We have extensive experience assisting clients in matters involving criminal fraud of many types (e.g. occupational fraud and clinical trial fraud). We conduct internal investigations aimed at identifying fraud, abuses and wrongdoers. To this end we cooperate with leading risk analysis firms providing necessary expert assistance. We also assist clients in reporting fraud to the authorities and representing them as aggrieved parties in governmental investigations and at trial.
We advise and represent clients in corruption and bribery matters. We represent clients who were injured by corruption and bribery as well as defend individuals. We also advise corporations whose employees were involved in corruption and bribery practices on corporate criminal liability issues.
Drawing from our trial experience, we advise clients on designing and implementing anti-corruption and anti-bribery policies. We also assist in M&A transactions, conducting pre- and post-acquisition anti-corruption due diligence.
We cooperate with Transparency International as country experts for its Exporting Corruption Progress Report.
We closely cooperate with our colleagues from the Competition practice in matters relating to cartels and bid rigging. We provide pre-charge advice to clients with regard to self-disclosure and corporate criminal liability.
We advise companies and shareholders on corporate criminal liability. Although the current law hobbles effective prosecution of corporations, the risk of corporate criminal liability should always be taken into account, especially in the context of M&A transactions. The government is also signalling its intention to pass a new law on corporate criminal liability to modernise the procedure, expand its scope, provide for stricter penalties, and impose mandatory duties on business to adopt compliance and whistleblowing policies.
We defend individual clients in white-collar matters in governmental investigations and at trial. We have particular experience in defence relating to fraud, corruption, bribery, money laundering, and criminal mismanagement.
We conduct internal investigations, both at the company’s initiative and in response to whistleblowers’ complaints. We investigate occupational fraud, corruption and bribery, the root causes of cyber vulnerabilities, money laundering, and other misconduct, for domestic and multinational companies. Our services range from general compliance audits across the organisation to targeted inspections of suspicious conduct within selected business units. We aim to provide clients insightful examination of potential risks and assist them in shaping the optimal responses to mitigate legal, commercial and reputational impact. We also advise on self-disclosure to enforcement authorities and regulatory agencies.
We tailor our team on a case-by-case basis, engaging investigators from a pool of experienced white-collar attorneys, civil litigators, and regulatory and tax advisers. With support from trusted private investigators and risk analysis firms, we can run quick background checks of suspects and swiftly analyse the client’s available databases using tailor-made data analytics tools.
We draw from our trial experience to advise clients on criminal law compliance projects. We have particular experience advising clients on designing tailor-made anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) and anti-money laundering (AML) procedures. We also advise clients on designing and implementing whistleblowing procedures. To this end we cooperate with leading international firms providing platform solutions to business. We can help companies identify risks and design procedures, and assist clients in implementation, including providing training for all employees and board members.
We provide assistance to buyers and sellers with regard to criminal-law risks resulting from M&A transactions. We assist in pre- and post-acquisition due diligence and advise on transaction structures with a view to mitigating risks of criminal liability (appropriate structure of the deal, post-sale remedies). Our criminal risk due diligence covers detection of ongoing and past cases of corruption and bribery, occupational fraud and abuses, money laundering and human rights violations, especially in supply chains (e.g. human trafficking, child and forced labour).
We have extensive experience assisting clients in responding to various cyberattacks and cyber-facilitated frauds, e.g. business email compromise, phishing, data hacks, ICO fraud, ransomware, and collapses of cryptocurrency exchanges. We combine our expertise in civil and criminal law to deliver to clients a comprehensive response and recovery strategy. To this end we conduct internal investigations aimed at determining the course of events, securing evidence and eradicating threats. We also represent clients in criminal, administrative and civil proceedings to repair harm and enforce liability against the perpetrators as well as third parties contributing to losses through their negligence.
We have experience working on multijurisdictional teams tackling cyber frauds. We have deep knowledge of instruments enabling international cooperation between law enforcement authorities (mutual legal assistance treaties, European Investigative Orders). We also have experience assisting authorities in collecting user data of major digital platforms via governmental disclosure requests. We also have experience securing evidence abroad using local procedures (for example, in support of a pending investigation in Poland we successfully worked with an English firm to obtain a Norwich Pharmacal order against a major telecommunications provider in the UK).
Civil fraud is an umbrella term used for a plethora of causes of action and remedies available to fraud victims. These measures aim to recover defrauded assets. We have extensive experience litigating disputes over the civil repercussions of criminal fraud. We assist clients who have suffered losses originating from occupational fraud, clinical trial fraud, cybercrime and money laundering.
Unlike many foreign jurisdictions, the Polish civil justice system does not provide effective tools to pursue civil fraud claims. It does not for example provide for pre-action disclosure, search warrants, or similar orders for obtaining information. We have experience finding alternative tools, for example obtaining information and evidence via criminal proceedings.
We represent clients in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. We have experience representing clients before the Polish Financial Supervision Authority and various professional responsibility bodies (e.g. medical associations and bar associations).
We assist clients in preparing for dawn raids (designing tailor-made policies, conducting training and mock dawn raids) as well as providing clients emergency assistance during dawn raids (remotely and on-site) and in subsequent investigations.
See our general note on dawn raids and criminal-specific guidance on search of business premises and seizure of items by law enforcement authorities.
We have extensive experience in human rights law. We represent clients in various matters concerning human rights abuses before domestic and international bodies (e.g. the European Court of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Commission, and OECD Contact Points).
We also advise clients on human rights due diligence, especially in supply chains (human trafficking, forced and child labour). In these matters we follow the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.
We defend clients in extradition matters and provide assistance in Interpol Red Notice challenges. We also advise clients on mutual legal assistance issues. In MLA and extradition matters we closely cooperate with foreign colleagues to provide clients comprehensive strategies in both jurisdictions of interest. We also cooperate with leading NGOs and experts to obtain reports on the state of human rights observance in countries seeking extradition. We also have expertise with challenges to Interpol Red Notices, especially when they are politically motivated.
We provide assistance to clients involved in immigration offences (illegal attempts to cross the border, forged visas and forged border-control stamps) and resulting administrative proceedings (e.g. visa revocation and entry in domestic or SIS databases of persons unwelcome in the EU).