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International

As business and finance become ever more global, financial crime investigations and complex business disputes almost always implicate more than one jurisdiction.

With an integrated team of lawyers qualified to practise in the UK, US, France and Germany, Rahman Ravelli acts for corporations, senior executives and high net worth individuals based all over the world.

Our team has broad legal expertise and significant experience interacting with law enforcement and regulatory authorities in multiple countries. And through our strategic relationships with an extensive network of trusted overseas practitioners, we are able to swiftly deliver expert guidance pertaining to legal issues touching on virtually any jurisdiction.

We are often engaged to manage multi-jurisdictional teams in complex cross-border civil, criminal and regulatory matters. As a conflict-free firm, Rahman Ravelli is also regularly engaged by in-house counsel and large international law firms to provide senior officers and directors with advice that is independent from their company’s lawyers.

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International Expertise


Acting for a Slovakian futures trader in a market manipulation enforcement action brought by the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission in federal court in Chicago.

Obtaining an acquittal for a former senior executive of a seismic testing company - after the company itself had admitted wrongdoing - following an SFO investigation into alleged bribery of a South Korean public official to secure multi-million-pound contracts.

Defense of a London-based hedge fund trader being investigated by authorities in Europe over alleged involvement in a £193 million Cum-Ex share trading scheme.

Acting for a Moscow-based telecom executive in connection with an FCPA and foreign bribery indictment filed by the US Department of Justice in Manhattan.

Defence of a French individual facing allegations of tax fraud in France and on the Ivory Coast.

Defence of a large industrial group during settlement negotiations with the European Investment Bank to close an investigation allegations of corruption in West Africa.

Defence of a major French construction consortium in connection with World Bank investigations into alleged corruption and collusion in the Indian Ocean.

Advice to a Dubai-based cryptocurrency and non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace on compliance with US and UK money-laundering and sanction laws.

Advice to a European cybersecurity firm with respect to compliance with US and UK sanction and export control laws.

Representation of one of the largest private banks in Southeast Asia in a global assessment of its sanctions exposure and related compliance policies and procedures.

Representation of the former CEO of an international oil and gas firm in connection with a multijurisdictional investigation into alleged bribery in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and elsewhere.

Representation of a company and its top executives in parallel investigations brought by the UK Pensions Regulator, SFO, FCA, HMRC and foreign authorities into allegations of market manipulation and the mis-selling of pension and investment funds involving over £120 million.

Advising a major corporate group in connection with the control of its compliance programme by the French Anticorruption Agency.

Defence of a forex trader in a large-scale investigation into the loss of £130 million of investor funds by authorities in Turkey, Thailand, Australia, and the US.

Defence of a partner at a London-based asset management firm in a multi-jurisdictional Cum-Ex trading investigation by authorities in the UK, Germany, and Austria.

Representation of a major US corporation in a transatlantic investigation into a sophisticated hack and theft of crypto assets.

Representation of an ultra-high net worth individual in a global asset recovery investigation spanning South Africa, Europe, the UK, and the US.

Representation of a global precious metals company in an SFO bribery and corruption investigation. This included conducting multi-jurisdictional internal investigations of more than 40 companies worldwide and negotiations for a deferred prosecution agreement.

Defended a London-based hedge fund trader being investigated by authorities in Europe over alleged involvement in a £193 million Cum-Ex share trading scheme.

Represented a partner at an asset management firm in a multi-jurisdictional Cum-Ex trading investigation headed by UK, German and Austrian authorities.

Defence of a corporate’s chief executive and director in an FCA criminal investigation into making false/misleading statements and concealing material facts relating to a large, publicly-listed company.

Represented an alleged director in an SFO investigation relating to the operation of pension schemes and SIPP investments, involving £120 million.

Represented a major US corporation in a transatlantic investigation into a sophisticated hack and theft of crypto assets. This involved working closely with the FBI in the US and the UK National Crime Agency’s cybercrime department.

Represented a corporate entity in the landmark case of Ion Science v Persons Unknown. This case is widely recognised as the first ICO fraud case to go before the commercial court, and the first time a court considered the location of Bitcoin for jurisdictional purposes. An injunction was obtained to freeze crypto assets.

Representation of an English cryptocurrency exchange that was subject to a sophisticated hack, leading to investigations in nations including the Seychelles, Belarus and Ukraine.

Represented a multi-national corporate in a worldwide asset recovery investigation arising from its subsidiary being targeted in a phishing fraud.

Represented a UK company in an asset recovery investigation relating to wrongdoing in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Advised a multi-national cryptocurrency and non-fungible token (NFT) art dealer on compliance with UK and US money laundering and sanctions law.

Advised a global fintech company on regulatory matters and FCA compliance.

Conducted an internal investigation for a well-established European confectionery company in relation to HMRC VAT investigations.

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