As authorities around the world take an ever increasing interest in the way businesses and their employees conduct themselves, it can be a real challenge for businesses to ensure that they comply with their obligations correctly, identify and address problems quickly and deal with potential issues in a way which minimises their commercial and reputational impact.
Our international team of corporate crime and compliance specialists has a strong track record of assisting business to meet this challenge. We routinely deal with compliance, investigations and enforcement across borders, working with trusted specialists in countries where we do not have our own office. We'll work with you to:
- Prevent. We advise clients on their compliance with the myriad of laws and regulations affecting their business which may be compromised by wrongdoing by employees, partners and customers. We develop and help implement tailor-made compliance programmes, policies and procedures, give staff training, and provide risk assessments for you in areas such as corruption, antitrust, money laundering, data security, cyber risk, and sanctions.
- Detect. When non-compliance or wrongdoing is suspected, we can quickly put people on the ground wherever you need them to carry out a focussed and effective investigation, leading to clear conclusions and recommendations for action. We have carried out over 90 investigations for clients in the last two years, and we're featured in Global Investigation Review's Top 100, an independent guide to the world's leading cross-border investigation practices.
- Respond. When a problem has been identified, we'll help you determine the best way to respond, advising on dealings with regulators and other authorities, how to minimise the scope for legal action, and on the defence of enforcement action when it proves unavoidable. We will guide you through remedial plans, and advise on methods to protect your reputation, how to deal with implicated employees, any solvency implications, and recovery actions against third parties.
As you would expect given the firm's strengths, our team has particular industry-focussed expertise in life sciences and healthcare, technology, financial services, private wealth, energy and real estate.
We also provide independent legal advice to employees caught up in investigations and enforcement action concerning the organisations they work or used to work for, and defend action taken against them personally.