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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 & insights

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Publications: 27 JULY 2021

The Market Abuse Regulation: the First Five Years

This month marks five years since the Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014/EU) (EU MAR), which has recently been retained into UK law following the expiry of the Brexit transition period (UK MAR), came…

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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: 08 JULY 2021

UK corporate criminal liability reform

The UK Government has asked the Law Commission to review the law on corporate criminal liability and propose options for reform. Supporters of reform will use recent failures of the UK Serious Fraud…

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Blog Post: 05 JULY 2021

The new PRC data security law's blocking statute and its potential impact on cross-border disputes and enforcement actions

A new data security law in China, effective 1 September, poses a potential challenge to how multinational companies handle the cross-border transfer of data requested by foreign justice or law…

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