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Regulatory Investigations and White Collar Defence

In recent years, government regulators and criminal prosecutors around the world have continued to increase attention to the activities of banks and corporations, wherever located, along with their senior officers, directors, and outside advisors.

Successfully managing the risks arising from this increased focus requires a deep understanding of both the technical legal requirements of multiple jurisdictions and the practical concerns and investigative methods used by government regulators and criminal prosecutors. Most importantly, early identification of potential criminal and civil liability risks will provide the best opportunity for effectively crafting a response that protects the long-term interests of the client in all relevant jurisdictions.

Even the decision to conduct an internal investigation into possible employee wrongdoing can later present difficult issues if the investigation is not tailored to the risks, jurisdictions, and regulators involved in the matter. Our global team of lawyers responsible for representing clients in regulatory and white collar criminal investigations bring a powerful combination of breadth of experience and local expertise to the task of helping clients solve potential problems that arise in the context of cross-border and domestic regulatory and criminal investigations.

Our practice includes both conducting internal investigations on behalf of clients and defending clients subject to government investigations. We cover a number of areas of specialty, notably the following:

Recognition for our work

“Distinguished investigations practice with extensive experience dealing with enforcement agencies around the globe.” Chambers Global 2018, Corporate Investigations

“Alongside their clarity of advice, they tick all the boxes in terms of knowledge of the issues and knowledge of local practices. They are able to articulate this to individuals who are not familiar with local laws.” Chambers Europe 2018, Corporate Investigations

“They have good working relationships with the regulators, a deep knowledge of US criminal law and they are able to offer a global reach working with their partners in other regions.” Chambers New York 2018, White Collar Crime and Government Investigations

“A dominant team in the contentious regulatory arena, bringing consistent cross-border strength to matters ranging from regulatory investigations to high-stakes enforcement actions.” Chambers UK 2018, Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory

“The lawyers have an incredibly good understanding of us a client, were very pragmatic and showed excellent judgment” Chambers & Partners Global 2017

“Allen & Overy has ‘an excellent team of highly experienced and motivated lawyers’ who are ‘at the top of their game’; the group is ‘first rate in terms of quality of service, speed of response, business acumen and pure technical ability’.” Legal 500 2017



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