Rosanne specialises in regulatory enforcement investigations and general commercial litigation, and is part of the firm’s global regulatory enforcement (GRE) group, environmental, social and governance (ESG) practice and On-Chain: Reed Smith’s Crypto & Digital Assets Group.
Rosanne frequently advises clients on white collar matters, including the UK Bribery Act 2010, anti-money laundering obligations and the Criminal Finances Act 2017 (in particular, the corporate offences of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion). She advises a wide range of clients in relation to a variety of issues, including crypto.
She has extensive experience in both internal and regulator-initiated investigations, of both a domestic and cross-border nature. She has acted for clients in connection with a variety of investigations (across different jurisdictions) including Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Serious Fraud Office (SFO), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) investigations.
She has a particular focus on the social and governance aspects of ESG, helping global organisations to understand their obligations and achieve compliance with modern slavery and human trafficking requirements, in addition to white collar matters referred to below.
Rosanne has spent 12 months on secondment in the Enforcement Division of the FSA (now the FCA), as case lawyer on a number of enforcement actions involving significant financial institutions and individuals, and relating to issues such as systems and controls, the sale of payment protection insurance (PPI), client money handling and prudential resources.
She has also spent 6 months on secondment to the litigation team of a global U.S. investment bank. In that role, she managed litigation across all of the bank’s business lines in the EMEA region.
Rosanne is regularly listed as a key practitioner in the legal directories, particularly for her corporate crime work. In recent years, she was mentioned in Legal 500 2021, 2020 and 2019. Rosanne’s regulatory investigations and corporate crime team is ‘noted for its experience dealing with international agencies, including the SFO, FCA, DoJ and SEC’ and one client comments that it is an ‘experienced international team that is well-acquainted with both European and US regulations and legal practice’’ – Legal 500, 2021. Further highlighting the team’s global capabilities, Legal 500, 2020 comments on the team’s experience in handling ‘multi-jurisdictional cases’ and particular strength in ‘conducting work in China, France, the US and the UK’.