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.