters. Michelle de Kluyver focuses on corporate investigations, money laundering and fraud matters, as well as handling cases involving data protection breaches. The firm has made a number of hires, with David Pygott joining as a partner from CMS, Tony McGlennan and Janie Wong joining as legal directors, with Amy Russell joining as a managing associate.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent and thoughtful, dedicated team’.
‘Very good, able to leverage their regional network while also having a base in London’.
‘Good contacts in the industry where you need them’.
Güralp Systems Limited
A national energy provider
Road Haulage Association
Siemens Mobility plc
Investigations into the Collapse of Carillion
- Advising Güralp Systems Limited (“GSL”) regarding SFO and DOJ investigations into payments made to a South Korean public official.
Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP advises on government and internal investigations, white-collar defence, anti-corruption due diligence, regulatory compliance, FCPA and Bribery Act-related matters. Key client sectors include financial services, energy and natural resources, and engineering. The firm is particularly experienced in representing companies and individuals with Russian connections. Matthew Getz heads the team and is experienced in dealing with investigations by the SFO, DoJ and FRC.
Other key lawyers:
‘An extremely professional and very knowledgeable team of lawyers with a wealth of experience in high profile litigation, investigation and arbitration matters’.
‘Matthew Getz is an incredibly knowledgeable lawyer with an amazing ability to see issues from all angles’.
‘A team with a lot of experience dealing with complex, multi-national corporate investigations’.
Davidson Kempner Capital Management
- Representing Midtown Acquisitions in the enforcement of a $200m New York judgement against Essar, an Indian company.
- Representing Andreas Glapiak in a dispute over the ownership of the Miami Dream corporation and the corporation’s sole asset, a US$ multi-million Miami Beach condominium.
Burges Salmon LLP advises on a broad range of corporate crime matters including bribery, corruption, employee fraud, mortgage fraud, cybercrime, money laundering, theft of industry information and private criminal prosecutions. It often deals with investigations by authorities including the police, the NCA and the SFO. Other areas of expertise include crime prevention, asset freezing and recovery. The firm is seeing an increase in instructions from financial services clients and is experienced in representing banks, insurance intermediaries, asset managers and investment funds, as well as IFAs. Bristol-based David Hall heads the team and is adept at representing international corporates and financial institutions in criminal investigations and prosecutions.
Other key lawyers:
Kari McCormick; Thomas Webb; Matthew Walker; Chris Davies
‘The team brings together top level commercial and regulatory expertise’.
‘Everyone in the team has an excellent knowledge of the law, is extremely commercial in their approach and is a pleasure to work with’.
‘Incredible attention to detail but also hands-on and user friendly.’
National Crime Agency
- Acting for largest coal mining company in Wales in widely publicised £160m fraud case involving BVI.
Dentons handles criminal and civil proceedings and regulatory investigations, as well as dealing with internal investigations, compliance, confiscation and civil recovery matters. The firm often deals with investigations by the FCA, the SFO, local law enforcement and overseas regulators. Clients include the UK government, regulators, various compensation schemes and regulated firms. Daren Allen heads the team and focuses on fraud, corruption, asset recovery, compliance investigations, litigation and dispute resolution. Roger Matthews joined as partner from Dechert LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Celyn Armstrong; Craig Neilson
‘Celyn Armstrong gives strong and pragmatic advice – his experience as head of enforcement at the FCA gives considerable weight to his advice’.
‘Daren Allen is the undoubted go-to individual in the city for contentious financial crime matters’.
- Acting for a bank in a highly publicised case involving allegations of money laundering.
- Acting for the London branch of a foreign bank undertaking an extensive audit, following an FCA visit to the branch.
- Advising a bank on a highly sensitive matter where the bank decided to close the accounts of a well known customer because of financial crime concerns.
- Assisting a client in the recovery of multi-million dollar sums across several jurisdictions following a cyberfraud.
- Advising five individuals, who were formally employed by a bank, in relation to the bank’s carbon emissions trading business.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is adept at handling internal and regulatory investigations. Areas of expertise include cross-border cases, bribery, corruption, money laundering and sanctions. It also handles cartel matters, enforcement, mergers, competition and whistleblowing claims.
Irwin Mitchell advises corporates and individuals in relation to criminal liability, compliance and multi-jurisdictional investigations by organisations such as the SFO, FCA and HMRC. Other areas of expertise include preventative measures, insider dealing, internal investigations, bribery, corruption, fraud and financial crime. Key client sectors include consumer, education, financial services, manufacturing, real estate and TMT. Head of team Sarah Wallace left the firm for Constantine Law Limited.
K&L Gates LLP
K&L Gates LLP advises corporates and individuals on criminal investigations, regulatory compliance and risk. Areas of expertise include advising on internal investigations and allegations of bribery, corruption, fraud, insider trading, money laundering, cartels, health and safety violations, sanctions and enforcement. The firm regularly deals with investigations by the SFO, FRC, FCA and other overseas regulators. Clients include FTSE 100 companies and multinational corporations. Former head of team Christine Braamskamp left for Jenner & Block LLP , with two other lawyers following her to Jenner. The team is now headed by Dylan Moses and Brian Saulnier , who works from the London and Pittsburgh office.
Dylan Moses; Brian Saulnier
Other key lawyers:
Robert Dalling; James Millward
SERCO GROUP PLC
QATAR FREE ZONE AUTHORITY
- Advising Serco Group plc on a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters since July 2013.
- Advising Laing O’Rourke (and two of its subsidiaries) on a number of criminal matters, including two separate corporate manslaughter investigations and Health and Safety Executive investigations into breaches of health and safety law.
- Drafting anti-money laundering and counter terrorism, anti-bribery and health and safety policies for the free zone in the state of Qatar.
King & Spalding LLP's growing team is adept at handling enforcement investigations, internal investigations, as well as advising on allegations of tax evasion, fraud, bribery, sanction breaches and compliance matters. Its lawyers often deal with regulators including the FCA, SFO, CFTC and DoJ, advising clients such as retail and investment banks, fund managers, insurers and insurance intermediaries. The firm has been expanding in London in recent times; Robert Dedman joined as a partner from Navigant and Aaron Stephens joined as a partner from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. The pair both head the team alongside Gareth Rees QC, who specialises in fraud, and Hayley Ichilcik, who joined as counsel from O'Melveny & Myers LLP.
Robert Dedman; Aaron Stephens; Gareth Rees QC
Other key lawyers:
Hayley Ichilcik; Joanna Harris
‘Thoughtful and proactive engagement, practical and pragmatic advice’.
‘A brilliant mix of US and UK expertise’.
‘Aaron Stephens never fails to impress with his calm advice and obvious expertise. He is a big player and a major catch for the team’.
‘Gareth Rees QC is a great tactician for the big cases’.
- Advising a large European pharmaceutical company on money laundering and sanctions compliance issues.
- Acting for a corporate client in an internal investigation into money laundering and tax evasion allegations across a number of on-shore and off-shore jurisdictions.
- Advising a hedge fund client on an internal investigation into trading errors by an individual in the asset management team.
- Advised a well-known hedge fund manager on inquiries by the Financial Conduct Authority regarding the pattern of trading by individual managers in certain derivative instruments.
- Advising a multinational software and technology company regarding UK law enforcement options for dealing with UK-based hacking/cyber crime and potential litigation.
Morrison & Foerster LLP handles cross-border financial crime, corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations from its London office. It is experienced in dealing with investigations by organisations including the FCA and SFO. Other areas of expertise include contentious insolvency, disputes, antitrust and compliance. Clients include senior executives, financial institutions, funds, trustees, and multinational companies. Head of team Jonathan Wheeler focuses on cross-border disputes. Saqib Alam joined as of counsel from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Saqib Alam; Paul Friedman; Shawna Pasquale
Grant Thornton as trustees in bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari
- Advising Landsbanki in respect of a claim against former directors and officers brought by the Winding Up Board.
- Acting for the trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari in a large fraud/insolvency matter.
Paul Hastings LLP advises corporates and individuals on multi-jurisdictional investigations, litigation, compliance and enforcement matters. Areas of expertise include Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters, anti-corruption, global trade controls, privacy and data security issues as well as securities enforcement, and white-collar matters. The firm's client base includes companies in the gambling, transport, automotive, IT and financial services sectors. Simon Airey , who joined from DLA Piper in 2017, heads the team and has experience advising clients on regulatory, criminal and civil litigation, as well as global investigations into financial and regulatory crime.
Other key lawyers:
Morgan Miller; Joshua Domb
‘Simon Airey is outstanding’.
‘Simon Airey is brilliant; disarming, strategically astute and dogged in defence of his clients’.
‘Paul Hastings is one of the few firms that really do specialise in the largest corporate fraud and crime cases’.
‘They stand out in that they are able to offer seamless advice in both civil and criminal aspects of cases’.
‘Joshua Domb has an inexhaustible supply of energy and an understanding of the case strategy far in excess of most at his level’.
PwC LLP advises on various financial crime issues including compliance, anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, preventing facilitation of tax evasion, Modern Slavery Act requirements and international sanctions. The firm also deals with corporate investigations involving fraud, tax evasion, asset tracing and enforcement. It offers an integrated approach that includes forensic analysis, actuarial and accounting expertise, corporate intelligence and data management. Head of team Agnes Quashie focuses on regulatory and internal investigations and related disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘They demonstrate excellent project management skills and keep to an agreed budget’.
‘The team is establishing a good practice in this highly competitive field’.
‘They are attracting a good range of corporate clients and are showing a high level of competence’.
- Internal investigation for a UK Plc relating to customs duty underpayments in South East Asia.
- Establishing reasonable prevention procedures in response to the newly enacted Failure to Prevent Facilitation of Tax Evasion Offences under the Criminal Finances Act 2017.
- Provided an English premiership football club with legal and practical advice regarding their responsibilities under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
- Provided a major global energy provider with legal opinion on the potential recovery and repatriation of pre-existing debt from a jurisdiction affected by international sanctions.
- Corporate investigation for a UK Plc into possible international tax evasion relating to operations in the Middle East.
Taylor Wessing LLP handles a host of corporate and financial crime matters , advising clients on compliance and investigations, as well as matters such as whistleblowing, data protection, cybercrime and corruption. The firm regularly deals with regulators and organisations including the FCA, FRC, SFO and SEC. Co-head of team David De Ferrars focuses on commercial litigation, corporate investigations, fraud, asset tracing, corruption and white-collar matters. Tim Strong, who co-heads the team alongside De Ferrars, handles investigations, dealings with regulators and related disputes.
David De Ferrars; Tim Strong
Other key lawyers:
David McCluskey; Laurence Lieberman; Paul Glass; Shane Gleghorn; Andrew Howell
Weightmans LLP advises corporates and individuals on compliance, fraud bribery, corruption, cybercrime, data breach investigations and regulatory investigations. It represents foreign and domestic clients in external investigations and prosecutions relating to regulatory and business crime issues. Key client sectors include construction, defence, energy, insurance, legal, public and retail. The firm also conducts private prosecutions. Head of team Euros Jones is experienced in dealing with investigations by the SFO, FCA, CPA, HMRC and ICO.
Other key lawyers:
- Successful defence of a company in an investigation into a £50m fraud.
- Representing a construction group in a multi-million pound bribery investigation.
- Represented insurers in overseeing the defence of a company officer in a large-scale VAT fraud.
- Representing a construction group in an internal investigation into large-scale fraud.
- Representing an energy supply company in an HMRC investigation into large scale fraudulent evasion of duty.