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Omar Qureshi

Partner
Head of Corporate Crime

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English
Corporate Crime

Omar Qureshi is a partner and Head of Corporate Crime.

He specialises in advising clients on corporate crime issues, including conducting internal and external investigations and litigation, as well as advising on compliance matters.  

His work often relates to allegations of fraud, money laundering and corruption in the UK and overseas and his investigation work often involves managing different specialist advisers including accountants, private investigators and PR consultants.  

Omar has also assisted clients in negotiating settlements with authorities and multilateral development banks.

He is responsible for the CMS Guide to Anti-bribery & Corruption. 

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Clients say: “Omar has a rapid ability to understand our commercial mindset on each matter”; “His attention to detail and presentation are exceptional”; “fantastic, very smooth, very calm, very thorough and very intelligent”.

“The ‘calm and incredibly thoughtful' Omar Qureshi leads up the department at CMS, which is praised for its ‘internal investigation skills'” – Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)

Legal 500, 2014

"develops creative solutions"

Legal 500, Commercial Litigation, 2015

Recognised Practitioner

Chambers, Financial Crime: Corporates and Financial Crime, 2015.

Relevant experience

Investigations

  • An international projects contractor in negotiating with multilateral development banks following allegations of improper conduct in relation to the successful tender for a major power plant project financed by those banks.
  • A global communications company on, and conducting internal investigations regarding, allegations of improper conduct involving public officials, raising issues under UK and US law, and in structuring a major transaction to avoid corruption risks.
  • A UK headquartered media business on an internal investigation into, and money laundering issues arising from, anonymous whistleblower allegations concerning a major contract won by an overseas subsidiary.
  • A global publishing house on internal and external investigations into improper payments made in connection with a World Bank sponsored education project in Africa and advising on settlement negotiations regarding the same.
  • A major financial institution on an internal investigation on the causes of accounting errors relating to the US GAAP treatment of payments and receivables arising from factoring arrangements over a number of years.
  • A pharmaceutical company regarding internal whistleblower allegations of unethical practices concerning the marketing practices relating to the global launch of a new drug product.
  • A defence company on an internal investigation into anonymous whistleblower allegations of fraud and corruption relating to a major public sector construction project.

Compliance

  • A UK-headquartered multi-national leisure industry client in conducting a risk assessment and developing policies to mitigate the risk of bribery and corruption across the global business.
  • An international hotels group on developing its global anti-corruption controls, including conducting risk assessments and developing policies and procedures.
  • A national sporting body on developing its anticorruption controls, including risk assessments, policies and procedures, contractual protections and training for senior management and front-line staff.
  • A Postal services operator in an “expert” capacity, to oversee the development and implementation of anti-bribery controls.
  • A global oil and gas services provider in conducting an anti-corruption risk assessment, implementing due diligence processes and related policies and procedures in light of the Bribery Act 2010.
  • An international manufacturer and distributor on drafting an anti-bribery policy capable of implementation on a global basis, including engaging with our CMS offices in Belgium, Czech Republic and Germany, as the client had identified these jurisdictions as posing particularly high risks to their business.
  • A UK-headquartered global media company on governance improvements in light of the Bribery Act 2010, following a risk review of a specific overseas subsidiary arising from governance concerns.
  • A global telecommunications company on reviewing ethics and compliance policies and procedures as part of an effectiveness monitoring and review exercise and advising on improvements in light of failings discovered over time.
  • 50+ clients on compliance-related issues, including developing policies and procedures to combat bribery and other criminal wrongdoing.
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Education

1998 – Legal Practice Certificate, College of Law, London

1997 – Diploma in Law, College of Law, London

1995 – BA (Hons) Oxon, P.P.E., Magdalen College, Oxford University

Certificate in Higher Courts criminal and civil advocacy, College of Law, London

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Memberships

Member, City of London Law Society Corporate Crime and Corruption Committee

Member, Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association

Member, IBA Anticorruption Committee

Member, ICC Anticorruption committee

Member, FCPA / Anti-Corruption Sub-Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, White Collar Crime Committee

Member, LCIA

Member, YIAG

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Publications

Omar has been published and quoted in various articles in the broadsheet and national press (The Independent, Financial Times, Reuters, City AM and Evening Standard) and specialist legal publications, including Fraud Watch, Fraud Intelligence, Risk & Compliance, Asian Legal Business and China Daily.

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Lectures list

Omar regularly speaks and writes on dispute resolution and corruption issues.

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Dispute Resolution

Omar is partner in the Dispute Resolution Team.

He joined CMS in 1998 and became a partner in 2008. He advises on all aspects of disputes and risks issues, including domestic and international litigation and arbitration under various rules and regimes (including ad hoc, ICC, LCIA, GAFTA, FOSFA, ad hoc).

His experience stretches across a variety of industries, in particular, telecoms, media, oil and gas, financial services and lifesciences. Much of his international arbitration work relates to disputes in the CIS and CEE region.

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Clients say: “Omar has a rapid ability to understand our commercial mindset on each matter”; “His attention to detail and presentation are exceptional”; “fantastic, very smooth, very calm, very thorough and very intelligent”.

“The ‘calm and incredibly thoughtful' Omar Qureshi leads up the department at CMS, which is praised for its ‘internal investigation skills'” – Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)

Legal 500, 2014

"develops creative solutions"

Legal 500, Commercial Litigation, 2015

Recognised Practitioner

Chambers, Financial Crime: Corporates and Financial Crime, 2015.

Relevant experience

Litigation

  • The Start-up Loans Company –v- Ariadne Capital [2015] EWHC 2595 – successfully pursuing proceedings against a delivery partner and defending a counterclaim for alleged breach of contract and duty arising from the non-renewal of the relationship after their failure to meet their contractual minimum loan criteria
  • An outsourced services provider – advising on potential claims and an eventual settlement following termination by a Government department of a UK-wide contract for the provision of public services
  • A global IT solutions provider – advising on claims and eventual settlement following a dispute concerning the construction and effectiveness (and competition-related ramifications) of a restrictive covenant on future business operations
  • A global IT solutions provider – advising on the defence of claims in respect of a contract to provide a non-managed software solution to a UK health trust concerning online medical records
  • Fiona Trust & Holding Co & ors v Yuri Privalov & ors/Intrigue Shipping Inc & ors v H Clarkson & ors – defending claims of more than $700m by Russia’s largest State-owned shipping companies, involving allegations of a fraudulent conspiracy to defraud the claimants through secret commissions and bribes and the sale of vessels at an undervalue 
  • An online marketmaker on remedies for breach of an undertaking given in enforcement proceedings and successfully pursuing contempt of court application. 
  • A leading independent private bank in respect of termination rights for material and other breaches of a contract for the provision of hosted voice call recording services/ telephone banking services 
  • International pharmaceutical company – Advising on contractual issues and litigation strategy arising on termination of an exclusive European distribution agreement. 
  • Multinational distributor of pharmaceutical, food and chemical products – Advising on a contractual dispute concerning the alleged wrongful termination of an exclusive distribution agreement for vitamin products in Europe, which also involved competition law issues and ensuring the continuing supply of products to the client pending resolution of the dispute.

Arbitration

  • A private equity house in multi-party and multi-ICC arbitration proceedings (under various laws) commenced by a State body for alleged breach of a privatization agreement and anti-embarrassment agreement in the telecoms sector 
  • A oil and gas services provider in defending LCIA proceedings arising from a failed lifting operation concerning an offshore platform
  • A European subsidiary of a US-based steel manufacturing group in ICC arbitration proceedings brought by its previous exclusive sales agent in multiple jurisdictions for damages arising from the termination of the relationship.
  • A State body in LCIA arbitration proceedings against a private company for breach of a multi-property lease agreement.
  • A Property fund in disputes governed by ICC arbitration concerning breach of a share purchase agreement for a staged purchase of SPV commercial property-holding companies in Eastern Europe, also involving allegations of breaches of ancillary agreements and procuring a breach of contract.
  • An Eastern European steel manufacturer in ICC arbitration proceedings brought by a UK trader under a contract (and approximately 300 separate sub-contracts) for the supply/sale of raw materials and steel products, including allegations of fraud (against both parties and their managers, various banking institutions and a foreign state), breach of export controls and bribery.
  • An international oil company in an LCIA arbitration brought by a Norwegian charter company concerning an alleged breach of contract relating to the hire and damage of a drill ship.
  • An international oil company in an arbitration commenced under the Norwegian Law on Arbitration against a provider of engineering and constructions services, in respect of alleged breaches of an EPCIC contract for the delivery of a fixed offshore oil platform.
  • A gas pipeline JV on various ICC governed disputes (including liquidated damages and performance bond issues) arising under an EPC turnkey contract for the delivery of two sub-sea gas pipelines.
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Education

1998 – Legal Practice Certificate, College of Law, London

1997 – Diploma in Law, College of Law, London

1995 – BA (Hons) Oxon, P.P.E., Magdalen College, Oxford University

Certificate in Higher Courts criminal and civil advocacy, College of Law, London

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Memberships

Member, City of London Law Society Corporate Crime and Corruption Committee

Member, Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association

Member, IBA Anticorruption Committee

Member, ICC Anticorruption committee

Member, FCPA / Anti-Corruption Sub-Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, White Collar Crime Committee

Member, LCIA

Member, YIAG

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Publications

Omar has been published and quoted in various articles in the broadsheet and national press (The Independent, Financial Times, Reuters, City AM and Evening Standard) and specialist legal publications, including Fraud Watch, Fraud Intelligence, Risk & Compliance, Asian Legal Business and China Daily.

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Lectures list

Omar regularly speaks and writes on dispute resolution and corruption issues.

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Judicial Review

Omar Qureshi joined CMS in 1998 and became a partner in 2008.

He advises clients in the energy, telecoms and lifesciences sectors on public law matters, including representing clients in judicial review challenges as challenger and/or interested party.

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Clients say: “Omar has a rapid ability to understand our commercial mindset on each matter”; “His attention to detail and presentation are exceptional”; “fantastic, very smooth, very calm, very thorough and very intelligent”.

“The ‘calm and incredibly thoughtful' Omar Qureshi leads up the department at CMS, which is praised for its ‘internal investigation skills'” – Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)

Legal 500, 2014

"develops creative solutions"

Legal 500, Commercial Litigation, 2015

Recognised Practitioner

Chambers, Financial Crime: Corporates and Financial Crime, 2015.

Relevant experience

  • A generator business in judicial review proceedings concerning proposed changes to the Transport Network Use of System charges methodology
  • UK Power Networks as an interested party in a judicial review claim concerning GEMA’s decision on the outcome of the Distribution Losses Incentive Mechanism for the fourth distribution price control.
  • Oxford Cambridge & RSA Examinations as an interested party in the judicial review proceedings concerning the June 2012 English GCSE grading.
  • A member of an energy consortium on its ability to judicially review a government auction process relating to the disposal of sites for the future development of nuclear power stations.
  • A leading energy company in relation to proposed changes to the eligibility criteria regarding the availability of renewable obligation certificates for offshore wind farms and the potential judicially to review the relevant body's decision.
  • NIE in connection with a judicial review application by AES Kilroot Power Limited against the Northern Ireland regulator's (NIAUR) decision to cancel generating unit agreements.
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Education

1998 – Legal Practice Certificate, College of Law, London

1997 – Diploma in Law, College of Law, London

1995 – BA (Hons) Oxon, P.P.E., Magdalen College, Oxford University

Certificate in Higher Courts criminal and civil advocacy, College of Law, London

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Memberships

Member, City of London Law Society Corporate Crime and Corruption Committee

Member, Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association

Member, IBA Anticorruption Committee

Member, ICC Anticorruption committee

Member, FCPA / Anti-Corruption Sub-Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, White Collar Crime Committee

Member, LCIA

Member, YIAG

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Publications

Omar has been published and quoted in various articles in the broadsheet and national press (The Independent, Financial Times, Reuters, City AM and Evening Standard) and specialist legal publications, including Fraud Watch, Fraud Intelligence, Risk & Compliance, Asian Legal Business and China Daily.

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Lectures list

Omar regularly speaks and writes on dispute resolution and corruption issues.

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02/06/2016
CMS Cor­por­ate Crime Con­fer­ence Re­port
Anti-cor­rup­tion, com­pli­ance, en­force­ment and eth­ics
02/09/2014
CMS Guide to Anti-Bribery and Cor­rup­tion Laws

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21/06/2017
The Ver­dict - Round-up of cor­por­ate crime de­vel­op­ments across CMS
We are pleased to send our new is­sue of The Ver­dict, an at-a-glance round-up of re­cent leg­al de­vel­op­ments in re­la­tion to cor­por­ate crime. In this is­sue, the spot­light is on some sig­ni­fic­ant changes to anti-cor­rup­tion laws in the Czech Re­pub­lic, in­clud­ing.
20/06/2016
CMS An­nu­al Re­view 2015-2016
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12/05/2017
SFO over­comes priv­ilege claim for in­tern­al in­vest­ig­a­tion doc­u­ments
Sum­mary The High Court has held that cer­tain doc­u­ments cre­ated by leg­al and oth­er ad­visers of Euras­i­an Na­tion­al Re­sources Ltd (“EN­RC”) dur­ing an in­tern­al in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to al­leg­a­tions of wrong­do­ing, are not pro­tec­ted by leg­al pro­fes­sion­al priv­ilege.
02/06/2016
CMS Cor­por­ate Crime Con­fer­ence Re­port
Anti-cor­rup­tion, com­pli­ance, en­force­ment and eth­ics
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Tesco DPA re­veals how need to an­nounce price sens­it­ive in­form­a­tion...
Fol­low­ing Tesco PLC’s an­nounce­ment to the Lon­don Stock Ex­change on 28 March, the SFO has con­firmed that it has, in prin­ciple, reached a DPA with Tesco Stores Lim­ited (“TSL”) re­gard­ing an ac­count­ing scan­dal in 2014, which res­ul­ted in the busi­ness over­stat­ing.
27/05/2016
Risk Mat­ters: In­sur­ance Sec­tor Up­date (Spring 2016)
01/03/2017
Private pro­sec­u­tions – costly to get wrong
A court’s power to con­trol a private pro­sec­u­tion was re­cently con­sidered in ju­di­cial re­view pro­ceed­ings com­menced by an in­di­vidu­al (Mr Dav­id Haigh) who had sought and failed to ob­tain per­mis­sion to launch a private pro­sec­u­tion against three in­di­vidu­als (the.
15/07/2015
Anti-bribery and Cor­rup­tion: E-Learn­ing for em­ploy­ees...
Safe­guard­ing and en­han­cing your cor­por­ate repu­ta­tion...
21/02/2017
The new Kenya Bribery Act 2016
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07/07/2015
Africa - Nav­ig­at­ing risk
The chan­ging face of Africa - How in­vestors are de­ploy­ing...
09/02/2017
Con­spir­acy to com­mit con­tempt
The Court of Ap­peal has held that agree­ing to frus­trate a freez­ing or­der can amount to the tort of con­spir­acy. Un­der the Lugano Con­ven­tion, the court in whose ter­rit­ory the agree­ment is reached will have jur­is­dic­tion to hear a claim for dam­ages by the be­ne­fi­ciary.
02/09/2014
CMS Guide to Anti-Bribery and Cor­rup­tion Laws
19/01/2017
SFO con­cludes De­ferred Pro­sec­u­tion Agree­ment with Rolls-Royce
Sum­mary On 17 Janu­ary 2017, Sir Bri­an Leveson QC ap­proved a de­ferred pro­sec­u­tion agree­ment (DPA) between the Ser­i­ous Fraud Of­fice (SFO) and two Rolls-Royce en­tit­ies. The UK multi-na­tion­al faced 12 counts of con­spir­acy to cor­rupt, false ac­count­ing and fail­ure.
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The Ver­dict
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Dis­claim­ers ex­cluded neg­li­gent mis­state­ment li­ab­il­ity for web­site...
The Court of Ap­peal has held that a bank could rely on a dis­claim­er which stated that it would not ac­cept re­spons­ib­il­ity for the ac­cur­acy of a present­a­tion on its web­site show­ing de­tails of its cov­er­age for non-per­form­ing loans.
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The An­ti­dote - Spring 2014
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06/12/2016
In­spect­or calls check­list
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