Any company can face an investigation. Regulatory or criminal enquiries, crises of various kinds, issues exposed by whistle-blowers and the unforeseen misconduct of employees can all open a company to unwelcome scrutiny. With demands for greater corporate accountability, companies must be prepared to deal with these challenges.
We have built one of the leading global investigations practices, advising on the largest and most complex cross-border investigations. We represent companies and individuals in financial regulatory and corporate crime investigations, prosecutions, enforcement actions and related civil litigation. We also conduct internal investigations and advise on compliance and risk matters, e.g. sanctions, anti-money laundering (AML) and data protection.
Our clients turn to us to help them manage the risk arising from such events. We use our experience of complex multi-jurisdictional investigations, prosecutions and regulatory proceedings, as well as related “follow-on” civil damages claims, to guide our clients to achieve strategic and commercially pragmatic results while minimising the risk of unsuccessful outcomes.
We handle complex business threatening investigations, including advising on all aspects of:
Corporate Investigations and Inquiries – commercial and corporate governance investigations before any outside agency becomes involved, investigations regarding disciplinary proceedings brought by professional or regulatory bodies and ad hoc inquiries.
Corporate Crime – conducting investigations and defending criminal cases for clients across multiple jurisdictions, including cases of alleged bribery, fraud, money laundering, breaches of sanctions and accounting fraud.
Financial Regulatory and Market Investigations – UK and cross-border financial markets investigations and proceedings including negotiating commercial outcomes (many of our cases result in private warnings rather than public sanctions).
Competition Investigations – competition and sectoral investigations across multiple jurisdictions, including investigations and proceedings before the UK competition authorities, the European Commission and other competition authorities worldwide.
Tax Investigations – large scale interventions and in-depth investigations by the UK tax authorities and assisting clients in dealing with overseas tax authorities.
Our excellent relationships and significant experience of dealing with prosecutors and regulators, both domestically and abroad, enable us to understand the objectives and priorities of authorities.
British American Tobacco PLC
We advised British American Tobacco PLC in its successful defence of the UK Serious Fraud Office’s investigation of suspicions of corruption in the conduct of business by BAT, its subsidiaries and associated persons.
Advised Danske Bank in relation to investigations by US and Danish criminal and regulatory authorities regarding issues arising out of its former Estonian branch. This resulted in a US$2 billion global resolution with the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission and Danish criminal authorities in December 2022.
Malcolm Brinded CBE, Royal Dutch Shell
Successfully defended Malcolm Brinded CBE, former Executive Director and Board Member of Royal Dutch Shell, who was charged with international corruption in criminal proceedings in Milan (Italy).
Advised Glencore under investigation by the SFO and investigative agencies in the US, Switzerland and Brazil in respect of allegations of corrupt conduct.
John Wood Group
Acting for John Wood Group on an investigation by the SFO into alleged bribery at certain AMEC Foster Wheeler companies it acquired in 2017 and strategic advice on parallel international investigations by the US, Brazilian and Scottish authorities. We successfully negotiated a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the SFO announced in July 2021.
Rolls Royce Plc
We advised Rolls Royce Plc in relation to the high profile parallel criminal investigations conducted by the UK Serious Fraud Office, the US Department of Justice and the Brazilian Ministerio Publico Federal arising from allegations of historic bribery and corruption in overseas jurisdictions which was resolved by way of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement.
We advised Google, in relation to the European Commission’s antitrust investigation into allegations that certain of Google’s business practices in the search and advertising sectors violate European Competition rules.
LIBOR and FX
Acting for leading banks on the LIBOR and FX investigations across multiple jurisdictions, regulators and prosecutors.
TSB Bank plc
We were engaged by the Board of TSB Bank plc to conduct an independent review of the facts and circumstances leading up to the issues that arose when TSB migrated from a legacy IT platform.
Our technical excellence, extensive experience across borders, capacity for innovative thought and positive commercial approach ensure that our clients achieve their objectives and get the best outcome.