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Businesses are operating within an increasingly complex and ever-growing body of regulatory and compliance regimes.  Managing regulatory, governance and compliance requirements across the world presents many challenges and this area is fast becoming a prominent area of legal concern.

As compliance regimes become increasingly wide-ranging, complex and stringent, international companies are particularly vulnerable, especially when operating in unfamiliar or challenging jurisdictions. That vulnerability is particularly acute when appointing local agents, working through third parties, entering into joint ventures or undertaking acquisitions. With the global reach of modern communications, the cost, both financial and reputational, of slipping up in any area is potentially enormous.

In this area of rapidly developing law Clyde & Co’s multi-disciplined compliance team understands the need to provide a commercially focused proactive service that ensures the minimum of disruption. We regularly advise companies on a wide range of related issues including industry regulation, data protection, health and safety, competition, trade sanctions, corporate governance, prosecutions and dawn raids, spin off frauds and related litigation.

Often new regulations can force businesses to re-evaluate their approach and a quick, focused opinion is invaluable. Over the last year trade sanction regimes were applied to a number of countries with serious ramifications for the energy, insurance, transport and financial sectors. We have advised a significant number of affected organisations in this area and are recognised as the leading authority on the subject.

Ever-present and far-reaching legislation, both local and international in scope-such as the FCPA, Dodd-Frank, China’s new Anti-Corruption Law, the Saudi Arabian Anti-Corruption Law and the UK Bribery Act can impact on a global scale, particularly when the consequential fraud and civil litigation follows suit. Our contentious regulatory team has an outstanding track record in high profile investigations and the depth and breadth of our experience gives our clients a crucial advantage.

We also advise clients on cases of complex or unusual corporate shareholding or management structures. In particular, we are skilled at helping bridge the gap between UK and international corporate governance requirements.  Our mandates are predominantly to represent the interests of the company and its directors. We understand the particular needs of organisations from new and emerging markets looking to list on the major capital markets, who may need advice on corporate governance and ownership arrangements.

Our contentious group specialise in professional liability matters and defend claims on alleged professional negligence against a wide variety of professionals including lawyers, accountants, architects, surveyors, company directors, finance and insurance brokers and healthcare professionals.  Acting for and against governments, banks, insurers and individuals.