Clare Nida is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice.
Ms. Nida’s practice focuses on cross-border civil and criminal government investigations, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation across a variety of industries and subject matters.
Ms. Nida has experience representing clients in connection with complex investigations relating to matters before the US and UK governments. She specializes in anti-bribery and corruption and anti-money laundering laws, as well as the UK Modern Slavery Act.
Ms. Nida is uniquely situated among her peers having spent a 13 month secondment at the UK Serious Fraud Office as a Principal Investigative lawyer in the Bribery & Corruption Division, investigating and litigating cases from the government perspective. At the SFO, Ms. Nida gained extensive knowledge of the financial and extractive industries, and led the SFO’s first successful conviction for a failure to comply with a Section 2 notice under the Criminal Justice Act 1987. Ms. Nida’s work focused on investigations into bribery, corruption, and money-laundering as well as defending judicial reviews and obtaining search warrants.
Ms. Nida maintains an active pro bono practice and serves as Global Chair of the firm’s Women Lawyers’ Group.
Ms. Nida’s recent experience includes:
- Assisting international corporate clients with internal investigations and investigations by the US Department of Justice and Securities & Exchange Commission, the UK Financial Conduct Authority, and National Crime Agency on matters related to alleged bribery, fraud, and other anti-corruption laws
- Leading an internal investigation of corruption for a national aviation company, with related US civil litigation issues
- Advising a national central bank on the formulation of a new banking law and regulatory regime
- Assisting a government central bank with an investigation into one of its regulated banks
- Running an internal investigation for a corporation in the UK and China in preparation for a potential IPO
- Acting for a healthcare company in an SEC investigation related to its overseas operations, resulting in no enforcement action
- Assisting companies investigating alleged employee misconduct and whistle-blowing reports
- Managing an internal investigation for an insurer into anti-trust issues
- Advising a global financial institution on potential breaches of UK anti-money laundering legislation
- Acted for an international investment firm defending a clawback claim of more than US$1 billion brought under section 423 Insolvency Act 1986, relating to a financing transaction for one of Greece’s largest telecoms companies, which later went into insolvency. The case was featured in The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases in 2018.
- Advising clients on the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the transparency in supply chain provisions
- Advising bondholders in relation to restructured Argentine Sovereign debt under deeds governed by English law
- Representing international clients operating in a number of industries such as pharmaceuticals and aerospace on breach of warranty claims including allegations of fraud, both vendor and purchaser side
- Acting for a private equity portfolio company successfully resisting an application for an interim injunction relating to US commercial property and striking out the English court claim