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Regulatory Investigations / Sanctions, Corporate & White Collar Crime

Greenberg Traurig’s Regulatory Investigations, Sanctions, Corporate and White Collar Crime Capabilities

The interests of today’s corporations, institutions and entrepreneurs, are truly global. This brings with it multi-faceted legal and reputational issues that require the attention and advice of professionals who have integrity and deep experience. Lawyers who can plan and manage the legal affairs of international clients operating in diverse sectors of the world’s economy. Nowhere is this more important than in cases involving criminal and regulatory investigations where the reputational consequences, let alone the personal and financial ones can be disastrous.

As government agencies increasingly scrutinize business decisions the stakes can be very high for companies. The White Collar team at Greenberg Traurig excels in developing innovative strategies aimed at preserving the value and reputation of our clients. And if the government is determined to move forward with criminal or civil enforcement, we stand ready to steadfastly defend them. The team has deep trial and complex litigation experience having acted against a myriad of government authorities, both in the UK, US, EU and globally. Complex international litigation is a large part of our workload.

Greenberg Traurig’s White Collar Defense & Special Investigations Practice comprises over 70 lawyers around the world who can handle a wide variety of challenges in many jurisdictions around the globe. The team includes many former prosecutors from national and international enforcement agencies, with a wide array of experience and intimate knowledge of the highest levels of government.

Leveraging the insights and experience of our government affairs colleagues, industry professionals, compliance professionals, and litigators throughout the firm, we advise and represent companies and their executives and boards in all kinds of situations. inquiries. We handle highly technical, complex cases involving significant exposure for financial institutions, companies, and their executives, including criminal and civil enforcement matters by state authorities and regulators involving high-profile financial fraud, anti-competitive practices and corruption.

We handle matters related to:

  • ABC anti-corruption enforcement and compliance (FCPA/ Bribery Act)
  • Account freezing orders
  • Antitrust and cartels investigations
  • Asset protection in cases of alleged fraud
  • Asset recovery and enforcement
  • Blockchain, digital assets and financial technology regulations
  • Computer Misuse Act investigations
  • Cyber breaches and misuse of data
  • Double taxation fraud investigations
  • Environmental violations
  • Extradition and Interpol Red Notices
  • Failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion
  • Fraud
  • Health care fraud and abuse
  • Insider Dealing and Market abuse/Market manipulation
  • Money laundering
  • Mutual legal assistance
  • Sanctions and export controls (UK, EU, US)
  • Securities and accounting fraud
  • Tax investigations and fraud
  • The Bribery Act
  • The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act
  • The National Security Investment Act
  • Unexplained Wealth Orders litigation

Jo Rickards is Co-Chair of the firm’s Global White Collar Defense & Special Investigations Practice where she represents a wide range of companies and individuals. Jo is recognised as a leading individual in her practice area advising clients in investigations involving allegations of corruption, cartels, tax and investment fraud and contentious financial services. She has advised directors and companies in the UK and internationally for over 20 years. She represents companies and individuals investigated by the SFO, FCA, CMA and HMRC and those who are subject to mutual legal assistance requests from criminal authorities abroad.

Jo’s corporate representations range from conducting an independent review for a UK casino chain, advising online gambling platforms in respect of  money laundering investigations, advising a sovereign wealth fund involved in a high-profile sanctions matter and conducting internal investigations into bribery and advising on whether to self-report. She has advised numerous companies on corruption, money laundering and fraud issues. She has acted for individuals in relation to investigations into Madoff, Unaoil, Patisserie Valerie, Quindell, Rolls Royce, Och-Ziff, Airbus and 1MdB. Jo is ranked in Band 1 for Financial Crime: Individuals and Band 2 for Financial Crime: Corporates by Chambers Guide UK 2021, and according to clients “She fights her corner for her clients and leaves no stone unturned”. She is also recognised among the Hall of Fame for Fraud and White Collar Crime, and as a Leading Individual for Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime in the Legal 500 UK 2022 guide, which states that “Jo Rickards has a wonderful feel for the art of the possible and gives well-considered, insightful and strategic advice”.  According to the Legal 500 UK 2022 guide, “She has a great ability to pick up on nuances to help guide clients to a correct resolution…. She is a great choice if someone needs an attorney in the UK”.

Rebecca Meads is a shareholder and Chair of the London White Collar Crime & Investigations Team, focusing on business crime and regulatory investigations. Rebecca acts for individuals and corporates in cases of complex fraud, white collar crime, bribery and corruption, and regulatory matters. She has wide-ranging experience in domestic and international investigations and prosecutions, including those brought by the Serious Fraud Office the Financial Conduct Authority, and the Crown Prosecution Service, and those brought by, or on behalf of, overseas enforcement agencies.

Due to her multi-jurisdictional practice, Rebecca’s clients are often the subject of cross-border investigations and litigation. She has broad experience advising in parallel proceedings and in coordinating multi-disciplinary teams of professionals.

Rebecca’s work includes acting for High Net Worth and high-profile individuals facing extradition proceedings and providing advice on mutual legal assistance. She regularly advises on INTERPOL Red Notice matters and works with clients to secure their deletion.

She has represented high-profile individuals and corporates involved in major public inquiries and inquests, including involvement in the Stockwell inquiries/ inquest, Leveson inquiry and Grenfell Tower inquiry. Her inquest work includes acting for a high-profile diplomat, as well as corporate bodies.

Rebecca is regularly invited to speak and chair panels at key industry events, hosted by leading organisations across Europe.

Please see the following links for more information:

Jo Rickards | Professionals | Greenberg Traurig LLP (

Rebecca Meads | Professionals | Greenberg Traurig LLP (

White Collar Defense & Special Investigations | Litigation | Capabilities | Greenberg Traurig LLP (

For further advice and assistance please contact:

Greenberg Traurig LLP
The Shard
Level 8
32 London Bridge Street
Tel: + 44 (0)20 3349 8700
Contact: Jo Rickards

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