Fraud is estimated to cost US$4.23 trillion worldwide. The risk of falling victim to fraud and other white collar and corporate crime raises significant reputational risks for companies and individuals, not least of which is the potential exposure to highly damaging civil, criminal and administrative sanctions,
Acting in such complex and sensitive matters requires more than an understanding of the legal issues. It calls for a strategic and seamless approach, the ability to deal with a range of different law enforcement agencies and regulators, advising on contentious and non-contentious aspects and related issues such as public relations, shareholder communications, insurance and employment issues.
Our world-class corporate crime and investigations team specialises in global white collar crime compliance and investigations work in more than 40 countries across Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the US.
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We work on clients' most significant cases, whether in terms of size, complexity or sensitivity, with a particular specialism in those involving multiple jurisdictions, regulators and law enforcement bodies.
We can help you with all aspects of corporate criminal matters including defending companies, senior executives and employees in prosecutions or enforcement actions. We advise on settlements with prosecutors and regulators, asset tracing and recovery, and also associated disputes including contentious employment proceedings.
A global investment bank
Advising in relation to an investigation brought by the US DoJ and SEC into alleged FCPA violations arising out of business practices in China
A range of different financial clients
Advising financial institutions and related individuals in relation to the global multi-agency investigations into ForEx, LIBOR and EURIBOR manipulation, involving both regulatory and criminal aspects as well as concurrent enquiries and legal processes in the US and UK
Corporate and individual clients
Advising a diverse range of clients in many recent and ongoing high profile UK SFO investigations
Successfully defending the first ever insider trading charges brought by the Australian SIC. It was considered to be an international ‘test case’ raising novel issues including the ‘Chinese Wall’ defence and the procedures used by investment banks for handling potential conflicts of interest
Advising in in relation to the UK SFO and other regulatory investigations into its accounting and business practices
JJB Sports plc
Advising in relation to UK SFO prosecutions of two previous chief executives, a regulatory investigation into breaches of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules and other related internal and external investigations