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WWL Ranking: Recommended
Investigations 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

"Mark is a real go-getter"
"He is a smart lawyer and strong negotiator"
"He's a good presence to have in your corner in a tough fight"


Mark Beardsworth is a partner in Cadwalader’s white collar defence and investigations group, resident in the London office.

Mark focuses his practice in the defence of serious fraud and criminal matters and has been involved extensively over the past twenty years in prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office. He is experienced in matters before the Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Financial Reporting Council.

Mark represents corporates and senior director groups in significant matters of criminal misconduct and alleged misdemeanour. He conducts internal investigations for corporates, regulators and other entities and advises companies and their directors on governance issues. He helps clients to avoid compliance and criminal risk in a wide range of scenarios. Many of his cases are international in scope and attract significant media attention.

He has a special interest in cases with ancillary civil and regulatory proceedings and has a practical knowledge of representing a client's wider interests in these situations.

Mark is recognised as a leader in the field of commercial fraud in The Legal 500 UK and Chambers UK directories. He is also recognised as a global and thought leader in Who’s Who Legal and Global Investigations Review for Asset Recovery 2020, Business Crime Defence – Corporates and Individuals 2020, and Investigations 2021.

Mark is chair of the American Bar Association's international white collar crime committee, an appointed honorary member of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), a member of the ABA Section of International Law and The Law Society.

He is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

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