White Collar Crime

In an increasingly complex and technologically sophisticated commercial environment, white collar crime is an area of law that requires a very high degree of specialised expertise. Since leading the investigation into the Barings Bank debacle in the mid-90s, we have earned a reputation as a leading practice in the field.

Rajah & Tann’s highly regarded White Collar Crime Practice Group provides expert legal advice on, and invaluable insight into, the prosecution and enforcement process of all aspects of white collar crime and financial fraud, including:

  • Corporate fraud, including breach of trust, cheating and forgery
  • Insider trading
  • Securities fraud and market manipulation
  • Multi-level marketing and pyramid selling
  • Insurance fraud
  • Corruption and bribery
  • Corporate disclosure breaches
  • Fraudulent trading
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Electronic and computer crimes
  • Anti-money laundering matters and reporting obligations
  • International legal assistance as well as other transnational criminal matters

The Group is led by Hamidul Haq, a former Senior State Counsel/Deputy Public Prosecutor of the Criminal Justice Division, Attorney-General’s Chambers and former Head Legal of the Commercial Affairs Department.

A comprehensive service

As well as representing clients who face criminal prosecution in court, the Group advises companies and banks on matters relating to forensic investigations, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. The Group also advises several MNCs and banks on regulatory issues pertaining to anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and disclosure obligations.

Expert investigators

Supported by forensic experts in all areas, the Group also conducts investigations for companies. The Group was involved, for example, in the corporate investigation and restructuring of China Aviation Oil. In the mid-90s, the Group was the lead investigator, together with a top accounting firm, in the Barings Bank debacle perpetrated by Nick Leeson.

Advice every step of the way

The Group provides critical support to clients at every stage, from the initial stages of the investigations to the conclusion of prosecution. The Singapore government has in recent years raised the bar on corporate accountability and the Group advises on all aspects of enforcement action by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, the Commercial Affairs Department, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Singapore Exchange.

Most recently, the Group advised and acted for directors and officers from AP Oil International Ltd, Airocean Group Ltd, JELCorp and Mitsui Oil (Asia) in enforcement actions taken against them respectively.