Corporate criminal conduct within an organisation can have far-reaching consequences, from depriving you of your assets to prompting investigations and criminal proceedings – not to mention the associated public fallout

You will need the guidance of a legal team who know how to approach and expertly manage the multitude of legal and strategic issues at play.

King & Wood Mallesons is experienced at responding to instances or allegations of misconduct and corporate crime with expertise covering anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, cartel conduct, employment and environment, fraud and ‘white-collar crime’, insider trading, sanctions and financial services laws. We have a reputation earned over years of working in some of the most complex matters, in a variety of jurisdictions. Clients use us because of the breadth of experience, our innovative use of court processes and track record of success.

Crucially, we also provide proactive advice to clients on their existing organisational policies and work practices to enhance internal procedures to mitigate the risk of criminal conduct occurring in the first place. Of course, no organisation is bullet-proof – should issues arise, we adopt the best practice approach to managing them.

We are experts at dealing with internal investigations, with well tested procedures for evidence gathering and report writing, and exceptional project management expertise.  We work in partnership with forensic accountants, investigators and other stakeholders to deliver on time and on budget. We are also experienced at crisis management and can help you navigate through any external and internal PR issues

When it comes to the litigation landscape, KWM has experience working across multiple jurisdictions, whether in hot pursuit of stolen assets or in defence of regulatory or criminal proceedings. Even as they enact immediate steps, our team thinks ahead to protect your assets and reputation.

Our partners have also been closely involved in policy setting, working with the Australian Law Reform Commission on the reforms to Australia’s federal corporate criminal liability regime.

Market highlights

  • Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation & Financial Services Industry (“Financial Services Royal Commission”): representing 15 different financial institutions in their responses to the Royal Commission.  We worked closely with our clients’ teams across business, legal, media and public policy to manage each matter.
  • Cartel prosecution: defending Deutsche Bank in criminal proceedings alleging cartel conduct in relation to an equity capital raising. The case raises novel issues of law and examines the role of the ACCC as the investigating authority.
  • John Kinghorn: in defending tax related charges brought by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
  • An ASX-listed company: in representing it during a joint investigation of the Australian Federal Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation into bribery and corruption offences in the USA.
  • Confidential financial institution: on ASIC/ACCC investigations into alleged insider trading, market integrity and market manipulation.
  • ENGIE: in defending two substantial criminal prosecutions arising out of the Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire before the Supreme Court of Victoria.

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