With our global footprint and on-the-ground experience in multiple jurisdictions our Antitrust & Foreign Investment team supports clients through the broad spectrum of challenges that arise before, during and after an investigation into anticompetitive behaviour. Whether it’s a cartel, an abuse of dominance, a market investigation or a complex vertical investigation, we can guide your strategy of engagement with competition authorities and private litigants across the lifecycle of an investigation.
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Business crime related investigations, for example those involving allegations of bribery and corruption, fraud, money laundering or sanctions, can be a serious threat to your reputation and your business. Our global team, which includes former senior prosecutors and regulators from key enforcement agencies, has extensive experience and expertise to advise you on strategic decisions and practical steps relating to the most challenging investigations (whether internal or external), including dealing with authorities and helping you insulate your business from future risk.
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We know investigations keep our corporate GCs awake at night. With our global footprint, on-the-ground experience, deep corporate relationships and sector experience, our investigations lawyers can support and guide through every step of the process. Whether it's an internal investigation or one instigated by an enforcement agency, our pragmatic and thoughtful advice, together with deep practical experience, will ease the process. We get to the bottom of the facts fast, and work with our clients on consequence and reputation management, remediation, and recurrence avoidance.
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Data privacy or cyber incidents require a crisis response, and our global team has deep experience advising clients on some of the most serious hacking, ransomware and data breach crises in the last decade. We are in frequent contact with key regulators and are in the best possible position to advise you on critical decisions to manage and contain issues, as well as to assist you in relation to internal or external investigations.
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Regulated utilities are increasingly being subject to both civil and criminal investigations, for example for environmental breaches, customer treatment and financial market conduct. Our cross-practice Energy & Infrastructure investigations team comprises individuals with deep sectoral knowledge who have helped shape the regulatory regime for electricity, gas and regulated utilities in the UK and across the world. We combine that knowledge with investigations best practice to secure the best outcomes for our clients.
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Our global, multidisciplinary ESG team is at the forefront of supporting clients on all aspects of environmental and climate change matters, soft law human rights standards and emerging regulatory expectations, advising on business ethics issues and designing governance frameworks, compliance systems and crisis response strategies across the full spectrum of ESG issues.
We act on standalone ESG mandates as well as providing ESG input to support businesses in broader crises, including in relation to investigations (criminal and civil), public inquiries, litigation and stakeholder engagement. We have a deep understanding of the shifting ESG landscape, stakeholder perceptions and the need for a sensitive approach on ESG matters to achieve successful outcomes.
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We have unparalleled experience advising financial institutions, corporates and senior executives on their most complex and sensitive regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings. We engage proactively and constructively with regulators before they reach conclusions – an approach we have used to secure successful outcomes for many clients. Our clients benefit from our excellent insight into how regulators work and interact. Our team includes individuals who have worked in enforcement at many of the most active regulators, including the DOJ, SEC, FCA, PRA and SFC.
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Online safety is one of the newest frontiers in the trend towards greater regulation of online content. New regulatory regimes are emerging across the globe in an attempt to protect users against harmful content online. Our multi-jurisdictional cross-practice team can assist you in navigating regulatory or other investigations and enforcement action.
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Our clients trust us with their most high-profile, complex and sensitive people and culture-related investigations, often where regulators are involved. We regularly advise on HR investigations (e.g. disciplinary and grievance processes), and undertake independent investigations into workplace culture (including allegations of bullying, discrimination and harassment), as well as diversity, equity and inclusion matters. Our significant experience includes advising on remuneration-related issues that arise before, during and following the outcome of an investigation (e.g. obligations to freeze or adjust variable pay), particularly in the context of regulators’ evolving expectations in this area.
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Our market-leading investigations team can advise you on the constantly evolving regulatory landscape and help you to navigate internal and external regulatory investigations in the professional services sector. We have extensive experience assisting clients on high-value, complex domestic and international investigations with significant potential reputational and other consequences on their business and the practitioners involved. Our commercially-minded, global team operates seamlessly to advise you on steps relating to the investigation, implications from its findings, interactions with regulators and remediation.
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The sports sector is going through a period of rapid change: with increasing revenues and prominence comes ever-greater regulatory and public scrutiny. Our global cross-practice sports sector team has advised teams, clubs, leagues, governing bodies, corporates, financial sponsors and high net-worth individuals on the full range of sporting and commercial issues, including high-profile investigations and disputes concerning sporting, financial and cultural issues. We are one of only a small number of elite global law firms that can assist those in the sports sector with their most business-critical investigations.
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Public interest in what is perceived as aggressive tax planning is high. Tax authorities around the world are under increased pressure to actively investigate and fight tax avoidance. We have built a global tax investigation practice advising on complex tax investigations, which can be proactively initiated by clients internally to minimize their exposure or externally triggered by criminal proceedings initiated by tax authorities, public prosecutors and other authorities. We advise our clients on the full spectrum of tax investigations with a particular focus on high profile, multi-jurisdictional issues.
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