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White-collar criminal proceedings often center on companies. Criminal investigations against employees may have serious implications for companies; their premises and IT systems can be searched, their business documents and data seized. Criminal justice institutions may confiscate a company's profits or impose substantial fines.

In white-collar criminal proceedings it is paramount that companies have an effective defence in place from the very beginning. In the event of a search and seizure, we can support you on-site. We can assist you in conducting an internal investigation to clarify the underlying facts. We can represent your company's interests and communicate with the law enforcement authorities. We seek to ensure that criminal proceedings are concluded in a swift, discreet and fair manner. We can represent you in defending and enforcing civil claims against third parties and insurance companies. We can provide advice on employment-law issues and assist you in improving your compliance management system.

We can draw on a wealth of experience in defending companies in complex white-collar criminal proceedings. Our cross-sector expertise in particular covers criminal matters involving the fields of tax, capital markets and anti-corruption law, as well as fraud and breach of trust. We would be glad to assist in your company's defence.

News & insights

Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Enforcement Actions Tracker

Publications: 29 JULY 2020

Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Enforcement Actions Tracker

Our Enforcement Actions Tracker provides details of the SFC's enforcement actions in Hong Kong where fines of more than HKD1 million have been imposed. 

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Publications: 14 NOVEMBER 2019

Employee interviews in internal investigations

Recent developments in the U.S., UK and Germany have cast a spotlight on the interplay between corporate internal investigation interviews and investigations by, and cooperation with, the authorities.…

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Publications: 28 AUGUST 2019

New German act on corporate sanctions and internal investigations taking shape

A Corporate Sanctions Act is taking shape in Germany. It would bring about a significant increase in potential corporate fines, introduce far-reaching changes to the prosecution of corporate crimes…

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Publications: 11 OCTOBER 2018

Internal investigations documents seised in lawful law firm raid

The much publicised raid of U.S. law firm Jones Day’s Munich office and the seizure of documents relating to VW’s internal investigation by prosecutors in an investigation of Audi AG were legal,…

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Investigations Insight

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A&O's blog highlighting the current issues

Focusing on the latest trends, risks and developments in business crime and financial services investigations.