What we do

We provide high-quality advice on a broad range of regulatory issues encountered by our clients ranging from compliance and risk issues to full blown litigation.

Our people are leaders in their respective fields and help our clients avoid problems, combat risk and achieve their business objectives. With connections and expertise around the globe and access to expert help at a moment’s notice, we can also bring together the right team to suit every regulatory, compliance or governance need.

We operate with the highest levels of discretion and sensitivity and much of our most significant work is confidential.

What really sets us apart is our responsiveness, our accessibility, our approachability and our flexibility.

Anti-bribery and corruption

We have the expertise to assist corporates, individuals, development banks on all matters relating to bribery and corruption.

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Corporate governance

We advise on all corporate governance issues, including guidance on the various regulatory regimes. We also assist on the development of robust and effective compliance programs.

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Compliance, Risk and Monitorship

We help companies navigate the regulatory landscape, comply with policies and manage risk effectively. We help both individuals and organisations identify risks before they pose a threat and coordinate their resources efficiently to improve their performance.

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Due diligence

We undertake Integrity and Enhanced Due Diligence reporting for the purposes of M&A, Joint Ventures, agency agreements, counter-party contracts and regulatory/legal compliance in general.

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Investigations

Our highly experienced investigations team can carry out any investigation, whether it relates to internal conduct or external business relationships.

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Criminal litigation services

We advise and represent clients on all aspect of financial crime litigation, providing legal counsel to resolve matters effectively while minimising disruption to business. We also have a specialist international arbitration practice adept at resolving civil disputes.

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Money laundering

We have particular expertise in advising and representing clients in relation to money laundering issues.

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Commercial fraud litigation and arbitration

Our team is experienced in conducting litigation in complex fraud cases. We have acted as advisors and advocates for organisations and individuals facing global fraud investigations. We are experienced in bringing and defending international arbitration proceedings.

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Corporate governance

Our expertise ranges from providing guidance on regulatory regimes to assisting 0n the development of robust and effective compliance programs. We are often instructed to analyse and improve existing corporate systems, policies, contracts and codes.

We have particular experience in conducting corporate ethics and governance investigations, providing clear and practical advice and support to clients at every stage.

Whether you are a publicly listed company, a private company preparing for an initial public offering or any other type of business, we can help you deal with your governance concerns, either to help you avoid coming under the scrutiny of the authorities or to help you deal with the authorities if they have already shown an interest in you.

Compliance, Risk and Monitorship

Safeguarding business reputation and objectives is more important than ever in an era of increased regulation, strict liability prosecution and commercial sanctions.

We help companies navigate the regulatory landscape, comply with policies and manage risk effectively. We help both individuals and organisations identify risks before they pose a threat and coordinate their resources efficiently to improve their performance.

Following resolution of a case, a prosecutor, Multilateral Development Bank, enforcement agency or court may require that a corporate monitor is appointed to ensure that safeguards have been put in place and maintained to prevent further misconduct.

Our monitorship team is experienced in working collaboratively with companies to ensure they meet the standards set. Our experience includes conducting evaluations of organisations that are subject to regulatory oversight. Our team comprises highly experienced lawyers and former senior investigators from the Multilateral Development Banks with monitoring expertise. We are capable of acting discretely and independently to ensure that remedial measures are implemented fully.

Due diligence

We undertake Integrity and Enhanced Due Diligence reporting for the purposes of M&A, Joint Ventures, agency agreements, counter-party contracts and general regulatory and legal compliance matters. Our combination of transparent source networks, expert analysis and relevant local knowledge results in a market leading due diligence service.

We advise clients on best practice in due diligence and assist in the establishment of internal due diligence systems and teams. We also undertake training in research skills and compliance with relevant legislation.

We frequently conduct market entry risk assessments on behalf of multi-national corporations examining bribery and corruption risks in emerging markets and assist in developing ‘adequate procedures’ to secure compliance.

Investigations

We have extensive experience of conducting investigations honed through working with police and prosecuting authorities in the UK and overseas.

We conduct a range of investigation assignments for clients including investigations as part of an ongoing requirement to demonstrate ‘adequate procedures’ under the Bribery Act as well as investigations into employee misconduct, particularly around bribery and corruption, fraud or theft.

Where necessary we can embed a team into clients’ premises (in the UK and overseas) to work alongside the client’s own legal, HR or risk team.

We provide in-depth audits of an organisation’s compliance process and can identify where exposure to certain risks has not been sufficiently accounted for. Having done so, we will then advise on a cost-effective way to manage risk going forward.

Criminal litigation services

We advise clients on all aspect of of serious criminal litigation, including the investigatory stage before any charges are brought. We represent clients at interview and deal with highly complex disclosure requests We use our wealth of experience of dealing with serious financial crime investigations to attempt to avoid a criminal prosecution in the first place.

Where prosecution is inevitable, we are able to deploy highly experienced professionals to defend corporates or individuals within organisations and will use our skills and detailed knowledge of the workings of prosecution agencies such as the Serious Fraud Office to achieve the best result possible, including, where appropriate, Deferred Prosecution Agreements.

Anti-bribery and corruption

“Corporate Bribery and Corruption Law Firm of the Year 2016” – ACQ5 Global

We have the expertise and experience to assist corporates, public bodies, individuals, development banks on all matters relating to bribery and corruption. In particular we can offer the following:

  • Risk assessments for bribery and corruption issues for organisations in both developed economies and emerging markets;

  • Legal advice and representation during investigations and/or prosecutions or civil claims;

  • Internal investigations and reviews;

  • Review and analysis of existing corporate policies;

  • Advice on adequate procedures and corporate governance;

  • Development of suitable anti-bribery and corruption procedures, including codes of conduct;

  • Training for employees and senior executives in anti-bribery and corruption policies and procedures;

  • Drafting of tailor-made procedures addressing the anti-bribery and corruption aspects of the appointment and retention of agents, consultants and representatives;

  • Advice on specific proposed practices including hospitality, facilitation payments, gifts and commission payments;

  • Anti-bribery and corruption due diligence in corporate transactions;

  • Advice on self-reporting;

  • Negotiation of financial settlements.

In addition to all of the above, we maintain our position at the forefront of international corruption issues through our links with organisations such as Transparency International, Transparency UK, the World Economic Forum’s PACI and the United Nations.

Money laundering

The majority of our corporate Money Laundering work is for major financial institutions with a footprint in the UK. Due to the highly specialised nature of our practice, the possibility of us being conflicted is much reduced.

We advise in relation to commercial transactions; professional obligations; the Regulated Sector and Regulator/Prosecutor led investigations. We understand that circumstances often demand quick and pragmatic advice and have an agile team who are experienced in taking on such matters swiftly and efficiently.

We assist clients in developing anti money laundering strategies, training and guidance to ensure compliance with professional obligations, national and international legislation.

In recognition of our achievements, we have been awarded “Anti Money Laundering Chambers of the Year 2013” by ACQ5.

Commercial fraud litigation and arbitration

We act as advisors and advocates for organisations and individuals facing global fraud investigations. We also act for parties to International Commissions of Enquiry examining commercial transactions involving allegations of civil and criminal fraud.

Our experience enables us to handle any allegations of commercial fraud from the pre-investigation stage through to trial and has earned us a ‘Commercial Fraud Chambers of the Year’ award in 2013 by ACQ5.

We have particular experience in bringing and defending international arbitration proceedings in connection with commercial contracts.