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.

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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.

Our lawyers 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.

Our team also has in-depth knowledge of the French market in relation to domestic and international investigations. We can act for corporations, their officers and directors across a range of industries. We regularly handle government and internal investigations into compliance breaches, as well as matters relating to an array of criminal misconduct including corruption, money laundering, market abuse, securities and bank fraud, and tax fraud.

We have substantial experience dealing with various French regulatory and prosecutorial bodies including the Parquet National Financier, Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution and Autorité des Marchés Financiers, as well as US, Hong Kong and Japanese regulatory and prosecutorial organisations.

We also have experience in handling regulatory issues and mandates that involve, or stem from, Gibraltar. Our team can pursue or defend claims involving regulatory entities, and we are also able to act for regulators on the appointment of inspectors resulting from breaches of statutory obligations on a wide range of areas, including professional trusteeship services, pension funds or general corporate mandates.

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

We also advise clients in seeking applications for judicial review.

White Collar Crime and Regulatory Investigations Team

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Abdulali Jiwaji

Abdul is regarded as a ‘Leading Individual’ in The Legal 500 UK 2024 for Commercial Litigation and a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail. He is described as “highly regarded” and “an extremely experienced litigator who is utterly unflappable. Definitely someone you want in your corner in a tough spot.” Testimonials describe him as “super impressive” and “understated, authoritative, and effective“, “a clever lawyer whose quiet and calm manner inspires confidence“. Previous Guides have described Abdul as having “a grip of the big picture and the detail; very deft in client handling; tenacious and determined; swift, responsive and clear-thinking“. A commentator has noted that: “One of the best litigators I have had the privilege of working with is Abdulali Jiwaji.” He has also been 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

Running an investigation into suspected FCPA violations (bribery/corruption) involving a French bank over a period of four years. The matter led to a ground-breaking joint settlement with the French and US law enforcement authorities.

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.

Advising a Swiss manufacturing group in relation to an internal investigation into suspected bribery committed in various foreign jurisdictions.

Running an investigation into alleged interest rates manipulation involving a major French bank over a period of nine years. The matter led to the conclusion of multi-jurisdictional resolutions with law enforcement and regulatory authorities in a number of jurisdictions. The follow-on litigation is still pending.

Assisting a high-ranking French bank employee in the course of US CFTC enforcement action.

Assisting a high-ranking employee in relation to a multi-jurisdictional investigation into a fraudulent scheme for a misappropriation of corporate assets.

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