A DPA is a Court approved agreement between a company and a prosecutor at the Serious Fraud Office or the Crown Prosecution Service. DPA’s apply to certain criminal offences including conspiracy to defraud, money-laundering, fraud, bribery failure to prevent facilitation of foreign tax evasion offences. Navigating through a DPA is a complex process necessitating expert knowledge of the relevant law and operational guidance and specialist negotiating skills and experience.
The team at Gherson have particular expertise in DPA’s, having held a lead role in relation to the largest global settlement for bribery and corruption to date, as well as advising on other cases. Knowledge of the DPA process, and the considerations which will be applied by the SFO, are crucial in navigating the often choppy waters which can arise where a DPA is being investigated and negotiated. With the insight amassed through involvement with drafting sections of the SFO’s DPA operational guidance, our lawyers stand out from many others with their particular expertise in this field