Fountain Court Chambers

London & Singapore

Robin LööfCall Date: 2009

Robin is an experienced junior specialising in commercial crime and financial regulation. Having started his career at the criminal bar Robin then joined Debevoise & Plimpton’s White Collar & Regulatory Defence Group. Robin is also a member of the Paris Bar and is polylingual. Clients describe Robin as “excellent” and “extremely hard-working and clever” in The Legal 500.

Robin primarily acts for companies and individuals facing criminal and/or regulatory investigations, particularly in relation to corruption, money laundering, sanctions violations, and market manipulation. He has frequently advised on judicial reviews of arrests, searches and other investigative measures, and has acted for clients subject to asset freezes and seizures, INTERPOL Red Notices, and extradition requests. He is currently instructed for a former foreign head of government facing corruption allegations.

In addition, Robin is increasingly instructed in the context of civil and commercial litigation.  He is currently led in a claim for breach of contract, and is often instructed to advise on privilege issues arising in domestic and foreign proceedings.

On the non-contentious side, Robin provides strategic advice to businesses seeking to mitigate compliance risks, be it in the context of suspicions of criminal or regulatory violations (e.g. as part of internal compliance reviews or M&A-related due diligence), or in relation to the structuring of business activities and regulatory interaction, particularly in the financial sector (e.g. the offering of cryptocurrency-related products and services, or the provision of banking services to high risk clients).

As a qualified French lawyer, Robin is sought after to advise in cases involving cross-Channel issues.  He is used to acting in multi-jurisdictional matters with experience of investigations in a number of jurisdictions, including the UK, the US and France. His French qualification means Robin can appear before EU courts and institutions and he has a particular interest in EU criminal law and the application of EU instruments of legal cooperation.

His recent highlights include:

  • Advising a Bermudian physician in a successful challenge to an arrest and domestic search resulting in the leading Bermudian Court of Appeal authority on police powers of arrest.
  • Advising the London branch of a foreign bank on its obligations in relation to deposits by the Afghanistan central bank following the Taliban takeover.
  • Acting in a claim for breach of contract involving alleged violations of a non-disparagement clause in a financing agreement.
  • Continuing advice to a fintech in relation to the terms of its crypto services portfolio.
  • Acting for a Middle Eastern official and his wife in challenging the freezing of their assets at the request of the authorities of his home jurisdiction before the Crown Court and Court of Appeal.

Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Crime
  • Financial services

OTHER NOTABLE CASES

COMMERCIAL CRIME

 Robin’s experience includes advising:

  • A former Caribbean head of government in relation to corruption allegations arising out of his time in office.
  • A Bermudian physician in a successful challenge to his arrest and the search of his home before the Bermuda Supreme Court, upheld by the Bermuda Court of Appeal.
  • On several successful requests to delete INTERPOL Red Notices.
  • Société Générale in securing a deferred prosecution agreement and first coordinated resolution between the DOJ and France’s Parquet National Financier regarding claims of potential corruption of foreign officials in Libya.
  • A former Prime Minister of an Asian country in relation to several investigations arising out of his time in office.
  • Multiple directors of a central European financial services company in criminal, regulatory and civil proceedings in London, Jersey and elsewhere.
  • Individuals in a challenge to a Crown Court Order freezing their assets at the request of a Middle Eastern government in the context of a multi-jurisdictional criminal investigation (including appeal to the Court of Appeal).
  • A UK-based hedge fund executive successfully defended in UK extradition proceedings arising out of his in absentia conviction for theft of a $264 million arbitration award in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
  • A hedge fund in allegations of market abuse and criminal investigations in three countries.
  • A Monegasque bank targeted by a production order relating to several of its clients in the context of a multinational bribery and money laundering investigation.
  • Managing an investigation into suspected VAT-related misconduct by the West African subsidiary of a UK plc.
  • Several listed UK, European, and US companies in investigations into suspected misconduct in subsidiaries.


FINANCIAL SERVICES

Robin’s experience includes advising:

  • The London branch of a foreign bank on its obligations in relation to deposits by the Afghanistan central bank following the Taliban takeover, including considerations of financial sanctions, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing laws.
  • Two financial services providers on their AML and sanctions policies.
  • A fintech company in relation to the UK regulatory status of the cryptocurrency it created.
  • Employees of a leading investment bank in US and UK investigations into alleged manipulation of the foreign exchange market.

DIRECTORY QUOTATIONS

‘Robin Lööf is extremely hard-working and clever.’
The Legal 500  

‘Excellent.’
The Legal 500

INTERNATIONAL BAR / COURT APPOINTMENTS

  • Called to the Paris Bar

EDUCATION

  • BVC, College of Law, London, 2009
  • Ph.D., European University Institute, 2008
  • Maîtrise en droit, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, 2004
  • M.A., University of Cambridge, 2004

APPOINTMENTS, MEMBERSHIPS AND PRIZES

  • Called to the Bar of England & Wales
  • Called to the Paris Bar

PUBLICATIONS

  • DPAs – Judicial oversight restated, (2021) 7 Arch. Rev. 4.
  • The EPPO and the Corporate Suspect – Jurisdictional Agnosticism and Legal Uncertainties, eucrim 4/2020, 310
  • Corporate Agency and White Collar Crime—An Experience-led Case for Causation-based Corporate Liability for Criminal Harms, [2020] Crim. L. R. 275
  • Obtaining, Adducing and Contesting Evidence from Abroad—a Defence Perspective on Cross-border Evidence, [2011] Crim. L. R. 40
  • EU Criminal Law and Justice, Edward Elgar (2008), with Maria Fletcher and Bill Gilmore
  • Temporal Aspects of the Duty of Consistent Interpretation in the First and Third Pillars, 32(2007) ELJ 888
  • 54 CISA and the Principles of ne bis in idem, (2007) EJCCLCJ 309
  • Shooting from the Hip: Proposed Minimum Rights in Criminal Proceedings throughout the EU, 12:3 (2006) ELJ 421

LANGUAGES

  • French – fluent
  • Italian – professional
  • Swedish – fluent
  • Spanish – working knowledge
  • German – working knowledge

LINKEDIN

Robin’s LinkedIn profile can be found here.


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