Allen & Overy has a proven track record of achieving favourable outcomes for our clients in fraud investigations, with extensive experience of liaising with regulators including the UK Serious Fraud Office, the U.S. Department of Justice and numerous national and local authorities.
We have been involved in some of the largest international fraud cases, including Maxwell, Madoff, Michael Brown, Solo Industries and KazakhGold.
Clients involved in fraud cases require counsel versed in diverse global markets because every jurisdiction treats privacy, data protection, employee protection and privilege issues differently.
Our global fraud investigations experience includes advising:
- A Dutch telecoms company in civil, criminal and employment proceedings against (former) employees in relation to fraud concerning company property. Our team worked in close cooperation with the Public Prosecutor and was able to trace the proceeds of the crimes and to enter into settlements with the persons responsible.
- A UK company on suspected employee fraud in its subsidiary in China, including overseeing and conducting an investigation into the fraud and advising on any relevant bribery and corruption concerns.
- The Belgian and Austrian subsidiaries of a U.S.-based pharmaceutical company on internal investigations and criminal complaints relating to an IT fraud set up by an in-house accountant. We advised our client on its internal investigation and filed criminal charges with the investigating magistrate on its behalf.
- An international bank in investigating, and managing the consequences of, an internal fraud on the bank and related regulatory investigation and litigation. We assisted the bank in the internal investigation and advised on communications with various regulators in multiple jurisdictions.
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News and insights
Blog Post: 25 January 2024
We asked our global white collar crime team for their views on the key challenges in 2024 for in‑house investigations teams and white collar crime lawyers, and how to manage the associated risks. Here…
Publications: 23 January 2024
The new ‘failure to prevent fraud’ offence and new ‘senior manager’ attribution test for corporate criminal liability contained in the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 are relevant…
Blog Post: 11 January 2024
2023 saw a raft of UK law reforms concerning economic crime and continued scrutiny of business risk concerning human rights and greenwashing. This is reflected in the blogs our subscribers were most…
Publications: 10 January 2024
2023 was another eventful year in corporate enforcement. A major shift has been the emphasis on national security interests in corporate criminal enforcement, including in FCPA cases, sanctions…
Well equipped to run cases with a worldwide scope spanning a number of jurisdictions.
Chambers UK 2018, Fraud Civil