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Corporate Crime & Investigations

Corporate crime is an area of growing concern for companies and directors as regulators and law enforcement agencies in the UK and overseas are under increasing pressure to investigate and prosecute companies and individuals for criminal wrongdoing and regulatory breaches. Directors may find themselves personally liable for wrongdoing committed during the course of the business and companies face large fines and potential reputational damage.

Our  team has a significant experience of acting for companies and individuals under investigation by the FCA, PRA, SFO, HMRC, NCA, CMA and other agencies in relation to allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, market abuse, money laundering, breach of financial or trade sanctions, cartel investigations and other types of financial misconduct.

A natural corollary to this practice is the work we undertake in advising clients regarding issues of compliance and prevention. Our experience in dealing with regulatory and/or criminal investigations means that we understand how the authorities operate and are able to use this knowledge to identify the key areas of risk for our clients and to implement effective policies, systems and controls as part of promoting a wider ethical culture.

Latest examples of work

    • Investigation

      UK Takeover Panel investigation

      Acting for an Indonesian conglomerate in the context of a high profile investigation by the UK Takeover Panel and related investigations into alleged financial irregularities.

    • money

      Landmark case

      Acting for HSBC Private Bank (UK) Limited in a US$300m case brought by two former customers concerning a delay in processing payment instructions. This landmark case focussed on the position of banks and their staff when reporting suspicions of money laundering and the extent to which banks can refuse to disclose the names of individuals that had suspicions on the grounds of relevance and/or Public Interest Immunity.

    • money laundering


      Representing a bank under investigation by the regulator for delayed findings in relation to its anti-money laundering policies, procedures and controls.

    • banking

      LIBOR investigation

      Representing a senior investment banker in the context of the UK and US authorities’ investigations into alleged manipulation of the LIBOR benchmark rate.

    • security

      Dual UK/US regulatory investigation

      Acting for the Chairman of a listed company on an investigation and parallel SFO and FSA enquiries into suspected breaches of securities laws.

    • Training

      Dawn Raids

      Advising clients on ‘dawn raids’ including staff training and preparing dawn raid policies

    • false accounts

      Investigating alleged corruption

      Conducting an investigation into alleged manipulation of accounts and corruption in a leading UK bank’s overseas subsidiaries following a whistleblowing disclosure to the regulators.

    • gavel

      Worldwide freezing injunctions

      Obtaining worldwide freezing injunctions and advising a major African bank in High Court litigation against its former managing director. After a 3.5 week trial, our client obtained judgment against the defendant in excess of £800m.

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