Compliance, Investigations & Business Crimes
Providence Law has extensive experience advising clients facing criminal investigations and charges related to economic crimes, including: white collar crimes such as complex corporate or insurance fraud; insider or fraudulent trading; market manipulation; corruption and bribery; breach of fiduciary duties; and corporate cyber-crimes. Our lawyers have had prior experience working in the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Singapore Police Force.
Our clients seek our expert advice when facing charges and seek our representation at the regulatory, trial, and appeal stages. Our team is also well-versed and highly-knowledgeable in prominent Acts within Singapore and international criminal law. Many of the cases we have handled include offences under the provisions of the:
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA);
- Prevention of Corruption Act;
- Penal Code;
- UK Bribery Act; and
- The Confiscation of Benefits Act.
Our clients range from major corporations to individuals, and we are fully committed to supporting them every step of the way in the criminal justice process, from the initial investigations to the conclusion of prosecution. Our representative engagements include:
- Multi-jurisdictional fraud case involving misappropriation of several million dollars by two senior executives in a Kazakhstan subsidiary of a Singapore company, and diversion of proceeds to Hong Kong, Ahmedabad and Liechtenstein. Our team directed the fraud investigations in Almaty and Singapore, which culminated in worldwide freezing orders and legal action in the Singapore High Court.
- Representing a HNWI in respect of a Cayman Island family trust with assets valued at over US$133 million against criminal prosecution initiated by third parties in Switzerland, USA (FCPA and IRS) and India.
- Multi-disciplinary investigations for a leading airport operator in India against a former director in respect of suspected conflict of interest and other serious irregularities, which led to Singapore High Court proceedings, which were subsequently settled favourably.
- Acting for the directors of various Singapore-listed companies in respect of disciplinary proceedings brought by the SGX.
- Investigated substantial hospital bills on behalf of foreign Government which were rendered by a South East Asian hospital in respect of treatment of a group of foreign patients. Investigations revealed that the hospital had systematically overcharged the foreign government millions of dollars, which directly resulted in an amicable settlement based on substantial discounting of all outstanding hospital bills.
- Secured two acquittals for a Singapore lawyer in two separate trials on serious charges of perjury and corruption, allegedly committed in the course of his practice as an advocate and solicitor.
- Defended a prominent businessman who was charged for corruption for providing foreign football officials with prostitutes as bribes for fixing football matches. The said businessman was allegedly part of an international match-fixing cartel.