Regulatory Investigations and White Collar Defence
In recent years, government regulators and criminal prosecutors around the world have continued to increase attention to 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. Most importantly, early identification of potential criminal and civil liability risks will provide the best opportunity for effectively crafting a response that protects the long-term interests of the client in all relevant jurisdictions.
Even the decision to conduct an internal investigation into possible employee wrongdoing can later present difficult issues if the investigation is not tailored to the risks, jurisdictions, and regulators involved in the matter. Our global team of lawyers responsible for representing clients in regulatory and white collar criminal investigations bring a powerful combination of breadth of experience and local expertise to the task of helping clients solve potential problems that arise in the context of cross-border and domestic regulatory and criminal investigations.
Our practice includes both conducting internal investigations on behalf of clients and defending clients subject to government investigations. We cover a number of areas of speciality, notably the following:
News & insights
Publications: 29 JULY 2020
Our Enforcement Actions Tracker provides details of the SFC's enforcement actions in Hong Kong where fines of more than HKD1 million have been imposed.Read more
News: 23 JULY 2020
On June 2, 2020, the French Minister of Justice issued a circular to prosecutors (i.e. administrative guidelines) setting out the criminal policy in the fight against international corruption (the…Read more
Publications: 08 JULY 2020
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, is about to enter into force.Read more
Publications: 23 MARCH 2020
Like in many other jurisdictions, panic selling amid the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak has caused significant price fluctuations for securities listed on the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX).Read more
Distinguished investigations practice with extensive experience dealing with enforcement agencies around the globe.
Chambers Global 2018, Corporate Investigations
Alongside their clarity of advice, they tick all the boxes in terms of knowledge of the issues and knowledge of local practices. They are able to articulate this to individuals who are not familiar with local laws.
Chambers Europe 2018, Corporate Investigations
They have good working relationships with the regulators, a deep knowledge of US criminal law and they are able to offer a global reach working with their partners in other regions.
Chambers New York 2018, White Collar Crime and Government Investigations
A dominant team in the contentious regulatory arena, bringing consistent cross-border strength to matters ranging from regulatory investigations to high-stakes enforcement actions.
Chambers UK 2018, Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory
The lawyers have an incredibly good understanding of us a client, were very pragmatic and showed excellent judgment
Chambers & Partners Global 2017
Allen & Overy has ‘an excellent team of highly experienced and motivated lawyers’ who are ‘at the top of their game’; the group is ‘first rate in terms of quality of service, speed of response, business acumen and pure technical ability’.
Legal 500 2017
Cross-Border White Collar Crime and Investigations Review
The review analyses developments and trends, and highlights issues that white collar crime and investigations in-house counsel should prioritise in the year ahead.
Directors' Liability Report