IFT & Macfarlanes Breakfast Meeting - 5th February 2019
The criminalisation of the Boardroom – is this a real threat to directors, or mere puff from the regulators?
Neill Blundell will investigate whether criminal risk is increased and how can it be mitigated. As opinion has shifted over last 10 years, and business is now blamed for the activities of its employees and its agents, being tough on crime issues is a vote winner for politicians. Neill will discuss changes in recent legislation in the UK and across Europe and consider the reality of the threat of criminal action to Boards. Neill will review the sources of risk, and how to mitigate them, drawing on his wide experience in international white collar defence.
Neill Blundell is head of Macfarlanes' corporate crime and investigations practice. He is a specialist lawyer in white collar defence and criminal investigations who advises both individuals and corporates on compliance, pre-investigations, investigations and prosecutions conducted by agencies such as the SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC, NCA, Civil Aviation Authority and the CPS. He also assists in multi-jurisdictional investigations involving agencies such as the US Department of Justice and the US Securities & Exchange Commission.
Neill has significant experience of acting for clients (both corporates and individuals) facing criminal investigations and prosecutions. He has been involved in some of the highest profile bribery investigations into BAE, Rolls-Royce and Airbus, as well as benchmark rigging (LIBOR) and the investigation into Barclays regarding the 2008 fund raising.