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Corporate Crime and Investigations

Eversheds Sutherland has an established Corporate Crime & Investigations practice that advises clients on legal issues around fraud, bribery, corruption, financial misstatement, export controls, sanctions, money laundering, tax evasion, and all other forms of crime in a corporate context. We have a sophisticated understanding of how criminal, civil, regulatory and employment law intersect across Russia and other jurisdictions.

Specifically, we advise our clients on practical compliance systems (risk assessment, policy design and simplification, in-person training, online education) and procedures to identify corporate crime risk (supplier vetting, compliance auditing, pre-transaction due diligence, whistleblowing lines etc). Where clients have active concerns about misconduct, we perform internal investigations, debrief witnesses, and preserve forensic evidence. Where necessary, we engage with law enforcement and regulatory agencies, and defend our clients in court. Our global network allows us to achieve global resolution of corporate crime issues.

Tasks in this area are typically conducted on a confidential basis, but representative tasks in relation to Russia have included advising:

  • a Russian investor on a civil and criminal law response to a complex USD 200 million fraud by a joint venture partner using Cypriot, BVI and Latvian companies. This included engaging with public prosecutors in Cyprus.
  • a US Fortune 500 company on whistleblower allegations of bribery, embezzlement and other unlawful conduct.
  • individuals accused of money laundering in respect of more than EUR 100 million transferred from the Russian Federation to a Nordic country.
  • a Taiwanese company on fraud in procurement at its Russian operations.
  • an international company accused of violating weapons export control laws in respect of ammunition sales.
  • a major Russian industrial company on a civil and criminal law response to a massive corrupt conspiracy led by two former employees, and subsequent money laundering across various European Union countries.a large number of global corporations and financial institutions on how to comply in Russia with the Russian Criminal Code, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Bribery Act 2010 (UK) and similar compliance issues.

Eversheds Sutherland also has extensive experience of advising clients on their response to inquiries and investigations by Russian law enforcement agencies, the Federal Bureau of Security (FSB), the General Prosecutor’s Office, the Serious Fraud Office (UK), the US Department of Justice, the National Bureau of Investigation (Finland), and the integrity units of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, World Bank and the International Finance Corporation.

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