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Deborah Williams is the Professional Support Lawyer for the White Collar team.
Prior to becoming a Professional Support Lawyer, Ms. Williams advised clients on internal and regulatory investigations, compliance and corporate governance issues. Her work focuses on matters involving bribery, corruption, fraud (including tax fraud), SFO and FCA enforcement, and market misconduct. She also has advised on corporate policies and procedures, particularly in relation to the Bribery Act 2010 and related matters. Ms. Williams has acted on a number of significant investigations ranging across a variety of sectors, most recently including engineering, energy, logistics and financial services. Many of the investigations that she has advised on have an international aspect.
Ms. Williams is a contributing editor of the first and second editions of Global Legal Insights - Bribery & Corruption, a book covering bribery and corruption law in 27 jurisdictions. The publication provides an overview of the law and enforcement regime, enforcement activity during recent years, issues relating to investigation and enforcement decisions, corporate liability, and proposed reforms in the years ahead. She also co-authored the chapter focused on the United Kingdom.
Ms. Williams gained experience working on financial investigations while a case lawyer in the enforcement division of the Financial Services Authority (now the Financial Conduct Authority). Her experience has also included advising the corporate trustee and agency division of international banks on debt capital markets and structured finance transactions, while based in Singapore.
Advising multinational companies on compliance programmes, with a particular focus on anti bribery and corruption.
Advising a multinational company on potential bribery and corruption offences in connection with facilitation payments overseas.
Advising a multinational logistics company in relation to HM Revenue & Customs' largest tax fraud investigation.
Advising on bribery and corruption issues in relation to corporate due diligence on acquisitions.
Advising an asset manager on money laundering issues overseas.
Representing a senior bank executive in relation to an SFO investigation into allegations of fraud and non-disclosure.
Representing a senior bank trader in connection with a worldwide investigation into the manipulation of foreign exchange benchmarks.