White Collar Crime Investigations

The Bird & Bird White Collar Crime team has a wealth of experience, combining tax crime lawyers, financial and forensic crime specialists and change/behavioural management consultants.

Our White Collar Crime practice covers all the main financial crime areas such as tax, money laundering, bribery and corruption. We have assisted clients with a number of internal investigations into suspected irregularities as part of large-scale and complex disclosures to various law enforcement, regulatory and tax authorities. Often these investigations are multi-jurisdictional and involve high volumes of forensic data to be collected and reviewed. We have a particular unique skillset in that we also defend clients in the Criminal Courts so we know the way the Prosecution, Judges and a Jury would work and what they focus on in these cases. We have recently been involved in some of the largest criminal proceedings in tax and money laundering.

Many investigations are resolved without the need for Criminal proceedings by way of financial settlement but as well as conduct of criminal defence work we will also deal with issues such as extradition, restraint, asset freezing and cash detention, seizures of goods and forfeiture.

We also seek to increase our clients' compliance standards by implementing internal policies and procedures (e.g., anti-bribery and corruption, Criminal Finances Act, AML/CFT procedures), whistleblowing programs, and undertaking training for client teams. To ensure an adequate level of safety standards we provide legal risk assessments for our clients particularly in the area of compliance, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption.

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