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Stephen Gentle

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Simmons & Simmons

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Dispute resolution.


Stephen specialises in assisting corporate and individual clients in complex fraud and financial regulatory matters, frequently with multi-jurisdictional aspects. He has particular expertise in advising in anti-bribery compliance, investigations and proceedings (generally with an overseas focus) and Financial Conduct Authority matters (with a particular emphasis on insider dealing, market misconduct and international regulatory issues). Stephen is also experienced in money laundering prevention, investigations and prosecutions (he is a member of the Law Society Money Laundering Task Force). He has expertise in Office of Fair Trading cartel investigations and he advises in Environment Agency investigations. His international criminal practice covers extradition proceedings, sanctions breaches and mutual legal assistance requests where he acts for individuals, corporations and governments. Alongside his fraud practice he has extensive experience in advising members of government and law enforcement agencies in sensitive enquiries where independent expertise in criminal law is required. Stephen also has expertise in the criminal aspects of the restraint and recovery of the proceeds of crime both in its domestic and cross-border aspects.


Partner in the criminal litigation department Kingsley Napley LLP; joined Simmons & Simmons 2013; regularly contributes to publications including the SFO guide to Serious Economic Crime: ‚ÄėThe problem of creating corporate criminal liability in the boardroom‚Äô.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Leading individuals

Stephen Gentle - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Simmons & Simmons¬†advises on a broad range of criminal fraud matters including preventative advice and internal investigations, search and seizure, police and regulator interviews, trials and asset recovery, financial sanctions, extradition, mutual legal assistance and INTERPOL related matters. The firm continues to act for the former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Autonomy plc who was charged with multiple counts of wire fraud. He is also under investigation by the SEC, US Air Force and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in a multi-billion dollar accounting fraud case. Nick Benwell¬†heads the team, supported by Stephen Gentle. The team is ‚Äėgreat in all aspects, always available and always gives precise advice‚Äô.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Leading individuals

Stephen Gentle - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

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

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  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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