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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.

News and insights

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Blog Post: 27 September 2022

Another Economic Crime Bill 2022 - anti-money laundering considerations for the regulated sector

As part of its crackdown on dirty money, the UK Government has published a second Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill. The 250 page Bill covers a wide range of proposed reforms. This post…

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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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Blog Post: 20 September 2022

U.S. DOJ new policies on corporate prosecution

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco has announced several new policies and directives regarding the DOJ’s prosecution of corporate crime.

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Publications: 16 September 2022

DOJ announces new policies on corporate prosecution

In a speech on September 15, 2022 and in a memo of the same date, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced several new policies and issued several directives…

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