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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.

Omar is instructed by clients to help them manage their most sensitive and critical matters. He specialises in advising clients on corporate crime issues, including conducting internal and external investigations and litigation, as well as advising on compliance matters. He also defends and assists clients in negotiating resolutions with prosecuting authorities, regulators and multilateral development banks.

Omar is listed in Who’s Who Legal 2018: Thought Leaders - Investigations as being among the world’s leading investigations lawyers. He is also recognised in the Fraud – Corporate Crime section of Legal 500 and the Financial Crime section of Chambers & Partners. He regularly speaks and writes on corruption issues.

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

  • R v Skansen Interiors Ltd (2018) – acting for the defendant on the first ever contested prosecution for bribery under section 7 Bribery Act.
  • An AIM-listed IoT company in investigating press allegations concerning the CEO and market abuse, including conducting internal investigations into the allegations and liaising with the relevant regulatory authorities.
  • A UK-based construction group on investigating and self-reporting allegations of bribery and fraud concerning an acquired business discovered post-acquisition and handling the civil claims arising from the allegations.
  • A global financial institution on an internal investigation on the causes of significant accounting errors relating to the US GAAP treatment of payments and receivables over a number of years.
  • 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 pharmaceutical company on investigating and responding to whistleblower allegations made to relevant UK regulators and authorities.
  • A global pharmaceutical company regarding internal whistleblower allegations of unethical practices concerning marketing practices relating to the global launch of a new drug product.
  • An AIM listed energy business on investigating allegations of bribery in an overseas subsidiary concerning the subsidiary’s tax liabilities.
  • A global technology and communications company on, and conducting internal investigations regarding, allegations of improper conduct involving public officials and in structuring a major transaction to avoid corruption risks.
  • An international construction business in investigating allegations of inappropriate gifts and hospitality to win business in the Middle East.
  • A property portfolio owner, developer and manager on an internal investigation concerning concerns of bribery and fraud by a senior executive and handling the employment issues arising from the same.
  • 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 publisher 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 with World Bank and other authorities regarding the same.
  • 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 European online retailer on developing appropriate anti-bribery and anti-money laundering controls in connection with the sale of luxury items to online customers.
  • 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 life sciences & healthcare. 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 life sciences & healthcare 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

  • Acting for a generator in a potential judicial review challenge of the NI energy regulator’s decisions relating to the generator’s request for a derogation from certain regulatory requirements, and achieving a favourable outcome for the client.
  • Bayer Plc/ Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd v NHS Darlington CCG & Others v [2018] EWHC 2465 – advising industry body as an interested party in judicial review challenge and appeal of CCGs policy to prefer prescribing an unlicensed product in preference to licenced products, on grounds of cost alone.
  • 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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