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