White collar crime and investigations

White collar crime and investigations

Specialists in all aspects of financial crime, we understand the law and techniques to get to the heart of the matter, and will help you navigate through the complex web of criminal and regulatory issues.

Kennedys’ white collar crime and investigations team is made up of specialist lawyers who regularly advise clients on all aspects of financial crime. Our lawyers not only understand the law and techniques to get to the heart of the matter, but will assist you when navigating through the complex web of criminal and regulatory issues. We tackle the most complex white collar crime issues for corporates and individuals in what is nationally and internationally becoming an increasingly vigorous enforcement landscape.

Our services include:

  • All areas of financial crime (for example bribery, money laundering, fraud, tax and account irregularities, and breaches of international sanctions) and their associated implications for businesses and individuals.
  • Conducting internal investigations on a national and international scale.
  • Advising clients on their interactions with, and reporting to, a range of law enforcement authorities, including the Police, SFO, CPS, HMRC, NCA, HSE and other enforcement/regulatory authorities.
  • Undertaking external investigations, prosecutions and other enforcement action.
  • Corporate compliance and risk mitigation, including developing bespoke effective controls.
  • All aspects of D&O exposure for directors and officers and their insurers. We are familiar with D&O coverage/policies and mindful to the potential for conflicts between various parties, time demands on management and the reputational impact for the individual and their business.

Work highlights

  • ​​​Advising a corporate in an ongoing high profile SFO investigation.
  • Advising a construction client on bribery and corruption concerns in its national business.
  • Representing a high-net worth client that is subject to an unexplained wealth investigation.
  • Acting for a corporate in a private prosecution against a rogue employee.
  • Conducting an internal investigation on behalf of a global oil and gas company on corruption and money laundering concerns.
  • Acting for a Singapore listed company in respect of a fraud perpetuated by an ex-employee on a number of banks and financial institutions.
  • Acting for a South African bank in proceedings in Singapore pertaining to a fraud perpetrated by a former employee and others.
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Our white collar crime and investigations expertise

Internal investigations

Our expertise and experience allows us to act quickly, to identify the issues and put in place an effective strategy to minimise disruption as well as reputational and commercial damage.

We provide tailored advice on all aspects, including whether an organisation should self-report and steps to take in a whistle-blower scenario. We appreciate how sensitive internal investigations are and operate to the highest level of discretion.

Our expertise in this field incudes advising a multi-national construction company that detected unusual payments that were sanctioned by one of its senior management team to a third party.

We also help clients to proactively mitigate future risk by providing tailed training programmes focussed on compliance with the Bribery Act 2010 and the Criminal Finances Act 2017.

Bribery and corruption

Across the globe, investigating bribery and corruption is high on the agenda for many authorities, and the number of actions and level of fines continues to grow.

We provide clear and informed advice to clients at any stage of a bribery and corruption investigation, from immediate crisis management to internal investigations, negotiating with the authorities and defending against enforcement action. We can also help clients put in place an effective strategy to prevent problems in the future.

Our experience in this field includes advising on the first contested prosecution of a corporate for failure to prevent bribery under s.7 of the Bribery Act (R v Skansen Interiors Limited).

Fraud

Allegations of fraud can cause irreparable damage to an organisation’s business and their reputation. From prevention to resolution, we can assist with all aspects of a fraud case.

We provide strategic legal advice on both internal and external investigations into allegations of fraud and false accounting.  We have experience working on multi-jurisdictional and cross-border cases, often of a sensitive and high-profile nature. 

Proceeds of crime

We support clients who are subject to money laundering investigations/prosecutions, whether that be concealing, converting or transferring of criminal money and/or property.

With wide-ranging and complex legislation, we pride ourselves on providing practical, commercial advice that is clear at every step.

International sanctions

As business becomes increasingly global and supply chains expand, sanctions issues can arise throughout a business’ operations and transactions. Our global sanctions team work seamlessly work together to help you navigate and develop commercial solutions to these challenges.

Please visit our international sanctions page to find out more.

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Our white collar crime and investigations expertise