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: 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
Publications: 18 MARCH 2020
Sports Direct has successfully appealed a problematic first instance decision that allowed the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) access to privileged communications. The judgment provides welcome confirmation to companies that, where permitted by statute, communications with their professional advisors will continue to be protected by privilege, even when being sought by regulators Sports Direct International Plc v FRC  EWCA Civ 177, 18 February 2020Read more
Publications: 24 FEBRUARY 2020
UK Developments in the Legal and Regulatory Treatment of CryptoassetsRead 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
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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