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Linklaters launches first multidisciplinary compliance group

New initiative set up 'in anticipation of more global risk and regulatory change'

23 January 2014

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Linklaters has today launched what it claims is the first global multidisciplinary practice group aimed at assisting clients with risk, regulatory and governance matters.

The new group will sit in parallel with the firm's financial regulation group and focus on non-financial services regulation, risk and governance.

The international law firm says it has set up the group "in anticipation of more global risk and regulatory change".

The new 'operational intelligence group', will combine regulatory risk, governance and compliance capabilities to "create a strong strategic fit with corporates' needs".

Led by London partners Satindar Dogra, Vanessa Havard-Williams and Tom Shropshire, the new group will comprise a small team of lawyers from around the world. The firm says the team's areas of expertise will include corporate, regulatory, anti-trust, data privacy, anti-bribery and anti-corruption for large multinational corporations, boards, governments and non-governmental entities.

"Regulatory and social expectations of multinationals continue to grow, with regulators around the world becoming increasingly active. This poses a complex compliance challenge for corporates, with unpredictable outcomes when problems do occur," said Vanessa Havard-Williams.

Tom Shropshire added: "More than ever, a clear understanding of legal landscapes and cultural expectations is key to business growth - an integrated approach to risk management and compliance is needed for companies to remain competitive and, by combining corporate, litigation and regulatory skills, we can provide a holistic, robust and commercial perspective."

"Ultimately our aim is to help our clients turn crisis mountains into molehills by helping them establish the right corporate framework in which a crisis can be managed and resolved with limited damage to stakeholder value," commented Satindar Dogra.

The operational intelligence group launches with five partners, of which three (the co-heads) are based in London. It includes the US-based Lance Croffoot-Suede and Hong Kong-based Marc Harvey.

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