"Best for Serious Business Criminal Law"
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"A team of first-class lawyers with experience and expertise. A strong, bright, proactive and diligent team"
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Francesca is widely recognised as an asset on the highest-level corporate crime investigations and other matters where crisis management is vitally important.
Her track record includes in-depth experience of many of the largest and most notable multinational cases. Having worked for many years for an international law firm, she is adept at handling all aspects of the most complex, multifaceted investigations.
Francesca’s workload has included many of the most significant Serious Fraud Office investigations, including some of the biggest bribery, cross-border and carbon credit tax fraud cases. Francesca advised a senior executive in the SFO’s Petrofac bribery investigation. She acted for a former bank trader who was charged regarding market manipulation of the EURIBOR interest rate benchmark and assisted in the defence of traders investigated and prosecuted by the SFO over alleged manipulation of the LIBOR interest rate.
Her ability to identify and navigate the best route in a criminal investigation has led to her being the first choice of many high net worth individuals, senior business figures and professionals in cases where reputations are at stake.
Francesca was involved in the UK’s biggest phone hacking and related investigations - Operations Weeting, Elveden and Tuleta – and has represented clients in high-profile extradition proceedings.
Francesca has particular expertise in the area of proceeds of crime (money laundering) and frequently advises on a range of issues including the making of suspicious activity reports (SARs) and law enforcement applications that seek to freeze or seize assets, including Account Freezing Orders, Restraint Orders, and other applications made under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).
With her acknowledged achievements in fraud and other financial crime, she is also sought by corporates for advice and representation on compliance matters; including responding to whistleblower complaints and conducting internal investigations and risk assessments.
Her work on top-level investigations has included acting for those investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority over suspected anti-competitive practices. She also represented the former CEO of an international telecommunications company in a Financial Conduct Authority investigation into market abuse and suspected breaches of the Financial Services Act 2012.
Francesca is former chair and current Educational Secretary of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association.
Aziz Rahman and Francesca Cassidy-Taylor assess Switzerland’s plans to tighten its approach to money laundering
With Switzerland announcing its intention to reform its money laundering regime, Aziz Rahman and Francesca Cassidy-Taylor examined the proposals.
FT Adviser - September 2023READ MORE
Francesca Cassidy-Taylor examines the financial crime risks posed by the metaverse
The metaverse’s potential for attracting criminals was detailed by Francesca Cassidy-Taylor.
August 2023READ MORE
Francesca Cassidy-Taylor assesses the last Serious Fraud Office annual report of Lisa Osofsky’s directorship
With the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) having published its final annual report with Lisa Osofsky as Director, Francesca Cassidy-Taylor wrote abouts its findings.
July 2023READ MORE
Plans to amend the law regarding corporate criminal liability are assessed by Aziz Rahman and Francesca Cassidy-Taylor
The potentially far-reaching effects of the recently-announced amendment to the law on corporate criminal liability were considered in detail by Aziz Rahman and Francesca Cassidy-Taylor.
FT Advisor - June 2023READ MORE
Corporate Crime: Detection & Reaction
Rahman Ravelli to hold conference analysing the current challenges in corporate crime.
Thu 15th Feb 2024
Rahman Ravelli hold an Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill Webinar
A webinar to examine all aspects of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill was organised by Rahman Ravelli.
10th July 2023 | 12:00 - 13:15 BST
Asset recovery statistics: Figures relating to fraud and money laundering in 2022 - 2023
The Home Office has recently released official statistics on the value and volume of proceeds of crime that have been restrained, seized, or frozen and subsequently recovered in the period from March 2018 to March 2023.
September 2023READ MORE
Francesca’s experience of top-level, multinational corporate crime investigations and her ability to identify the best route for clients has made her the first choice of many high net worth individuals, senior business figures and professionals.
She is sought by corporates for advice and representation on compliance matters; including responding to whistleblower complaints and conducting internal investigations and risk assessments.