In the post-financial crisis world, legal and regulatory requirements are tougher, corporate misconduct laws are more stringent and enforcement agencies are better resourced. The burden and risks for businesses can seem overwhelming and penalties for wrongdoing can be severe.
Our specialist team can help you prevent wrongdoing in your business, detect it when it has happened, and rapidly respond and help minimise harm to your business and reputation.
Prevent: Wrongdoing can happen in any organisation so it makes sense to take precautions to avoid it happening in yours. Many organisations have obligations to do so. We will help you develop and implement a tailor-made compliance programme, including training for your staff. We can also assess the risks in areas such as sanctions, money laundering, data security and cyber risk, and corruption.
Detect: Taking immediate action when a problem arises may put you in a position to limit the damage. We can quickly mobilise a multi-disciplinary, international team. We handle investigations and dealings with enforcement agencies around the globe, putting people on the ground wherever you need them. We have carried out investigations in Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and former Soviet states.
Respond: Once a situation has blown up, the important thing is to find ways to minimise its impact. We deal with regulatory actions and defend prosecutions where they prove unavoidable. We advise on remedial plans and dealings with implicated employees and can help you to minimise reputational damage. We can help you deal with any solvency implications and bring recovery actions against third parties.
We’re used to dealing with a diverse range of regulators and enforcement agencies across the world, including the most active European, American and Asian authorities.
Our clients include financial institutions, listed corporations, private businesses and senior management personnel.
Our experience includes acting on over 50 investigations in the past three years. We are featured in Global Investigation Review’s Top 100, an independent guide to the world’s leading cross-border investigations practices.
Areas of expertise
- Corporate & regulatory investigations
As businesses have become more international, and authorities around the world take an ever increasing interest in the way corporates and their employees conduct themselves, investigations of actual or potential wrongdoing are becoming a common feature of corporate life. Taylor Wessing’s international team has conducted investigations for clients across a wide range of industries and countries. Our work has covered issues from rogue traders in financial institutions, to allegations of corruption influencing the award of contracts, to data theft and security and a huge variety of regulatory non-compliance. We have handled investigations involving businesses across the US, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union countries, Asia and South America.View all our Corporate & regulatory investigations experts
We are experienced at planning effective but discreet investigations, ensuring effective early data capture and analysis, independent review where appropriate and control of information flow within the business, leading to clear conclusions and recommendations for action.
- Corporate crime
Following the financial crisis of 2008 there have been changes in the manner in which corporate and white collar crime is investigated and enforced around the world. Corporate misconduct is increasingly considered by prosecutors and regulators from a criminal perspective. There is also increased co-operation between regulators across borders and the globalisation of business has seen corporates as well as individuals facing increased risk of criminal investigation in multiple jurisdictions. We advise clients on the risks they may face and how to mitigate them with appropriate compliance programmes and risk assessment. Where an enforcement action occurs then we act for corporates and individuals, including directors and managers, in the defence of those criminal proceedings and in appropriate discussions with prosecutors and regulators. Our experienced team and international coverage means we can mobilise multi-jurisdictional teams from around our network whenever necessary to respond to client demand, however urgent.View all our Corporate crime experts
- Cyber security & data breaches
Protection of data, whether it is your confidential information or the personal data of your customers, is key to the success of almost any business. We understand the nature of cyber threats and the different risks they pose to your business, from an employee stealing confidential data to hackers infiltrating your networks. We have a very strong track record in helping clients deal with both internal and external threats, and advise on investigating breach incidents, “crisis management” in the initial stages of a breach, identifying and dealing with threats, related legal action, liaising with regulators and advising on feedback to systems and controls after a breach. Many breaches now involve an international element, and we work regularly with our international offices and other law firms who are equally skilled in their jurisdiction. Find out more about our Data Protection workView all our Cyber security & data breaches experts