White collar investigations

Allegations of fraudulent and illegal activities can cause serious damage to your business and reputation.

With lawyers on our team who have previously worked for financial regulators, Withers has a wealth of experience in relation to white collar investigations. If you are an individual facing disciplinary or legal action or you run a business that has uncovered potentially inappropriate activity, we provide effective support, with global reach.

We advise executives, senior individuals and businesses caught up in investigations and proceedings carried out by a wide range of authorities in relation to bribery, corruption, fraud, insider trading, market manipulation and forgery.

In the UK, we frequently engage with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), National Crime Agency (NCA) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in their investigations. We also have significant experience in representing directors in disqualification proceedings brought under the Company Directors Disqualification Act. We also act in proceedings and requests for assistance by overseas regulators and enforcement agencies.

Our experts in Asia and the US are also frequently called on to deal with white collar investigations, internal corporate investigations and a broad range of regulatory issues.

Changes to the way the financial services industry is regulated can be hard to keep up with and we offer practical, reliable advice on how the latest rules apply to your activities, promotional activity and employee remuneration. In recent years our team has advised on the new Senior Manager and Certification Regime in the UK, as well as assisting a number of clients in relation to the far reaching LIBOR and FX rigging scandals.

As a senior executive and business leader, your conduct is potentially subject to scrutiny by politicians, regulators and enforcement agencies as well as the courts. If you are concerned about an issue or if you are connected in an investigation or inquiry in any way, seek expert advice as soon as possible to mitigate the potential impact on you and your business’ says Harvey Knight, a leading partner in our regulatory investigations and enforcement team.

All businesses need to comply with the money laundering regimes in every jurisdiction in which they operate

We frequently act in money laundering cases which carry very serious criminal penalties, whether they involve negligence or deliberate misdemeanors. 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, and advising on the impact of restraint and confiscation of assets. We also represent whistleblowers, as well as helping the victims of fraud to find, preserve and recover stolen money or assets.

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

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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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