White Collar Crime

White Collar Crime

We have been dealing with corporate criminal law for years. In all of its aspects. This includes defending our clients in high-profile cases involving former officials of the Ministry of Finance in the context of the tax decisions they issued, as well as representing a wronged real estate developer in a case involving the contamination of its land with tens of thousands of tons of soil. We also defended a board member of a company unknowingly implicated in VAT carousel fraud, and a CFO in a case involving alleged illegal gambling. We have repeatedly represented board members in cases involving irregularities in companies. We defend clients in penal fiscal proceedings on a regular basis.

With more and more cases like this coming to our attention, we decided to launch a distinct White Collar Crime practice area. In it, we are able to assemble the right combination of lawyers who have a proven track record as tax experts, litigators and corporate criminal law specialists. This is an area that typically has many aspects to address and requires expertise in many areas of law, in addition to an in-depth understanding of business. That is why we have formed an interdisciplinary team of top-class professionals.

In 2021, 30% of all reported crimes in Poland were business offences. The penalties such offences carry were significantly increased on 1 October 2023. It is therefore important to take preventive measures to avoid events that could give rise to criminal liability for business managers. Our team also deals comprehensively with matters related to the crisis in the enterprise. We analyse criminal law risks and assist in the case of unexpected searches and inspections.

Scope of services
  • Legal assistance at every stage of procedure before the main case is started (e.g., customs and fiscal inspection) and at every stage of penal fiscal proceedings, in the analysis of documentation and evidence, drafting of pleadings, objections and explanations to, among others, records following the examination of books, inspection reports or inspection results
  • Advice on the liability of collective entities
  • Advice on the mitigation of criminal law risks and penal fiscal risks in connection with the operation of an enterprise
  • Designing and implementation of internal compliance and control procedures (compliance, including anti-money laundering (AML))
  • Legal support at the stage of pre-trial proceedings, including analysis of evidence, designing a defence strategy and participation in the activities of the proceedings, such as questioning as a suspect
  • Legal advice on the flow and scope of documentation collected in terms of criminal and penal fiscal proceedings
  • Defence of the accused during legal proceedings, including participation in court hearings and drafting of pleadings
  • Legal support in bringing a private and subsidiary prosecution and representation of entities bringing a private and subsidiary prosecution in court during criminal proceedings
  • Representation of clients during dawn raids, searches and questioning of clients’ employees
  • Designing of internal procedures to be followed in the event of unannounced inspections and searches
  • Advice on crisis management
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