The White Collar Crimes Department aims to respond to the need by Italian and foreign companies for specialised assistance in the field of criminal law in relation to economic and financial issues.

The White Collar Crimes group is led by Niccolò Bertolini Clerici, who is mentioned by several international legal directories. Niccolò provides judicial assistance not only to Italian companies and businesses, but also to leading private and public foreign companies and institutions in the typical areas of criminal economic Law.

The Department works with a transversal approach through cooperation with the various departments of the Firm, including Corporate Finance, Compliance, Administrative Law, Employment and Industrial Relations, Energy, Project & Infrastructure and ESG & Impact.

The judicial activity includes assisting and defending natural persons accused on the basis of their qualifications and positions held or their membership in corporate bodies, as well as assisting and defending listed and unlisted companies, as civilly liable or accused entities pursuant to Legislative Decree no. 231/2001, or as civil plaintiffs for the compensation of damages.

The teams’ judicial activity covers the following areas of expertise, in particular:

  • Criminal Corporate Law and market abuse
  • Criminal Tax Law
  • Criminal Bankruptcy Law
  • Environmental and Safety Laws

The team’s professionals also deal with cases that involve, for various reasons, foreign Authorities and States, or where assistance is required in relation to investigations conducted by foreign Authorities, offering unrivalled expertise on extradition and relations with supranational Authorities.

The Department assists leading national and international companies providing extrajudicial advice in the most sensitive areas related to criminal law in extraordinary and structured finance transactions, as well as in relation to debt restructuring and corporate crisis resolution. The team also provides extrajudicial advice on criminal law issues connected with corporate governance and compliance.

The Department’s professionals also carry out training activities and provide advice to the supervisory bodies set up in compliance with the provisions of Legislative Decree no. 231/2001.

The team has been praised for its outstanding expertise and received numerous awards, both individually and as a team, at the Legalcommunity Energy Awards 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022.