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, 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) or the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Mr. David is currently instructed in relation to the SFO investigations into Alstom (alleged corruption), KBR (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. Mr David has conducted third party risk assessments in more than 60 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia on behalf of multi-national companies.
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. 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.
Mr. David is a member of the Law Society, Fraud Lawyers Association, Cybercrime Practitioners' Association, Liberty and Amnesty International.
IICE Europe, Stuck between a rock & a hard place: The liability of compliance/investigative officers, Frankfurt, November 29, 2016
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 advising a major German company in relation to its third party adviser relationships around the world.
Mr. David is recently 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 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 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.
- 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.
- Recognized as a Future Leader in the 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal: Investigations – Future Leaders
- Recommended in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions of The Legal 500 UK in the category of Crime, fraud and licensing - Fraud: corporate crime
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BVC, BPP Law School, 2004
PGDip, BPP Law School, 2003
BA, International History, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2002
England and Wales, Solicitor