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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. 

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Investigations Insight

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

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Legal agility and risk resilience: How to enhance your organisation’s readiness to withstand the next crisis

Publications: 26 OCTOBER 2020

Legal agility and risk resilience: How to enhance your organisation’s readiness to withstand the next crisis

What can in-house legal, risk and compliance leaders learn from the Covid-19 pandemic and other notable crises of the past 20 years to strengthen the legal resilience of their organisations?

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Publications: 19 OCTOBER 2020

The FCA’s 5 conduct questions: Translating theory to practice

The FCA has published its “Five Conduct Questions” report for 2020, highlighting key observations and issues with respect to firms’ conduct and culture programmes

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

Publications: 29 SEPTEMBER 2020

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

The SFC published its annual report for 2019/2020 in June and recently published its quarterly report for Q2 2020.

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Publications: 02 SEPTEMBER 2020

Direct access: a sea change in data gathering in U.S./UK criminal investigations

A new UK/U.S. bilateral agreement for accessing electronic data in cases of serious crime (the Agreement), which was negotiated and released in autumn 2019, has entered into force.

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