In the post-financial crisis world, legal and regulatory requirements are tougher, corporate misconduct laws are more stringent and enforcement agencies are better resourced. The burden and risks for businesses can seem overwhelming and penalties for wrongdoing can be severe.
Our specialist team can help you prevent wrongdoing in your business, detect it when it has happened, and rapidly respond and help minimise harm to your business and reputation.
Prevent: Wrongdoing can happen in any organisation so it makes sense to take precautions to avoid it happening in yours. Many organisations have obligations to do so. We will help you develop and implement a tailor-made compliance programme, including training for your staff. We can also assess the risks in areas such as sanctions, money laundering, data security and cyber risk, and corruption.
Detect: Taking immediate action when a problem arises may put you in a position to limit the damage. We can quickly mobilise a multi-disciplinary, international team. We handle investigations and dealings with enforcement agencies around the globe, putting people on the ground wherever you need them. We have carried out investigations in Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and former Soviet states.
Respond: Once a situation has blown up, the important thing is to find ways to minimise its impact. We deal with regulatory actions and defend prosecutions where they prove unavoidable. We advise on remedial plans and dealings with implicated employees and can help you to minimise reputational damage. We can help you deal with any solvency implications and bring recovery actions against third parties.
We’re used to dealing with a diverse range of regulators and enforcement agencies across the world, including the most active European, American and Asian authorities.
Our clients include financial institutions, listed corporations, private businesses and senior management personnel.
Our experience includes acting on over 50 investigations in the past three years. We are featured in Global Investigation Review’s Top 100, an independent guide to the world’s leading cross-border investigations practices.
Areas of expertise
- Anti-bribery & corruption
The UK Bribery Act is one of the most draconian pieces of anti-bribery legislation and can result in 10 years imprisonment for individuals, and unlimited fines and debarment from public contracts for companies. The Act holds corporates to a very high standard – for example a corporate can be held responsible for the acts of his its agent operating abroad and under no supervision.View all our Anti-bribery & corruption experts
Our team of anti-corruption lawyers can advise individuals and corporates on how to comply with their obligations under the Bribery Act. Examples of the holistic service we offer includes the following: conducting a risk assessment; reviewing contracts, corporate structure and business relationships; conducting internal investigations; analysing consultancy agreements; and implementing an anti-bribery policy and other adequate procedures which can act as a defence against a prosecution.
- Audits & (internal) investigations
- Corporate & regulatory investigations
- Corporate crime
- Money laundering
- Risk assessment
- Staff training
Corporate & regulatory investigations
Audits & (internal) investigations