The financial and reputational risks of regulatory breaches and economic crime can be hugely damaging to a company. With regulators and prosecutors increasingly willing to scrutinise and take action against businesses, it has never been more important to protect your company’s reputation and maintain shareholder value.
Successfully managing the risks arising from this increased focus requires a deep understanding of the technical legal requirements of the relevant jurisdictions and their practical methods of investigation and enforcement, and prescience to identify and efficiently address these risks early on.
PwC’s Regulatory Disputes team has a demonstrated track record of providing clients with insightful advice on and expert management of dealing with regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings.
Many of our projects have an extensive international or cross-border element. Working within our global legal network which operates in over 90 countries and has over 3,500 legal professionals, we provide integrated advice to assist our clients to manage their regulatory risk across multiple jurisdictions and to navigate their way through increasingly complex and stringent regulation in domestic, regional and international markets. To date, we have represented clients involving law enforcement agencies, regulators and other investigators in the UK, other EU countries, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Our main areas of focus are:
Our specialist team is highly ranked by Legal 500, and comprises highly-experienced lawyers from advisory, contentious regulatory and in-house backgrounds. The team advises a wide range of clients from listed and unlisted UK companies to multinationals and high net worth individuals from industry sectors including financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, retail and manufacturing, aviation, and media and entertainment.
Our experience of advising and assisting clients who have concerns about their compliance with regulations or financial crime legislation is particularly strong. In the last 12 months, we have advised a number of clients on international trade sanctions, including liaising with regulators on their behalf, making voluntary disclosures in relation to breaches, and securing release of funds frozen in overseas jurisdictions in which sanctions have been imposed. We have also undertaken large scale international investigations for clients in suspected cases of fraud and corruption, including cases of insider dealing.
If you are concerned about any aspect of your company’s compliance with financial crime legislation or other regulatory matters, or have any questions about your legal obligations please contact us.