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Business crime

Our business crime lawyers represent companies and senior executives who are facing investigation or prosecution for financial crimes. The team comprises highly experienced professionals with significant expertise in advising both corporate and individual clients across a range of key areas, including:

  • Bribery and corruption
  • Cartel and competition offences
  • Cyber crime
  • Extradition
  • Fraud and financial crime
  • Sanctions offences
  • Tax and revenue offences

We work with colleagues across each of our core sectors, giving us a detailed understanding of the unique challenges faced by our clients. We can respond to all stages of an investigation, including dawn raids and arrests, negotiating successful outcomes with prosecuting authorities, and, if necessary, vigorously defending clients at trial. Combining with other lawyers across our regulatory group, we can rapidly deploy partner-led teams from a number of UK and European offices.

We are routinely instructed in complex and high profile matters brought by the principal UK and international enforcement agencies, including the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue & Customs, Police, Competition and Markets Authority and the US Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.

Osborne Clarke business crime lawyers do not simply react to investigations. They also have substantial experience in assisting organisations design and implement business crime compliance policies and training, to help ensure that they conduct their business safely.

Finally, as fraudsters become ever more sophisticated in targeting the world of business, we assist clients who may have been the victims of financial crime or cyber crime, so that any risks they face are minimised. This includes where necessary liaising with the police and other law enforcement agencies to ensure any threats are closed down as quickly as is possible.

Experience


Overseas corruption

Advised FTSE listed financial services and construction companies in the UK on  separate issues concerning UK Bribery Act exposure and advising the boards on any necessity to self-report.

Major SFO investigation

Advising a senior executive in a current high profile international corruption investigation in the engineering sector.

Deferred prosecution agreement

Successful representation of the only director of XYZ Ltd not to be prosecuted in relation to the improper use of agents to win large scale contracts.

Cyber crime

Advised an international manufacturing company subject to a significant computer hack; liaising with law enforcement authorities to terminate the unlawful conduct and limit secondary civil and regulatory liability.

Extradition

Representing a UK director of an online pharmaceutical business in contested US extradition proceedings.

Export licence violations

We have successfully defended a leading UK SME in relation to alleged export licence infringements in Italy.

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