Neil Gerrard is deputy chair of Dechert’s global litigation group with special responsibility for all matters outside the United States. Mr. Gerrard focuses on white collar crime relating to the corporate sector, emphasising regulatory investigations and prosecutions by UK, US and EU regulators including the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue & Customs, the Department of Trade & Industry, the Department of Justice, the Financial Services Authority and the Office of Fair Trading. Mr. Gerrard has previously been shortlisted for Director of the Serious Fraud Office and was a key member of the Government and Judicial Committee that developed the Deferred Prosecution Scheme. Mr. Gerrard’s unique skill set and extensive experience have made him a lawyer of choice for companies and, in particular, audit committees worldwide, who regularly instruct him to undertake independent regulatory and/or whistleblower investigations, invariably involving multiple jurisdictions and regulatory bodies. Mr. Gerrard has advised on many of the largest, highest-profile investigations carried out by key European regulators and is often asked to conduct investigatory work as an independent specialist for these regulators. He also advises on risk management, internal controls and accountability, and other compliance issues.