Rebecca Copcutt

Associate, London

Biography

Overview

Rebecca Copcutt is a senior associate in the London White Collar Crime team, representing financial institutions, listed companies and senior executives.  She focuses on criminal enforcement action and investigations with a particular interest in cases involving alleged bribery and corruption, criminal cartel behaviour, money laundering, market misconduct and fraud.

Clients benefit from Rebecca’s insight into financial crime investigations and enforcement activity brought by the UK authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority. She has particular experience advising clients on criminal and regulatory enforcement action with a cross-Atlantic dimension including cases led by the Department of Justice, the CFTC and the OCC.

Rebecca has lived and worked in New York, Boston and London and spent time on client secondment at a leading investment bank.

Rebecca is a recommended lawyer in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 for white collar crime.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Education
LLM
Harvard Law School
LPC
University of Law
LLB
University of Exeter
Languages
English

Experience

Representing a senior bank trader in connection with a worldwide investigation into the manipulation of foreign exchange benchmarks by the Department of Justice, the Serious Fraud Office and other global agencies.

Representing an international investment bank in regulatory enforcement proceedings concerning the adequacy of anti-money laundering systems and controls, acting as global coordinating counsel in respect of  investigations by the Financial Conduct Authority (UK), the New York Department of Financial Services, the Department of Justice, the New York Federal Reserve (in the US), BaFin (in Germany) and the European Central Bank.

Advising a leading UK corporate in relation to an active FCA investigation into potential criminal insider dealing and civil market abuse offences arising out of trading activity alleged to have taken by its employees ahead of a public trading announcement.

Advising a CEO of a publicly traded company in relation to HMRC criminal enforcement action arising out of alleged money laundering and proceeds of crime offences committed in the UK, Europe, and South America arising out of alleged illegal activity of an organised crime group operating across UK and European networks.

Advising the CEO of a publicly traded company listed on the English and international criminal law issues in respect of certain tax liabilities allegedly incurred in a European country by a group subsidiary company.

Acting for a senior executive in the oil industry in relation to a Serious Fraud Office investigation.

Advising a leading commercial and retail bank in relation to a regulatory enforcement investigation concerning the bank's capital position and the conduct of its executive directors.

Advising corporates and private equity houses on potential money laundering and bribery risks, including reporting to the National Crime Agency and Serious Fraud Office.

Advising individuals under investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority, the Department of Justice and other agencies in relation to trading activity.

Awards and Recognition

Rebecca won the Firm's Social Responsibility Award for her commitment to the North Kensington Law Centre advising those affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster