White Collar Crime and Corporate Compliance

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Few legal proceedings are as high-stakes as a criminal investigation, or a criminal prosecution.  The cost to a corporation of having been found to violate criminal law can be devastating both in terms of financial penalties assessed, and with respect to loss of reputation.  For individuals, a criminal conviction can be career-ending, and can result in the loss of their freedom.

KNP LAW’s White Collar and Criminal Law Practice offers clients facing the possibility — or reality — of a criminal prosecution the full resources of the Firm’s lawyers, providing knowledgeable and experienced support to our clients during these highly sensitive proceedings.

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White Collar Crime and Corporate Compliance

Istvan Hadzsi

Attorney at Law

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Our team consists of attorneys trained in several countries, including the United States, Germany, and France.

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White Collar Crime and Corporate Compliance

Experience and Expertise

Our expertise comes from practical experience. Our team has members who have had over 18 years of prior experience serving as a police officer, and also as a Vice Commisionner of the Hungarian police forces. Such a deep understanding of procedure can only come first not through a knowledge of the law, but through an understanding of how law enforcement agencies gather evidence, how they prepare to prosecture crimes, how they proceed with investigations, and how their internal processes work. This intricate knowledge sets us apart from the competition because our approach is unique – we approach the challenges which our client’s face from the inside out, instead of trying to look in and understand the process of the investigation. Our attorneys work together collaboratively, drawing on the knowledge and experience of KNP LAW’s substantive specialists as necessary.

Proactive Posture

Our approach to counseling clients in this area is comprehensive, and proactive.  Above all, we do everything we can to help our clients avoid an investigation and prosecution in the first place.  We do this by engaging with our clients regularly on risk management and compliance issues, and work with them to design and implement effective compliance strategies.  Even in those instances where compliance programs by themselves prove insufficient, having them in place can significantly improve the tone of a later investigation, and can help in the favorable resolution of an investigation.

When Avoidance Fails

Where problems arise, we deploy our resources quickly to help facilitate as minimally disruptive an outcome as possible.  Whether through crisis management, or early engagement with enforcement authorities, we position our clients for early success, wherever possible.  From conducting internal investigations, to negotiating with law enforcement and prosecutorial authorities, to representing clients in full-fledged criminal proceedings, we are at our clients’ disposal to provide support at all points of the spectrum.

Comprehensive Perspective

We understand the delicate interplay between criminal and civil proceedings, and understand that the evolution of the former can significantly impact the latter.  Accordingly, we are conscious of the ways in which our actions on behalf of our clients might have a broader ripple effect, and act in ways that minimize potential downstream disruptions.

International Capability

Hungary’s economy is increasingly connected with not just the rest of the European Union but also with the rest of the world.  Accordingly, much of Hungarian business invariably has an international aspect, and criminal investigations and prosecutions also often take on a cross-border character.  KNP LAW’s team comprises many attorneys who were educated and trained in foreign jurisdictions, including the United States and France, and who have experience with relevant corruption and anti-bribery laws, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) in the United States.

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