Clients state that Caroline Black is "impressive in her clear thinking approach to solving important issues". She stands out for her "resilience, pragmatism and professionalism" in anti-corruption investigations.
Caroline Black is at the forefront of the corporate investigations field, having acted as a trusted adviser for over a decade to companies and individuals involved in the world’s largest and most complex cases. She is a criminal defence lawyer and advises organisations, boards and audit committees on conducting investigations and interacting with relevant national authorities, including the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the National Crime Agency (NCA), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the police (and their overseas equivalents). Ms Black focuses her practice on the investigation and defence of business crimes, particularly matters involving corruption, money laundering, fraud and tax concerns. She has practical experience of advising clients on how to manage raids on corporate and personal premises and how to respond to and defend criminal or regulatory prosecution (including during interviews under caution and subsequent proceedings).
Ms Black uses her experience of investigating and defending organisations to maintain an active compliance and advisory practice. She assists national and international organisations to recognise corruption and financial crime risks within their businesses, and to design and implement effective compliance measures. Ms Black also regularly undertakes regulatory M&A due diligence on behalf of multinational companies.
Ms Black is described as having “the ability to keep cool in complex and stressful situations” by The Legal 500: UK (2018) and was named as a "Rising Star" of litigation by Legal Week (2016). She was also recognised as a “Rising Star” by London Super Lawyers and has received awards for training and management. Ms Black was listed in the 2015 edition of Global Investigations Review’s “Women in Investigations”, highlighting 100 remarkable women from around the world for their accomplishments in this area of law. Ms Black is a member of the Fraud Lawyers Association, the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association and the Female Fraud Forum.
Career highlights (including matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm) include: advising a major aerospace and defence company in its interactions with the SFO, Parquet National Financier and the US Department of Justice (DOJ); advising a large investment fund in respect of allegations of corruption, involving investigations by the NCA, the DOJ and the SEC and related parliamentary inquiries; advising an international investment fund in its investigation of wrongdoing and diversion of funds in various jurisdictions around the world by members of former management, interacting with relevant national enforcement agencies and the courts; representing a major global engineering, construction and services company in a worldwide corruption investigation into the bribery of government officials in Nigeria involving interaction with the SFO and negotiation of one of the first civil settlements under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; acting for a defence contractor in relation to an investigation of alleged bribery of foreign government officials by a third-party intermediary; acting for a company, and later its directors, in respect of an alleged £1.8 million fraud against the NHS, including attendance and management of a raid of client premises by around 40 police officers; acting for a company and its directors in respect of an alleged tax fraud, including attendance and management of a raid at client premises by HMRC and later prosecution; and advising multinationals on due diligence and compliance programmes including compliance with the UK Bribery Act, and testing of systems in accordance with requirements of US and UK regulatory guidance.