Luke Tolaini is an investigations, enforcement defence and risk advisory partner based in London and part of Clifford Chance's Global Risk Leadership team.
Luke's work covers crisis management, internal risk management and enforcement defence in multiple sectors, including extractives, outsourcing, commodities, tech, pharma and finance in matters involving financial crime, antitrust, cyber and ethical and compliance failings - often arising from whistleblowing.
- Advising Serco in the investigations, disputes and remediation arising from its contracts with the UK's Ministry of Justice and securing a related deferred prosecution agreement with the UK's SFO
- Advising Pfizer in overturning the UK's Competition and Markets Authority's largest ever single antitrust fine after a three-year investigation
- Advising a FTSE 100 company in parallel criminal and regulatory investigations by multiple international enforcement agencies relating to alleged fraud by the company against a backdrop of related litigation
- Advising a European based global financial institution subject to criminal tax and regulatory investigations in multiple jurisdictions
- Advising companies in multiple sectors on risk, crisis management and compliance policies and procedures.
Global M&A Toolkit
- Luke discusses the latest developments in enforcement since the global financial crisis (December 2014)
Deferred Prosecution Agreements webcast
- Luke presents a Thomson Reuters hosted webcast with Judith Seddon, "Deferred prosecution agreements: worth the wait?" (June 2014), looking at:
- the law and Code of Practice on Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) and other related relevant guidance
- the hurdles the prosecutor has to satisfy to enter into a DPA
- the practical issues to consider including: waiver of privilege, the use of
- material disclosed during the process and potential impact on civil proceedings.
Career and qualifications
- Exeter University (History and Politics) 1993
- Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1998
- Joined Clifford Chance 2001
- Partner since 2008
- Luke is a founding co-editor of The Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigations on the editorial board of the Global Investigation Review
Awards and citations
- Sources report that "he has vast experience and he really understands the importance of a global approach," adding that "he is thorough, determined, quick and hard-working."
Also that Luke is considered "one of the most artful, articulate negotiators you will ever find." He frequently represents financial institutions and multinational corporations in bribery, fraud and tax investigations. "Luke is an unusually effective combination of serious intellect, excellent judgement and practical advice".
Chambers UK, 2019: Financial Crime: Corporates
- Luke Tolaini is highly valued for his expertise in international fraud, bribery and corruption investigations