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Simmons & Simmons

CITYPOINT, ONE ROPEMAKER STREET, LONDON, EC2Y 9SS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work +44 20 7628 2020
Fax:
Fax +44 20 7628 2070
DX:
12 LONDON CHANCERY
Email:
Web:
www.simmons-simmons.com

Nick Benwell

Tel:
Work 020 7825 4236
Email:
Simmons & Simmons

Work Department

Dispute resolution.

Position

Nick is head of the firm’s crime, fraud and investigations group. He advises on a wide range of corporate crime, corruption and fraud-related matters. He is experienced at dealing with large scale and sensitive investigations involving the handling of issues in multiple jurisdictions, and regularly advises on reporting to and communications with enforcement authorities including the Serious Fraud Office and National Crime Agency. Nick also has over 25 years’ experience of a wide range of complex, high value commercial and corporate investigations and disputes.

Career

Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and in Hong Kong; joined Simmons & Simmons 1989, partner 1999.

Member

Nick is Co-Chairman of the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee, a founding member of the City of London Law Society Corporate Crime Committee and a member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association. He was a member of the CBI Working Group on the Bribery Act.


London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Leading individuals

Nick Benwell - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Fraud: civil

The team at Simmons & Simmons has recently been involved in what has been dubbed "the UK's biggest fraud trial", advising former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain on the multibillion-dollar claim brought by Hewlett-Packard over alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made about the financial state of the company. The top-end City firm, which has expertise in civil, criminal, and parallel regulatory parallel proceedings, also handles cross-border asset tracing and international enforcement of judgments, and is seeing an increase in work from high-net-worth individuals in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Other clients include FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Team co-head Nick Benwell handles large-scale, multijurisdictional and sensitive fraud investigations, working with the 'fabulous' Patrick Boylan, who has a focus on fraud disputes emanating from the CIS, Asia and various offshore jurisdictions. Stephen Gentle is also recommended.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Leading individuals

Nick Benwell - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Simmons & Simmons advises corporates and individuals on a broad range of white-collar matters. Areas of expertise include preventative advice, internal investigations, search and seizure, police and regulator interviews, trials and asset recovery. The firm also handles international matters, tax issues, financial sanctions, extradition, mutual legal assistance and Interpol-related matters. Client sectors include financial services, mining, engineering, aviation and technology. Stephen Gentle heads the team and is recommended for cases involving fraud, bribery, money laundering, sanctions, criminal cartel matters, and internal and law enforcement investigations. Nick Benwell focuses on corporate crime, corruption, money laundering and fraud matters.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Leading individuals

Nick Benwell - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

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.

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Legal Developments by:
Simmons & Simmons

  • 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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