Francis Bond Solicitor
Francis is a member of the firm’s corporate crime and investigations team.
He advises clients on white collar defence and investigations, compliance, pre-investigations, investigations and prosecutions conducted by agencies such as the SFO, the NCA, the CPS, OFSI and the CMA.
He has developed a particular specialism in sanctions and export control issues, helping clients adapt to recent shifts in the global financial sanctions framework.
He assists in multi-jurisdictional investigations involving agencies such as the US Department of Justice, the US Securities & Exchange Commission, the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He advises on transnational issues of Mutual Legal Assistance, overseas confiscation and restraint orders, and Interpol Red Notices.
He is currently involved in a high-profile private prosecution.
Francis advises firms on their anti-money laundering, anti-bribery, financial sanctions and Criminal Finance Act compliance policies and procedures.
He also has experience on a range of high-profile civil fraud matters, including work on the collapse of a Central Asian bank which was one of the largest fraud cases to come before the English courts.
He has been an active member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association for many years, and regularly gives talks and undertakes training for clients on issues of white collar crime and sanctions. He is a regular writer and blogger in the industry, and has contributed to recent publications on the future direction of UK sanctions policy.