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Christopher David

Counsel

David, Christopher

Christopher David's practice focuses on representing both individuals and companies in international white collar crime matters mainly involving allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing or money laundering. Mr. David has considerable experience in cross-border investigations, corporate and internal investigations, export controls and economic sanctions advice, and his contentious case work predominantly involves matters under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) or the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Mr. David is currently instructed in relation to the SFO investigations into Alstom (alleged corruption) and ENRC (alleged corruption) as well as conducting a number of internal investigations on behalf of multi-national corporations and major financial services clients, including in relation to cybersecurity breaches. Mr. David has particular experience in providing advice within the context of multi-jurisdictional investigations involving UK-specific issues such as data protection or banking confidentiality.

Mr. David also advises multinational companies and financial institutions in relation to their anti-money laundering, ethics and anti-corruption programs, with particular focus on the UK Bribery Act and the concept of adequate procedures as well as the broader issues of anti-bribery risk management, compliance and training.

In addition to his white collar work, Mr. David is a trustee and board member of the Centre for Criminal Appeals. Mr. David has also represented pro bono clients in inquest proceedings through the Royal British Legion and was recently part of the team that secured a significant result for the families of four British servicemen who died in a road traffic collision whilst on active service in Afghanistan.

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions of The Legal 500 UK in the category of Crime, fraud and licensing - Fraud: corporate crime
  • Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" in the 2015 edition of London Super Lawyers

Speaking Engagements

October 26-27, 2015

Compliance Week Europe

Brussels, Belgium

Recent Highlights

Mr. David is currently leading a large compliance review on behalf of a major UK company of more than 100 Adviser relationships in 65 countries.

Mr. David is also currently advising in a case involving allegations of fraudulent bankruptcy and usury, brought by the Italian authorities, in relation to the collapse of the Italian company Parmalat.

Mr. David spent three months seconded to Google as their Regional Ethics and Compliance Counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Mr. David successfully represented an individual in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) prosecution who was acquitted in December 2012 of conspiracy to corrupt the Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam in relation to the sale of polymer bank notes.

Mr. David has also recently acted for clients in relation to the following:

  • Led a team conducting a review of a large multi-national company overseas agent relationships.
  • Advised a number of multi-national tech companies in relation to their obligations under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) and related legislation (e.g., DRIP).
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a significant UK company in relation to allegations of employee bribery and advising in relation to possible liability under s.7 (failure to prevent bribery) of the Bribery Act.
  • Advising a number of individuals in relation to HM Revenue and Customs investigations into breaches of UK Export Controls and arms dealing as well as providing advice to ensure businesses are compliant with the relevant export control legislation.
  • Advising an individual in relation to EU and UK sanctions and the obtaining of licenses from HM Treasury for the use of frozen funds.
  • Part of a number of multi-jurisdictional teams conducting investigations on behalf of major financial services institutions.
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a UK company into allegations of fraud and corruption in relation to overseas sales.
  • Advised a number of companies in relation to the implications under UK law of a data breach following a cyber-attack.

Professional Activities

Mr. David is a member of the Law Society, Fraud Lawyers Association, Cybercrime Practitioners' Association, Liberty and Amnesty International.

Publications & News

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October 12, 2017

The Legal 500 UK Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2017 Edition

In the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 UK, WilmerHale is named a top-tier firm for dispute resolution - international arbitration and crime, fraud and licensing - fraud: white-collar crime, and is recommended in four other practice areas. The guide also names five partners to its "Leading lawyers" list, and recognizes a total of 11 of the firm's London-based lawyers.

April 6, 2017

Compliance Officer Liability: Between a Rock and a Hard Place?

An article by Christopher David, originally published by Compliance Monitor and also published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

September 19, 2016

The Legal 500 UK Recognizes Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP as a Top-Tier Firm

In the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 UK, WilmerHale is named a top-tier firm for dispute resolution - international arbitration and crime, fraud and licensing - fraud: white-collar crime, and is recommended in four other practice areas. The guide also names four partners to its "Leading lawyers" list, and recognizes a total of nine of the firm's London-based lawyers.

July 12, 2016

United Kingdom: handling internal investigations

An extract by Stephen Pollard, Christopher David and Elly Proudlock from "The European, Middle Eastern and African Investigations Review 2016," published by Global Investigations Review.

March 7, 2016

Mixed fortunes for the SFO

In this article published by The Law Society Gazette, Christopher David discusses recent developments at the Serious Fraud Office.

December 1, 2015

UK's Serious Fraud Office Secures First Deferred Prosecution Agreement

On 30 November 2015, Lord Justice Leveson formally approved the UK's first deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) since the legislative scheme for such arrangements came into force on 24 February 2014. The introduction of DPAs was seen as a landmark moment in the SFO's capacity to pursue corporate wrongdoing effectively.

October 26, 2015

Adequate Procedures—The Current State of Play

An article by Christopher David and Michael Roach, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

September 18, 2015

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP Named a Top-Tier Firm by The Legal 500 UK

In the 2015 edition of The Legal 500 UK, WilmerHale is named a top-tier firm for dispute resolution - international arbitration and crime, fraud and licensing - fraud: white-collar crime, and is recommended in six other practice areas.

August 26, 2015

Corporate Crime: How to Identify It and What to Do When You Do

An article by Christopher David, published in the August 2015 edition of Lawyer Monthly.

August 20, 2015

United Kingdom: handling internal investigations

An article by Stephen Pollard, Christopher David and Elly Proudlock, published in GIR The European, Middle Eastern and African Investigations Review 2015. This article can also be read on GIR's website.

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Education

BVC, BPP Law School, 2004

PGDip, BPP Law School, 2003

BA, International History, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2002

Bar Admissions

England and Wales, Solicitor

Barrister (unregistered)

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