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Fraud and white-collar crime

In an increasingly interconnected world, prosecutors, regulators, shareholders, journalists and civil society groups all seek to hold corporations and their senior executives accountable for allegedly unlawful and unethical conduct. The issues facing these corporations and executives are often cross-jurisdictional or involve concurrent questions of civil, criminal and regulatory law.

No matter the subject of the allegation, a mismanaged response can result in significant financial, logistical and reputational harm. When issues arise, it is critical that the facts are established quickly, practical legal advice is given, and (where necessary) remedial action is taken promptly.

Eversheds Sutherland’s global team of 220 lawyers can advise you on how to engage effectively and swiftly with investigations, prosecutions and enforcement actions. We have extensive experience advising businesses on how to respond to allegations of misconduct and, where appropriate, on seeking redress for any harm caused to them.

Experienced fraud and white-collar crime lawyers

Concerns about unethical or unlawful conduct typically arise in relation to criminal laws around fraud, embezzlement, bribery (including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Bribery Act), market manipulation, sanctions-busting, tax evasion and money laundering. However, they can also involve billing and accounting practices, insurance claims and securities law. Regardless of the issue, our lawyers will work closely with you to find effective solutions.

Eversheds Sutherland represents leading corporations and senior executives in the financial services, insurance energy and environmental, diversified industrial, construction, metals, mining, retail and food and drink sectors. We work in all of the world’s major economies (particularly the United States and the European Union) and have extensive experience in developing countries in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Our recent experience includes:

  • representing Enron in connection with investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice West Coast Enron Task Force and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
  • advising a communications company on allegations of fraud and bribery in its operations in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • advising the only Arthur Andersen engagement partner of Enron not to be charged civilly or criminally.
  • defending a former director of the global supermarket operator Tesco PLC in an investigation by the UK Serious Fraud office.
  • advising a financial institution under investigation by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for improper lending practices and financial reporting.
  • defending an aviation services company under investigation by the UK Serious Fraud Office for fraud and bribery.
  • representing the former president of NYSE company, who was the subject of a criminal prosecution, Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement action and a corporate investigation.

When individuals or companies find themselves in the crosshairs, they turn to Eversheds Sutherland’s fraud and white-collar crime team.

Contact our fraud and white-collar crime team

If you would like any further information or need advice on fraud and white-collar crime law, please contact our legal team.

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