White Collar/ Investigations


Multinational companies face growing legal challenges around the world. Fines levied against corporations by various national regulatory agencies are on the rise and enforcement activity is growing. Crimes ranging from bribery and money laundering to sanctions and securities violations and fraud are all drawing more attention. As individual countries aggressively seek to regulate conduct beyond their borders, cooperation and information-sharing by law enforcement and regulatory authorities around the world is intensifying.

Managing multi-jurisdictional complexity and risk

Our global team regularly handles a wide range of complex, high-stakes and multijurisdictional legal matters. We address the risks and complexities arising from investigations and enforcement actions. With our global footprint, experience and skill, we provide comprehensive and cost-effective representation and advice to clients facing exposure to civil and criminal liability, whether in a single jurisdiction or across many. Our team includes former regulators and prosecutors from a number of agencies, including the US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange Commission, State Prosecutor’s Offices in France, Public Prosecutor’s Offices in Germany, and UK Financial Services Authority (predecessor to the Financial Conduct Authority).

Our experience covers every phase of corporate compliance and regulatory enforcement. We provide advice and representation related to risk assessments, compliance reviews, compliance programs, investigations, and civil and criminal enforcement matters and associated civil claims. We also advise on the application of global sanctions, export controls, and national securities regulations – areas of law that change frequently. We assist companies in key areas of regulatory focus, such as money laundering and anti-corruption, including under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act, and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) statutes and regulations.

Cross-practice strength and worldwide experience

We offer clients the benefit of seamless coordination among multiple offices and practice areas to address their needs. With our worldwide data protection and privacy experience, we can handle these matters in accordance with increasingly complicated rules in this area. Our local law experience and language skills in numerous countries also allows for efficient and cost-effective representation. We have also built a track record of working closely with internal company legal, audit and management teams, reducing costs and minimizing the disruption that results from investigations.

In the United States, our lawyers have extensive experience with oversight agencies and offices at the state and federal levels. Beyond the United States, we assist clients with matters involving agencies across the globe, including in the United Kingdom (Financial Conduct Authority), France (Autorité des Marchés Financiers), Germany (Bundesbank and BaFin), and elsewhere in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

The London White Collar team has been awarded the Legal500 2018 Firm of the Year award for “Risk Advisory: Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime”.