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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 on 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, the jurisdictions, and the 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

Ranked 1st tier in the Contentious Regulatory category. Sources say: “Maintains its position as a market leader in complex multi-jurisdictional matters, particularly in the contentious regulatory sphere." Chambers & Partners UK 2015

“Allen & Overy has a team of highly experienced investigations lawyers around the world, including some of the most highly regarded defence practitioners in their respective countries. The firm’s experience and reputation has earned it leading roles on numerous high-profile cross-border investigations.” Global Investigations Review, GIR 100 2015 



Calum Burnett

United Kingdom CalumBurnett

Denis Chemla

France DenisChemla

Pamela Chepiga

United States PamelaChepiga

David Esseks

United States DavidEsseks

Simon Clarke

China and Hong Kong SimonClarke

Matt Bower

China and Hong Kong MattBower

Gregory Mocek

United States GregoryMocek

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