Cadwalader UK White Collar and Litigation Teams Earn Industry Recognition

November 19, 2020

Cadwalader’s London-based White Collar Defense & Investigations and Litigation teams have been recognized in the 2021 editions of two leading UK legal directories and acknowledged in the GIR 100 2020.

Chambers UK 2021 has ranked its “Financial Crime: Individuals” practice area, and featured these Cadwalader partners as leaders in their respective practice areas: Mark Beardsworth — Financial Crime: Corporates (London Firms) and Financial Crime: Individuals (London Firms); and Kevin Roberts — Financial Crime: Individuals (London Firms).

Chambers UK refers to Beardsworth’s representation on a “range of financial crime matters for corporate clients,” and his “considerable experience in complex and multi-jurisdictional SFO investigations into bribery, corruption and money laundering as well as those involving rate fixing.” Roberts, writes Chambers UK, “has notable strength acting for individuals on allegations of bribery, corruption, money laundering and fraud throughout investigations and prosecutions brought by the SFO.”

In The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2021, the firm is ranked in the following categories:

  • Fraud: White-Collar Crime (Advice to Individuals)
  • International Arbitration
  • Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime (Advice to Corporates)

In addition, The Legal 500 has highlighted these lawyers for their exemplary work in their practice areas, including recognition of Mark Beardsworth as a “Leading Individual” in the areas of “Fraud: White-Collar Crime (Advice to Individuals)” and “Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime (Advice to Corporates).”

Recommended and Key Lawyers from the firm’s White Collar and Disputes teams include:

  • Melis Acuner, International Arbitration
  • Kevin Roberts, Fraud: White-Collar Crime (Advice to Individuals)
  • Simon Walsh, International Arbitration
  • Shruti Chandhok, Fraud: White-Collar Crime (Advice to Individuals)
  • Duncan Grieve, Fraud: White-Collar Crime (Advice to Individuals)

The Legal500 writes that the team of “Mark Beardsworth and Kevin Roberts bring finesse, sure-footed advice and an utterly exceptional service to their clients.” They go on to say that Beardsworth is “well-regarded for the defence of serious fraud and criminal matters, and is well-versed in dealing with regulators including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and FRC.” Roberts “is noted for his regulatory compliance and investigations work; and often deals with regulators, including the FCA, MHRA, HSE and SFO.” Clients said to Legal 500 of the pair: “United for the first time in the same firm, the highly respected Mark Beardsworth and Kevin Roberts now form a powerhouse dynamic.”

The Legal500 referred to the firm’s dispute resolution team, led by “by experienced practitioner” Melis Acuner, as “notably active across the energy, telecoms, media, construction, banking and finance, insurance and pharmaceuticals sectors.”

In the recently-released GIR 100, Global Investigation Review’s annual guide to the world’s leading cross-border investigations practices, Cadwalader’s White Collar transatlantic team profile acknowledges partners Mark Beardsworth and Kevin Roberts for having “worked on an impressive array of SFO investigations,” partner Melis Acuner, “who focuses her white-collar practice across a range of industries, such as oil and gas, telecommunications and finance,” and associate Duncan Grieve.

Cadwalader’s transatlantic White Collar Defense and Investigations team represents financial institutions, investment firms, broker-dealers, corporations, boards of directors, audit committees, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings, trials, and appeals. The group has extensive expertise advising clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act 2010, the Bank Secrecy Act, the Proceeds of Crime Act, the False Claims Act, and the Commodity Exchange Act, as well as global sanctions, money laundering and asset forfeiture laws.

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