International corporations, financial institutions and senior management rely on BCLP to provide swift, sound and decisive advice in all aspects of corporate criminal matters.
Our global team represents and advises clients in relation to high profile and complex corporate criminal investigations, prosecutions, and compliance matters. Working across 32 offices, we seamlessly advise clients on technically demanding matters, co-ordinate defence strategy across multiple jurisdictions, facilitate global settlements with regulators, and defend corporates and individuals at trial.
We handle criminal matters covering a wide range of issues. Our team’s extensive experience includes successfully advising on matters involving bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions violations, insider dealing, market abuse, cartels, government contracts and public procurement, political campaign contributions, health and safety violations, consumer protection violations, environmental matters, tax, health care, and export control.
We regularly work closely with other practice groups as required to deploy the full armoury of the firm’s knowledge to best advise our clients.
We are known for our experience in handling large, multijurisdictional internal investigations. Our clients particularly benefit from our structured, clear and proportionate approach to managing and co-ordinating the collection and analysis of evidence, in relation to which we work closely with our in-house forensic accountancy and technology teams.
Our team also has considerable success in matters involving investigations by regulators and government enforcement agencies worldwide. We have particular experience as advocates for clients whose matters involve the FCA, PRA, SFO, HMRC, NCA, CMA, SEC, DOJ, United States Attorneys’ Offices, US state district attorneys and attorneys general. We also represent clients in investigations and prosecutions in a range of other jurisdictions, including, for example, in France, in relation to prosecutions before the “juge d’instruction” and relevant prosecutors, including the Parquet National Financier, as well as more generally representing clients under investigation by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers. Our knowledge and experience is informed by our lawyers’ first-hand experience of working at many of these authorities.
The group has substantial trial experience worldwide, comprising both prosecutorial experience gained from working at government agencies and defence work.
In the US, our team includes lawyers who have held other significant positions at United States Attorney and state prosecutors' offices around the country, and in other federal agencies.
In the UK, our team includes Mukul Chawla QC, who has over 30 years’ experience (18 of those as a Queen’s Counsel) defending and prosecuting some of the leading cases, including acting as lead counsel on LIBOR prosecutions in the UK and acting as lead counsel to the SFO on a long-running multi-jurisdictional, multi-defendant investigation into suspected corporate and individual liability for bribery.
We advise clients on compliance and prevention programmes in relation to corporate criminal matters. Our experience in dealing with significant investigations means that we understand how the authorities operate; we are able to use this knowledge to identify the key areas of risk for our clients and to implement effective policies, systems and controls as part of promoting a wider ethical culture. We regularly advise and train clients in establishing and maintaining their corporate compliance frameworks around issues including money laundering, bribery and corruption, market abuse and fraud.
We conduct internal and independent investigations and compliance audits, directed by in-house counsel, audit committees, or other groups of independent directors, or by independent monitors or trustees, receivers or examiners.
We also work with our corporate colleagues in advising firms and individuals in relation to corporate crime risk issues in the context of mergers and acquisitions and business relationships, including anti-corruption due diligence.