White Collar Crime & Corporate Compliance
White Collar Crime & Corporate Compliance
Few legal proceedings are as high-stakes as a criminal investigation or 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 result in losing their freedom.
KNP LAW's White Collar and Criminal Law Practice offers clients facing the possibility -- or reality -- of 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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Experience and Expertise
Our expertise comes from practical experience. Our team has members with over 18 years of prior experience serving as a police officers and also as Vice Commissioner of the Hungarian police forces. Our attorneys work together collaboratively, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of KNP LW's substantive specialists as necessary. Such a deep understanding of procedure can only come from first-hand knowledge of the law and through an understanding of how law enforcement agencies gather evidence, how they prepare to prosecute crimes, how they proceed with investigations, and how their internal processes operate. This intricate knowledge sets us apart from the competition because our approach is unique – we approach the challenges our clients face from the inside out instead of trying to look in and understand the investigation process.
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 working with them to design and implement effective compliance strategies. Even in those instances where compliance programs prove insufficient, having them in place can significantly improve the tone of a later investigation. It 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, negotiating with law enforcement and prosecutorial authorities, and representing clients in full-fledged criminal proceedings, we are at our clients' disposal to provide support at all points of the spectrum.
We understand the delicate interplay between criminal and civil proceedings and know that the evolution of the former can significantly impact the latter. Accordingly, we are conscious of how our actions on behalf of our clients might have a broader ripple effect and act in ways that minimize potential downstream disruptions.
Hungary's economy is increasingly connected with the rest of the European Union and 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.
What safety and legal safeguards ought to be put in place at work to guard against potential financial crime?
Our criminal law specialists have years of experience assisting you in determining the best options for your business.
Do you comprehend how executive responsibility relates to criminal law?
We are able to offer guidance and representation in all areas of criminal law.
Client First Approach
We provide solutions for current and anticipated problems through mutual collaboration between our team and yours. We solve and alleviate the legal obstacle.
Our team consists of attorneys trained in several countries, including the United States, Germany, and France.
We are a firm built on cooperation and collaboration not only with our clients – but internally within our firm.
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