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Investigations, Enforcement and Business Crime

Government regulators and criminal prosecutors around the world continue to increase their focus 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.

A&O’s market-leading global investigations, enforcement and business crime practice advises clients on a wide range of high-profile criminal and regulatory investigations, particularly cross-border matters.

Our global team comprises lawyers with extensive experience of working together in multiple jurisdictions and includes former prosecutors in the U.S. and Europe. We provide a ‘one stop shop’ to clients dealing with multiple regulators and other international government bodies, reducing the complexity involved in managing complex investigations and enforcement issues.

We advise on the full range of business crime issues, ranging from internal and regulatory investigations to high profile disputes. As well as having extensive experience in handling regulatory investigations and associated employee issues, we have leading criminal defence capability covering anti-corruption and bribery, anti-money laundering, fraud (financial and tax), antitrust, sanctions and insider dealing.

We bring 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.

We advise clients across the world before, during and after any regulatory investigation. Prioritising the need to avoid enforcement action, we seek to guide clients through practical processes such as data analysis, data transfer, interviews, requests for information, producing preliminary and final reports and all employee-related issues. 

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.

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Blog Post: 10 NOVEMBER 2021

UK Financial Conduct Authority seeks to ban senior manager for oversight failings following Upper Tribunal ruling that the regulator reconsider its enforcement action against the firm

The CEO of a mortgage intermediary is challenging a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) decision to fine and prohibit him in relation to oversight failures.

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FCA fines and imposes prohibition order on trader for market manipulation

Publications: 21 APRIL 2021

FCA fines and imposes prohibition order on trader for market manipulation

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) has fined a trader for committing market manipulation under the Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014) (MAR). It also issued a prohibition order banning the…

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Publications: 08 NOVEMBER 2021

EPPO - Right out of the starting blocks

On 1 June 2021, the European Public Prosecutor's Office (the EPPO), the new prosecution office at European Union level, officially started its operations. Since then, it already opened more than 300…

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Blog Post: 08 NOVEMBER 2021

Senior managers’ obligations: diversity and inclusion in financial services

Diversity and inclusion proposals put forward by the FCA and PRA will impact on senior managers’ obligations. In this post, we focus on potential changes to board representation, individual…

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