WCC22

WCC22 is a leading international firm comprised of Barristers and Consultants extending from Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Canada. This unique and distinctive practice is solely geared towards all material aspects of white collar crime. Our team of experienced and élite financial crime specialists are able to offer unparalleled advice in this area of the law.




CORPORATE CRIME IN PRIVATE AND REGULATORY AGENCIES

We recognise the diversified and unpredictable nature of corporate crime and its pervasive effect on institutional structures. We offer a bespoke service to our clients and design international compliance measures to better fulfil the exacting demands of this precarious environment. Corporate entities have now a shared liability for their actions or omissions and more protectionist measures are required to better safeguard their interests. We are able to advise you as to the availability or applicability of statutory defences, and as to the liability of principals and agents within a corporate and regulatory structure.

We act for clients in all manners of financial crime and related matters, including but not limited to-

- Forgery
- Breach of trust (embezzlement)
- Bribery (Members have advised Ministers, Government officials, law officials, police and intelligence units of sovereign states globally).
- Director’s Abuse of Position;
- Whistle Blowing;
- Ponzi Schemes;
- Counterfeiting;
- Racketeering;
- Customs and tax evasion;
- Illegal trade/Black marketing;
- Limited financial disclosure;
- Advising on cyber-security and facilitating due-diligence for cyber-security experts;
- Financial Crime due-diligence on local companies/ NGOs/ Organisations;
- Anti-trust/Anti-competitive behaviour;
- Assisting regional and international corporate clients in compliance with anti-bribery & corruption; and
- Infringement of intellectual property/ passing off with another company’s name



FRAUD (INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATIONS)

WCC22’s Fraud Crime team have a long-standing and tested knowledge in relation to the diverse types of reoccurring fraud in today's society. We cherish our ability to give clear and concise advice in this expansive area of the law. Members have represented and acted in the capacity for both prosecution and defence and understand the complex nature of fraud cases, and we are equipped to respond to these detailed issues. Members of WCC22 have considerable expert knowledge in the following types of frauds-

- Investment fraud
- False accounting
- Identity Fraud
- Bankruptcy and mortgage related fraud
- Botnet Fraud
- Cheque Fraud
- Identity fraud
- Pyramid Schemes
- Phoenix Company fraud

WCC22 frequently assists and advises internal investigations carried out by corporate institutions who have either been a victim of fraud or face an allegation due to its agents and employees. We value and understand the stress created by such an investigation and are always prepared to advise you in each incremental step of the case.



ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING AND PROCEEDS OF CRIME

The growth of complex measures to conceal the proceeds of crime and launder money has become a 2 trillion-dollar black-market activity. We fully understand the detrimental nature of money laundering on financial institutions, our knowledge helps these institutions in swiftly remedying and identifying these risk before they become irreversible. Equally, we understand that such allegations can be damning to your business and social reputation. We have the familiarity and know-how to deal with such situations in a discreet and sensitive manner.

We further advise clients on anti-money laundering compliance issues, taking account of requirements originating from financial services /postal remittance services/ authorities and other regulatory bodies.

We are intent upon building and solidifying enduring relationships with our clients so that we are best positioned to provide them with the most constructive advice in taxing situations.



COUNTER TERRORIST FINANCING

Following recent global events. UN Security Council have advocated and passed resolutions which have created the foundation for strong counter-terrorism measures in the international legal system. At the heart of any such organisation is its monetary funding. At present, similar to money laundering, complex and sophisticated measures have been adopted by these organisations. At WCC22, our capacity to identify these methods with painstaking detail and precision affords us the position to advise on counter-terrorist financing strategies, procedures and steps.



ASSET RECOVERY AND CASH SEIZURE

The rise of global financial crime has led to an optimisation of the asset recovery and cash seizure regime. This central feature enables the state to withhold and prevent the dissemination of assets which is or have a connection with the proceeds of crime. Our practitioners have a holistic knowledge of this confiscation regime and are best suited to advise you on the following matters-

• Local and international asset-tracing and freezing;
• Advising on the requirements and threshold of confiscation and seizure; and
• Remedial Action, including unfreezing bank accounts, asset repossession and return of seized cash, for confiscated property.



ALLEGATIONS AND REMEDY

Our ability to recognise the density and complexity of financial crimes gives us the empathy to understand that all allegations of financial misconduct may not hold equal force. WCC22 endeavours and achieves to solve any such allegations outside of the formal corners of trial by negotiating with authorities with sound and precise legal reasoning. This approach is fundamental to protect the integrity and privacy of our clients from a public courtroom in the instance they have been wrongly accused. Our team of foreign lawyers enable us to visualize and implement a multi-jurisdiction settlement. Additionally, where expedient and necessary, we represent our clients before Financial Intelligence Units, Police, Public Prosecutors and INTERPOL.

When businesses, regulatory officers and/or their agents are faced with the involvement, direct or indirect, in fraudulent and corrupt practices they may take a misstep in putting a barrier or investigating these practices. Often, legitimate channels are used within unaware and blameless mediums to conceal and disguise criminal proceeds. We are best positioned to advise on the steps and practices to minimise the risks associated with criminal liability and unwelcome sanctions.

We assist regulatory bodies with internal investigations into potential violations of criminal law, whether it be allegations of fraud, money laundering, bribery or insider trading, by providing legal and remedial advice. Part of our expertise is to scrutinise and envisage the limits of the following-

i) the powers of any particular investigating authority;
ii) legality of seizure of privileged material;
iii) scope of freezing injunctions;
iv) scope and range of search warrants;
v) pre-charge actions- voluntary and mandatory interviews;
vi) impact on constitutional and human rights of the accused;
vii) hedging losses incurred to business enterprises and individuals; and
viii) Media outbreaks.



CROSS-BORDER: EXTRADITION AND MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE

• Advising on matters of Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance, which includes but is not limited to:
 - Assisting 'requesting states', 'requested states' and private clients
 - Liaising with interested parties in respect of human rights issues
 - Mediating and assisting deferred prosecution agreements.

• Advising on global economic sanctions and their impact on corporations in the region.



MARKET ABUSE

Criminal behaviours which amount to insider trading and market manipulations are prime examples of actionable misconducts under the market abuse regime. The 2007-2008 global financial crisis is a key indicator of the stream of effects that can arise from abusing market policies and regulation. WCC22’s work with financial bodies and institutions around the world provides us with a distinctive insight into the inner workings and processes within such entities. This, in turn, has enabled us to advise on preventative measures to detect and stop market abuse indicators. Our work in this area encompasses the following-

• Advising on what constitutes market abuse and misconduct, including insider trading-prevention and remedial action.
• Measures to prevent and counteract predatory lending;
• Identify and advise on deceit and manipulation of the commodities market, securities and exchanges.

About Us

WCC22 is a leading international firm comprised of Barristers and Consultants extending from Malaysia, Bangladesh, Canada and Pakistan. This unique and distinctive practice is solely geared towards all material aspects of white collar crime. Our team of experienced and élite financial crime specialists are able to offer unparalleled advice in this area of the law.

Disclaimer

All barristers and consultants at WCC22 work in their individual capacity as self-employed practitioners. Members of WCC22 may utilise other approved practitioners as recognised by the common law and civil law jurisdictions. Any views or comments expressed in this website pertain to that of an individual practitioner and may not necessarily be the opinion or views of any other members of WCC22 and should not be relied upon as legal advice. WCC22 takes all reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of the information promoted thereto in this website but individual practitioners do not assume responsibility for such information.

Equality

WCC22 is a firm advocate of equal opportunities and operates a non-discrimination diversity policy. A copy of our non-discrimination and equal opportunities policy is available upon request.

We have adopted and modelled ourselves according to the English Bar Standards Board’s Equality and Diversity Code for the Bar.

All reasonable efforts and measures are undertaken to ensure that any individual or group of individuals are not treated any less favourably than on the grounds of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political persuasion, age or disability whether they be existing or potential clients, employees, members, or providers of services to WCC22.


WCC22 Diversity Data

As stipulated by the English Bar Standards Board’s Equality and Diversity Provisions of the Code of Conduct, to fulfil our commitment in abiding by its norms and principles, we collect diversity data from our Members and publish a summary of that data unless a client or member opts for anonymity and/or refuses the publication of such information on the ground of protected characteristics.

Recruitment

WCC22 is committed to maintaining and promoting an international standard and a diversified panel of practitioners from all recognised jurisdictions and beyond. Presently, we have a wide panel of members comprised of individuals from Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa and Hong Kong. We are proud of the international esteem and recognition WCC22 has garnered as a result of our team of dedicated specialists. Our excellent reputation is due to our Members providing a highly-skilled support, professional service and advice to our clients.

Based on the promise of high-standard service, WCC22 maintain a stringent recruitment process. We only recruit ambitious individuals who have a flair and magnetism towards the field of financial crime.

Assessment criteria

Our selection process is categorised into four sections. We assess potential candidates with reference to the following criteria:

  • Academic qualifications
  • Intellect
  • Advocacy experience and achievements
  • Interest in Financial Crime

In the preliminary stages, all potential candidates will be assessed on paper. Upon selection, candidates will then be invited for the first round of interview. At the first stage, all applications are considered on paper to determine which candidates should be invited for the interview. Shortlisted candidates will then take part in second round of interviews. During the interviews, candidates will usually be invited to present an argument against a short written problem at one or both interview stages. Candidates will have 45 minutes to prepare for their submissions. Subsequently, successful candidates will be notified within a period of three working days.

Career at WCC22

The first eight-months with WCC22 comprise of a traineeship. Trainees are expected to co-operate with their supervisors and accompany them where it is deemed necessary.

Trainees will take part in hearings and client conferences and will have the privilege to attempt their own pleadings following the first three months of training. Trainees are required to research the relevant law and thoroughly read any briefs and documents given to them by their supervisors. Trainees may be required to make international visits at the expense of WCC22 where the work undertaken by the firm is that of a cross-jurisdictional matter.

Senior Consultants at WCC22 will frequently conduct seminars, webinars and training for Trainees. Trainees are required to attend and assist them in all these activities.

Upon the successful recommendation of their Supervisor and the WCC22 international panel, Trainees will complete their traineeship. Thereafter, they will be able and are expected to accept instructions of their own volition and capacity.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please email your CV and Cover Letter to info@wcc22.com

Service Standards

Quality Assurance Statement


We are steadfast in our approach to maintain our integrity and reputation and ensure the highest level of conduct and professionalism. Our members vouch to provide a fair and open environment to all clients and those potentially seeking our services. We thrive to be unique and a top-tier provider in the area of financial and corporate crime.

Availability


All barristers and consultants are reachable through direct WCC22 email. Responses to any valid and legitimate queries will be provided from 9:00-19:00 Monday to Friday. Should clients wish to engage members out-of-hours, please correspond with the administration in the Contact Us section and such a facility may be afforded to you.

Instructions


We accept instructions by post and email. It is WCC22’s policy that all instructions are sent through sealed envelopes and encrypted emails.

Receipt of papers


Upon receipt of any correspondence, WCC22 confirms through a forwarding mail or letter the briefs, instructions and all relevant additional and supplementary documents received. All correspondence is catalogued and stored for a period of five years following which consent is taken from clients and relevant third parties to decimate any stored information.

Due-diligence is immediately performed to counteract any potential conflict-of-Interests that may be present in the papers provided.

Response times


WCC22 aspires to furnish the work requested within a maximum period of 12 working days unless otherwise exempted by the consent of the parties or the work undertaken is of such a nature that the practicable deadline ought to be extended.

Fees and billing


We accept instructions from individuals, foreign organisations, companies, MNCs, NGOs, government ministries and agencies, including all private- and publicly-funded clients and cases that are backed up by insurance or societies.

Following receipt of any preliminary correspondence, it is WCC22 policy to provide a Letter of Engagement tailored to meet the specific requirements of the Client. Should Clients wish to engage us on a Conditional Fee basis, such requests should be clearly mentioned in any preliminary correspondences, such arrangements are subject to a signing of both the parties. Billing is subject to a variety of factors- complexity of the work, engagement of foreign counsels, experience of counsels and the projected length of the work undertaken.

In the instance fees have been agreed in advance, the billing system will automatically generate a Bill for the matters completed. In all other circumstances, a Bill will be submitted to the client within 5 working days of the completion of the matter.

Confidentiality and conflict


WCC22 refrains from accepting instructions where there is a direct and apparent conflict of interest between both sides. Should parties wish to jointly engage WCC22 then such an arrangement will be subject to a written consent.

WCC22 treasures the confidentiality of our clients and any or all information shared is subject to confidentiality and is privileged. We do not publicise the details of the work undertaken and our client profile unless otherwise expressly permitted to do so.

We employ cyber security services to guard ourselves against potential miscreants. Additionally, a ‘Chinese Wall’ system is in place to maintain client confidentiality.

As promised in our Quality Assurance Statement, ours is truly unique practice and a leader in the field of financial crime. We value the commitments made to our clients and strive to offer the best service possible to our clients.

Nevertheless, we understand and guard ourselves from unexpected problems. We accept that clients may sometimes mandate and expect a higher threshold. Therefore, complaints or concerns, if any, about our services should be addressed to the administration in the Contact Us at the earliest. Your complaint will be fully investigated in accordance with our Complaints Procedure. The outcome of any such investigation will be relayed back to the complainant within five working days of the completion of the investigation.

Complaints


As promised in our Quality Assurance Statement, ours is truly unique practice and a leader in the field of financial crime. We value the commitments made to our clients and strive to offer the best service possible to our clients.

Nevertheless, we understand and guard ourselves from unexpected problems. We accept that clients may sometimes mandate and expect a higher threshold. Therefore, complaints or concerns, if any, about our services should be addressed to the administration in the Contact Us at the earliest. Your complaint will be fully investigated in accordance with our Complaints Procedure. The outcome of any such investigation will be relayed back to the complainant within five working days of the completion of the investigation.

Assistance from you

Trust and assistance goes a long way

To guarantee an effective and efficient level of service from WCC22, clients are requested to provide all required and necessary information so that counsels may provide the best possible advice and prepare accordingly. As such, to properly reflect the schedules of our members, instructions and additional information should be delivered at the earliest. Equally, clients should notify us as soon as cases are settled or are subject to further pending investigations.

Resources

Our facilities include:

  • Fully networked Westlaw and Lexis Connected software with remote access
  • Full email and internet access for all members and administration
  • Telephone conferencing
  • Conference rooms
  • Lavatory rooms
  • Fully Disabled access
  • Television and video
  • Deposition facilities
  • Library facilities
  • Provision of written work by email, electronic fax, disk or CD

Members of WCC22 are happy to comply with any requests to attend and travel to conferences at other suitable venues as proposed by the clients. We are continuously updating and reviewing our facilities from the Feedback received by our Clients. We value and recommendations of those using our services and your reviews are given the utmost consideration.

Contact Us



Get in Touch:


Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

House 14, Road 1, Block A,
Niketon, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh

info@wcc22.com