About Christopher Kerrigan
Chris specialises in corporate criminal and regulatory investigations, and risk and compliance advisory work.
Chris regularly helps clients to design and undertake compliance and risks assessments, policies and procedures reviews, gap analyses and uplift programs to improve their approach to compliance. Areas of compliance focus include bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions, market manipulation, insider trading, BEAR, modern slavery, AFSL obligations and whistleblower obligations.
When compliance issues or risks do arise, Chris is experienced in undertaking internal investigations, responding to regulatory investigations and compulsory notices to produce, and negotiating outcomes to resolve liability. Chris has worked across a range of jurisdictions and with a number of Australian and international regulators and law enforcement agencies. Recent experience includes advising:
- the Australian subsidiary of a global bank on the defence of potential criminal charges for alleged breach of the Corporations Act, including dealing with ASIC and the CDPP
- an Australian financial institution on an investigation by AUSTRAC into alleged breaches of the Australian anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regime
- a major Australian bank in connection with an investigation into corruption in an overseas subsidiary, involving self-reporting to the AFP, ASIC and equivalent foreign subsidiaries
- a number of Australian financial institutions on issues arising during the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry
- a financial institution on its self-assessment into governance, culture and accountability produced to APRA
- an Australian ASX100 listed mining company on investigations commenced by the UK Serious Fraud Office and the Sierra Leonean Anti-corruption authority. The investigation has involved dealing with the AFP and ASIC
- a global bank in relation to the investigation commenced by the Financial Conduct Authority, US Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission into alleged misconduct in relation to the FX spot market, and resolution of those investigations
- numerous other internal investigations in the mining, energy and financial sectors into allegations of fraud, market manipulation and insider trading.
Before joining Allens, Chris worked at Linklaters (London and Moscow) for nine years, a year of which he spent on secondment at the UK Serious Fraud Office, investigating alleged bribery within multinational companies.