Neil Gerrard is global co-head of Dechert's white collar and securities litigation practice with responsibility for all matters outside of the United States. Mr Gerrard focuses on white-collar crime relating to the corporate sector, with an emphasis on regulatory investigations and prosecutions undertaken by UK, US and EU regulators including the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Justice, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Office of Fair Trading.
Mr Gerrard's unique skillset and extensive experience have made him a lawyer of choice for companies, particularly audit committees, around the world which regularly instruct him to undertake independent regulatory and/or whistle-blower investigations, invariably involving multiple jurisdictions and regulatory bodies. He has advised on many of the largest, most high-profile investigations carried out by key European regulators and is often called upon to conduct investigatory work as an independent specialist on behalf of these regulatory bodies. Mr Gerrard also advises on risk management, internal controls and accountability, and other compliance issues.
Mr Gerrard is consistently ranked as a top tier lawyer in Chambers UK's corporate crime and investigations section. He is described as "a stellar thinker and strategist", an "enormously experienced" lawyer who is "respected by regulators" and has "a huge presence." Clients also commented that "he is one of the best in the business, from anywhere in the world." In addition, Chambers UK describes him as having "great insight into expectations as to how the matter will progress. He is clearly very experienced and has a good sense not only for the legal side, but also for practicality" and a "master tactician, whose bold ideas and clear logical thought patterns make him invaluable."
The Legal 500 UK has consistently recognised Mr Gerrard as "incredibly smart and tough", an "outstanding lawyer" who is "unusually smart" with "unique insight and experience", and "in the first rank of practitioners in the field". Mr Gerrard has been named to The Legal 500 "Hall of Fame", which highlights individuals who are at the pinnacle of the profession and have received consistent praise by their clients over many years of research.
Mr Gerrard has also been recognised as the "Best of the Best" in Euromoney's Expert Guides of the world's leading lawyers chosen by their peers.
From February 24 2014, Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) became available to the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) as a way to deal with corporate criminal cases relating to fraud, corruption and money laundering, without the need for a finding of guilt. It is the Director of the SFO who will...