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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

Artificial intelligence is the most significant risk to businesses globally, according to directors

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.

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Publications: 14 NOVEMBER 2019

Employee interviews in internal investigations

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.

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Publications: 22 OCTOBER 2019

Fair corporate criminal liability trial despite absence of company's directing mind and will

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 [2019] EWCA Crim 1318

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Publications: 22 OCTOBER 2019

Bank terminates customer relationship without notice for “exceptional circumstances” on suspicion of financial crime and money laundering

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 [2019] EWHC 1770 Comm

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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.

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