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Karen Coppens

Karen Coppens

karen.coppens@dechert.com

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 and 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). 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 the aeronautical, pharmaceutical, telecommunication, mining, construction, banking and finance sectors. Ms Coppens’ work has a strong international focus, with particular emphasis on Africa, the Middle East, Europe (and in particular France and the United Kingdom) and the United States. She has provided training to listed companies about the UK Bribery Act 2010, dawn raids and the new French anti-corruption law Sapin II. Ms Coppens is trilingual (French, English and Dutch). Ms Coppens was recognised by Super Lawyers UK as a ‘Rising Star’ in 2014–2015 for fraud and was recently included in the 2018 edition of Global Investigations Review’s ‘Women in Investigations’ profile, which highlights 100 remarkable women from around the world for their accomplishments in this area of law.