Sitting in our international corporate crime group, Ben advises clients on identifying and controlling the risks that arise from regulatory and criminal law enforcement.
This involves investigating and resolving problematic conduct when it exists and assisting businesses to mitigate the likelihood of problems arising in the first place. It also involves working with banks and investors to understand the likely outcomes of enforcement processes and to identify value in assets potentially exposed to liability.
Ben trained and practised as a defence lawyer in the City of London before becoming a board member and the joint-head of bribery and corruption at the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO). There, he led some of the SFO's most significant corporate cases and influenced UK policy matters such as the introduction of Deferred Prosecution Agreements, enforcement of the UK Bribery Act and development of the law of corporate criminal liability. He also had a particular focus on building the international relationships necessary to investigate and conclude the most complex matters.
All this means Ben can provide advice to clients in understanding their options whatever relevance the domestic and international enforcement landscape has to their business interests.back to tab navigation
- Advising a number of financial institutions on internal investigations concerning potential cross-border regulatory and criminal law exposure
- Advising financial institutions and corporates in relation to their engagement and interaction with the UK Serious Fraud Office
- Representing individuals in government interview and/or investigation situations
- Representing several corporates currently under investigation by the UK Serious Fraud Office and other domestic and international Law Enforcement Agencies
- Conducting multiple current significant internal investigations for corporates with potential UK Bribery Act and other international risk
- Providing deal advice to corporates, P.E. firms and asset managers, judging and controlling criminal risk in the context of valuation of assets and viability of transactions
- Advice to numerous businesses concerning pre-emptive measures: corporate structuring to minimise criminal law risk, “dawn raid” preparedness, culture and governance reviews
- Designing, testing and upgrading compliance and ethics programmes, and advising clients at all stages of that work – in isolation, during an investigation, as part of a resolution process and in anticipation of potential monitorship
- Running complex due diligence exercises in deal and business as usual environments helping businesses to assess counterparty suitability
- Anti-Money Laundering advice and analysis
- 1st in Theological Studies, University of Exeter
- Law conversion and LPC at the College of Law, Guildford
Frequent international speaker on corporate criminal law and anti-corruption issues
Visiting lecturer for Foreign Bribery class at Harvard Law School and Georgetown Law
Commissioned officer in 77th Brigade of the British Army
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