White collar defense and investigations
Facing investigation, regulatory or enforcement action can be an exceptionally challenging time for any individual or organization. Our seasoned practitioners are here to support you, offering tactical advice and creative solutions to minimize the long-term impact.
Allegations of fraudulent and illegal activities can cause serious damage to you, your business and your reputation.If you are an individual or corporate facing investigation, regulatory or enforcement action, or your business has uncovered potentially inappropriate activity or you are responding to auditor-led inquiries into suspected financial misconduct, our wealth of experience in white collar defence and investigations enables us to provide effective support with a global reach.
Public and private solutions
We recognize that resolving matters privately and discreetly is often the best way to preserve your success and your reputation, working alongside our dedicated team of media and reputation lawyers to prevent or minimize the impact of public exposure. We also know, however, that sometimes a matter must be defended aggressively in or out of court. We have decades of experience as trial lawyers successfully representing clients before an array of courts and regulators around the world.
With seasoned practitioners across our offices in the UK, US, Italy, Singapore and Hong Kong, we have the ability to draw upon complementary skills to address complex matters on a global scale. Our team includes former government regulators and lawyers with decades of experience successfully defending against high-stakes, high-profile criminal and civil matters, as well as senior federal and state prosecutors.
Experience in all situations
Senior executives or business leaders often have their conduct subjected to scrutiny by politicians, regulators and enforcement agencies worldwide, as well as the courts. We can advise on investigations and proceedings carried out by a wide range of authorities including bribery, corruption, insider trading, tax evasion, market manipulation, extradition and sanctions, and advise whistleblowers on raising issues within corporations.
We frequently act in money laundering cases which carry very serious criminal penalties, whether they involve negligence or deliberate misdemeanours. All businesses need to comply with the money laundering regimes in every jurisdiction in which they operate. We can help, undertaking compliance checks to make sure you are fulfilling your duties, and that you have adequate internal controls, due diligence, staff training and record-keeping. We can also represent you in the event of an investigation or prosecution.
Where there are allegations of fraud, we assist with crisis management, defending individuals or corporate entities against the allegations, as well as helping the victims of fraud to find, preserve and recover stolen money or assets. We have significant experience in all areas of fraud, including securities, accounting, mail and wire, government contracting, casino and gaming. Our teams also have a long and successful history in criminal defence police investigations, as well as a specialist public inquiry unit.
If you are concerned about an issue, seeking advice as soon as possible can mitigate the potential impact on you and your business. Our highly skilled and experienced professionals are uniquely equipped to strategically manage your risk and defend your success.
British Virgin Islands Commission of Inquiry
Grenfell Tower Inquiry
Two private individuals in the BVI
We are instructed by two private individuals based in the BVI who are bringing a challenge to the decision to implement a Publically Accessible Register of Beneficial Ownership in the BVI pursuant the UK's Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act.
Cheating $1.4million from Casino
We have handled one of the largest cheating cases under the Casino Control Act in Singapore, where an individual was accused of cheating Marina Bay Sands Casino of a sum of S$1.4 million.
Director of Singapore Technologies
Our team in Singapore successfully defending a Director of Singapore Technologies from corruption charges.
Former Compliance Director
Advising a former Compliance Director in relation to a National Crime Agency investigation regarding the Libya Investment Authority. We managed to ensure that our client was treated as no more than a witness to this NCA investigation, with the focus directed at the more senior executives involved.
Founder and CEO of Keydata
Dealing directly with the SFO on behalf of Steward Ford, the founder and CEO of Keydata, which led to the SFO dropping their investigation.
Leading European multi-sector industrial manufacturer
We defended the medical equipment division of Europe’s largest industrial manufacturer in a U.S. DOJ investigation of alleged bribes to secure equipment purchases by large municipal hospital system. Again, we successfully ensured that no charges were brought against our client.
Scandinavian telecom company joint venture
We successfully represented a joint venture partner of a major telecom company in connection with multi-jurisdictional FCPA investigation and proceedings by SEC, DOJ and other nations’ law enforcement agencies. The case concerned the award of a contract for a CIS country’s national cellphone infrastructure, secured through bribes paid to President’s daughter. Our client was not charged or required to contribute to hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements paid by Scandinavian partner.
Senior figure in the oil industry
Advising a senior figure in the oil industry on an SFO investigation / US Department of Justice investigation regarding bribery allegations in Europe, Asia and the US. This included advising the client on whether to engage with the SFO in England and negotiating a hold harmless letter from the Department of Justice to allow our client to undertake business trips to the US without fear of arrest.
Senior Officer of a global metals manufacturer
We acted for a Senior Officer, avoiding liability in joint US DOJ and SEC proceedings arising from alleged FCPA violations in connection with construction of smelter in Bahrain.
USD$3.25 billion fraud lawsuit
Our team successfully defended our client in a USD$3.25 billion lawsuit alleging the fraudulent transfer of assets
£5 million LIBOR claim against major bank
The LIBOR scandal resulted in losses for many businesses, and we have brought a £5 million plus claim against a major UK bank on behalf of the former directors and owners of a group of companies. The companies suffered losses from interest rate hedging products which were missold to them.
Chief financial officer of software firm
We represented the chief financial officer of a software company in connection with a SEC investigation. The commission was alleging that there had been accounting improprieties on our client's watch, but we were able to obtain a favourable resolution of all charges.
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Global investigations: Representing individuals in investigative interviews in the UK and US
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Withers white collar team persuades INTERPOL to remove at risk client from database
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Leading law firm for 10 areas in 2 jurisdictions in Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2022
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