Regulatory Investigations and Financial Crime
Guiding you through your international regulatory enforcement and white collar challenges
We are able to assemble teams of experts with the skills and experience to help you manage the significant legal, commercial and reputational risks that are often associated with regulatory and financial crime issues. We are leaders in these fields, and we are known and respected by regulators and industry groups across different jurisdictions.
We cover the key areas of potential criminal liability for members of the business community, including corruption, antitrust, money laundering, fraud, insider trading and market manipulation, export controls, international economic sanctions, and business and human rights. We also have expertise in the recovery of the proceeds of fraud through civil court actions and liaising with criminal investigators.
Our clients in these fields include leading businesses and global financial institutions, professional bodies, governments and international organisations, as well as individuals from the business community and public bodies.
We have represented leading clients in proceedings involving law enforcement agencies, regulators, and other investigators in the UK, the US, the EU, the Middle East and Asia.
- "Has a well-established reputation for its handling of multi-jurisdictional white-collar criminal investigations and financial disputes…Demonstrates particular proficiency defending money laundering, fraud and corruption allegations…"
Chambers Global 2020, Dispute Resolution (Global-wide), Band 1
- "The firm is excellent at the international aspect and excellent at the co-ordination and finding the right people to match what we need. They are also fantastic in setting up a team to fit the client’s requirements in foreign jurisdictions."
Chambers Global 2020, Dispute Resolution (Global-wide), Band 1
Anti-bribery and corruption
We have in-depth knowledge of worldwide anti-corruption instruments such as the UN Convention Against Corruption and the OECD Anti-bribery Convention, as well as key legislation such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and the UK Bribery Act.
Our antitrust litigation team advise on antitrust investigations, including cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, and antitrust litigation in the High Court and Competition Appeal Tribunal. We have acted on all the leading financial services antitrust investigations, including Libor and FX, and have acted in many of the leading authorities in the courts, including the leading cases on disclosure, limitation and excessive pricing.
Business and human rights investigations
Our business and human rights specialists work closely with our regulatory investigations and financial crime team, advising clients on complex business and human rights investigations and matters related to risk management and compliance, due diligence and crisis management.
Find out more about our business and human rights expertise here.
We are skilled at advising on all aspects of crisis management, including strategic communication issues and ensuring the right steps are taken in the right circumstances. We have the confidence gained from experience to know how to mitigate the risks of reputational harm and engage (with careful management) with regulators and enforcement agencies.
We understand the issues that our clients face when dealing with an internal investigation and we have the expertise to help clients focus on the outcomes that they want to achieve and to advise them on sensitive issues, such as reputation management or disciplinary action against employees.
Market abuse & conduct
We have extensive experience advising on market conduct investigations. These investigations are not limited to situations of suspected market misconduct, but also cover investigations into systems and controls to prevent such misconduct.
Regulatory & criminal investigations
We have experience of all the key areas of business regulation, and we can advise on regulatory enforcement and civil and criminal investigations into corporate activity across multiple jurisdictions. We have advised senior management, audit committees, boards of directors, and supervisory boards in connection with our findings and recommended remedial actions.
Risk management & compliance
We have extensive experience in conducting compliance reviews, developing compliance programmes, training personnel and preparing compliance manuals. We assist clients in redesigning the applicable policies, procedures and controls to help achieve compliance with regulatory requirements and ensuring proper alignment of the legal/compliance functions within the business.
Find out more about our expertise in risk management & compliance.
Sanctions & export controls
Our team has significant expertise in high-profile government investigations and compliance advice arising from economic sanctions and export control programmes. We have been involved in enforcement actions in recent years and have conducted internal investigations for many of the largest corporations in the world, including some of the most significant investigations under the US sanctions regime.
Find out more about our expertise in sanctions & export controls
Why Clifford Chance
Clifford Chance has been long recognised as a leader in the field of regulatory investigations and financial crime, a testament to the calibre of our lawyers, our significant experience dealing with regulatory and criminal authorities around the world, and our experienced in-house team of specialist accountants and financial analysts – the Forensic Accounting Group.
Our team is regularly sought out by leading companies because of our experience, expertise and record of success.
We have the best, most sophisticated network and the longest-standing single global team of financial crime experts. We have a team of over 60 senior lawyers (partners and counsel) around our global network of offices and work closely with local counsel in jurisdictions where we do not have a dedicated Clifford Chance office.
Working with law enforcement agencies
Our team includes former government prosecutors and regulators.
We have significant experience of dealing with regulatory and criminal authorities around the world and have an in-depth knowledge of their priorities and philosophies, the challenges they face and their expectations of regulated entities, not least because we have recruited a number of senior members of the team from such authorities.
Advising on increasingly complex financial issues
We have the advantage of being supported by an experienced in-house team of specialist accountants and financial analysts, who assist us and clients efficiently to retrieve, manage, analyse and present the relevant financial information and issues.
Members of the Forensic Accounting Group have worked alongside legal teams, clients, and independent experts, on many of the firm’s most significant matters in recent years, advising on a range of financial, accounting and commercial issues across many different industries and jurisdictions.