Waiving privilege shows willingness to cooperate, SFO official says

06 December 2018

The SFO’s joint head of bribery and corruption said that companies that want to receive cooperation credit should strongly consider waiving privilege over factual accounts.

Money laundering crackdown has not reached the UK

11 December 2018

The UK’s resource-strapped authorities aren’t equipped to tackle the vast swathe of money laundering cases that aren’t large enough to be handled by the UK Serious Fraud Office.


Jonathan Grimes

Kingsley Napley

Jonathan is a criminal lawyer specialising in serious and complex criminal cases. His practice covers all areas of financial services and business crime, including cases of alleged fraud, market abuse, corruption, and money laundering. He frequently represents individuals in business crime investigations and prosecutions both in the UK and abroad. His expertise includes cases investigated by the police, NCA, SFO, FCA, and HMRC, as well as foreign investigative authorities. He also continues to advise in a wide variety of other criminal law matters with a particular emphasis on cases with an international aspect. Jonathan is the Kingsley Napley’s Money Laundering Nominated Officer.​

Jonathan Pickworth

White & Case

Jonathan heads the London White Collar Crime team and has almost 30 years of experience representing corporates and individuals in investigations by UK and international agencies. He also advises firms on internal investigations, due diligence, compliance and risk in relation to criminal and regulatory matters. Clients benefit from his experience in dealing with law enforcement and regulators, his strategic thinking and his pragmatism. Jonathan's practice focuses on allegations relating to corruption, market misconduct, fraud, tax evasion, insider trading and money laundering. He frequently interacts with the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue & Customs, the Financial Conduct Authority, the police and other agencies.

Keynote Speaker

Matthew Wagstaff

Joint Head of Bribery and Corruption, The Serious Fraud Office

Matthew joined the SFO in the summer of 2012 as joint Head of Bribery and Corruption. Matthew has over twenty years’ experience prosecuting serious and complex fraud, and previously worked at the Solicitor’s Office of HM Customs and Excise, the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office, and the Crown Prosecution Service.


Saqib Alam

Morrison & Foerster

Timothy Bowden


James Brady

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Eve Giles

Allen & Overy

Kelly Hagedorn

Jenner & Block

Tamara Oppenheimer

Fountain Court Chambers

Joe Smith

Global Financial Crime Counsel, Barclays

Polly Sprenger

Katten Muchin Rosenman

Sam Tate

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

Simon Taylor

Forensic Risk Alliance


13:00: Welcome coffee and registration

13.30: Chairs’ welcome

Jonathan Pickworth, White & Case
Jonathan Grimes, Kingsley Napley

13.40: Keynote speech: The SFO: Current priorities and future directions

Matthew Wagstaff, Joint Head of Bribery and Corruption, Serious Fraud Office

14.10: Session one: The SFO’s new regime and the future of white-collar law enforcement

Following on from our keynote speech, this session will look to the ongoing developments within the SFO and what they tell us about its likely approach in the next few years.

Questions expected to be discussed include:

• ENRC: What is its impact on internal investigations, particularly cross-border ones? What are the practical ramifications when there is a need to secure witness evidence? Are all notes of witness interviews conducted by a company’s lawyers now fully protected? Will the position differ if there is to be a DPA?

• What is the current position on corporate attribution? In the absence of a “failure to prevent economic crime” offence, where is the corporate risk, from a charging perspective? Is there sufficient incentive to self-report?

• KBR Inc: was this the right decision or is there now an overreach in terms of the applicability and use of section 2 notices?

• What are the key takeaways from the evidence given before the House of Lords Select Committee on the Bribery Act?

• Going forward, how does the panel envisage that the SFO will work alongside the National Economic Crime Unit? Will the SFO continue to focus on bribery and corruption, as it has done in the last few years, or will we see more of a shift to investigations involving fraud and money laundering?

Jonathan Pickworth, White & Case

Saqib Alam, Morrison & Foerster
Eve Giles, Allen & Overy
Kelly Hagedorn, Jenner & Block
Tamara Oppenheimer, Fountain Court Chambers
Sam Tate, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain
Matthew Wagstaff, Joint Head of Bribery and Corruption, Serious Fraud Office

15.25: Coffee break

16.00: Session two: Tackling illicit finance: Political rhetoric or a new priority for law enforcement?

With more and more cases of unexplained wealth coming to public attention, our panellists will address the best approach in tackling illicit finance. What more needs to be done to improve government and law enforcement capabilities when it comes to money laundering and organised crime?

Questions expected to be discussed include:

• What is the state of current money laundering enforcement policy and practice?

• Prosecution versus asset forfeiture – which one, and when?

• What is the future for unexplained wealth orders among wider investigations and enforcement practices?

• What changes are being seen in AML compliance and what are their impact?

• What does the rise of “de-risking” mean, and what are the factors driving institutions to use this approach?

Jonathan Grimes, Kingsley Napley

Timothy Bowden, Dechert
James Brady, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Joe Smith, Global Financial Crime Counsel, Barclays
Polly Sprenger, Katten Muchin Rosenman
Simon Taylor, Forensic Risk Alliance

17.15: Chairs’ closing remarks 

Jonathan Pickworth, White & Case
Jonathan Grimes, Kingsley Napley

17.25 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton


2 London Wall Place, London, EC2Y 5AU


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Ticket Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early £600 21 September 2018
Early £700 23 November 2018
Standard £800 6 December 2018


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