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Addleshaw Goddard

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Nichola Peters

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Addleshaw Goddard

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Nichola is a partner in the corporate crime team specialising in advising corporates, directors and senior management on financial and corporate crime issues. Key areas involve advising on and carrying out investigations relating to corruption, sanctions, money laundering, terrorist financing, extradition, information security and fraud issues. Her practice includes: conducting internal investigations into breaches of sanctions, corrupt conduct, money laundering, and terrorist financing. She has advised corporates and individuals on investigations by the Serious Fraud Office, the police, HMRC, the OFT, and the FSA/FCA. She also regularly advises on investigations in multiple jurisdictions; advising on financial and trade sanctions legislation, including setting up compliance systems, and on the impact of sanctions legislation on existing operations. During the last few years Nichola has acted for a large number of multinationals, including BP, on the impact of sanctions on their existing operations. She has worked with a number of energy and resource companies in Africa on dealing with the impact of sanctions and how to maintain business operations in compliance with applicable sanctions, including obtaining licences or utilising exemptions; advising on and conducting due diligence programmes relating to financial and corporate crime risks, for M&As, JVs and other third parties, including representatives, agents, suppliers, etc; and advising on, setting up and reviewing compliance programmes, including providing training. As Nichola regularly investigates compliance failings, she can provide specialist non-contentious advice on what to look out for, how matters can go wrong and how to minimise that risk. In relation to contentious matters, as Nichola works regularly with clients to conduct due diligence/implement compliance programmes she has an excellent understanding of industry standard practice and what procedures should have reasonably been put in place to prevent compliance failings. Nichola regularly lectures to clients and at trade association conferences, including the BBA and the AMLP.


Fitzwilliam College Cambridge (history and law); College of Law, London.

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Financial services

Addleshaw Goddard is best-known for its 'superb knowledge' of the retail market where its 'very strong team' provides 'thoughtful and succinct advice' across the myriad issues facing clients in that space including as it relates to mortgages, consumer credit and payments. 'Extremely knowledgeable about the application of regulation to innovation', the team has 'excellent insight into the fintech space' and provides 'invaluable insight into cutting-edge industry approaches'. The 'very well-informed' Amanda Hulme acted for a major financial services firm on the review, simplification and subsequent redrafting of the full suite of deposit account product documentation, including all savings, ISAs and bond products. An 'unfailing source of thoughtful and well-balanced advice', Rosanna Bryant handles standalone consumer credit regulatory advice and is also regularly involved in financial services transactional work including advising Lloyds Banking Group on the regulatory aspects associated with its £1.9bn purchase of the MBNA credit card business from the Bank of America.  Other key non-contentious retail financial services regulatory experts include Ben Koehne , who is 'well-equipped to untangle the most complex regulatory issues' - particularly as they pertain to strategic and regulatory driven transactions within the building society and mutuals sectors, and Adam Bennett , who has 'unrivalled expertise on anything to do with building societies'. The arrival in June 2018 of Richard Small from Stephenson Harwood strengthens the team on the wholesale front; he joins the well-regarded David Ellis and Brian McDonnell. Despite the departure in June 2018 of former team head Chris Brennan to White & Case LLP, the practice still includes several notable contentious practitioners including Nichola Peters, who 'has had some outstanding successes in this field' and 'very able' corporate crimes investigation expert Michelle de Kluyver, who joined the firm in December 2017 from Allen & Overy LLP.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Addleshaw Goddard¬†has a full-service banking litigation practice, which includes highly developed financial regulatory and financial crime expertise; and the team is regularly engaged in matters involving international or cross-border elements. The team successfully defended (up to Supreme Court level) Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, the water authority for Germany‚Äôs City of Leipzig, against an approximately ‚ā¨350m claim brought by UBS that involved the sale of derivatives and bribery and fraud issues. Department head Michael Barnett, who is 'hugely experienced in banking litigation and invariably gets the right approach in tricky disputes',¬†is recommended for investment banking, derivatives and structured finance cases; and¬†Mark Gill¬†handles major banking and financial disputes, including cases featuring financial products such as derivatives and swaps. Gill is 'a master litigator with exceptional powers of analysing and simplifying complex problems, allied with great tactical skills'. Other key contacts are¬†Chris Brennan¬†, who¬†specialises in financial services regulatory matters, enforcement and disputes; the¬†'highly skilled strategist'¬†Richard Clayton,'a brilliant problem solver with finely-honed litigation skills¬†who achieves very successful outcomes'¬†and whose ¬†recent experience includes cases involving derivatives, other structured credits, trade finance, securitisation, bonds, mandate and prospectus issues; and James Herring, whose¬†expertise includes mis-selling claims, claims relating to lending and security issues, derivatives and structured products. Further names to note are corporate crime and investigations practice head¬†Nichola Peters¬†and Michelle de Kluyver, the latter joining from Allen & Overy LLP, bringing extensive expertise in cross-border investigations.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Addleshaw Goddard¬†advises corporate clients on bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraud, market abuse, economic sanctions, export controls, customs, health and safety, cartels and other criminal and regulatory investigations. The firm is continuing to act for G√ľralp Systems in relation to an SFO and DOJ investigation into payments made to a South Korean public official researcher. ‚ÄėStand out regulatory and investigatory lawyer‚Äô Nichola Peters¬†heads the team.¬†Michelle De Kluyver¬†joined from Allen & Overy LLP. Clarissa Coleman¬†left for K&L Gates LLP.

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