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
- 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.
Corporate Corruption - Case Study
We acted for a flagship FTSE 100 UK financial services company following a whistle blower report suggesting corrupt behaviour by senior executives within an overseas subsidiary.
Senior Executives - Case Study
In addition to acting for a wide range of commercial organisations, we also regularly assist senior executives who may be caught in the eye of an investigation storm.
Anti-Bribery Compliance - Case Study
We were instructed by an REI tech company to draft an ABC policy to assist a newly appointed compliance officer.
Victims of Crime - Case Study
We assisted VTech, a global electronics manufacturer that was subject to a high profile hack of its computer system.
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.
Anti-Money Laundering/Proceeds of Crime Advice - Case Study
We regularly advise clients, particularly those in the financial services sector with regard to difficult issues, where they themselves could risk prosecution for potential offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
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.
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.
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.
Insights: Business crime
HMRC updates anti-money laundering guidance for estate and letting agency businesses – are you up to date?
Businesses affected by the new guidance should review their AML procedures