Nicola Kelly represents corporate entities, senior executives, and employees in connection with commercial and international dispute resolution, cross-border internal investigations, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, criminal prosecutions, and civil proceedings.
Nicola has experience developing global strategies for her clients in response to parallel civil, regulatory, and criminal proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. She regularly advises clients in proceedings before regulators, including the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the UK Serious Fraud Office, the UK HM Revenue and Customs, and the UK Financial Conduct Authority.
Nicola has advised clients on complex regulations and investigations concerning UK, EU, and international sanctions and export controls, as well as representing clients in cross-border civil proceedings in the English Courts. She also frequently advises a range of clients in relation to compliance programs, M&A due diligence, and remediation work.
Successfully representing a senior executive of a global financial institution in connection with long-running US, UK and European regulatory and criminal proceedings arising out of alleged misconduct in the trading of complex financial instruments.
Advising a UK-listed energy company in multi-jurisdictional investigations and potential claims arising from international bribery issues in connection with overseas oil production sharing agreements and fraud allegations.
Advising the subsidiary of a world-leading defence contractor in significant multi-jurisdictional investigations involving the US Department of Justice, the UK Serious Fraud Office and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in relation to export control and sanctions issues which have led to significant criminal and civil proceedings.
Advising on compliance programs and remediation work for a range of clients in areas, including bribery and corruption, whistleblowing, financial crime, fraud, sanctions and export controls.
Representing the West African arm of a major global accountancy firm, together with certain partners, in connection with requests from the Audit Committee of one of their major clients relating to a US Department of Justice investigation into FCPA and international bribery and corruption issues.
Acting for a large UK investment manager in connection with an investigation brought by the Financial Conduct Authority Enforcement Division arising out of the Pensions Review.
Advising UK, EU, and international clients in connection with bribery and corruption, export, trade control and sanctions-related matters and investigations, including associated issues relating to money laundering and disclosures under the UK Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Conducting M&A due diligence for a range of companies on compliance matters and working on post-acquisition remediation.
Advising a UK investment company in connection with the application for a licence from OFAC to release securities subject to US Cuban Asset Control Regulations, and related issues under the EU Blocking Statute.
Representing an international engineering, procurement and construction company relating to a US Department of Justice investigation into FCPA and international bribery and corruption issues.
Representing a major European bank in a Commercial Court claim against an International Central Securities Depository for refusing to accept a particular security as collateral immediately prior to the insolvency of the counterparty.
Representation of a Luxembourg securitisation vehicle issuing asset-backed securities in a dispute that was litigated in Utah and in England, in a case which gave rise to a significant judgment on parallel proceedings under Council Regulation (EC) 44/2001.
Defending a stockbroking firm against a claim made by an individual in connection with the provision by the firm of broking services.
College of Law of England and Wales, England, 2007, Legal Practice Course
University College London, 2006, LLB, Law
England & Wales (Solicitor)
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Rising Star, London Super Lawyers (2013, 2014)