Being caught up in an investigation by a fraud authority, such as the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Department of Justice (DoJ), Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) or otherwise, can be a daunting prospect.
Government authorities investigate and prosecute allegations of serious or complex fraud, bribery and corruption both in their specific regions and internationally where there is a relevant connection. The investigation and any subsequent enforcement action can last for many years, with the law enforcement agencies often rigorous in their pursuit of suspected wrongdoing. The result can range from irreparable reputation damage for all concerned, substantial fines for corporates and lengthy prison sentences for individuals.
Decades of experience
Whether you or your business is being investigated, or you are indirectly involved in an investigation by one of these or any other government department, we can help you manage the process and mitigate personal and professional risk.
We have advised individuals and businesses in a number of significant SFO investigations, including Balfour Beatty, ENRC, Guralp Systems, GlaxoSmithKline and Serco. In the US, we have successfully defended multiple Department of Justice and New York County District Attorney investigations, and securities fraud investigations in connection with the Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA.
The team has decades of experience advising those facing investigation and prosecution for ‘boiler room’ frauds, ‘Ponzi’ schemes, accounting frauds and the LIBOR and EURIBOR investigations.
Seek advice early
It is important to seek legal advice as early as possible if you find yourself subject to a criminal or regulatory investigation.
Fraud authorities can have considerable powers to compel individuals and corporates to provide documents or other evidence and submit to interview if they believe you have information relevant to the investigation.
If you are asked to attend an interview, produce documents or face impending prosecution, it is vital that you obtain legal advice immediately. We will work with you to understand your options, prepare for interview or giving evidence and ultimately ensure you have the best support and strategy in place for your situation.
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