White-Collar Crime

Investigations of all kinds are on the rise in today’s environment of sophisticated and coordinated regulation and enforcement.

What is White-collar crime?

White-collar crime generally refers to financially motivated and non-violent crime committed by individuals, businesses and government professionals. They are usually committed by professionals known as “white collars”.

Types of White-collar crimes can include:

  • Property theft
  • Wage theft
  • Bribery
  • Insider trading
  • Tax evasion
  • Forgery
  • Identity theft
  • Cybercrime and fraud
  • Blackmail
  • Embezzlement
  • Ponzi schemes
  • Insurance fraud
  • Obtaining financial advantage by deception

Investigations relating to fraud, bribery and corruption, workplace misconduct, commissions of inquiry and more are increasing. Companies are appointing independent law firms to undertake a proactive compliance review or are doing so as part of a regulatory or prosecutorial settlement.

FC Lawyers has experience in:

  1. implementing monitoring programs
  2. compliance reviews on behalf of corporate clients
  3. reviewing existing internal controls
  4. reporting back to the company and regulator.

Investigations present unique challenges and substantial risks for an organization. These risks need to be expertly managed.

We have a strong understanding of the different regulatory environments and enforcement landscape in Australia and internationally.

Our Principals have extensive experience in dealing with regulators including the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority. We can help clients facing an investigation of any kind to navigate the risks and to strongly represent their interests with regulators whilst safeguarding their rights and reputation.

Our team is highly skilled at managing both internal and regulatory investigations, and the actions and reputational issues that can arise from investigations.

We have extensive practical experience of regulatory investigations and enforcement processes.

Our areas of white-collar crime include:

  • Banking and financial services regulation.
  • Bankruptcy, financial restructuring and insolvency.
  • Bribery, corruption and fraud.
  • Government investigations and enforcement.
  • Complex and sensitive internal investigations.
  • Securities litigation, regulation and enforcement.
  • Tax prosecutions.
  • Workplace health and safety investigations.

What should you do next?

FC Lawyers can provide you with an assessment of your case to ensure what rights or options you may have. We have extensive experience in this area and it’s important to seek immediate legal advice.

Contact our team today if you have any white-collar crime questions or legal needs.