Firms To Watch: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

With the arrival of Joshua Ray, who leads alongside Benjamin Wells, the CANDEY team is noted for its focus on complex sanctions and export control matters in multiple foreign jurisdictions.
Headed by 'extraordinary talent' Tom Epps, the Cooley (UK) LLP white-collar defence team demonstrates strong cross-border expertise across sanction compliance matters and AML proceedings.
Led by 'hard working, strategic and committed' fraud and corruption specialist Ben Rose, the Hickman & Rose practice has developed a growing reputation for its advice on Account Freezing & Forfeiture Orders.
Goodwin has hired former Cadwalader partner Mark Beardsworth to spearhead a new investigations practice in London.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) in London

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Counting companies from sectors including engineering, aerospace, extractives, and pharmaceutical, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s ‘truly exceptional’ practice  regularly advises on  high-profile money laundering and corruption cases. The firm boasts a strong track record dealing with both domestic and international enforcement agencies, including the SFO, US DOJ, and FCA, along with showcasing significant strength in the sanctions field. Lord Peter Goldsmith KC and Karolos Seeger lead the group, with the former regularly acting for corporations in litigation and white-collar matters, while the latter is a ‘wonderful lawyer’, focusing on AML and fraud matters. Jane Shvets is an expert in cross-border investigations, while international counsel Konstantin Bureiko concentrates on anti-corruption proceedings. Andrew Lee is knowledgeable on regulatory investigations involving the FCA.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lord Goldsmith KC; Karolos Seeger


Autres avocats clés:

Jane Shvets; Konstantin Bureiko; Andrew Lee


Les références

‘Competence, innovation and strategic advice.’

‘Debevoise is a truly exceptional firm. Responsive, proactive, creative and with lawyers of the highest quality. I cannot recall a time where I have had any doubts about the quality of their advice and felt that they did not understand what I was trying to achieve when I sought their support. The quality of service is fantastic whether I have worked with them on large, high value matters or on lower value, more routine queries.’

‘Karolos Seeger is a wonderful lawyer with an incredible ability to articulate complex issues clearly and succinctly. He is personable and always responsive, I could ask for no more from my external counsel.

Principaux clients

Shell plc


Rolls-Royce plc


Principaux dossiers


  • Advising Shell and serving as global coordinating counsel in connection with  various bribery investigations and criminal proceedings relating to the award of the OPL 245 offshore oil block in Nigeria in 2011.

Dechert LLP

The ’seriously impressive’ Dechert LLP white-collar practice provides dedicated expertise on both traditional financial crime and investigations work, along with handling newer areas, such as sanctions, ESG, and cryptocurrencies. The firm has in-depth experience managing cross-border, multi-agency DPAs and corporate settlements with domestic and international authorities- ranging from the SFO to the US DOJ.  US qualified co-head Roger Burlingame is an expert on multijurisdictional white-collar criminal defence proceedings, while Judith Seddon shows ‘pure excellence’ when advising on fraud, money laundering, and corruption investigations. Matthew Banham and Tim Bowden both handle financial and general criminal law matters while Matthew Mazur guides companies through US government investigations. Evan Flowers and John Bedford are also recommended. Partner Caroline Black left in February 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Roger Burlingame; Judith Seddon


Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Banham; Tim Bowden; Matthew Mazur; Evan Flowers; John Bedford; Andris Ivanovs; Richard Hodge


Les références

‘The team at Dechert is seriously impressive at all levels. There is subject matter expertise in all related fields which they use collaboratively to provide a top notch service. In an oversaturated market, you can rely on Dechert to have genuine expertise in corporate crime and reg investigations – which they draw from in providing sound strategic and legal advice.’

‘Judith Seddon is pure excellence and is the exact person you want on your side – in or out of a corporate crisis.  Andris Ivanovs is absolutely stellar on sanctions – any law firm would want him on their team and any client would want him on their legal team. In a super challenging world where many sanctions practitioners are finding their way around sanctions for the first time, Andris is truly a subject matter expert offering both technical and practical advice.’

‘What really impresses me about  Dechert  is their depth of understanding of both the domestic UK regulatory environment, and the many varied foreign regulatory landscapes. This is a real differentiator when it comes to multi-jurisdictional investigations in complicated and deeply regulated industries like financial services.’

Principaux clients

Airbus SE


GPT Special Project Management Limited


Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited


Principaux dossiers


  • Advised Airbus in its global corruption investigation and negotiated unprecedented €3.6billion multi-jurisdictional settlement.
  • Represented GPT Special Project Management Ltd in SFO investigation and subsequent criminal proceedings alleging corruption in government-backed military contracts in Saudi Arabia.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Demonstrating strong cross-border capabilities, the Herbert Smith Freehills LLP practice is ‘superb’ at advising on all aspects of corporate crime, including fraud, money laundering and bribery, for financial institutions and global companies. The team shows significant strength in the advisory sphere- particularly regarding sanctions and AML issues- and has significant experience defending clients in high-profile SFO, HMRC, and FCA investigations. Susannah Cogman is ‘one of the best in the area’, leading the group with her extensive expertise in anti-money laundering and financial crime matters, while the ‘world class’ Brian Spiro routinely acts for corporates on tax and corruption cases. Robert Hunt is an expert on compliance issues, and Kate Meakin handles fraud and sanctions affairs. Elizabeth Head and Jessica Chappatte  are also recommended. Daniel Hudson left the firm in April 2023 for Seladore Legal .

Responsables de la pratique:

Susannah Cogman


Autres avocats clés:

Brian Spiro; Robert Hunt; Kate Meakin; Elizabeth Head; Kathryn Boyd; Jessica Chappatte


Les références

‘A superb team with talent at all levels. They are experienced, highly motivated and use technology to great effect.’

‘This team sells itself: depth of experience; market-beating knowledge; stellar personnel; worldwide reach and resources. Rightly trusted to be the best of the best. Supports its lawyers to obtain in-house experience outside the firm, to ensure it can provide the best service.’

‘Susannah Cogman is one of the best in the area. Very knowledgeable and experienced. An original thinker and very bright indeed.’

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ disputes and investigations team is well equipped to handle criminal prosecutions, internal investigations, and compliance matters, demonstrating ‘real strength in depth’. Boasting several financial crime specialists, the practice regularly deals with multi-jurisdictional proceedings involving corporate corruption and bribery, along with complex sanction compliance issues. The ‘standout’ Camilla De Silva heads the group, using her experience as a former senior SFO prosecutor to advise clients on domestic and global enforcement proceedings brought by the SFO, US DOJ, and HMRC, while Nick Benwell is praised by one client as ' a master of the intersection between corporate and criminal law on corruption and fraud matters'. Counsel Cherie Spinks provides financial institutions and corporations with sanctions expertise, while Emily Agnoli represents companies from sectors including energy, pharma, and technology. Alexandra Webster and Tom Bowen are both noted.  Stephen Gentle retired in May 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Camilla de Silva


Autres avocats clés:

Nick Benwell; Cherie Spinks; Emily Agnoli; Tom Bowen


Les références

‘One of the leading teams in the city. The team is consistently involved in the largest investigations and corporate crime matters.’

‘Camilla de Silva is stand out in her field. She has led teams in settlements with the SFO both on the defence and law enforcement side. She is my first port of call for referring work.’

‘Nick Benwell is a master of the intersection between corporate and criminal law. Incredibly practical and capable of providing measured and strategic advice in even the most difficult circumstances.  Emily Agnoli is a star who has now truly risen with her promotion to partnership. She is thoughtful, commercial and unflappable.’

Principaux clients

Petrofac


Chelsea Football Club


Principaux dossiers


  • Advised Petrofac in relation to its successful resolution of an SFO investigation into allegations of bribery in respect of oil & gas contracts across the Middle East worth up to USD 8.4 billion.
  • Advised on the £4.25bn sale of Chelsea Football Club to the Boehly/Clearlake consortium, including in relation to the impact of financial sanctions and licensing of the sale by UK and international authorities.
  • Advising a global pharmaceutical company on a complex, large-scale and sensitive internal investigation into bribery & corruption, regulatory, product liability, employment and other concerns.

Slaughter and May

Showcasing vast expertise in cross-border financial regulatory and corporate crime investigations, Slaughter and May’s practice is viewed as ‘gold standard’ by one client, acting on behalf of clients within the finance, natural resources, and healthcare spheres. The team routinely deals with domestic regulators- such as the SFO and FCA- as well as demonstrating robust international capabilities supporting global corporations in complex multi-jurisdictional investigations conducted by the US DOJ and SEC. Team head Richard Swallow is an expert on regulatory and criminal proceedings while the ‘superb’ Jonathan Cotton regularly deals with allegations of wrongdoing and corruption. Jonathan Clark advises on fraud and tax evasion matters, while Ewan Brown and Holly Ware are noted for their regulatory and criminal work. Gayathri Kamalanathan is knowledgeable on litigation and arbitration proceedings, with Tim Blanchard advising on bribery and corruption affairs. Senior counsels Ella Williams and Nicholas Querée are also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Swallow


Autres avocats clés:

Jonathan Cotton; Jonathan Clark; Ewan Brown; Holly Ware; Gayathri Kamalanathan; Tim Blanchard; Ella Williams; Nicholas Querée


Les références

‘Slaughter and May continues to represent the gold standard in this sector. The strength in depth – and breadth – is exceptional. They are the perfect firm to manage corporate investigations and navigate through complex corporate crime issues, with all that entails. There is simply no better firm.’

‘Jonny Cotton and Richard Swallow are  industry leaders. They are unsurpassed in their judgement, skill and knowledge. They are able to recruit and retain the brightest talent; Ella Williams and Nick Queree far outrank many partners in other firms for their forensic instinct and analytical abilities.’

‘This is probably the best law firm in the world and to maintain its position it has to have the best lawyers in the world. The team is outstandingly able and has brilliance at all levels. This team have achieved astonishing results for clients and this is solely the result of their rare talents and intellectual ability.’

Principaux clients

Danske Bank


Glencore plc


British American Tobacco plc


John Wood Group PLC


Rolls-Royce plc


Principaux dossiers


  • Acted as coordinating counsel in relation to Danske Bank’s $2billion settlement with US and Danish authorities’ multi-jurisdictional investigation, concluding investigations into failings and misconduct related to the non-resident portfolio at Danske bank’s former Estonia branch.
  • Acting for Glencore in its $1.5billion resolution of global bribery and corruption allegations.
  • Defending British American Tobacco plc against the SFO’s long running investigation of suspicions of corruption by BAT, its subsidiaries and associated persons.

Addleshaw Goddard

With a global client-base and growing team, Addleshaw Goddard is highly recommended for its white-collar crime work, particularly regarding bribery and fraud risks. The practice displays ‘strength in depth’ when dealing with financial crime compliance, advisory and criminal defence proceedings, and consistently supports corporations from across the pharmaceutical, finance, and infrastructure sectors. The team has experience negotiating out-of-court resolutions with the SFO and US DOJ, with team head, Nichola Peters, bringing extensive knowledge on deferred prosecution agreements and negotiated settlements to the group. The ‘outstanding’ Michelle De Kluyver is an expert on sanctions issues and economic crime cases, whilst Polly Sprenger handles civil fraud and asset recovery. Legal director Neeta Chityal and Matthew Worby are also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nichola Peters; Michelle de Kluyver


Autres avocats clés:

Polly Sprenger; Harriet Territt; Neeta Chityal; Jenny Burton; Noel Power; Matthew Worby


Les références

‘A group of warm and friendly professionals who are brilliant as a team. They have strength in depth and inspire confidence.’

‘Nichola Peters has a knack for bringing the best out of her team. She is easy to work with and superb with clients.’

‘Michelle de Kluyver is outstanding. A clear thinker with great practical and commercial instincts. Neeta Chityal is wonderfully professional with a tireless work ethic and fine eye for detail.’

Principaux clients

Bystronic Glass (UK) Limited


Kroll Advisory Limited (Kroll) acting on behalf of the following companies (all in administration): Arena Television Limited, Arena Holdings Limited, and Arena Aviation Limited (together the Arena Companies).


Principaux dossiers


  • Advising Richard Howson, former CEO, on proceedings brought against him following the collapse of Carillion plc.
  • Advising Bystronic Glass (UK) Limited on proceedings against a former director, including a private prosecution alongside a parallel civil fraud action alleging breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Advising a global company on a complex, multi-jurisdiction bribery investigation and related issues.

Allen & Overy LLP

Having assembled an ‘unbelievably hardworking and able’ litigation and investigations practice, Allen & Overy LLP routinely represents major international and domestic companies across the cryptocurrency, finance, and retail sectors. The team specialises in all aspects of financial crime, boasting substantial experience defending corporate clients in investigations brought by domestic and international enforcement agencies, including the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ. Calum Burnett and Arnondo Chakrabarti jointly lead, bringing vast expertise on corporate crime and regulatory matters to the group, while the ‘fabulously intelligent’ Eve Giles is also a key name to note. Jonathan Hitchin acts on multi-jurisdictional corruption cases, and Sarah Hitchins is an expert on internal investigations. Brandon O’Neil leads on many bribery and sanctions investigations. At the junior end, Hayley Humphries and Robin Marshall are recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Calum Burnett; Arnondo Chakrabarti


Autres avocats clés:

Eve Giles; Jonathan Hitchin; Sarah Hitchins; Brandon O’Neil; Hayley Humphries; Robin Marshall


Les références

‘Real strength in depth. Unbelievably hardworking and able. Fantastic breadth of practice areas always covers all bases’.

‘Eve Giles is a stand-out. Brilliant and confidence inspiring with clients. Fabulously intelligent and problem solving. Recognises the weaknesses in the case and rectifies them quickly.’

‘Excellent team all round. Strength in depth, experience.’

Principaux dossiers


Baker McKenzie

Combining international criminal defence capabilities with London expertise, the Baker McKenzie investigations practice is highly recommended for supporting companies with complex financial crime and regulatory compliance matters. With in-depth knowledge on all aspects of fraud, tax evasion, and sanctions breaches, the team routinely deals with the SFO, FCA, HMRC, along with overseas authorities on multi-jurisdictional investigations. Co-head of the global compliance group, Joanna Ludlam, has extensive experience handling corporate criminal liability issues and reputation management, while Charles Thomson leads the business crime unit, focusing on fraud investigations. Jonathan Peddle heads the financial institutions practice, concentrating primarily on financial crime and criminal litigation, while compliance and investigations co-head Sunny Mann handles sanctions and anti-bribery rules. Tristan Grimmer is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Joanna Ludlam; Charles Thomson; Jonathan Peddie; Sunny Mann


Autres avocats clés:

Tristan Grimmer; Henry Garfield; Yindi Gesinde; Chris Whalley; Eleanor Wallis


Les références

‘The team has significant experience in this area and we knew we were fully supported throughout the process – they left no stone unturned, while remaining economic from a cost perspective.’

‘They combine strong technical knowledge and ability with a solid commercial understanding of what the client wants and needs – a rare combination. ‘

‘Henry Garfield stands out – he has great technical ability and crucially is able to ‘read the room’ with true skill, a quality few possess. Henry is reliable and pragmatic and our go to partner for this type of matter. ‘

Clifford Chance LLP

Displaying a ‘range of experience and skills’, the corporate governance practice at Clifford Chance LLP acts on behalf of global FTSE companies and financial institutions on compliance, regulatory, and risk management investigation matters. The team is regularly involved in high-profile cross-border proceedings, with particular expertise advising on corporate compliance measures associated with securities laws and ESG risks, along with human rights infringements and whistleblowing incidents. David Pudge and Luke Tolaini head the group, with the former assisting clients with corporate governance and regulatory issues, whilst the latter handles financial crime and cyber breaches. Steven Fox has 30 years’ experience of advising boards and shareholders, and Richard Crosby focuses on corporate restructurings. Rae Lindsay and Roger Lease are experts on ESG-related matters, and Ellen Lake concentrates on white-collar crime proceedings.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Pudge; Luke Tolaini


Autres avocats clés:

Steven Fox; Richard Crosby; Rae Lindsay; Roger Leese; Alanna Hunter; Kate Norgett; Ellen Lake; Eleanor Matthews


Les références

‘Unusual range of experience and skills in this team. They work collaboratively and at a very high standard.’

‘I think its one of the best practices in this sector in the world. I recommended them for work on two occasions very successfully. You get all the might of a major international law firm with remarkable deftness of touch in their London team.’

‘Luke Tolaini is one of the very best managers of very complicated hostile litigation in the sector and his team walk in his footsteps.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Advised HSBC Holdings plc on a full range of corporate governance and corporate advisory issues in the last year.
  • Advising Nielsen on all of the UK aspects (including corporate governance and directors’ duties) in relation to its US$16bn takeover by a private equity consortium led by Elliott Investment Management L.P., Brookfield Capital Partners LLC, GIC and The WindAcre Partnership, which was initially opposed by Nielsen’s largest shareholder.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Counting global FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies among its ‘unparalleled client roster’, the white collar and fraud team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is well-positioned to manage multi-jurisdictional investigations and provide criminal defence advice. The practice is particularly active in high-profile SFO and FCA proceedings, demonstrating considerable strength in the bribery and corruption field, as well as regularly advising corporations in relation to HMRC tax fraud investigations. The ‘exceptional’ Claire Lipworth specialises in money laundering and market abuse issues. Liam Nadoo supports listed companies on financial crime, and counsel Olga Tocewicz is knowledgeable on insider trading and other financial misconduct. Counsel Alex Hohl and senior associate Reuben Vandercruyssen are also noted.

Autres avocats clés:

Claire Lipworth; Liam Naidoo; Olga Tocewicz; Alex Hohl; Reuben Vandercruyssen


Les références

‘The team has an unparalleled client roster and is able to advise urgently and in depth on the most complex of legal issues. The depth and width of their experience and knowledge is absolutely breath-taking.’

‘Claire Lipworth’s experience is exceptional; she knows the law and the practical issues like no other adviser. Michael Roberts is a powerhouse, who drove the ENRC litigation with exceptional clarity of thought, tenacity, fearlessness and ingenuity.’

‘Liam Naidoo is an excellent white collar crime lawyer, always available to discuss risks and lead other lawyers in the firm if we need support in non-UK jurisdictions.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Advising a major medical device manufacturer client in relation to multi-agency investigations into alleged corrupt and anti-competitive activity by its business partners.
  • Representing a Kazakh mining company (ENRC) in connection with the ongoing criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, and a range of unprecedented disputes arising out of the investigation.
  • Advising a global fintech in respect of an ongoing criminal investigation conducted by the enforcement division of the FCA into breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has a strong track record handling high-profile corporate crime investigations by domestic enforcement authorities, including the SFO, FCA, OFSI, and HMRC. The team shows significant strength advising large private equity firms and their portfolio companies on complex anti-money laundering, fraud, and financial sanctions matters, regularly drawing on its offices abroad to deliver global solutions. Marcus Thompson co-heads the department, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in financial crime matters to the offering, while the other co-head Satnam Tumani specialises in compliance issues and complex bribery and corruption cases. Patrick Navein handles economic sanctions and money laundering elements, while both Andrew Butel and Shruti Chandhok focus on internal corporate investigations and regulatory compliance.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marcus Thompson; Satnam Tumani


Autres avocats clés:

Patrick Navein; Andrew Butel; Shruti Chandhok


Les références

‘Satnam Tumani is undoubtedly the key individual in the team. He was an outstanding lawyer with the SFO rising to become Head of Bribery & Corruption and International Assistance, to which he has added further years of experience in private practice. His understanding of tactical and strategic issues is profound and his knowledge of legal issues broad and deep.’

‘The firm’s specialism in financial crime builds upon its multijurisdictional expertise. It has exceptional niche expertise in representing executives and corporates in  bribery and corruption cases in which there is linked litigation across jurisdictions.’

‘Those I have worked with are particularly adept at being able to speak to corporate executives in their own language and to be unfazed by the management of multijurisdictional cases involving the coordination with lawyers and executives in other jurisdictions and the management of multiple work streams. They make sure that they have covered all the bases and do not miss a point. In addition to their own expertise, they are adept at identifying areas in which they require specialist expertise and commissioning such work.’

Linklaters LLP

Acting on behalf of clients in sectors including technology, energy, banking, and extractives, Linklaters LLP’s business crime team provides ‘high quality advice’ on the whole spectrum of financial crime, with a particular focus on cross-border criminal and regulatory investigations. The practice has notable expertise in sanctions work, routinely representing corporations in investigations by OFSI, along with challenging fines imposed by the authority. The department has vast experience of dealing with domestic agencies, such as the SFO and FCA, with the global head of dispute resolution, Alison Wilson, consistently advising financial institutions during major enforcement investigations into AML and financial crises. Satindar Dogra focuses on compliance relating to bribery and corruption, and Alison Saunders concentrates on prosecutions by criminal agencies. Ben Packer handles financial crime investigations, and senior criminal defence lawyer Elly Proudlock is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alison Wilson


Autres avocats clés:

Satindar Dogra; Alison Saunders DCB; Ben Packer; Elly Proudlock


Les références

‘A commercially focused team’.

‘Ellie Proudlock is an excellent adviser’.

‘The team is able to advise on complex issues in time-sensitive situations covering an array of jurisdictions (EU, UK and US) that pertain to the issue. The team have taken their time to understand our needs and advise accordingly.’

Principaux dossiers


Macfarlanes LLP

With a diverse client-base that includes financial institutions, manufacturing companies, and luxury businesses, the corporate crime and investigations team at Macfarlanes LLP has long-established strength in the traditional financial crime sphere. The practice has a growing advisory support offering, with significant depth in the AML and sanctions space, alongside expertise on anti-bribery compliance and regulatory issues. The head, Neill Blundell , is ‘charming but tough as nails’, with more than 20 years' experience dealing with fraud, bribery, and money laundering matters, while Dan Lavender regularly resolves major multi-jurisdictional investigations. Lorna Emson acts for banks and natural resources companies on complex commercial litigation issues, meanwhile Barry Donnelly focuses on prosecutions brought by the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ.

Responsables de la pratique:

Neill Blundell


Autres avocats clés:

Dan Lavender; Lorna Emson; Barry Donnelly; James Popperwell; Helen Harvey; Max Hobbs; Francis Bond; James Reid


Les références

‘With their broad commercial and private client base they are very well based to provide advice to corporates under investigation from an early stage. Adept at internal investigations as well as fighting of prosecutions. Well-resourced and reasonable on fees. A diverse staff for years.’

‘Neil Blundell, charming but tough as nails under the charm. An effective negotiator but a tough and seasoned defender. Helen Harvey, a real star in the making, no stone left unturned and a great lawyer.’

‘Macfarlanes are undoubtedly one of the leading sanctions teams in the country and are especially good at work in involving interacting with regulators. Very strong at an associate level & know their way around the relevant regulations.’

Principaux clients

Revolution Beauty


Principaux dossiers


Mishcon de Reya LLP

Boasting ‘great people from top to bottom’, the corporate crime practice at Mishcon de Reya LLP offers comprehensive advice on all aspects of criminal investigations, frequently drawing on the insolvency, employment, data, and reputation management departments within the firm. The team covers a considerable breadth of work, handling everything from day-to-day internal investigations to high-stakes law enforcement raids, as well as demonstrating expertise dealing with the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ. Johanna Walsh is a ‘first-rate team leader’, specialising in serious fraud and money laundering cases, while Matthew Ewens has experience assisting clients with HMRC tax fraud proceedings and SFO prosecutions. Alison Geary focuses on market abuse and cartel matters, and solicitor-advocate Kizzy Augustin provides strategic support during criminal investigations and inquests.

Responsables de la pratique:

Johanna Walsh


Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Ewens; Alison Geary; Kizzy Augustin; Christopher Gribbin; Celia Marr; Mellissa Curzon-Berners


Les références

‘Great people from top to bottom. Where every case matters.’

‘Johanna Walsh- first rate team leader- wonderfully insightful.’

‘Matthew Ewens – tremendous tactician, eye for detail and errors, personable and trusted by clients.’

Principaux clients

London Capital & Finance PLC


London Investment Manager


Barote Construction Ltd


Principaux dossiers


  • Instructed by the administrators of London Capital & Finance PLC following the collapse of the listed company in January 2019 and the subsequent SFO investigation.
  • Advising a substantial and well-known family-owned business on highly sensitive allegations of criminal wrongdoing made by an employee against the CEO.
  • Advising a well-known and significant British media company in connection with a criminal investigation.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright regularly advises corporates on complex cross-border criminal investigations conducted by domestic and international authorities, including the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ. The practice demonstrates significant strength in the sanctions field, and advises corporates and financial institutions on US, EU, and UK regulation, export controls, and bribery laws, along with ESG compliance programmes. Co-heads Patrick Bourke and Neil O’ May bring vast expertise handling multi-jurisdictional white-collar crime prosecutions to the team, whilst the ‘unflappable’ Pamela Reddy is an expert on cross-border bribery, fraud, and money laundering matters. David Harris has experience dealing with financial sanctions issues, and Katie Stephen focuses on AML . Ruth Cowley concentrates on complex litigation, with Andrew Reeves regularly acting for banks and major corporates on a range of matters. Stuart Neely was promoted to partner in January 2023, with Claudia Culley also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Patrick Bourke; Neil O’May


Autres avocats clés:

Pamela Reddy; David Harris; Katie Stephen; Ruth Cowley; Andrew Reeves; Stuart Neely; Katie McDougall; Claudia Culley; Thomas Hubbard; Annie Birch; Naomi Miles


Les références

‘Pamela Reddy – now a veteran of representing corporates – is unflappable.’

‘Highly versatile team with incredibly high bandwidth to take on sanctions-related work across industry sectors.’

‘David Harris: incredibly calm demeanor and perfectly calibrated advice, despite being under significant pressure due to the vast changes to Sanctions laws affecting many clients over the past year.’

Principaux clients

Multiple P&O Ferries companies


Principaux dossiers


Paul Hastings LLP

Displaying a strong presence in the corporate investigations and compliance field, the Paul Hastings LLP team uses its ‘talent at all levels’ to effectively handle anti-bribery and corruption, fraud, and data security proceedings. The firm’s international structure enables close collaboration between the offices in the US, Europe, and Asia, enabling the practice to advise clients on all aspects surrounding high-profile cross-border investigations brought by domestic and global enforcement bodies. Jonathan Pickworth heads the practice, adopting an ‘imaginative’ approach when considering complex tax evasion and corruption matters, whilst Joanna Dimmock uses her ‘meticulous eye for detail’ when assisting with international corruption and criminal cartel issues. Morgan Miller supports companies during white-collar defence cases, and Arun Srivastava is also highlighted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Pickworth


Autres avocats clés:

Joanna Dimmock; Morgan Miller; Arun Srivastava; Fred Kelly


Les références

‘Jonathan Pickworth is world class. A superb and imaginative lawyer who achieves remarkable results. A great strategist and visionary.’

‘Jo Dimmock is also world class. She has a meticulous eye for detail.’

‘Jonathan Pickworth is imaginative and full of drive. He is one of the best if not the best in this field.’

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

A recognised leader in the corporate crime and regulatory space, the Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP team uses its European offices and strong US practice to deliver bespoke advice regarding multi-jurisdictional criminal investigations conducted by the SFO, US DOJ, and SEC. The ‘first-class’ service covers all aspects of money laundering, corruption, and sanctions issues, along with special expertise assisting corporations with developing and enhancing their compliance programmes. The head, Ryan Junck, is described as a ‘go-to partner’, bringing vast experience handling cross-border financial crime proceedings and knowledge on market abuse matters to the team, while Elizabeth Robertson focuses on criminal tax cases and governance issues. Andrew Good is an expert on bribery and corruption affairs, regularly working with US enforcement agencies. European counsel Vanessa McGoldrick concentrates on investigations around corporate misconduct. Counsel Bora Rawcliffe is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ryan Junck


Autres avocats clés:

Elizabeth Robertson; Andrew Good; Bora Rawcliffe; Vanessa McGoldrick


Les références

‘Elizabeth Robertson is someone I felt I could really trust . Her vast experience and competence is made accessible through her very humble manner and high integrity. She stands out with her ability to make the client feel heard. Vanessa McGoldrick is a stellar counsel, very competent and diligent.’

‘The insight provided by this team to the short and longer term thinking of various US and EU regulators, their processes and other stakeholders is first class. Theses matters are usually nothing but downside if you get them wrong and of the highest priority, Ryan Junck recognises this and acts accordingly.’

‘Ryan Junck is the go-to partner on both sides of the Atlantic. He marshals the Skadden specialists as needed.’

Principaux clients

A publicly listed energy company


A global telecoms company headquartered in Europe


A global online travel marketplace headquartered in the Netherlands


A global financial institution headquartered in Northern Europe


A UK-listed engineering company


A privately held investment group


A sustainable infrastructure company with operations in Europe, the Americas and Africa


Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.


Société Générale


Global tech services company headquartered in Europe


Markel Corporation


LetterOne


Global building materials and solutions company headquartered in Europe


UK-regulated Nordic consulting company


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing a special committee of the Board of a publicly listed energy company in connection with a high stakes review of alleged corrupt activities involving the company’s former senior management.
  • Assisted a global telecoms company headquartered in Europe with a review of its activities in Iraq and Saudi Arabia following reporting of corruption and other misconduct by a competitor.
  • Represented a global online travel marketplace headquartered in the Northern Europe in connection with the review of activity at the company’s subsidiary relating to fraud allegations and the onboarding and verification of certain clients.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

Acting on many high-profile, complex financial crime cases in both London and internationally, Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP is consistently called on by clients for advice on anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions, and modern slavery-related matters. With a strong European offering, along with a network of US offices, the team is well equipped to manage cross-border investigations brought by domestic and international enforcement agencies, including the SFO, SEC, and US DOJ. Peter Burrell leads the group, focusing on multi-jurisdictional disputes involving financial fraud, tax evasion, and financial reporting issues, while Rita Mitchell concentrates on sanctions and money laundering matters. The ‘really talented’ Simon Osborn-King works on complex criminal and internal investigations for corporates. At the more junior end, Michael Thorne and Cristina Caggiano are noted for their regulatory and civil work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Peter Burrell


Autres avocats clés:

Rita Mitchell; Simon Osborn-King; Michael Thorne; Cristina Caggiano


Les références

‘Very strong double act of Peter Burrel and Simon Osborn-King. Capable of dealing with white collar crime investigations, related civil actions, compliance and sanctions matters.’

‘Simon Osborn King is really talented. He is very popular with clients who love his work ethic and clear pragmatic advice.’

The Willkie team is a perfect fit for our business which is very dynamic. They are capable of providing us with pragmatic advice and help us protect our business efficiently while being mindful of costs/benefit.

Principaux clients

CITGO Petroleum Corporation


Essentra plc


General Electric/Alstom


Tate & Lyle plc


MAN Group plc


Principaux dossiers


  • Defending CITGO Petroleum in response to a Department of Justice investigation under various federal criminal statutes. It’s a highly complex matter involving representation of the U.S. subsidiaries of Petróleos de Venezuela, PDVSA, the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company.
  • Acts as ongoing sanctions counsel for Essentra FZE Company Limited in relation to UK, US and EU sanctions questions including in relation to trade and export control and in response to sanctions on Russia and Belarus.

Arnold & Porter

Representing corporate clients from across the finance, defence, and technology industries, Arnold & Porter’s enforcement and dispute resolution practice specialises in managing cross-border regulatory prosecutions and investigations. The department works closely with its US network of offices, providing a global approach regarding bribery and corruptions issues, along with anti-tax evasion matters. Kathleen Harris heads the London office, bringing vast expertise on regulatory and enforcement proceedings, as well as financial fraud investigations, and Sean Curran is highly experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional prosecutions brought by the SFO, HMRC, and FCA.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kathleen Harris


Autres avocats clés:

Sean Curran; Melissa Dames; Maya Paunrana


Les références

‘Arnold & Porter merge a bespoke service to clients with the backing of a major international law firm. They are efficient and effective and provide superb advice to corporates who are conducting internal investigations, and then to those under investigation, and have an excellent track-record of ensuring their clients avoid prosecution.’

‘Kathleen Harris is the best white collar crime lawyer of her generation. Her tactical ability is superb, her work ethic is incredible.’

‘Sean Curran is a hugely talented lawyer whose client care skills are unsurpassed.’

Ashurst

The 'brilliant’ Ruby Hamid heads the Ashurst dispute resolution practice, which specialises in multi-jurisdictional financial crime investigations brought by the SFO, FCA, and HMRC. Boasting particular strength across the infrastructure, natural resources, and financial industries, the team consistently represents international and domestic companies on the whole spectrum of financial crime matters and Russian sanctions compliance. Hamid boasts 20 years’ experience of handling complex criminal and investigatory issues, whilst senior associate Neil Donovan has expertise in acting for clients on regulatory enforcement actions involving overseas authorities, such as the US DOJ and AMF. Other key figures include Adam Jamieson, a specialist in regulatory investigations who joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in July 2022, and Elliott Kenton, who concentrates on internal investigations. Ross Denton left the firm in May 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ruby Hamid


Autres avocats clés:

Neil Donovan; Elliott Kenton; Tom Cummins; Adam Jamieson; James Levy; Joshua Kang; Sophie Law; Louise Youngman; Anthony Asindi; Aaron Marchant; Travis Quinn; Andrew Sims; Rosie Stanger; Laura Bell; Fraser Collingham; Catherine Lillycrop; Jonas Weissenmayer; Adam Jamieson; Nathan Willmott


Les références

‘The team led by Ruby Hamid are a talented, hardworking, committed, exceptional tour de force. A one stop shop of excellence. Providing outstanding client care, advice both tactically and legally. The go to team.’

‘Ruby Hamid is simply brilliant; an utter star and leader in her field. Ruby has both experience and skill (legal and tactical) in bucket loads. Clients love her, opponents fear but respect her and the judiciary trust her. Utterly fearless. A brilliant lawyer. She has it all.’

‘Laura Bell – hard working, tactically sound and a talented lawyer.’

Principaux dossiers


Clyde & Co

Counting clients from across the energy, natural resources, aviation, and insurance sectors, Clyde & Co’s regulatory and investigations team specialises in all aspects of financial crime, particularly on money laundering and sanctions matters. The practice has extensive experience of handling high-profile domestic and international investigations brought by the SFO, FCA, and HMRC on behalf of financial institutions and major corporations. Charles Kuhn is a regulatory and financial crime specialist, whilst Fergal Cathie focuses on assisting clients with allegations of fraud and dishonesty. John Whittaker leads the internal corporate investigations division, concentrating on anti-bribery and corruption compliance, Rachel Cropper Mawer represents clients on CCO and modern slavery matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Fergal Cathie; John Whittaker; Rachel Cropper-Mawer; Charles Kuhn


Autres avocats clés:

Chris Hill; Richard Harrison; Rowena Lewis; Anna Myrvang; Anousheh Bromfield


Principaux dossiers


  • Defending claims made against Dechert in a high-profile litigation with very serious allegations being made by a former client.

CMS

Offering a joined-up risk advisory, compliance and investigations service, CMS’ practice covers all aspects of corporate criminal and regulatory law, demonstrating special expertise in energy, life sciences, and technology. The team also boasts significant strength in financial services enforcement, sanctions compliance, and data protection, with vast experience in dealing with complex, cross-border prosecutions and investigations. Eoin O’Shea and Omar Qureshi co-head the group, with the former being an expert on fraud and handling SFO investigations, while the latter advises companies on bribery and money laundering issues. Elisabeth Bremner focuses on financial crime compliance, and Alison McHaffie has over 25 years’ experience dealing with financial regulators. Senior associate Amy Wilkinson concentrates on accounting irregularities, and associate Karishma Gadhia looks into civil fraud proceedings.

Responsables de la pratique:

Eoin O’Shea; Omar Qureshi


Autres avocats clés:

Elisabeth Bremner; Alison McHaffie; Kitty St Aubyn; Amy Wilkinson; Karishma Gadhia


Les références

‘The CMS investigations team are truly globalized in that the firm offers investigations and enforcement services across the many offices; however, the London office is very cognizant of what is occurring at the global offices. This is a well organized team and very good to work with.’

‘I have worked with Omar Qureshi and Eoin O’Shea in London, as well as lawyers in Bucharest, Shanghai, Warsaw and Kiev. All are uniformly good on quality and responsiveness and offer an integrated offering, jurisdiction to jurisdiction.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for a former CEO in criminal investigations in four jurisdictions relating to SKAT v Solo Capital, one of the largest tax fraud causes in the world.
  • Advising the Administrators of Buy2Let Cars as regards a major investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

Covington & Burling LLP

Counting Fortune 500 companies and global corporations amongst its key clients, Covington & Burling LLP‘s white-collar defence practice has vast expertise in handling cases involving bribery, money laundering, and financial fraud. The team demonstrates strength in supporting clients subject to allegations by the UK and overseas enforcement authorities, ranging from HMRC and the FCA to the SEC and US DoJ. Ian Hargreaves and David Lorello both co-head the group, specialising in dealing with major fraud cases and complex sanction matters. Sarah Bishop is a dual-qualified UK and US lawyer, focusing on AML laws and compliance issues, whilst Mark Finucane is an expert on securities enforcement proceedings.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ian Hargreaves; David Lorello


Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Bishop; Mark Finucane; Ian Redfearn


Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Boasting substantial experience in advising major banks and financial service providers in global investigations regarding financial fraud, the London-based Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher team works closely with its colleagues in the US, Europe, and Asia. This international network enables the practice to offer comprehensive advice on corporate criminal matters, including bribery and corruption, fraud, and tax evasion, along with demonstrating expertise in dealing with investigations brought by the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ. Philip Rocher leads the department, whilst Sacha Harber-Kelly specialises in global white-collar proceedings. Patrick Doris is an expert on sanctions and tax evasion matters, and Allan Neil represents clients within the finance sector. The ‘excellent’ Matthew Nunan is knowledgeable on financial services regulation, and of counsel Christopher Loudon is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Philip Rocher


Autres avocats clés:

Sacha Harber-Kelly; Patrick Doris; Allan Neil; Matthew Nunan; Christopher Loudon; Jonathan Griffin; Kimberley Simmons; Amy Cooke; Katie Mills; Irene Polieri; Megan Catli; Marija Brackovic


Les références

‘A very competent team who responded quickly when we asked them to help with some complex conduct risk/grievance-related cases.’

‘Matthew Nunan is excellent – he has considerable experience in the SFO/FCA and in-house and so was able to give us excellent advice on how to conduct the investigations.’

 

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Representing clients from within the aerospace, construction, extractives, and energy industries, the ‘superb’ team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides bespoke advice on anti-bribery, corruption, and money laundering matters. The firm demonstrates strong international capabilities, consistently defending corporations and financial institutions in complex multi-jurisdictional investigations, along with assisting with sanctions and ESG-related compliance. Following Jo Rickards’ departure in January 2023, the ‘outstandingly good’ Rebecca Meads leads the practice, bringing vast expertise on complex fraud and regulatory matters to the department. Senior associate Gavin Costelloe focuses on financial and trade related sanctions since his arrival in April 2022 from the SFO, whilst of counsel Alex Swan’s work encompasses proceedings involving allegations of fraud and money laundering.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rebecca Meads


Autres avocats clés:

Gavin Costelloe; Alex Swan


Les références

‘A superb team, – they are dynamic and young with strength at all levels.’

‘Rebecca Meads is outstandingly good. A tireless worker with a superb eye for what is practical. She inspires confidence and achieves remarkably successful outcomes for her clients.’

‘Rebecca Meads is undoubtedly a leading individual in the field of advising individuals on white collar/business crime matters – calm under pressure, she combines her undoubted approachability with a keen legal mind and years of high-level experience.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Advising several corporate entities in relation to matters arising out of an Indian tax and money laundering investigation.
  • Advising companies in relation to an HMRC tax investigation.

HFW

With specific sector specialities including commodities, shipping, aerospace, and energy, the global investigations and white-collar defence department at HFW is chosen by clients largely due to its ‘deep experience of SFO investigations’. The practice routinely represents corporates seeking to mitigate criminal and regulatory risk on corporate transactions, with practice head Barry Vitou bringing vast expertise in global money laundering investigations and grand corruption issues to the team. The ‘standout’ Anne-Marie Ottaway has over 20 years’ experience in economic crime-related matters, and Daniel Martin is a sanctions specialist. Cindy Laing joined the group as an associate from BCL Solicitors LLP in April 2022, focusing on bribery and corruption affairs.

Responsables de la pratique:

Barry Vitou


Autres avocats clés:

Anne-Marie Ottaway; Daniel Martin; Cindy Laing


Les références

‘Organised, with the human touch – thoughtful, objective, clear and collaborative.’

‘Barry Vitou and Anne-Marie Ottaway are truly experts in corporate crime, particularly SFO prosecutions.’

‘Barry Vitou has great intuition regarding what a prosecutor will do in any given circumstances and advises boards with real clarity regarding their options.’

Principaux clients

KBR, Inc. and KBR, Inc.’s UK subsidiaries


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing a commodities client in connection with suspected sanctions breaches – undertaking internal investigation to ascertain the facts, advising the board and engaging with the regulator.
  • Advising a client in relation to damaging allegations concerning its ESG claims following an investigation conducted by well-known news agencies and not for profit organisations principally in the UK and Germany.
  • Representing a FCA regulated firm in connection with suspected breaches of sanctions – supervising the conduct of a forensic review of the internal systems and controls and engaging with the regulators.

Latham & Watkins

Counting publicly listed companies, global investment firms, and foreign governments amongst its key clients, the ‘very pragmatic’ team at Latham & Watkins is highly regarded for its handling of multi-jurisdictional investigations involving broad corruption issues. The practice has developed strong relationships with domestic and international enforcement agencies, ranging from the SFO and FCA to the US DOJ, with co-head Nathan Seltzer regularly representing recognisable brands in the US and globally in high-stakes proceedings. Fellow co-head Stuart Alford KC, is an expert on financial crime and regulatory matters, whilst Clare Nida focuses on allegations of anti-bribery and corruption laws.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nathan Seltzer; Stuart Alford KC


Autres avocats clés:

Clare Nida; Mair Williams


Les références

‘Clare Nida is a brilliant lawyer in this area.’

‘The Latham team is lithe and very responsive, with experts spanning the international gamut of compliance program risks. Latham has been an invaluable advisor and continues to be a voice of experience and key collaborator as we build out our team and scope.’

‘The Latham team has deep legal and compliance experience and the ability to scale their knowledge to our mission, which they leverage to guide us in right-sizing our program, which in turn helps wisely streamline our investment around key areas of risk. The entire team is fantastic, and Clare Nida has provided invaluable counsel and support, and assisted in coordinating additional resources as we need them.’

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Deploying a ‘rational, hard-charged and thorough’ approach when addressing financial crime issues, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP represents international banks and global corporations in regulatory and criminal investigations. With special expertise in cases involving insider trading, market abuse, and complex fraud corruption, the team consistently deals with cross-border proceedings brought by international and domestic enforcement authorities, spanning from the SFO to the US DOJ. Melanie Ryan and Chris Warren-Smith both lead the group, providing bespoke advice on tax issues, sanctions breaches, and retail share trading matters. Paul Mesquitta handles complex commercial litigation and arbitration, having been promoted to partner in October 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Melanie Ryan; Chris Warren-Smith


Autres avocats clés:

Paul Mesquitta


Les références

‘Melanie Ryan and Chris Warren-Smith have transformed this practice area. They have a vast portfolio of international clients and provide an outstanding service with great skill and efficiency.’

‘Chris Warren-Smith is a highly experienced commercially minded lawyer with experience in several jurisdictions. He has the ability to view a case in its essentials and to give clear and subtle advice.’

‘Melanie Ryan is an imaginative and practical lawyer with the ability to achieve astonishing results.’

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP has extensive experience of acting on behalf of corporations in fraud, corruption, and money laundering proceedings, and international criminal investigations. The firm represents a client-base from a wide array of industries, ranging from energy and mining to retail and finance, and has grown its presence within the sanctions space, particularly since the start of the Ukraine war in February 2022. Nick Vamos heads the team, focusing on export controls and related offences, whilst the ‘superb’ Michael O’Kane has vast expertise in advising companies in high-profile international business crime cases. Jasvinder Nakhwal is an expert on INTERPOL and extradition matters, while Maria Cronin and Anna Bradshaw are noted for their money laundering and insider dealing expertise.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nick Vamos


Autres avocats clés:

Michael O’Kane; Jasvinder Nakhwal; Maria Cronin; Anna Bradshaw; Neil Swift; Charlotte Tregunna


Les références

‘Michael O’Kane is superb and leads a wonderful team of gifted individuals including Jasvinder Nakhwal and Nick Vamos.’

‘They provide practical and efficient solutions and can handle investigations on a massive scale without any loss of quality.’

‘Michael O’Kane is a world class lawyer with great charisma and imagination.’

RPC

With the investigations technology and client data team being fully integrated into RPC’s white-collar crime practice, the ‘commercially minded’ team offers strong tech-related financial crime advice to a global client-base. The firm also demonstrates a growing presence in the financial trade sanctions arena, acting in the first case before the Commercial Court regarding the interpretation of Russian trade sanctions. The head, Sam Tate, is a ‘walking encyclopedia’, routinely being instructed on political financial crime matters and negotiating DPAs with the SFO, whilst Adam Craggs has expertise in criminal tax proceedings. Davina Given focuses on sanctions and regulatory matters, and Jonathan Cary concentrates on finance disputes. Michelle Sloane is an expert on financial crime litigation, the ’unflappable’ senior associate Lucy Kerr covers all aspects of compliance and policy matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sam Tate


Autres avocats clés:

Adam Craggs; Davina Given; Jonathan Cary; Michelle Sloane; Lucy Kerr; Kate Langley; Tom Jenkins; Alice Kemp


Les références

‘This is the go-to firm for any high net worth individual or corporate experiencing difficulty with the Revenue. They have really high-quality lawyers who fight for the client. Alice Kemp is a brilliant young associate who has a huge legal brain and is an outstanding litigator.’

‘Adam Craggs is top lawyer in this field. He has particular expertise in seeing off HMRC investigations and preventing criminal prosecutions. He knows the ways and procedures of the Tax Tribunal inside out. he is also a very canny and strategic thinker. A former HMRC lawyer many years ago, he knows how the system works and how to see off the Revenue.’

‘Sam Tate is a walking encyclopedia about the law of corporate crime and leads a great team of enthusiastic and hardworking associates. They are fast but careful, good and responsive.’

Principaux clients

The Federal Republic of Nigeria


Compass Group Plc


Bloomberg News


Jones Lang LaSalle


NEOM


Warner Music Group


Newcastle United Football Club


Al Dahra


McArthurGlen Group


Principaux dossiers


  • Advised Jones Lang LaSalle and its subsidiaries in relation to a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into bribery and the negotiation of two deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) that were entered into with the SFO in July 2021.
  • Instructed by the NEOM Ethics and Compliance department to support in the development and implementation of an optimised, end-to-end third-party risk management process.
  • Instructed by the Federal Republic of Nigeria to seek millions in compensation from Glencore, a global natural resource and trading conglomerate, following its admission of offences under the UK Bribery Act 2010 regarding its corrupt activities in the Nigerian oil industry.

Stephenson Harwood

With a considerable ‘spread of corporate crime experience’, Stephenson Harwood’s practice has specialists in civil fraud and corporate law, as well as expertise representing corporates facing multi-jurisdictional criminal investigations. The team has extensive knowledge of dealing with complex financial disputes, ranging from market manipulation to anti-money laundering matters. Practice head Sean Jeffrey routinely acts on behalf of corporates in white-collar crime proceedings and sanctions issues, Justin McClelland is an expert on civil disputes and cartel activity, while Philip Clarke handles actions brought by the FCA against banks and insurers. The ‘intelligent, strategic’ Alan Ward regularly advises corporates on regulatory and criminal-law compliance.   Ellen Gallagher is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sean Jeffrey


Autres avocats clés:

Justin McClelland; Philip Clarke; David Capps; Alan Ward; Ellen Gallagher


Les références

‘The team led by Justin McClelland has an extraordinary combination of detailed knowledge and the ability to bring a fresh and questioning perspective to every topic. Quite often very experienced lawyers can be a bit casual, or at least appear to be, in their analysis of new situations, having seen so much. Justin  thinks through everything de novo.’

‘Alan Ward – intelligent, strategic, hardworking with a great knowledge of the investigatory landscape.’

‘Excellent spread of corporate crime advice and experience.’

Principaux dossiers


White & Case LLP

Fielding a ‘very responsive and skilled’ outfit, the White & Case LLP white-collar practice has extensive experience of handling multi-jurisdictional investigations brought by domestic and global enforcement authorities in relation to bribery, money laundering, and tax evasion. The team collaborates closely with the firm’s dedicated EU and UK sanctions department, providing bespoke advice to corporations on sanction compliance measures, along with negotiating sanctions clauses in supply and trade agreements. Both Jonah Anderson and Anneka Randhawa head the group, with the former being an AML expert, and the latter addressing financial crime issues and criminal defence. Genevra Forwood focuses on financial sanctions, and counsel Joseph Carroll is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonah Anderson; Anneka Randhawa


Autres avocats clés:

Genevra Forwood; Sara Nordin; Lawson Caisley; Joseph Carroll; Edward Pearson; Laura Higgins


Les références

‘Anneka Randhawa and Jonah Anderson continue to go from strength to strength at White & Case. Anneka is incredibly intelligent, has a structured and focused mindset and deep experience in conducting global investigations. Jonah is a master in the field of AML, with an ever growing reputation in this field.’

‘The White & Case team is very responsive and skilled in following complex multi-jurisdictional cases.’

‘Anneka Randhawa can quickly understand and address complex situations, including those where an understanding of foreign laws is required. She is also excellent at organising and managing the complex processes necessary when non-legal professionals (such as forensic specialists and expert witnesses) become necessary.’

WilmerHale

The WilmerHale practice is headed by ‘the Top Gun in the London white-collar market’, Stephen Pollard, who brings vast expertise in advising clients in high-profile proceedings brought by the SFO, FCA, and NCA. The team’s client list includes notable companies from within the extractives and technology spheres, along with authorities from across the globe, as the department is highly regarded for dealing with proceedings arising from allegations of historic bribery and market manipulation. Richard Burger joined the firm as partner from DWF in January 2023, specialising in complex international regulatory enforcement and criminal investigations, whilst counsel Lloyd Firth focuses on money laundering and tax evasion issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stephen Pollard


Autres avocats clés:

Richard Burger; Lloyd Firth


Les références

‘Stephen Pollard leads a strong team at WilmerHale in London who are attracting some excellent instructions. A particular strength of the firm is its ability seamlessly to work across borders. Its US team in Washington and New York are superb. I would expect WilmerHale to be among the top few firms in this area in the next few years.’

‘The team at WilmerHale is incredibly talented and hard-working. Stephen Pollard is an extremely talented and highly experienced practitioner. He is a cool head and a great strategic thinker. Richard Burger has been a great addition to their team and brings a fantastic client base.’

‘Some outstanding individuals. Lloyd Firth is a partner in waiting and brilliant to work with. He is doggedly committed to his clients and someone you would always want in your corner.’

BCL Solicitors LLP

Being long-standing and renowned specialists in corporate crime and regulation, the BCL Solicitors LLP team - steered by Richard Sallybanks - is routinely instructed in many significant financial crime investigations conducted by the SFO, HMRC, and the FCA. The firm also has considerable expertise in AML and ESG compliance, with the ‘thoughtful and incisive’ John Binns being a specialist in money laundering matters and corporate criminal offences. Shaul Brazil focuses on sanctions-related compliance issues, while the ‘standout’ Richard Reichman handles regulatory investigations. Julian Hayes concentrates on financial crime affairs, and Anoushka Warlow is noted for her knowledge of serious and commercial fraud.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Sallybanks


Autres avocats clés:

John Binns; Shaul Brazil; Richard Reichman; Julian Hayes; Anoushka Warlow; Tom McNeill


Les références

‘Tom McNeill and Richard Reichman are both experienced in pre-charge advice and the tactics on how best to approach a potential prosecution.’

‘John Binns is the star. Hugely thoughtful and incisive, but tactically brilliant. If you’re in trouble he gets you out. Great public speaker and a massive asset for the firm. Rightly regarded as top 3 in the UK in proceeds of crime and corporate crime.’

‘John Binns – we worked together advising the same client. John was very knowledgeable and professional. He always worked co-operatively and in the best interests of the client. He always responded promptly. His technical knowledge was impressive.’

Principaux dossiers


Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Demonstrating vast expertise in dealing with complex SFO, FCA, HMRC, and OFSI investigations, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s ‘very personable’ practice acts on behalf of financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and media firms. The team is especially strong at handling financial crime matters, including money laundering, anti-corruption, and tax proceedings, as well as having a growing presence in the cryptocurrency and sanctions compliance space. Kevin Roberts heads the team, with the former showing ‘empathy and commitment’ when advising clients in internal investigations, and the latter specialising in fraud and asset-tracing issues. Special counsel Duncan Grieve has experience of managing international investigations brought by the US DOJ and SEC, while associates Charlotte Glaser and Sharon Takhar are also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kevin Roberts


Autres avocats clés:

Duncan Grieve; Charlotte Glaser; Sharon Takhar


Les références

‘The team at Cadwalader are exceptionally able combining detailed analysis with a thorough understanding of the law. They are also very personable and really make an effort to understand the specific needs of the client.’

‘I have had a number of opportunities to work with Duncan Grieve, who is a standout individual. Duncan is an excellent lawyer who always goes the extra mile for his clients. Duncan’s fluency in Portuguese and extensive international experience also give him an ease at working cross-culturally and on multijurisdictional matters that few lawyers possess. Duncan is highly skilled in working on complex and sensitive investigations and compliance issues.’

‘Kevin Roberts has roots in high street crime and so has genuine criminal law roots, which is probably unique in US law firms in London. Duncan brings a more traditional white collar crime background, but with his Portuguese language skills he has assisted in the focus in Brazilian corruption cases in recent years.’

Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP

With a ‘strong and capable team’, Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP offers full-service capabilities on regulatory investigations, criminal and strategic defence, and AML matters to international corporations and governments. Boasting a background in the SFO, John Gibson co-heads the practice, bringing vast expertise in managing complex economic crime and money laundering proceedings to the group, while fellow co-chair Richard Kovalevsky KC focuses on all aspects of financial crime issues. David Green KC is a ‘legal titan’, specialising in fraud, corruption and bribery matters. Thomas Shortland – who was promoted to partner in January 2023 – is also highly regarded.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Gibson; Richard Kovalevsky KC


Autres avocats clés:

Sir David Green CB KC; Thomas Shortland; Tim Harris


Les références

‘A strong and capable team. Ready to find innovative solutions. Multi-disciplinary practice areas always available to complement.’

‘Brilliantly innovative – they will come up with winning ideas and tactics. Relentlessly persistent – they will work unflaggingly and constantly until they have left no stone unturned and no potentially winning avenue unexplored. Utterly charming – quite simply the nicest people to work with and to have alongside you in a fight. The top of the league.’

‘Incredible strength in depth with individuals who have been on both sides of the regulatory fence giving them exceptional insight and navigational skill.’

Principaux clients

KBR, Inc.


Republic of Albania


Principaux dossiers


DLA Piper

Covering both UK and multi-jurisdictional investigations regarding money laundering, fraud, and sanctions issues, the DLA Piper corporate crime team represents a host of clients across the finance, fintech, and life sciences sectors. Laura Ford leads the team, bringing vast expertise in bribery and sanctions issues. Tony Katz focuses on regulatory compliance, and Sam Millar is an expert on financial crime work. Will White is particularly knowledgeable with respect to AML matters. Shabaz Ahmed is also noted. Patrick Rappo left the firm in July 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Laura Ford


Autres avocats clés:

Tony Katz; Sam Millar; Will White; Shabaz Ahmed


Les références

‘Strong individuals with deep knowledge and experience in their fields.’

‘Exceptional range of talent.’

 

Principaux dossiers


  • Supported a multinational manufacturing engineering company in making a self-report to the Serious Fraud Office, in tandem with a report to the US SEC.
  • Investigating a long-standing payment scheme suspected to have been designed to bypass mandatory disclosure rules and which may have breached various financial crime laws, including bribery, fraud, false accounting and money laundering, harnessing our cutting edge in-house technology-assisted review platform to undertake an efficient electronic document review prior to anticipated reports to the authorities in the UK and Europe.
  • Conducting a regular global compliance review for a multinational gaming and gambling firm.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The corporate crime and investigations practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP shows significant strength in international economic sanctions and AML remediation projects. The team has in-depth knowledge of dealing with domestic enforcement agencies, ranging from the SFO to the FCA, and consistently acts for global corporate clients in anti-bribery and corruption investigations. Manchester-based Zia Ullah heads the group, specialising in international financial sanctions and financial crime. In London, Anupreet Amole provides comprehensive fraud advice, while the ‘hugely experienced’ Steve Smith routinely defends regulatory and criminal proceedings. Also in London, Emma Gordon concentrates on cross-border investigations.

Responsables de la pratique:

Zia Ullah


Autres avocats clés:

Anupreet Amole; Steve Smith; Ruth Paley; Saira Choonka; Victoria Turner; Chris Stott; Kimberly Jones; Emma Gordon


Les références

‘Zia Ullah leads a fantastic team of lawyers who are clearly thriving under his steer. His promotion of senior women is particularly commendable. Above all his team is hugely respected by clients and the industry alike for its expertise and competence in what is now one of the most technically complex and high risk practice areas – and this reputation is a testament to a truly well-run ship’

‘Zia Ullah has for over a decade been one of a very small group of UK sanctions experts who has the experience and expertise to excel at this work. His experience of competently conducting large scale corporate internal investigations into sanctions related matters is probably unsurpassed in the UK.’

‘The Financial Services Regulation department at Eversheds is unique, in that it is the only firm that has skilled persons status with the FCA. This means that they are uniquely qualified to advise corporates in respect of financial crime systems and controls from the perspective of the FCA. They have the authority to make judgement at a high level in relation to the adequacy of a corporates financial crime arrangements.’

Principaux dossiers


Fieldfisher

A ‘truly client-focused firm’, the Fieldfisher commercial crime practice is highly regarded for its work on behalf of companies in the extractives, energy, and infrastructure industries, handling major corporate criminal investigations and prosecutions. The team regularly assists corporations in high-profile cross-border investigations brought by the SFO and FCA, deploying both barristers and solicitors in their team to act both as litigators and as trial counsel. Practice head Quinton Newcomb possesses almost two decades of experience prosecuting and defending in financial crime proceedings, while Shiv Haria-Shah - praised for their 'exceptional quality, time and time again' - is an expert on compliance measures. William Glover works on corporate investigations. Noteworth new arrivals include Priyanka Kapoor, who joined from PCB Byrne in July 2022, and Natalie Quinlivan, who joined from King & Wood Mallesons in December 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Quinton Newcomb


Autres avocats clés:

Shiv Haria-Shah; William Glover; Verity Quaite; Farheen Ishtiaq-Stansfeld


Les références

‘Fieldfisher are highly regarded in corporate crime. They have considerable experience in conducting regulatory investigations both domestically and intentionally. They have a dedicated team of experienced professionals who have been consistent in providing clients with a first-rate service.’

‘Will Glover is an exceptional lawyer with an impressive ability to quickly identify issues and find solutions for corporate clients.’

‘Quinton Newcomb is a very safe pair of hands with significant experience from his time at the Bar and at Fulcrum Chambers.’

Principaux clients

Eurasian Natural Resources Company


Principaux dossiers


  • Represented ENRC since the end of 2021 for the purposes of defending in the SFO’s high profile investigation into the company, and Quinton continues to lead the team.
  • Acting for a multinational pharmaceutical company that has been the victim of a fraud by false invoicing.
  • Advising a FTSE100 oil & gas company in relation to financial crime compliance.

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP has in-depth expertise in the whole spectrum of corporate investigation and advisory work, with a client-base consisting of energy, finance, and pharmaceutical companies. The practice offers strategic advice to corporations subjected to allegations of bribery, sanctions violations, money laundering, and fraud, along with boasting vast experience in dealing with the SFO, EA, and other domestic agencies. Christine Braamskamp leads the group, bringing ‘superior knowledge’ on financial misconduct and criminal investigations to the team, whilst Paul Feldberg focuses on sanctions and money laundering issues. Rob Dalling regularly acts for financial institutions, and special counsel Lucy Blake handles human rights and supply chain abuses.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christine Braamskamp


Autres avocats clés:

Paul Feldberg; Robert Dalling; Lucy Blake; Karam Jardaneh; Anna Gaudoin; Andre Nwadikwa


Les références

‘In-depth knowledge of complex investigations, with board level attention/interaction. Practical approach and very accessible.’

‘Christine Braamskamp – superior knowledge and service.’

‘Lucy Blake – very knowledgeable and hands on.’

Jones Day

The investigations and white-collar practice at Jones Day works closely with its civil fraud team, advising on the gamut of corporate criminal investigations and asset-tracing, recovery and enforcement actions. Drawing on a sizeable network of offices across multiple jurisdictions, the group is routinely called upon to deal with cross-border white-collar crime proceedings brought by the SFO, US DOJ, and SEC. Both Sion Richards and Glyn Powell co-head the department, each specialising in major fraud, corruption, and economic crime matters. Adam Brown advises both corporates and financial institutions, while the ‘tremendously perceptive’ Karl Moussalli focuses on complex international litigation and arbitration.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sion Richards; Glyn Powell


Autres avocats clés:

Adam Brown; Karl Moussalli


Les références

‘Jones day are a global firm with a great corporate client base mixed with an enviable UHNW client base.’

‘Glyn Powell was one of the pioneers moving from the public sector to private practice. His background at the Inland Revenue (as was) and the SFO still provides excellent foundations as does being involved in the first DPA on behalf of his corporate client. Straight talking and modestly charming, he is quite unique in the world of WCC.’

‘Jones Day’s investigations and white-collar practice is top notch – a finely tuned, tireless and client driven team with true global capabilities.’

Principaux clients

Essilor International SAS, Essidev SASU & Essilor Manufacturing (Thailand) Co. Limited (together the “Essilor Group”)


Geoff Carton-Kelly of FRP Advisory as liquidator of CGL Realisations Limited (in liquidation) (formerly Comet Group Limited)


Antony Wright and Paul Allen in their capacity as liquidators of AL Realisations Limited (formerly Laura Ashley Limited) (in liquidation) and Texplan Manufacturing Limited (in liquidation)


Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for the Essilor Group on international criminal investigations and civil proceedings arising out of a major fraud in which $213 million worth of funds were misappropriated.

King & Spalding LLP

Acting for clients across the retail, energy, and property sectors, King & Spalding LLP is highly experienced in financial crime cases for top-end companies and financial institutions. The practice demonstrates considerable strength in the sanctions and export control sphere, along with using its bench strength on both sides of the Atlantic to its advantage in US-UK mandates. Aaron Stephens heads the team, consistently assisting clients facing financial crime investigations and compliance challenges, while Margaret Nettesheim focuses on cross-border regulatory proceedings. Former co-head Robert Dedman left the firm in December 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Aaron Stephens


Autres avocats clés:

Margaret Nettesheim


Principaux clients

Deutsche Bank


Principaux dossiers


  • Advised Deutsche Bank in various class and direct-action litigation matters that are proceeding in the UK High Court (Commercial Court), UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), and the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) in the U.S., Canada, Israel and Brazil.
  • Advised a number of blue-chip corporates regarding compliance with UK and EU sanctions and related risk management, particularly in relation to Russian sanctions.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Boasting ‘proper criminal lawyers with commercial edge’, Kingsley Napley LLP’s criminal litigation team expertly covers cross-border corporate investigations spanning the full range of criminal matters. This includes traditional white-collar crime cases ranging from fraud to tax evasion, along with demonstrating strong expertise on ESG, human rights compliance, and regulatory proceedings. Louise Hodges leads, specialising in financial crime and FCA investigations, whilst Caroline Day frequently advises companies on criminal and regulatory matters. The ‘exceptional’ Alun Milford focuses on the proceeds of crime litigation, while Jonathan Grimes routinely conducts internal investigations. Nicola Finnerty and Jill Lorimer are also both highly regarded.

Responsables de la pratique:

Louise Hodges


Autres avocats clés:

Caroline Day; Alun Milford; Jonathan Grimes; Nicola Finnerty; Jill Lorimer; Aaron Watkins; Sophie Wood; Matthew Burn


Les références

‘Too many law firms lack the actual experience of criminal litigation to underpin their investigations team. That cannot be said about Kingsley Napley. They are proper criminal lawyers with commercial edge. There’s a reason why Kingsley Napley alumni populate the white-collar departments in the magic circle and US firms. I’ve seen first-hand their ability to turn around major corporate investigations under ridiculous time pressure, with a focus on what really matters. And they know what really matters, because they’ve been there and litigated it before.’

‘Caroline Day is the glue that holds a major investigation team together. She is the first name I would instruct / recommend and then build the team from there. Her ability to work under huge time pressure in cases with intense public and media scrutiny is impressive. She leads and co-ordinates with real skill and sensitivity. Louise Hodges, leads the team and is one of the sharpest and most formidable fraud lawyers in the country. Clients love her. Alun Milford has been a superb addition to the team. He brings unrivalled experience and an ability to make real world predictions about what major law enforcement agencies and regulators are likely to do.’

‘Alun Milford is the king of serious fraud cases. He understands his client’s needs from every angle and provides exceptional service.’

Principaux dossiers


Mayer Brown International LLP

Combining extensive expertise as regulatory counsel with deep experience of advising clients on investigations and criminal defence matters, the Mayer Brown International LLP team frequently represents companies from within the finance, mining, and defence sectors. Drawing upon its strong global platform, the practice is well equipped to lead work on investigations into alleged crime conducted by the SFO and US DOJ. Practice head Alistair Graham regularly addresses complex fraud proceedings and international asset tracing, while Sam Eastwood advises corporations on anti-corruption and human rights issues. Jason Hungerford focuses on compliance work, while Musonda Kapotwe concentrates on ESG regulations.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alistair Graham


Autres avocats clés:

Sam Eastwood; Jason Hungerford; Chris Chapman; Musonda Kapotwe; Chris Roberts; Paul Whitfield-Jones; Liang Pu; James Ford; Findley Penn-Hughes; Jasmin Simpson; Hormis Kallarackel


Les références

‘Bursting with bright, able associates eager to succeed. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Alistair Graham is at the very top of this field. He combines the sophistication of his vast commercial experience with a street fighter attitude. He sees every angle and nothing phases him. He has a consummate knowledge of the law, which he applies with his awesome intelligence. No better solicitor to have in your corner. Superb, knocks the competition and opposition for six.’

‘Alistair Graham is one of the most experienced litigators in this area.’

Principaux clients

eOne


Former employee of Glencore


Principaux dossiers


  • Acted for eOne in connection with: 1) an internal investigation into allegations of fraud arising out of currency trading, 2) the subsequent multi-million pound fraud claim in the High Court, which included allegations of bribery, dishonesty, deceit, conspiracy and corruption, as well as subsequent bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Representing a former employee of Glencore in the SFO criminal investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption relating to Glencore’s oil activities in Africa.

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Headed by the ‘wonderfully imaginative and thoughtful’ Simon Airey, the McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP corporate crime practice has extensive expertise in HMRC, SFO, and FCA investigations. The team shows considerable strength in handling cross-border proceedings, routinely dealing with the US DoJ and SEC, along with advising clients on regulatory compliance issues. Airey specialises in global proceedings surrounding tax and financial crime, associate James Dobias is described as being ‘destined for great things’ due to his knowledge of anti-money laundering and bribery matters, whilst William Merry focuses on corruption and fraud affairs.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Airey


Autres avocats clés:

James Dobias; William Merry


Les références

‘I have worked with Simon Airey on a number of clients and find his wide ranging knowledge and experience of financial and regulatory crime including money laundering and tax fraud on a UK and global basis quite exceptional. In addition to his knowledge and experience, Simon skilfully builds excellent relationships with the client and intermediaries.’

‘Simon Airey is bursting with charm and energy. He is calm and clear eyed in the most difficult circumstances. He has achieved an enormous coup by recruiting James Dobias – who is one of the stars of the future.’

‘Simon Airey is a wonderfully imaginative and thoughtful lawyer. He achieves astonishing results and has generated enormous good will among his clients. James Dobias is a name to watch. His attention to detail is breathtaking. They work well with other teams and are highly practical and efficient.’

Principaux clients

Entain Plc


Bet365


William Hill (member of the 888 group)


Strategic investment advisor at Shell


TREO


Skywind


CDW Limited


World Jewish Relief


Playtech


Morrison Foerster

Best known for dealing with complex cross-border financial crime corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations, Morrison Foerster’s global client base rate the team for its ‘pragmatic and agile mindset’. The team also has an increased offering in the sanctions field, advising corporations and financial institutions with highly sensitive compliance matters relating to UK, EU, and US sanctions. The department is jointly headed by Saqib Alam, who assists companies with regulatory investigations; Hayley Ichilcik, a specialist in AML and tax evasion matters; and Gareth Rees KC, whose areas of expertise include sanctions and fraud. Paul Friedman is an expert on cross-border disputes. Of counsel Chloe Kearns is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Saqib Alam; Hayley Ichilcik; Gareth Rees KC


Autres avocats clés:

Paul Friedman; Chloe Kearns; Shawna Pasquale


Les références

‘Hayley Ichilcik is a very able lawyer whose commercial practice covers a wide range of areas, and she’s adept at each of them; she’s clever, tough, charming, and a delight to work with. Clients love her, as does her legal team: she provides encouragement, reassurance and adept handling of the most difficult case. First-rate.’

‘Chloe Kearns is absolutely superb! She’s extremely clever; she’s an excellent lawyer, with a particularly deep knowledge of the financial services regulatory sphere; she’s immensely hard-working; she produces outstanding documents; and is utterly delightful to work with. She would be my first choice for a commercial associate on a tough case.’

‘Gareth Rees – with immense regulatory experience, he’s simply statesman-like; and quietly gains the respect of all around him. He has a calm, confident and reassuring manner that only comes through years of experience in fighting at the coal-face. You want him on your team; and you certainly don’t want him on the other side. He’s terrific.’

Principaux dossiers


Pinsent Masons LLP

Described as ‘true experts’ in the white-collar crime field, the Pinsent Masons LLP practice has considerable experience conducting investigations for multinational companies regarding corporate bribery, fraud, and AML. Working closely with colleagues in Africa, Central Asia, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, the team offers extensive support to clients in multi-jurisdictional crime enforcement agency proceedings, as well as providing general advice in relation to sanctions compliance. The two co-heads, Neil NcInnes and Andrew Sackey, frequently handle complex international and internal investigations concerning allegations of economic crime and sanctions violations. Stacy Keen works on anti-bribery risk assessments, while Tom Stocker is noted for his expertise in bribery and money laundering matters. Natalie Sherborn left the firm in April 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Neil McInnes; Andrew Sackey


Autres avocats clés:

Tom Stocker; Stacy Keen; David Hamilton; Jonathan Flynn; David McIlwaine


Les références

‘Tom Stocker has a lot of experience and is well known. Neil McInnes is very detailed and persistent. He doesn’t shy from giving clients difficult messages.’

‘Andrew Sackey and David Mcllwaine provide expert knowledge delivered in a practical manner.’

‘They are true experts that help clients anticipate and respond to emerging issues in creative and adaptive ways. I have been thoroughly impressed with how the Pinsent team quickly diagnoses and addresses issues for its diverse clientele.’

Principaux clients

Skatteforvaltningen (The Danish Customs and Tax Administration)


Wood Group


Aftab Currency Exchange Limited


Principaux dossiers


Reed Smith LLP

Counting companies from the pharmaceutical, technology, and sports industries amongst its client-base, the Reed Smith LLP team specialises heavily in US, UK, and EU sanctions issues, along with complex internal investigations. The practice is jointly led by Rosanne Kay and Charles Hewetson, each of whom bring in-depth expertise in financial crime proceedings and regulatory investigations. Leigh Hansson is an ‘excellent sanctions lawyer’ who focuses primarily on Russian sanctions violations, while Emma Shafton covers white-collar criminal defence issues. The team continues to grow with the addition of Patrick Rappo in July 2023 from DLA Piper.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rosanne Kay; Charles Hewetson


Autres avocats clés:

Leigh Hansson; Emma Shafton


Les références

‘The sanctions team at Reed Smith truly are unique. Not only do they understand international trade and shipping they have long established specialised sanctions teams in the UK, US, EU and other jurisdictions.’

‘Their experience coupled with their understanding of the shipping industry cannot be overstated. There are very few lawyers and even fewer firms that I trust in this space to deliver considered, commercial and timely advice. Reed Smith is at the very top of a very short list.’

‘These individuals specialised in sanctions and international trade long before the invasion, of the Ukraine and as such they have the depth of experience to distil complex regulations quickly and apply them to practical situations and respond timely in a considered manner.’

Principaux dossiers


Ropes & Gray

Displaying a ‘broad breadth of experience’, the Ropes & Gray LLP anti-corruption and international risk practice is comprised of lawyers with deep expertise in money laundering, fraud, and sanctions violations. The firm’s strength and depth in the UK, US, and Asia, means the group is well equipped to deal with multi-jurisdictional investigations brought by domestic and international enforcement agencies. Amanda Raad leads the London-based offering, specialising in internal and regulatory proceedings concerning FCPA risk and global corruption risk, while US-trained lawyer Sean Seelinger focuses on government inquiries and whistleblower allegations. Paige Berges concentrates on AML matters and economic sanctions issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Amanda Raad; Maria Gonzalez Calvet; Ryan Rohlfsen


Autres avocats clés:

Sean Seelinger; Paige Berges


Les références

‘The team is well placed to give a wide range of advice. Lots of private equity portfolio company work means a very broad breadth of experience at not only the law, but how to make a compliance programme actually work in practice.’

‘Amanda Raad – super smart, capable of being practical beyond the legal position.’

‘Ropes & Gray is currently discussing how to regulate and incorporate artificial intelligence on a more direct base in light of recent innovative open language models (such as Chat GPT).’

Sidley Austin LLP

Covering the whole spectrum of financial crime matters, Sidley Austin LLP’s white-collar practice routinely represents domestic and global corporations in cross-border investigations. The firm shows particular strength in high-profile money laundering cases, as well as ensuring that its clients have robust internal compliance procedures to tackle corruption. London-based Sara George leads the practice, drawing on her experience as a former prosecutor for the Financial Services Authority to expertly advise on matters concerning allegations of criminal misconduct and market abuse.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sara George


Principaux clients

Lars Mørch


BeIn Media Group


Principaux dossiers


  • Represented Lars Mørch, former Danske Bank Executive Board Member and former Head of International Banking of Danske Bank, in connection with the largest money laundering case by value of sums laundered (US$230 billion).
  • Helped beIN Media Group to successfully manage a high-profile crisis and politically charged international dispute with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Squire Patton Boggs

With a former prosecutor, barristers, and former in-house counsel, the Squire Patton Boggs team has multi-faceted experience which is combines with its ‘exceptional international reputation’. The practice is well equipped to cover all aspects of corporate crime investigations, including fraud, money laundering, and the misuse of public funds, and demonstrates a growing presence in the ESG and compliance sphere. Practice head Hannah Laming, is a ‘hardworking, decisive lawyer’ who frequently represents clients from across the finance, energy, and media sectors, while Wayne Barnes regularly handles complex internal investigations. The ‘hugely impressive’ Ben Ticehurst has a track record of defending clients in SFO and FCA proceedings, and Jonathan Chibafa is knowledgeable on ESG compliance and supply chain risk management.

Responsables de la pratique:

Hannah Laming


Autres avocats clés:

Ben Ticehurst; Wayne Barnes; Jonathan Chibafa


Les références

‘Although relatively new to the UK market, Squire Patton Boggs obviously benefits from an exceptional international reputation and has the resource of the worldwide firm behind it. The recruitment of Hannah Laming to head up the team was a real coup.’

‘Hannah Laming has an exceptional grasp of the detail and an instinctive feel for strategy. She is a super lawyer with a great understanding of both regulatory and corporate fraud. She is also excellent at managing corporate clients.’

‘Ben Ticehurst is also a hugely impressive lawyer, with a great reputation, particularly in matters with a multi-jurisdictional aspect.’

Principaux dossiers


Bivonas Law LLP

With more than 25 years of experience in the regulatory and corporate crime market, the ‘highly professional’ team at Bivonas Law LLP represents a vast network of clients, including financial institutions, hotel groups, and advertising companies. The practice has considerable experience of dealing with major prosecutions and investigations brought by the SFO, FCA, and HMRC, revolving around bribery allegations, money laundering, and serious fraud. Antony Brown co-heads the group, drawing on his civil and criminal fraud expertise to handle complex cross-border prosecutions, while fellow co-chairs Steve Sharp and Cindy Dorrington both handle regulatory and corporate investigations, and high-profile criminal cases.

Responsables de la pratique:

Antony Brown; Steve Sharp; Cindy Dorrington


Autres avocats clés:

Roland Ellis


Les références

‘The team draws on wide experience of commercial and criminal law that enables all aspects of case to be satisfactorily covered.’

‘Antony Brown is hands on with clients and guides their responses, knowing where to turn to when he needs support. Steve Sharp is very experienced criminal and regulatory lawyer able to draw on a long career’s worth of knowledge to get things right.’

‘As a former senior law enforcement fraud investigator and former director of security and cyber at the Bank of England, I have no hesitation in recommending Bivonas Law in the areas of fraud, corporate activities and white collar crime activities.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Advising an African government in relation to the prosecution of several senior officials involved in wide-scale international corruption while in office.
  • Advising a UK-based asset management company on its exposure to third party liability after the SFO requested information about its clients linked to an investigation into alleged money laundering and fraud offences concerning the award of major oil contracts in the Middle East.
  • Acting for the UK arm of a ship husbanding company involved in a major US Navy contracting scandal concerning allegations of bribery and overcharging.

Dentons

Praised by clients for its ‘outstanding’ business crime and investigations group, Dentons advises regulators, governments, and corporate clients in multi-jurisdictional proceedings relating to fraud, money laundering, and corruption. The department also offers in-depth expertise in both trade and financial sanctions, demonstrating particular strength on sanctions policy, law-making and licensing developed in the UK and EU. Katharine Harle and Louisa Caswell co-lead the practice, bringing extensive financial crime experience to the team, while Chris Brennan shows ‘excellent judgment’ when solving regulatory issues. Roger Matthews focuses on international trade and sanctions, while Dan Lund is also recommended for his expertise in financial crime.

Responsables de la pratique:

Katharine Harle; Louisa Caswell


Autres avocats clés:

Chris Brennan; Roger Matthews; Craig Neilson; Dan Lund; Rebecca Dix; Zeena Saleh; Sarah Partridge-Smith; Dan Bodle


Les références

‘An outstanding international litigation department with a specialism in complex banking cases and handling high-net-worth and demanding clients.’

‘Chris Brennan is a great recent signing who brings excellent judgment and legal understanding to all of his cases. Dan Bodle is skilful and measured handler of complicated litigation with a high public profile.’

‘A number of practitioners with extensive experience in the field. They have an approachable style.’

Principaux clients

BP


Principaux dossiers


  • Advising BP on Russian sanctions and wider trade compliance support.

K&L Gates LLP

Counting multinational corporations and FTSE 250 companies amongst its key clients, the K&L Gates LLP practice draws upon its ‘wealth of experience’ to offer bespoke advice on regulatory matters and cross-border business crime cases. The team has a strong track record in high-profile SFO and FRC investigations, using its network of US offices when addressing AML, fraud, and bribery proceedings spanning across many different jurisdictions. The ‘bright, practical’ Dylan Moses leads the practice, frequently dealing with complex health and safety prosecutions, while Brian Saulnier focuses on corruption-related issues. Michael Ruck handles regulatory compliance, working closely with domestic and foreign regulators. Rose Naylor is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dylan Moses


Autres avocats clés:

Brian Saulnier; Michael Ruck; Rosie Naylor; Annabel Goulding


Les références

‘Dylan Moses leads the team in the UK and is a very highly regarded practitioner who acts on significant mandates.’

‘Fantastic team which covers both regulatory and criminal issues.’

‘Dylan Moses and Michael Ruck are brilliant. Michael brings his FCA “in house” experience to his clients.’

Principaux clients

Balli Group Plc


Laing O’Rourke


Qatar Free Zone Authority


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing various Balli entities, including Balli Group plc, in connection with the SFO’s investigation of UK registered companies Balli Group plc, Balli Steel and Balli Trading Ltd in relation to suspected fraud offences.
  • Advising Laing O’Rourke (and two of its subsidiaries) on a number of criminal matters and Health and Safety Executive investigations into breaches of health and safety law.
  • Drafting anti-money laundering and counter terrorism, anti-bribery policies and health and safety regulations for the free zone in the state of Qatar.

Pallas Partners LLP

Pallas Partners LLP’s investigations and financial crime practice has extensive expertise in dealing with multi-jurisdictional investigations involving allegations of bribery and money laundering, conducted by domestic and overseas enforcement agencies. The firm has a strong offering in the sanctions space, boasting specialists on UK and EU sanctions along with data protection issues. Matt Getz and Tracey Dovaston both head the team, with the former being a ‘top-notch’ performer who focuses on white-collar defence and regulatory compliance, whilst the ‘very experienced’ latter handles complex financial services investigations. Solicitor Natasha Harrison concentrates on arbitration disputes, and counsel Alessia de Quincey is knowledgeable on financial crime cases.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matt Getz; Tracey Dovaston


Autres avocats clés:

Natasha Harrison; Alessia de Quincey


Les références

‘Matt Getz is an exceptionally bright and able solicitor. He works aggressively hard for his clients and is a top-notch performer. He thinks originally and looks for solutions. I am very impressed.’

‘Tracey Dovaston is very experienced and strategic adviser used for high-value disputes. Very commercial, quick to grasp complex issues and look for solutions.’

‘A welcome addition to the London legal landscape delivering top-class conflict free management of litigation with a commercial slant.’

Principaux clients

Madison Pacific Trust


VR Capital


Farallon Capital Management


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing a group of institutional investors in respect of a circa £2 billion-plus claim that has been brought on behalf of a core group of institutional investors against Glencore under Section 90 of the Financial Services & Markets Act 2000 (FSMA).
  • Represented Madison Pacific against PrivatBank in court proceedings linked to arbitrations (and the arbitrations themselves) in relation to loans funded by two notes issue in 2010 and 2013.
  • Representing VR Capital, Farallon Capital Management and Moza Banco in their role as lenders under the US$622 million ProIndicus loan guaranteed by the Republic of Mozambique.

Steptoe UK LLP

Representing major private equity firms and international corporations, Steptoe UK LLP offers a ‘highly bespoke specialist service’ on complex financial crime investigations pertaining to corruption, money laundering, and tax evasion. The team frequently handles work related to regulatory enforcement, sanctions and anti-money laundering issues, bolstered by its experience of dealing with the OFSI, the SFO, and the FCA. Following the departure of former practice head John Rupp, the team is headed by Zoe Osborne, who specialises in cross-border financial crime proceedings. Alexandra Melia focuses on UK sanctions and export controls, while Ivan Gordienko is knowledgeable on commercial litigation. Other key figures include Leigh Mallon, who conducts special investigations and compliance audits.

Responsables de la pratique:

Zoe Osborne


Autres avocats clés:

Alexandra Melia; Ivan Gordienko; Leigh Mallon


Les références

‘Alexandra Melia and her team provide sound practical advice.’

‘Alexandra Melia is extremely personable and provides comprehensive advice on complex trade sanctions issues.’

‘Steptoe & Johnson provides a highly bespoke specialist service. The lawyers are specialists, which makes for an efficient service.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Advising energy and mining companies on antibribery and corruption matters.
  • Advising clients on regulatory compliance related to sanctions and export control, with its established US and EU capabilities.
  • Advising asset managers and hedge funds on the financial crime risks associated with investments and acquisitions, in particular in relation to investments into start-ups.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Acting on behalf of clients in the technology, pharmaceutical, and finance industries, Taylor Wessing LLP advises on the full scope of financial crime, routinely dealing with cross-border investigations involving HMRC enquiries, tax fraud, and insider trading. The team is experienced in crypto exchange and investment disputes, with co-head David De Ferrars boasting expertise in fraud and asset tracing within the technology sector. Fellow co-head Andrew Howell is an expert on complex regulatory investigations, while Tim Strong handles international commercial disputes. Both Laurence Lieberman and Richard Viegas regularly represent financial institutions and accountancy firms. Other key figures include 'standout practitioner' David McCluskey.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Howell; David de Ferrars


Autres avocats clés:

Tim Strong; David McCluskey; Andrew Howell; Julian Randall; Laurence Lieberman; Richard Viegas; Stuart Broom; Emma Allen; James Bryden; Samantha Brendish; Lorna Bramich; Alexandra Boreham; Gemma Broughall


Les références

‘David McCluskey is the standout practitioner. His pedigree is white collar crime and FCA/financial services work, representing individuals and applies those skills and understanding to the corporate clients.’

Principaux dossiers


Withers LLP

With broad expertise in the financial crime, corporate criminal liability, and sanctions spheres, the Withers LLP team is highly regarded by its domestic and international client-base. Through close collaboration between its London and global network of offices, the practice demonstrates ‘an inclusive breadth of knowledge’ in relation to high-profile extradition and INTERPOL matters, along with managing multi-jurisdictional proceedings brought by the SFO and FCA. The ’impressiveNatalie Sherborn - who joined the firm in May 2022 from Pinsent Masons LLP - co-leads the group, where she focuses on major bribery and fraud investigations. Fellow co-head Carl Newman specialises in dealing with SFO, HMRC, and NCA prosecutions, while Harvey Knight is an expert on regulatory compliance measures.

Responsables de la pratique:

Carl Newman; Natalie Sherborn


Autres avocats clés:

Harvey Knight; Anthony Hanratty


Les références

‘Strength across the team with an inclusive breadth of knowledge.’

‘Carl Newman is a dynamic, personable, great lawyer. Clients love his analytical skills and charisma in getting the right result. Anthony Hanratty is beginning to come into his own and produces fabulous written work.’

‘Natalie Sherborn possesses a deep understanding of reputation management which can literally change the course of nascent criminal investigations to her favour. An impressive and immensely talented strategic operator.’