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Fraud & Corporate Criminal Defence


CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni has a deep experience in assisting clients in complex business matters, facing an ever-evolving body of law and regulations, in an increasingly composite environment of new legislation and regulatory regime. We have a strong business crime capability which covers both the defence in relation to criminal prosecutions or investigations and compliance advice. We assist both corporations and individuals (corporate officers, directors and employees) in criminal proceedings and investigations arising from a full range of crimes as briberies and corruptions, money laundering, tax offences, environmental and safety offences, insider trading and market manipulation, and, in general, crimes in the economic, industrial and commercial fields. We also assist our clients in civil litigation involving allegations of criminal misconduct or other types of malfeasance. We have specific competence to assist and represent Italian and foreign companies in matters related on the liability of companies for crimes committed by their representatives and employees, introduced in Italy by Decree 231/01, and advising clients about corporate compliance strategies. We conduct internal investigations for corporations that have discovered suspected misconduct by their employees, involving acts that directly victimize the company or give rise to potential civil or criminal liability (corporate liability, provided by Italian Decree 231/01, antitrust or environmental crimes, etc.). Thanks to the vast expertise of our professionals, we provide assistance in developing and implementing of corporate compliance programs, for preventing employee negligence and misconduct that directly victimizes the corporation or gives rise to civil or criminal liability. We are experts in defending clients in regulatory proceedings brought by State and authorities, such as Consob or Anti-Trust authority.

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Emilio Battaglia
The new “Code of the busi­ness crisis and in­solv­ency”:...
Dutch court al­lows Se­cur­it­ies claims against Brazili­an Pet­ro­bras and...
On 1 Septem­ber 2018, a Rot­ter­dam court al­lowed a Dutch claim vehicle to sue the Brazili­an com­pany Pet­ro­bras, its Board of Ex­ec­ut­ive Of­ficers and its Dutch sub­si­di­ar­ies Pet­ro­bras Glob­al Fin­ance (PGF), Pet­ro­bras Oil and Gas (POG) and Pet­ro­bras In­ter­na­tion­al Bras­petro.
Fight against cor­rup­tion in Italy: next steps
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.
Emilio Battaglia
Whis­tleblow­ing, si amp­li­ano gli stru­menti an­ti­cor­ruzione*
The European or­der for pay­ment ap­plic­at­ive un­cer­tain­ties
The European or­der for pay­ment (“EOP”) is an in­stru­ment in­tro­duced by Reg­u­la­tion (EC) No. 1896/2006 aimed at a swift re­cov­ery of un­dis­puted out­stand­ing debts arising out of cross-bor­der civil and com­mer­cial re­la­tions.
A voice for cor­por­ate trans­par­ency: whis­tleblow­ing...
CMS News­let­ter Italia | 17 novembre 2017
In­dia Budget 2017 - 2018
On 1 Feb­ru­ary, Fin­ance Min­is­ter Ar­un Jait­ley presen­ted In­dia’s an­nu­al Uni­on Budget for 2017-2018 (the “Budget”) for the fisc­al year be­gin­ning 1 April 2017. The cent­ral aim in this year’s Budget ap­pears to fo­cus on the most vul­ner­able with in­creased spend­ing.
The re­form of the lim­it­a­tion peri­od and oth­er amend­ments...
CMS News­lettere Italia | 10 luglio 2017
European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes Cor­por­ate Tax Re­form Pack­age, re­launch­ing...
As part of a Cor­por­ate Tax Re­form Pack­age, the EC has pub­lished four pro­pos­als for Coun­cil Dir­ect­ives. 1. Pro­pos­als to re­launch the Com­mon Con­sol­id­ated Cor­por­ate Tax Base First, the European Com­mis­sion (“EC”) has an­nounced that it is re­launch­ing its pro­pos­al.
The re­form of the crim­in­al sanc­tion sys­tem on anti-money...
CMS News­let­ter Italia | 27 gi­ugno 2017
Crim­in­al li­ab­il­ity in the med­ic­al pro­fes­sion after...
CMS News­let­ter Italia | 09 gi­ugno 2017