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
News: 10 DECEMBER 2019
When asked about global risks affecting their businesses, nearly three fifths (58%) of directors stated that technological advances (artificial intelligence and machine learning) are the most significant threat. This is according to the seventh annual Directors’ Liability report by international law firm Allen & Overy, in conjunction with Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), the global risk advisory and insurance broker.Read more
Publications: 14 NOVEMBER 2019
Recent developments in the U.S., UK and Germany have cast a spotlight on the interplay between corporate internal investigation interviews and investigations by, and cooperation with, the authorities. Interviewing company employees is often a key part of an internal investigation.Read more
Publications: 22 OCTOBER 2019
The High Court has held that a bank’s right to terminate a customer relationship without notice in “exceptional circumstances” covers a situation in which an authorised payment institution’s accounts have been determined by the bank to be vulnerable to fraud and money laundering. Although this case was decided on its facts, it will be a welcome judgment for banks seeking to take a robust approach to preventing financial crime and mitigating money laundering risk: N v The Royal Bank of Scotland  EWHC 1770 CommRead more
Publications: 22 OCTOBER 2019
The Court of Appeal has refused to grant a company leave to appeal its conviction for conspiracy to corrupt, notwithstanding that the directors who constituted the company's directing mind were not present at the trial and did not give oral evidence: Regina v Alstom Network UK Ltd  EWCA Crim 1318Read more
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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