White collar defense and investigations

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, 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 in 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 specialists 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. Contact us below:

US: Martin Auerbach
UK: Carl Newman
Asia: Shashi Nathan

09 December 2021 - Video

2022: What's on the horizon for UK white collar crime and investigations?


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Recognition

2022 Chambers UK, top ranked for employment: senior executive

2022 Chambers UK, leading firm for civil fraud

2022 Chambers UK, leading firm for defamation/reputation management

2022 Chambers UK, leading firm for employment: employer

2022 Chambers UK, leading firm for professional negligence

2022 Chambers UK, leading firm for tax: contentious: fraud

2022 Legal 500 UK, top ranked for commercial litigation: mid-market

2022 Legal 500 UK, top ranked for employment: senior executive

2022 Legal 500 UK, leading firm for banking litigation

2022 Legal 500 UK, leading firm for civil fraud

2022 Legal 500 UK, leading firm for employment: employer

2022 Legal 500 UK, leading firm for financial services: contentious

2022 Legal 500 UK, leading firm for professional negligence

2022 Legal 500 UK, leading firm for reputation management

Law.com International's law firm of the year (winner)

2021 Chambers UK, top ranked for senior executives

2021 Chambers UK, leading firm for defamation/reputation management

2021 Chambers UK, leading firm for civil fraud

2021 Legal 500 Asia Pacific, leading firm for dispute resolution

2021 Legal 500 Asia Pacific, leading firm for white collar crime

2021 Legal 500 UK, leading firm in financial services: contentious

2021 Legal 500 EMEA, Italy - leading firm for dispute resolution

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Withers KhattarWong LLP has demonstrated a deep commitment to the white-collar crime segment, acting for corporates and individuals in a series of headline and complex investigations.

Legal 500 APAC, 2022
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They give bright advice to solve problems.

Legal 500 APAC, 2022
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Carl Newman, who leads the white-collar criminal defence group, is often called upon in contentious regulatory matters.

Chambers UK, 2022
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Anthony Hanratty handles extradition cases as part of his broader corporate crime and investigations practice. He has considerable expertise in matters concerning serious charges, such as fraud and money-laundering, across a wide variety of jurisdictions.

Chambers UK, 2022
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Highly regarded tax fraud practice with the ability to advise clients on international tax investigations.

Chambers UK, 2022
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Harvey Knight takes the lead, and is a veteran of FCA and PRA enforcement cases involving individuals.

Legal 500 UK, 2022
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Great team to work with. Very understanding. Excellent client skills. Excellent at managing all the arrangements for virtual trials and hearings.

Legal 500 UK, 2022
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The team manages clients’ concerns extremely well, ensuring that no more than is absolutely necessary enters the public domain. This influences the litigation strategy to be adopted but never at the expense of getting the best result (in overall financial, commercial and reputation terms) for the client.

Legal 500 UK, 2022

Meet the team

Track record

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.

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.

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

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.

£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.

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.

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.

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.

A prominent Russian businessman

Successful representation of a prominent Russian businessman and officials in highly complex and interrelated committal, bankruptcy and Commercial Court proceedings.

Chief financial officer of software firm

We represented the chief financial officer of a software company in connection with an SEC investigation. The commission was alleging that there had been accounting improprieties on our client’s watch, but we were able to obtain a favorable resolution of all charges.

31 March 2020 - Video

Senior executives: Are you involved in an internal investigation?


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