Financial Crime & Investigation

Increasingly aggressive regulatory supervision and scrutiny in the financial sector demand equally determined and focused legal representation.

White-collar crime

In recent years, white-collar crime (ranging from bribery and money laundering offences to securities violations and fraud) has been drawing more attention.

Prosecutors and regulators are targeting businesses, companies and individuals around the world as never before. Countries actively pursue the regulation of financial activities beyond their borders, leading to increased cooperation between law enforcement and regulatory bodies around the world.

We assist clients in the development and implementation of compliance pro- grammes, codes of conduct and whistle-blowing programmes.

We assist clients in the turmoil of investigations led by public prosecutors, and we also lead internal investigations requested by our clients.

Grégoire Mangeat is ranked by 2018 Chambers Europe as one of Switzerland’s leading white-collar crime practitioners, and has been recommended as “an excellent white-collar crime litigator” by 2018 Legal 500 EMEA.

Our experience includes:​

  • Assisting the daughter of a foreign state’s former leader in criminal proceedings for money laundering conducted by the Federal Office of the Attorney General within the context of a major bribery scandal that led to the seizure of assets amounting to around USD 800 million and mutual legal assistance requests from 20 foreign states.
  • Assisting a Swiss bank in relation to anti-money laundering and other regulatory issues regarding a client relationship having certain links to an individual subject to sanctions.
  • Assisting a relative of a foreign state’s former leader accused of having received bribes from international companies in exchange for public procurement contracts in his home country.
  • Assisting a foreign financial firm in obtaining the release of funds seized within the context of criminal proceedings initiated on suspicion of insider trading.
  • Assisting a client suspected of having provided undue advantages to a representative of a sports federation in exchange for the award of media rights for major sporting events.
  • Assisting a foreign central bank within the context of criminal proceedings initiated by the Federal Office of the Attorney General in relation to bribes paid to certain employees.
  • Assisting clients active in the art world accused by former clients of fraud for having allegedly taken hidden commissions on the acquisition of art works.
  • Assisting clients in the delisting of their personal data from sanctions lists and the World-Check database

Your Key Contacts:

Grégoire Mangeat

Grégoire Mangeat is one of the founders of MANGEAT and Former Chairman of the Geneva Bar Association (2016-2018). He is recommended by Legal 500 and a ranked lawyer by Chambers and Partners in the White-collar crime category.

Contact him at: gregoire.mangeat@mangeat.ch

Fanny Margairaz

Fanny Margairaz is a senior associate at MANGEAT and holds a Master of Advanced Studies HES-SO in Economic Crime Investigation from Institute of Economic Crime Investigation (ILCE – HEG Arc) in Neuchâtel.

Contact her at: fanny.margairaz@mangeat.ch