White Collar Crime and Regulatory Investigations

Our lawyers have significant experience in dealing with regulatory disputes in the financial sector and conducting corporate investigations.

When wrongdoing is detected, businesses may need to initiate an investigation in order to understand what has happened and what legal options are available to recover any losses that have been incurred.

Our lawyers have experience in dealing with regulatory disputes in the financial sector and conducting corporate investigations.
Depending on the nature of the business and the nature of the wrongdoing, there may also be a need for advice on handling regulatory and criminal investigations. We at Signature are able to assist businesses and individuals with that process, and by taking a lead role in the investigation process we can quickly advise on what legal options are available and ensure an appropriate strategy is in place.

We advise clients on dawn raid strategies, allegations of market manipulation, insider dealing, and associated FCA Principles and Listing Rules breaches. We also advise clients in connection with investigations initiated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Serious Fraud Office.

The Legal 500 recognises that London-based Partner Abdulali Jiwaji is recommended by clients for “financial disputes and regulatory issues”. Chambers Global has described him as being a “technically sound, sensible and robust litigator who always finds practical solutions”.

Paris Partner Nicolas Brooke is also a recognised expert for his expertise in relation to white collar crime and regulatory investigations. The Legal 500 EMEA Guide recognises Nicolas as a ‘Leading Individual’ and notes he has “outstanding professional skills and shows a good sense of strategy”. He is also described as “a superb advocate with deep experience in the French market” and “truly first rate.” His previous experience as general counsel led him to play a key role in the negotiations of multi-jurisdictional settlements with prosecution authorities; he thus perfectly knows the international investigations environment.” Who’s Who Legal France 2020 also recognises him for his investigations expertise and notes his “impressive hands-on experience of negotiating multi-jurisdictional settlements”.

We also advise clients in seeking applications for judicial review.

White Collar Crime and Regulatory Investigations Team

“A highly respected litigation boutique with expertise in a wide range of contentious corporate matters”

Chambers UK 2020

Nicolas Brooke

Nicolas has deep experience in the management of complex and international high stakes litigations. He receives high praise within the industry; his team at Société Générale was awarded the “Trophée d’or Direction Juridique Contentieux” by Décideurs/Leaders League and most recently Nicolas won the “Outstanding In-house Counsel” award at the Global Investigations Review Awards in 2018. The Legal 500 EMEA Guide recognises Nicolas as a ‘Leading Individual’ for compliance, and notes he has “outstanding professional skills and shows a good sense of strategy.”

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Abdulali Jiwaji

Abdul is regarded as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in The Legal 500 UK 2021 for Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail and Commercial Litigation. The Guide notes he “is always on the ball and has a good tactical brain” and recognises he “has always provided sound and very considered advice”. Abdul is also praised for being “a steady hand during turbulent times”. Chambers Global has described him as a “technically sound, sensible and robust litigator who always finds practical solutions”.

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White Collar Crime and Regulatory Investigations Experience

Advising an authorised person in relation to high profile and ongoing investigations by both US and UK regulatory and criminal authorities into events in the credit derivatives market, which included the mark-to-market of a complex book of credit default swaps.

Advising a corporation on its exposure to claims from, and the potential available claims against, third parties arising from alleged bribery and corruption.

Advising a financial institution in a regulatory investigation into the market impact arising from the operation of an algorithmic trading program.

Advising financial institutions on investigations into recent rate rigging allegations, including conducting internal investigations and advising on ongoing regulatory investigations.

Advising a manufacturer in relation to its potential investigation by the UK Competition & Markets Authority and European Commission.

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