Christopher David

Christopher David's practice focuses on representing both companies and individuals in international white collar crime matters mainly involving allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, tax evasion, cartels 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), the Financial Conduct Authority or the National Crime Agency, as well as overseas agencies, such as the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission. He is recognized as a Future Leader in the 2019 edition of Who's Who Legal: Investigations, as well as the UK 2021 edition of Chambers and 2020 edition of Legal 500.

Mr. David predominantly focuses on conducting internal investigations on behalf of multi-national corporations and major financial services clients. These investigations often involve multiple jurisdictions, and Mr. David has particular experience within this context of UK-specific issues, such as data protection and banking confidentiality. Mr. David also has experience working as a member of a DOJ-appointed independent Compliance Monitorship team. Additionally, he is the co-author of “A Practical Guide to INTERPOL and Red Notices” published by Bloomsbury Professional and advises individuals regarding the procedure for applying for the deletion of red notices.

Mr. David 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. Mr. David has conducted third party risk assessments in more than 60 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia on behalf of multi-national companies.

In addition, Mr. David is currently instructed in relation to multiple SFO investigations on behalf of individuals, including recently successfully representing the former Chief Compliance Officer of Alstom, Jean-Daniel Lainé, who was acquitted of allegations of conspiracy to corrupt. Mr. David also provides advice in relation to sensitive criminal allegations, including serious assault and sexual offences. Mr. David has experience in handling high-profile matters requiring press and reputational management.

In addition to his white collar work, Mr. David is a trustee and board member of the Centre for Criminal Appeals. He has also represented pro bono clients in inquest proceedings through the Royal British Legion and was 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.

Professional Activities

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

  • UK White Collar Defense and Investigations

    Multinational companies, corporate executives, high-ranking public officials and in-house counsel rely on our preeminent practice and depth of experience when facing complex and challenging criminal and regulatory investigations.

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  • WilmerHale W. I. R. E. UK

    This blog, WilmerHale W.I.R.E. (White Collar, Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement) UK, shares the team’s insight and analysis relating to all aspects of UK white collar crime and regulatory enforcement work, as well as legal updates.

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  • A Practical Guide to INTERPOL and Red Notices

    This book by Christopher David and Nicholas Hearn, published by Bloomsbury Professional, puts context around red notices, including the history and structure of INTERPOL, as well as providing the legal basis for finding out where a red notice exists and, if so, how it might be challenged.

    July 26, 2018
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  • Mr. David successfully represented the former Chief Compliance Officer of Alstom, Jean-Daniel Lainé, in an SFO prosecution when he was acquitted in November 2018 of conspiracy to corrupt in relation to Alstom’s role in the Budapest Metro Project.
  • Mr. David recently was part of the team that conducted a sensitive internal investigation on behalf of the Board of a FTSE 100 company.
  • Mr. David is currently conducting an internal investigation on behalf of a multi-national company in relation to allegations of overseas corruption.
  • Mr. David advised a major German company in relation to its third-party adviser relationships around the world.
  • Mr. David led 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 is currently representing a high net worth individual in respect of a criminal investigation conducted by HMRC.
  • Mr. David is currently representing an individual in relation to a global antitrust investigation in multiple territories.
  • 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 an 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.
    • Led a team investigating whistle-blower allegations within a major financial services institution.
    • 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.


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  • Recognized as a Rising Star by The Expert Guides 2019
  • Commended in The Times - Best Law Firms 2019
  • The 2021 edition of Chambers UK ranked Mr. David in Band 4 in the category of Financial Crime: Individuals. In the 2019–2020 editions, he was ranked as "Up and Coming" in the same category. Market sources note that he is "very knowledgeable about criminal defence" and highlight his "astute judgement."
  • Recognized as a Future Leader in the 2019 edition of Who's Who Legal: Investigations – Future Leaders.
  • Recommended in the 2014–2018 editions of The Legal 500 UK in the category of Crime, fraud and licensing - Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime and in the 2018 and 2020 edition for Fraud: White Collar Crime. The 2020 edition describes him as "an excellent practitioner in the white-collar area, with extensive experience in internal investigations, transnational practice, and on the subject of arrest warrants and Interpol red notices."

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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

  • Admissions

    • England and Wales, Solicitor

    • Barrister (unregistered)