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Alex is an Of Counsel in the London White Collar Defence & Investigations practice. He has extensive experience across a wide range of complex and high-profile white collar crime matters, including allegations of bribery and corruption, fraud, and money laundering. He regularly advises individuals and corporates at all stages of domestic investigations and prosecutions conducted by the SFO, the CPS, HMRC, the NCA, and the FCA (including in ancillary matters such as cash forfeiture, restraint and confiscation proceedings), as well as challenging the designation of individuals on sanctions lists.

Alex is often involved in complex cross-border matters, including domestic cases with parallel investigations or prosecutions taking place in other jurisdictions, such as France, Gibraltar, India, and the USA. He is skilled at managing the competing complexities of inter-connected proceedings and engaging with a range of law enforcement agencies, including the US DOJ, the SEC, the French PNF, and the Indian CBI and ED.

He is a qualified Higher Rights solicitor-advocate with experience of representing clients both at the police station and in court and has an array of advisory and litigation skills.

Alex is recognised in two chapters of The Legal 500 2024, Fraud White Collar Crime (Advice to Individuals) and Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime (Advice to Corporates). Sources say: “Alex Swan knows his cases backwards, has an almost encyclopaedic recollection of the law, and has excellent client handling skills,” adding that he is “a huge presence and as enthusiastic a solicitor as you could ever wish for. Bright, energetic and able to cut through the rubbish to get to the meat of the case.”. Other commentators note that “Alex leaves no stone unturned and is also an impressive advocate.”

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