Chris Warren-Smith represents clients in a broad range of corporate investigation and dispute matters, including commercial and international dispute resolution and regulatory enforcement proceedings. Representing clients across all sectors, Chris has worked on many of high-profile issues over the years. He has a strong banking and financial services practice, with an extensive background in representing financial institutions across all business lines. Chris is deputy chair of Morgan Lewis’s global white collar and corporate investigations practice.
Chris has for many years had a regional and global practice, including experience in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe, and South America. He acts for financial institutions, corporations, professionals, and insurers in all forms of mainstream and alternative dispute resolution and regulatory and professional investigations as well as issues arising from a more diverse range of bodies in the United Kingdom, ranging from the Treasury Select Committee to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Chris frequently works on compliance and regulatory issues, including corruption, financial crime, economic sanctions, and fraud.
He represents clients in a wide range of investigations, including UK proceedings conducted by the Financial Conduct Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, and Lloyd's of London, and those involving regulators such as the US Department of Justice and the US Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as regulators and professional bodies in many other jurisdictions throughout the world.
Chris has experience over many years in both group actions and litigation-funded disputes and acted for the first third party funded claimant to go to trial in the United Kingdom, as well as in a landmark third-party funded group action.
Clients praise his “commercial awareness, technical knowledge and ability to tackle prospective problems before they arise,” his “reliable, sensible balanced advice,” and his “ability to dive into the detail and excellent communications skills.” Chris is described as “refreshingly personable and knowledgeable” while impressing with his “incisive analytical mind and rate of turnaround.”
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Chris served as the global head of investigations in the London office of another global law firm.
For over 15 years Chris has been ranked as a Leading Individual in directories and publications including: