Advice before and after it goes wrong
A systems and control framework designed to identify and mitigate inherent risk is a key requirement for any business seeking to engage in domestic and international business. This framework is dictated by a multitude of factors, including sectoral focus, size and age of the business, and geographical location. Regulators expect compliance controls to be robust, failing which significant fines and prosecutions can result.
Our advisory clients
We act for corporates seeking to ensure that they minimise potential exposure to regulatory and criminal censure. Our lawyers are able to advise on how best to identify and mitigate risk and have extensive experience in multiple facets of compliance and risk management, including:
- Undertaking risk assessments in relation to anti-money laundering (AML), anti-bribery and corruption (ABC), tax evasion, sanctions and environmental, social and governance (ESG) exposure
- Providing written opinions in respect of sanctions, AML and ABC concerns
- Reviewing, updating and drafting financial crime policies, process and documentation
- Undertaking root cause analysis pertaining to financial crime systems and control failures
- Drafting and delivering training sessions, both online and in-person, covering a wide range of compliance issues
- In conjunction with data analysts and forensic accountants, drafting financial crime board and c-suite reports
- Analysing suspicious activity with a view to drafting and submitting Suspicious Activity Reports.
Our approach to risk management
To provide the best advice to our clients, we ensure that we understand their business. Our team has extensive in-house experience, and we are able to identify not only the potential legal issues but also the commercial, interpersonal and political concerns that may be of equal significance to our clients. We work hand-in-glove with those who instruct us to ensure that our advice, whether a written work product or an oral report to the c-suite, is precisely what is required.
Our lawyers have relationships with regulators and financial crime practitioners around the world and leverage these connections to provide advice based on best practices and international trends.
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"David Savage of Stewarts regularly acts for high net worth clients under investigation by the DOJ, the SFO and the FCA. ‘I find him very good to work with. He is very friendly, innovative in his approach and has a lot of experience,’ says one commentator. Another market insider reports: ‘I have found him to have extremely good judgement, and to be exceptionally hard-working and organised,’ adding that ‘he has great expertise when it comes to sanctions, which makes him a valuable adviser to any HNW client’."Chambers
"The team at Stewarts, although relatively new to the market, have quickly established themselves and their reputation in order to compete with longstanding firms in this area. They are dynamic and approachable. Due to the extent of the wider firm’s practice, they are able to offer a multi-specialism service to clients."The Legal 500
"David Savage is a brilliant attorney. We worked with him on a complicated foreign exchange matter involving the US Department of Justice, and he provided extremely good advice about international exposure for our client and was an extremely pleasant person to work with."The Legal 500
"David Savage heads up the financial crime team at Stewarts and has extensive experience in financial crime matters including orchestrating significant internal investigations and dealing with economic sanctions matters both on an advisory and contentious basis."The Legal 500
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