Fraud and financial crime

The discovery of fraud within an organisation can not only damage its reputation but shake the confidence of its lenders, shareholders, employees and customers. Unless the response is swift and uncompromising, it can become progressively more difficult to restore faith, trace lost assets and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Our global fraud and international investigations group comprises specialists from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East with expert local knowledge of the civil, criminal and regulatory regimes affecting the particular jurisdiction.

This combination of criminal, regulatory and civil fraud expertise across many jurisdictions is a formidable resource for clients requiring assistance with concurrent civil, criminal and regulatory issues.

We have particular expertise in the financial services sector and regularly advise major financial institutions on financial crime and fraud-related issues and investigations.

Our multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary approach allows us to develop a cohesive international strategy for clients who are the focus of regulatory investigations or a threatened prosecution. It also enables us to deliver cost-effective and tailored solutions, while ensuring a co-ordinated and harmonious response to regulators and any litigation counterparties.

We work closely with our clients to minimise the impact of fraud on their business and maximise the prospect of asset recovery, including losses from overseas jurisdictions. We can trace and recover funds by using the courts to obtain disclosure from financial institutions and others and can freeze bank accounts and other assets both in the UK and worldwide.

We represent senior office holders and companies facing investigation or prosecution by the SFO, FSA, US SEC, US DOJ and others, advising them on all aspects of the procedure including discrete issues such as responding to disclosure notices and interviews under compulsion.

Team members have extensive experience of risk management and compliance issues relating to fraud and financial crime. This includes advising on sophisticated compliance programmes to reduce the risk of money laundering, bribery, corruption and fraud and to facilitate asset tracing, whistleblowing and high standards of corporate ethics. This includes risk assessments, face-to-face training and online e-learning modules.

This material has been sourced from the Eversheds website.