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Global Investigations Review (GIR) has recognised Partner Sarah Klein in the Women in Investigations 2021 special. An open nomination process, the global survey highlights 100 exceptional women in the white-collar world.

Klein is an experienced white-collar crime lawyer, whose practice is focussed on all aspects of business crime investigation, defence, compliance and risk mitigation. Klein has particular experience in conducting internal investigations and defending both corporates and senior individuals in government and regulatory investigations, such as by the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority. 

During the research process, Klein was asked “What recent development in the investigations world will we still be talking about in five years’ time and why?”:

I hate to say it, but I suspect the investigations world will still be talking about Brexit in five years’ time. While potentially too early to tell at present what the long-term effects of Brexit will be on investigations, it is clear that, in the short-term at least, Brexit has already had a significant impact on key investigation issues such as extradition and European cooperation on law enforcement and border control. These are likely to have a knock-on effect on domestic enforcement and investigations, although the extent to which will only be clear in the coming months and years. Separately, a shift and expansion in the nature, origin and subject matter of investigations is also not to be excluded. Two recent developments suggestive of such a shift include the implementation of the UK’s autonomous financial sanctions regime post-Brexit coupled with the recently reissued guidance by the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation on monetary penalties and the recent criminal enforcement action brought by the Financial Conduct Authority for alleged money laundering breaches. A further broadening of the investigations space is therefore, to my mind, a strong possibility in the next five years.

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Within the London White Collar Team we have lawyers who, within the framework of the Bribery Act 2010,

  • worked on the first ever UK Deferred Prosecution Agreement (for the defence);
  • prosecuted the first corporate prosecution; and
  • defended as lead counsel in the first contested trial of a corporate.

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