White collar defense and investigations

As a business leader, founder or executive, you are under greater scrutiny and more at risk than ever before.

Successful leaders in business, finance, technology, media, real estate, arts and cultural affairs, and many other sectors around the world, are facing ever more frequent investigations and proceedings by aggressive prosecutors, government regulators, taxing authorities, and their own companies. The glare of unwanted attention from the press, social media and politicians can turn these issues into a crisis. Meeting these challenges proactively is critical to defending your success. That requires a multidisciplinary legal team with the experience and skills needed to react to any possible scenario with speed, strength and agility. Our international white collar defense and investigations group is that team.

A wealth of diversified experience on a global scale

Our team includes former senior federal and state prosecutors, government regulators and specialists with decades of experience successfully defending against high-stakes, high-profile accusations of securities and accounting fraud, insider trading, mail and wire fraud, tax evasion, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, government contracting fraud, official corruption, campaign finance violations and a host of other cross-border and domestic issues. We have a sophisticated practice in the rapidly evolving areas of cryptocurrency and money laundering. We have defended prominent business leaders and executives in internal investigations against charges of corruption and misconduct spurred by the political winds of the day. Our expertise in domestic and international criminal law in the art market enables us to navigate the complex regulations governing art as an asset class. 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.

Managing risk – discreetly when possible, aggressively when necessary

We recognize that resolving matters privately and discreetly is often the best way to preserve your success and your reputation. As skilled negotiators, some of our greatest victories are those that pass quietly under the radar. We also know, however, that sometimes a matter must be defended aggressively in court. We have decades of experience as trial lawyers successfully representing clients before federal and state courts and government regulatory agencies, across the US, and before an array of courts and regulators in the UK, Europe and Asia-Pacific. We are acutely aware of the need to manage the reputational impact of high profile matters and work with our dedicated media and reputation lawyers to prevent or minimize the impact of public exposure.

Our multidisciplinary team of highly skilled and experienced professionals is uniquely equipped to strategically manage your risk and defend your success. Contact us below:

US: Martin Auerbach
UK: Harvey Knight
Asia: Shashi Nathan

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Recognition

2020 Ranked in Chambers UK, leading firm for civil fraud

2020 Legal 500 UK, leading firm for financial services: contentious

2020 Chambers UK, top ranked in employment: senior executives

2020 Chambers HNW, top ranked in defamation/reputation management

Crisis management: media and reputation

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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.

Group Finance Director of Serco

Advising the Group Finance Director of Serco who avoided any SFO interest, though more junior executives have been charged.

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.

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