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White Collar Crime & Regulatory Investigations

Holding Redlich's team assists clients in all aspects of criminal and regulatory investigations, with extensive experience in defending prosecutions by state and federal legislative bodies.

White Collar Crime & Regulatory Investigations

Our team has a focus on ensuring all forms of commercial crimes are expertly handled by those involved, with emphasis on our experience in acting for companies and individuals involved in criminal matters such as fraud, foreign bribery and civil penalty charges.

Expertise

Holding Redlich’s team led by Howard Rapke, has many years’ experience advising and representing companies and individuals being investigated or charged in relation to all forms of commercial crime, including fraud, foreign bribery, breaches of directors’ duties, anti-corruption matters and cartel charges, as well as prosecutions under Federal and Victorian criminal law. Holding Redlich is also experienced in advising, negotiating and securing indemnity for the payment of legal costs by employers, directors, officers and insurers.

In addition to assisting its clients with all aspects of criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions, the team is also experienced in defending prosecutions pursued by ASIC, the ACCC, the EPA Victoria and other state and federal regulatory bodies.

Experience

  • acting for the former CEO of Note Printing Australia in Australia’s first foreign bribery prosecution, which resulted in the High Court ordering a permanent stay of the charges against Holding Redlich’s client
  • acting for a former employee of Sinclair Knight Merz (now Jacobs Group (Australia)) in a foreign bribery prosecution in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, in which Holding Redlich successfully ensured all charges against its client were withdrawn prior to trial
  • acting for an employee of a company investigated by the ACCC for alleged price fixing
  • acting for ASIC in investigating conduct of financial institutions and advising on civil penalty and criminal charges
  • acting for a stockbroker in an investigation by ASIC, subsequent criminal trial in the District Court of NSW and appeal in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal, defending allegations of dishonest conduct in respect of investors’ funds
  • acting for a former CEO of a credit union in relation to charges commenced by ASIC alleging they had breached their duties as an officer by failing to provide information to the organisation’s board
  • acting for a group of companies who had been defrauded by their former bookkeeper to obtain freezing orders over assets and recover stolen funds
  • acting for a director of a trustee company in defending charges alleging misuse of trust property, and Supreme Court of NSW proceedings commenced by the NSW Crime Commission seeking orders under criminal assets recovery legislation
  • representing a company and its directors in relation to charges commenced by the EPA and the relevant local council in relation to alleged dumping of waste
  • acting for companies and individuals in proceeds of crime asset forfeiture applications brought by the AFP
  • acting for recipients of confiscation, restraint and forfeiture of asset applications commenced by both state and federal prosecutors
  • representing various organisations and individuals in response to investigations commenced by the Independent Broad-Based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) including:
    • Operation Ord
    • Operation Lansdowne
    • Operation Watts
  • representing various organisations and individuals in response to investigations commenced by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), including:
    • Operation Tolosa
    • Operation Aero
    • Operation Credo
  • arising out of an investigation by the IBAC, representing an individual charged with conspiracy to defraud, knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice
  • appearing on behalf of individuals at coercive hearings and interviews commenced by the IBAC, the ACCC, ASIC, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and the Office of the Chief Examiner
  • responding to police search warrants and summonses to produce documents issued by the IBAC, the ACCC, ASIC and the Office of the Chief Examiner and asserting claims of legal professional privilege.