Fraud, Financial and Business Crime
Our criminal law team is especially noted for its expertise in criminal and civil fraud and serious economic crime, with extensive experience in dealing with highly complex cases, acting for both individuals and companies. This includes corporate, banking, cartel and tax fraud as well as money laundering and other compliance and regulatory issues. Matrix can provide advice, advocacy and consultancy assistance focussed on the implementation of anti-corruption policies. We have a particular expertise in advising on strategy at the earliest stages of an investigation.
Our members in this area draw upon several other fields, including commercial law, regulatory and securities law, corporate social responsibility, investigations and employment law. They are able to advise on cross border strategy so it can be implemented internationally. Experience suggests that this is the most critical phase of any possible criminal case in which this broad range of expertise is vital.
- Representing Robert Tchenguiz in his damages claim against the Serious Fraud Office after he was arrested on suspicion of fraud relating to the collapse of the Icelandic bank Kaupthing.
- Representing Thomas Kwok in a long-running trial in Hong Kong, concerning corruption offences in one of the country’s most high value cases.
- Advising a number of FT100 companies on strategy and compliance. We acted in HKSAR v Hon Ming Kong Criminal Appeal No 272 of 2011 in the Court of Appeal of Hong Kong, concerning conspiracy to defraud and market abuse by the Chairman of two public companies.
- Acting on both sides in the high profile case before the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal: Chiang Lily v Secretary for Justice (HK Court of Appeal) CACC 238/2011. The case concerned a conviction for fraud, conspiracy to defraud and the authorisation of a prospectus that included an untrue statement. The appeal considered issues of witness credibility.