GIR Live London: SFO investigators sit in on French prosecutor’s interviews

03 December 2019

The SFO has been “piggybacking” on investigations headed by France’s financial crimes prosecutor, according to a speaker at GIR Live London.

FCA official: Data AI not a panacea in investigations

04 December 2019

Despite advancements in technology, the human mind remains the best tool to use in criminal investigations, according to an FCA director.

GIR Live winter – in pictures

06 December 2019

Pictures from GIR Live London held at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton on 3 December.

GIR Live London: corporations get lost between jurisdictions when assisting authorities

04 December 2019

Lawyers have bemoaned a lack of guidance for corporations cooperating with multi-jurisdictional investigations and suggested authorities agree a consistent approach to make things clearer.


Stephen Gentle

Simmons & Simmons

Stephen is head of the firm’s Crime, Fraud & Investigations group. He specialises in assisting corporate and individual clients in complex fraud and financial regulatory matters, frequently with multi-jurisdictional aspects.

He has particular expertise in advising in anti-bribery and anti-money laundering compliance, investigations and proceedings and Financial Conduct Authority matters (with a particular emphasis on insider dealing, market misconduct and international regulatory issues). He has expertise in Competition and Markets Authority criminal cartel investigations. His international criminal practice covers extradition proceedings, financial sanctions advice and mutual legal assistance requests where he acts for corporations, individuals and governments.

Louise Hodges

Kingsley Napley

Louise is particularly well known for representing individuals subject to financial regulatory and/or criminal investigations for market abuse or market misconduct including insider dealing and misleading the market, mainly dealt with by the FCA or the SFO. She heads the KN Financial Services Group.

She often advises early in an investigation, aiming where possible to avoid criminal charges and either secure no further action or an alternative regulatory disposal. She has a track record of securing acquittals at trial.

Her cases frequently have an international dimension, including involving the US DOJ, FBI, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), as well as many European prosecutors and regulators.


Timothy Bowden


Andrea Bowe

Director of Strategy, Policy, International and Intelligence, Enforcement & Market Oversight Division, Financial Conduct Authority

James Brady

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Rebecca Cronin

Director of Technical Solutions, Inventus

Joanna Dimmock

White & Case

Matthew Getz

Boies Schiller Flexner

Andrew Smith

Corker Binning

Charlie Patrick

Forensic Risk Alliance

Helen Ratcliffe

Associate General Counsel, Financial Crime Legal Advisory, HSBC

Gareth Rees QC

King & Spalding

Rachel Sexton


Peter Spivack

Hogan Lovells

Marcus Thompson

Kirkland & Ellis


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

Stephen Gentle, Simmons & Simmons
Louise Hodges, Kingsley Napley

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks 

9.40: Session one: Managing and defending parallel investigations and proceedings

Complex criminal investigations bring risks of civil litigation, arbitration proceedings, employment issues and regulatory intervention – often in an international context.  Decisions made in one context must be risk assessed against their impact in other areas – actual or potential. Our expert panel will discuss how practitioners can best meet the challenges and complexity of this arena.

Issues they are expected to discuss include:

  • Civil litigation – same facts, different impact: managing collateral use of documents – avoiding contempt risk, privilege waivers, shareholder actions;
  • The prosecutor/regulator dynamic – how to manage the relationships?
  • The international context – cross-border information and evidence flows.

Stephen Gentle, Simmons & Simmons
Louise Hodges, Kingsley Napley

James Brady, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 
Joanna Dimmock, White & Case
Andrew Smith, Corker Binning 
Charlie Patrick, Forensic Risk Alliance 

10.40: Coffee break

11.10: Session two: Artificial Intelligence and the management of investigations

AI has the potential to revolutionise the world of investigations – big data can be transformed into easy-to-use information; it can be tabulated and organised quickly and efficiently. But how can practitioners get to grips with this? And what does it mean for the future of their practice?

Topics our panel of experts are expected to cover include:

  • Big data, and how AI can help practitioners to use it;
  • What AI can do for clients, and improving efficiency?
  • What does AI mean for the future of investigations?

Stephen Gentle, Simmons & Simmons
Louise Hodges, Kingsley Napley

Andrea Bowe, Financial Conduct Authority
Rebecca Cronin, Director of Technical Solutions, Inventus
Rachel Sexton, EY
Peter Spivack, Hogan Lovells

12.10: Session three: Self reporting and cooperation

When and how should potential misconduct be reported? Is self reporting and cooperation now a default for corporates? What does cooperation look like? Where do individuals sit in the process? How are the different disclosure and cooperation regimes across regulators and borders developing? This is an area which is always in flux with a wide range of opinions on how it should be navigated. 

The panel will address questions such as:

  • To what extent are enforcement authorities promoting and actively encouraging self-reporting and what are the advantages and disadvantages of engagement for corporates?
  • DPAs: Who do they work for?
  • What are the implications of a public-private cooperation approach to criminal investigation and enforcement in the UK and elsewhere?

Stephen Gentle, Simmons & Simmons
Louise Hodges, Kingsley Napley

Timothy Bowden, Dechert 
Matthew Getz, Boies Schiller Flexner
Helen Ratcliffe, Associate General Counsel, Financial Crime Legal Advisory, HSBC
Gareth Rees QC, King & Spalding 
Marcus Thompson, Kirkland & Ellis

13.10: Chairs’ closing remarks 

Stephen Gentle, Simmons & Simmons
Louise Hodges, Kingsley Napley

13.20: Networking lunch

14.20: Close of conference

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  • "Excellent pace, speakers, and interactive format" AlixPartners



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