Expertise

Nichola is a Partner and heads up the Global Investigations and Contentious Regulatory Group. She specialises in advising corporates, directors and senior management on regulatory inquiries, financial and corporate crime issues. Key areas involve advising on and carrying out investigations relating to corporate collapse, corruption, sanctions, money laundering, terrorist financing, extradition, information security and fraud issues.

Her practice includes:

  • Investigating corporate collapse and advising companies, directors and auditors on regulatory proceedings arising from such instances
  • Advising on auditors disciplinary
  • Conducting internal investigations into breaches of sanctions, corrupt conduct, money laundering, and terrorist financing. She has advised corporates and individuals on investigations by the Serious Fraud Office, the Police, HMRC, the Office of Fair Trading, the Financial Services Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority. She also regularly advises on investigations in multiple jurisdictions
  • Advising on financial and trade sanctions legislation, including setting up compliance systems, and on the impact of sanctions legislation on existing operations. During the last few years Nichola has acted for a large number of multinationals, including BP, on the impact of sanctions on their existing operations. She has worked with a number of energy and resource companies in Africa on dealing with the impact of sanctions and how to maintain compliant business operations, including obtaining licences or utilising exemptions
  • Advising on and conducting due diligence programmes relating to financial and corporate crime risks, for mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other third parties, including representatives, agents, suppliers, etc
  • Advising on, setting up and reviewing compliance programmes, including providing training

As Nichola regularly investigates compliance failings; she can therefore provide specialist non-contentious advice on what to look out for, how matters can go wrong and how to minimise that risk. In relation to contentious matters, as Nichola works regularly with clients to conduct due diligence/implement compliance programmes; she has an excellent understanding of industry standard practice and what procedures should have reasonably been put in place to prevent compliance failings.

Nichola regularly lectures to clients and at trade association conferences, including the UK Finance, C5 and the Anti-Money Laundering Forum.

She has been named in the Hot 100 2017, as a leading individual in Who's Who Legal: Investigations 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and in Business Crime Defence 2018 and in 40 under 40 published by Global Investigations Review listing the world's leading investigations lawyers.

Testimonials

Nichola Peters at Addleshaw Goddard is “very impressive” according to sources, who recognise her first-class investigations practice and consider her “a sanctions specialist”.
Whos Who legal investigations 2018

Nichola Peters advises on corruption, money laundering and fraud cases under investigation by a number of UK regulators. One source notes that "she is very knowledgeable, sensible and pragmatic, "whilst another emphasises that "she really fights for her client."
Chambers 2016

Nichola Peters is head of the corporate crime and investigations practice. She is a highly successful internal investigations practitioner, and has been integral to developing the firm's sanctions and export control practice.
Chambers 2015

"Nichola Peters is very thorough"
The Legal 500 (2013)

"Highlights included acting for Willis in the enforcement action brought by the FSA over Willis's implementation of anti-bribery systems and controls."
The Legal 500 (2013)

"Nichola Peters is recommended for her fraud and corporate crime expertise and for her superb business acumen and industry knowledge."
The Legal 500 (2011)

Education
  • The College of Law (now The University of Law), London
  • Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge - History and Law
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