Investigations & Business Crimes

Providence Law Asia is a recognised market leader regularly involved in high-profile, multi-jurisdictional investigations and enforcement actions and proceedings.  We have a proven track record in providing high-quality advice and defence representation in areas of law ranging from corporate malfeasance, anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, and fraud, to leading and managing complex investigations and enforcement issues.  

We support a diverse clientele, including sovereign states, state agencies, global conglomerates, and corporations, with strategic investigations and around-the-clock crisis management to navigate challenging regulatory and corporate crises, with a view to minimise economic, legal, and reputational risks and exposure.

At the individual level, we have represented individuals in regulatory and judicial proceedings on significant matters involving insider or fraudulent trading, market manipulation, corruption, and bribery allegations under local and foreign legislation such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act.  

Our emphasis on a dynamic and multidimensional problem-solving approach and our strong investigative capabilities makes us the firm of choice for entities and individuals in high-stakes situations.  

Our core investigatory and representation expertise includes: 

  • 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.  
  • Instructed by a foreign Government to investigate substantial hospital bills rendered by a Southeast Asian hospital in respect of treatment rendered to 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Led 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. 
  • Acted for senior management members of two Singapore GLCs linked to the “Operation Carwash” corruption scandal in Brazil. 
  • Acting for the directors of various Singapore-listed companies in respect of disciplinary proceedings brought by the SGX. 

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