Neil Gerrard

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Neil Gerrard

Partner

London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London, UK EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7672 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Neil Gerrard is global co-head of Dechert’s white collar and securities litigation practice with responsibility for all matters outside of the United States. Mr. Gerrard focuses on white collar crime relating to the corporate sector, with an emphasis on regulatory investigations and prosecutions undertaken by UK, U.S. and EU regulators including the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue & Customs, the Department of Trade & Industry, the Department of Justice, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Office of Fair Trading.

Mr. Gerrard’s unique skillset and extensive experience have made him a lawyer of choice for companies, particularly audit committees, around the world which regularly instruct him to undertake independent regulatory and/or whistle-blower investigations, invariably involving multiple jurisdictions and regulatory bodies. He has advised on many of the largest, most high-profile investigations carried out by key European regulators and is often called upon to conduct investigatory work as an independent specialist on behalf of these regulatory bodies. Mr. Gerrard also advises on risk management, internal controls and accountability, and other compliance issues.

Mr. Gerrard is consistently ranked as a top tier lawyer in Chambers UK’s Corporate Crime and Investigations section. He is described as "a stellar thinker and strategist”, an “enormously experienced” lawyer who is “respected by regulators” and has “a huge presence.” Clients also commented that "he is one of the best in the business, from anywhere in the world." In addition, Chambers UK describes him as having “great insight into expectations as to how the matter will progress. He is clearly very experienced and has a good sense not only for the legal side, but also for practicality” and a “master tactician, whose bold ideas and clear logical thought patterns make him invaluable.”

The Legal 500 UK has consistently recognised Mr. Gerrard as “incredibly smart and tough”, an “outstanding lawyer” who is “unusually smart” with “unique insight and experience” and “in the first rank of practitioners in the field”. Mr. Gerrard has been named to The Legal 500 “Hall of Fame”, which highlights individuals who are at the pinnacle of the profession and have received consistent praise by their clients over many years of research. 

Mr. Gerrard has also been recognised as the “Best of the Best” in EuroMoney's Expert Guides of the world's leading lawyers chosen by their peers. 

Experience

Mr. Gerrard has advised on many of the largest, high profile investigations carried out by UK regulators and is often called upon to conduct investigatory work as an independent specialist on behalf of these regulatory bodies. He also advises on corporate governance issues, including Audit Committee investigations since the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act as well as risk management, internal controls and accountability and other compliance issues. In addition, Mr. Gerrard regularly advises non-UK companies on UK and European regulatory requirements.

He also has significant experience in the execution of search warrants, interviews under caution and compulsion statements, having previously prosecuted for the Department of Trade and Industry and also served as a Metropolitan Police officer in London.

The confidential nature of Neil’s work precludes us from providing comprehensive details of his experience, which includes the following representative matters:

  • Acting as lead counsel for the world’s second largest manufacturing and engineering corporation in its space, for all criminal investigations into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption.
  • Acting for the investment arm of a Middle Eastern government on a global investigation into complex financial crime, bribery, corruption and parallel litigation.
  • Conducting an internal corruption, bribery and anti-trust investigation for a global US healthcare company, including assessment of local issues across Europe, Asia, the US and the Middle East.
  • Defending a large multi-national logistics company in HM Revenue & Customs’ largest ever tax fraud investigation and liaising with the Serious Fraud Office in relation to a defense contract corruption allegation.
  • Advising on corruption allegations arising out of the UN Iraq Oil for Food Program.
  • Representing senior executives of a petroleum services company in foreign corruption investigations by the DOJ and the SEC into activities in Nigeria, Kazakhstan and elsewhere.
  • Advising multinational companies on compliance programs and internal policy and risk procedure.
  • Advising a multinational company on offences resulting from the use and recording of facilitation payments by an overseas subsidiary.
Education
  • Manchester Polytechnic, LL.B., 1988, with Honors
  • Chester College of Law, J.D., 1989
Admissions
  • England and Wales
  • Ireland
Memberships
  • Member of The Law Society of England and Wales