Global Investigations and White Collar Crime

Linklaters regularly acts on the most significant regulatory and criminal investigations and related civil disputes in the world -- high-value issues that threaten our clients’ businesses and reputations. We have a long-standing track record of providing excellent, strategic legal advice on sensitive matters involving anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, business crimes, fraud, export controls and sanctions, and other related issues.

We are especially well-equipped to address the most challenging cross-border internal investigations and disputes, leveraging our ability to draw upon large multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional teams at short notice. Our collaborative international teams have represented clients before criminal authorities and regulators across multiple jurisdictions and in a wide variety of fields. Our teams have also successfully handled the most sensitive internal investigations.

We have excellent insight into relevant prosecutors and authorities. A number of our lawyers have previously held senior positions at national regulators and include: former senior officials at the highest levels of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) headquarters in Washington, DC, including a former Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General; a prior head of department in the enforcement division of the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA); and former DOJ federal prosecutors with extensive experience in corporate, anti-bribery, financial and antitrust criminal enforcement. This depth of in-house regulatory experience significantly enhances our ability to support clients effectively when investigating the facts, assessing risks, and identifying long-term remedial actions in our clients’ most significant regulatory and criminal matters.

Recent white collar enforcement and investigations include :

  • ICBC Standard Bank Plc, as lead U.S. counsel, in connection with the ground-breaking first-ever Deferred Prosecution Agreement entered into in the UK, involving a secured DOJ FCPA declination and resolution with the SEC
  • advising a major European bank in relation to the landmark Euribor/Libor investigations and follow-on damages in a number of jurisdictions, including a potential class action. Tens of millions of oral and written documents have been reviewed in the framework of this , involving around 200 lawyers globally
  • leading an investigation into the activities of a European headquartered global bank’s FX trading desks across the world concerning industry-wide allegations of possible misconduct in relation to spot foreign exchange trading including alleged breaches of Asian, U.S. and European competition laws
  • advising a global energy company as lead counsel in connection with an agent's conduct allegedly in violation of the FCPA
  • representing a Japanese listed company to conduct internal investigation into its PRC subsidiaries and local management in respect of financial irregularity, fraud and other suspected misconduct representing a multinational industrial and chemical company as lead counsel in False Claims Act and customs fraud inquiries
  • representing a state-owned central bank as lead U.S counsel in a worldwide embezzlement and fraud investigation
  • advising Air France KLM on various antitrust civil class actions and governmental investigations concerning the air cargo and passenger industries
  • advising a major company in France, as a civil party in a criminal investigation regarding allegations of insider dealing and dissemination of false information in relation to one of the most publicized white-collar crime matters in the past 20 years
  • advising a major U.S. technology manufacturer regarding allegations of violations of the FCPA at the Company’s subsidiaries in China and in other high-risk environments around the globe
  • representing the former head of Equity Trading of an investment bank on charges of insider dealing arising out of the May 1994 Eurotunnel rights issue
  • representing an insurance company initiating legal actions after internal investigations demonstrated that the company suffered a significant financial loss caused by the fraudulent conduct of an insurance brokerage firm. This firm acted as an intermediary between its clients and the insurance company, with the assistance of a former employee of such insurance company
  • advising a Russian oil major on cross-border asset-tracing litigation in connection with enforcement of an international arbitral award worth US$50m against a Gibraltar company
Key Publications

Corporate criminal liability
Our review of corporate criminal liability examines the risks companies face in 24 jurisdictions for misconduct by employees and others.

Legal Professional privilege
Read our latest report on Legal Professional Privilege. The review analyses the law and practice of Privilege across 23 jurisdictions in Europe, the Americas and Asis- Pacific.

Taking Stock. A review of anti-bribery and corruption law and enforcement
Read the Linklaters Taking Stock report to see how bribery and corruption represent a serious risk to all organisations with international activities.


Dispute Toolkit The Linklaters Dispute Toolkit provides our clients with free web-based access to clauses on dispute resolution, information on European jurisdictions and access to over 100 links to arbitration and ADR sites. Access the Toolkit
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