White collar investigations

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

If you are an individual facing disciplinary or enforcement action, or you run a business that has uncovered potentially inappropriate activity, our wealth of experience in relation to white collar investigations enables us to 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. We can help you handle any investigation or proceeding, and devise the best strategy to mitigate the wider impact on you, your business and your reputation.

Experts on hand to advise on local and global issues

The UK has one of the strictest criminal enforcement regimes in the world. 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.

In the US, Martin Auerbach leads our white collar and investigations team. He has successfully counselled and defended prominent individuals, industry leaders and leading companies in many of the highest profile white collar and regulatory matters and parallel civil litigation over the past three decades, ranging from the Milken insider trading prosecution to cases arising from the Mueller investigation.

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

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.

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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