Dechert (London)

Karen Coppens

Dechert (London)
Lawyer (Associate)

Karen Coppens is a criminal defence and investigations lawyer who advises governments, multinational organisations, boards and audit committees on conducting internal and regulatory investigations and interacting with authorities/regulators such as the UK Serious Fraud Office, the UK National Crime Agency, the UK Financial Conduct Authority, the Parquet National Financier, French investigating judges, the European Commission, the UK Office of Fair Trading, the police and the UK Crown Prosecution Service (and their overseas equivalents). In June 2019, Ms. Coppens was named as a "Rising Star in Litigation" by Euromoney’s European Women in Business Law Awards. In January 2019, Ms. Coppens was shortlisted by C5 for the Mentor Award of the Year for Advancement of Women in Compliance and the team she works with was also shortlisted by the C5 Women in Compliance Awards 2019 for the category ‘Fraud & Corruption Investigation Team of the Year’. Ms. Coppens was included in the 2018 editions of Global Investigations Review 30 which lists the top 30 firms in this area of law (“in London, the firm also boasts senior associate Karen Coppens”) and Global Investigations Review’s “Women in Investigations” profile that highlights 100 remarkable women from around the world for their accomplishments in this area of law. In February 2017, Ms. Coppens also received the Dechert Exceptional Teachers Award, which was awarded to 11 lawyers from more than 150 nominations and honours lawyers who have committed countless hours to training and developing the firm’s associates. Ms. Coppens was also recognised by Superlawyers UK as a “Rising Star” in 2014-2015 for fraud and criminal law. Ms. Coppens focuses her practice on the investigation and defence of multi-jurisdictional crimes such as bribery, corruption, money laundering and fraud. She has acted for various Governments and Heads of State and some of the world’s leading companies in sectors as diverse as the aeronautical industry, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, mining, construction, banking and finance. Ms. Coppens also has practical experience of advising clients on how to manage raids carried out by the European Commission and the National Crime Agency on corporate premises. Ms. Coppens’ work has a strong international focus, with particular emphasis on Africa, the Middle East, Europe (and in particular France and the UK) and the United States. She has provided training to listed companies about the UK Bribery Act 2010, dawn raids and the French anti-corruption law Sapin II.Ms. Coppens also has extensive experience of advising senior executives who have been accused of and/or arrested and/or interviewed about various alleged crimes such as perverting the course of justice, fraud and corruption, money laundering, sanctions breaches, and tax evasion. Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Coppens was a trainee and associate in the dispute resolution practice of Slaughter and May, and an associate in the Corporate Crime and Investigations Department of DLA Piper. Ms. Coppens was also an intern in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. Ms. Coppens regularly publishes articles on bribery and corruption, and how to conduct investigations. She has delivered training on these topics to various corporates. Ms. Coppens is a member of “Le Cercle de la Compliance”, the Fraud Lawyers Association, the Female Fraud Forum and Women in Compliance.

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482 Bulletin

Karen Coppens, Timothy Bowden, Roger A. Burlingame, Laurent Martinet, Jacques Sivignon The French Parquet National Financier and the Anti-Corruption Agency publish procedural guidelines on the steps that need to be taken by companies that wish to enter into deferred prosecution agreements


Navigating French Internal Investigations and Self-Reporting - French Authorities Issue New Guidance* France is off to a strong start enforcing Sapin II, its December 2016 anti-corruption legislation. Since the enactment of the statute, the lead French investigating and prosecuting agencies, (...)

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