Vanessa Mendonça is a senior paralegal at Fulcrum Chambers.

She has a wealth of experience in international corporate investigations into fraud, and bribery and corruption; involving governmental agencies and regulatory bodies including the SFO, DOJ and FCA. She also assists clients in internal investigations, including advising on sanctions breaches, and white-collar defence. 

Vanessa has also gained significant cross-border dispute resolution experience, assisting in representing and advising international companies in commercial debt recovery matters.

She joined Fulcrum in 2018 after 2 years at Slater & Gordon Lawyers UK, where she worked as a Paralegal.

Experience

White Collar Defence & Advisory

Vanessa has significant experience in white-collar defence and advisory, assisting with advice to multinational clients on various matters relating to bribery and corruption, and sanctions. She currently assists with Fulcrum’s representation of ENRC in relation to the SFO’s long-running criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption. She also has experience of reviewing and analysing corporate policies and assisting with the provision of advice relation to “adequate procedures” under the UKBA.

Significant recent experience includes:

  • ENRC, a multinational mining company subject to a long-running SFO criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption.
  • Assisting in an internal investigation for a multinational client as part of the DOJ investigation into Huawei relating to breaches of sanctions on Iran.
Bribery & Corruption

Vanessa assists with the provision of advice to multinational clients on various matters relating to bribery and corruption. In particular, she has experience of advising and representing clients during investigations; as well as assisting with internal investigations and reviews. Vanessa also has experience of reviewing and analysing corporate policies and assisting with the provision of advice relation to “adequate procedures” under the UKBA.

Significant recent experience includes the representation of ENRC, a multinational mining company subject to a long-running SFO criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption.

Fraud

Vanessa assists with the provision of advice to multinational clients facing fraud investigations, both within the UK and overseas by prosecuting authorities, such as the SFO.

Significant recent experience includes:

  • ENRC, a multinational mining company subject to a long-running SFO criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption.
  • Assisting in advising and representing a multinational oil and gas client in a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud.
Judicial Review

Vanessa assists with advising multinational clients on bringing judicial review proceedings, both in the UK and overseas.

Significant recent experience includes assisting with judicial review proceedings for a multinational oil and gas client subject to a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud.

Sanctions & Export Controls

Vanessa assists with advising multinational clients on sanctions issues across various jurisdictions, conducting internal investigations into potential sanctions breaches.

Significant recent experience includes an internal investigation for a multinational client as part of the DOJ’s investigation into Huawei relating to breaches of sanctions on Iran.

Investigations

Vanessa has significant experience in investigations; assisting on Fulcrum’s representation of ENRC in relation to the SFO’s long-running criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption. She has also assisted on internal investigations for multinational clients, and potential employee misconduct, particularly around bribery, corruption and fraud.

Significant recent experience includes:

  • ENRC, a multinational mining company subject to a long-running SFO criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption.
  • Assisting in an internal investigation for a multinational client as part of the DOJ’s investigation into Huawei relating to alleged breaches of sanctions on Iran.
  • Assisting in an internal investigation for an international building materials and solutions company, advising the client in relation to the potential exposure to criminal and regulatory breaches, and potential employee misconduct.
Internal Investigations

Vanessa has assisted on a variety of internal investigations for multinational clients, particularly around bribery, corruption and fraud.

Significant recent experience includes:

  • Assisting in an internal investigation for a multinational client as part of the DOJ’s investigation into Huawei relating to breaches of sanctions on Iran.
  • Assisting in an internal investigation for a multinational building materials and solutions company, advising the client in relation to possible exposure to criminal and regulatory breaches, and potential employee misconduct.
Criminal & Regulatory Investigations

Vanessa assists with advising multinational clients who are subject to investigation by various regulatory and prosecuting authorities, in the UK and overseas, such as the SFO, FCA and DOJ; as well as in advising clients of potential liability under the UKBA 2010.

Significant recent experience includes the representation of ENRC, a multinational mining company subject to a long-running SFO criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption.

Dispute Resolution

Vanessa has experience in dispute resolution, assisting in representing and advising international clients in relation to debt recovery and overseas enforcement. She has experience of reviewing commercial contracts, instigating legal proceedings in the High Court, and arranging for the service of proceedings abroad, via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Significant experience in the sector includes:

  • Representing and advising an international telecommunications client in relation to a debt recovery matter against an overseas Government entity.
  • Representing and advising an international network service provider in relation to a debt recovery matter and successfully obtaining an order for default judgment in the client’s favour.

Sector Experience

Mining

Vanessa has significant experience in the mining sector, assisting with the representation of multinational mining companies who are subject to regulatory and criminal investigations by prosecuting authorities, such as the SFO.

Significant recent experience in the sector includes ENRC, a multinational mining company subject to a long-running SFO criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption.

Oil & Gas

Vanessa has experience in the oil and gas sector, assisting with advising multinational oil and gas companies in relation to criminal investigations into allegations of fraud by prosecuting authorities, as well as assisting in international arbitration proceedings in connection with commercial contracts.

Significant recent experience in the sector includes:

  • Assisting with advising and representing a multinational oil and gas client in a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud.
  • Assisting an international oil and gas client in the preparation for international arbitration proceedings in connection with a commercial contract dispute.
Engineering, Infrastructure and Transport

Vanessa has experience in the engineering, infrastructure, and transport sector, assisting on a range of investigation assignments for clients, including the conduct of an internal investigations into the operation of multinational clients’ business, and potential employee misconduct, particularly around bribery, corruption and fraud.

Significant recent experience in the sector includes: 

  • Assisting in an internal investigation for a multinational building materials and solutions company, advising the client in relation to possible exposure to criminal and regulatory breaches, and potential employee misconduct.
  • Arbitration proceedings for multinational engineering client.
Extractives

Vanessa has significant experience in the extractives sector, having worked on a number of matters for mining, oil and gas, and construction and engineering companies in relation to criminal investigations by regulatory and prosecuting authorities, such as the SFO. She has experience of assisting and advising clients in relation to fraud, bribery and corruption, and sanctions.

Significant recent experience in the sector includes:

  • ENRC, a multinational mining company subject to a long-running SFO criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption.
  • Assisting in advising and representing a multinational oil and gas client in a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud.
  • Assisting an international oil and gas client in the preparation for international arbitration proceedings in connection with a commercial contract dispute.

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