John BedfordPartner at Dechert LLP
John Bedford is an experienced litigator and investigations lawyer who advises leading financial institutions, corporations and high-net-worth individuals on financial crime compliance, commercial litigation, white collar investigations and international arbitration. Mr. Bedford has over a decade of experience representing clients in domestic and international disputes and investigations covering a wide range of industries, including financial services, e-commerce, payment services, manufacturing and life sciences.
The Legal 500 UK 2022 has recommended Mr. Bedford for "investigation-heavy litigation", describing him as "very forensic… very good at investigating possible irregularities", and "one person worth following" with "a strong academic background" and "full of common sense". He is also described as a "hardworking, intelligent and experienced [litigator] who work[s] well with the bar."
Mr. Bedford has advised corporations and board committees on the conduct of investigations into allegations of bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraud and breach of domestic and international sanctions and/or export controls. These matters have involved prosecutors, regulators and enforcements agencies, including the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the National Crime Agency (NCA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Parquet National Financier (PNF). He also has extensive experience on corporate compliance monitorships.
Mr. Bedford regularly undertakes financial crime compliance advisory work, including drafting and implementing policies and procedures and advising Money Laundering Reporting Officers (MLROs) on their reporting obligations under the SAR regime. He also conducts training sessions for clients on these topics.
In addition, Mr. Bedford maintains a general dispute resolution practice and his cases are frequently multi-jurisdictional and involve issues of significant importance. He has particular experience litigating disputes relating to complex financial products and issues arising in restructuring and insolvencies.