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Christine Braamskamp

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Christine Braamskamp is a partner and heads the Government Enforcement group in the firm’s London office. She concentrates her practice on multi-jurisdictional white collar crime, internal investigations, ethics and governance, crisis management and health & safety.

Ms. Braamskamp’s acts for individuals and corporates. Her main areas of focus include:

  • internal investigations
  • UK Bribery Act / FCPA / Fraud Act and related enforcement action
  • mutual legal assistance and extradition
  • compliance advice, including advice relating to whistleblowing and anti-bribery and corruption procedures
  • incident management procedures
  • ethics and anti-bribery and corruption training
  • UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Modern Slavery
  • large scale health and safety investigations and compliance

Ms. Braamskamp is a highly experienced trial lawyer, having conducted trials and other court work since 1994.

Ms. Braamskamp regularly represents Dutch nationals who face criminal proceedings in England and advises in respect of criminal proceedings in the Netherlands. Having practised in the Netherlands, she has extensive experience in the civil law system.  

Ms. Braamskamp is annually recognized by Chambers and Partners UK and Legal 500 UK.

Chambers and Partners 2013 recognizes Ms. Braamskamp as “simply brilliant and qualified to act in both England and Wales and the Netherlands and specialises in financial crime, where she proves to be ‘a truly safe pair of hands for complex fraud work. Her client care is truly outstanding and her dedication to her cases is unsurpassed, say those that use her.

Legal 500 2015 (Crime - Corporate (incl Fraud, Bribery and Corruption)) quotes “Christine Braamskamp is praised as having ʹa wealth of experienceʹ and being ʹan absolute pleasure to work withʹ.”

Legal 500 2015 (Fraud: White Collar Crime) quotes “…the group at K&L Gates LLP includes the highly recommended Christine Braamskamp, and advised a number of high-profile individuals on both national and international investigations.”

Legal 500 2015 (Health & Safety) describes Ms. Braamskamp as “a key contact” and references the work done in respect of crisis management.

Legal 500 2016 (Health & Safety) says “K&L Gates LLP is ‘highly experienced in the construction sector’, where it acts for clients including Laing O’Rourke and Allegheny Technologies. The ‘extremely user-friendly’ Christine Braamskamp leads the practice, which focuses on criminal work.”

Legal 500 2016 (Corporate Crime) describes Ms. Braamskamp as a ‘walking one-stop shop’ for criminal advocacy.

Legal 500 2016 (White Collar Crime) says “The team at K&L Gates LLP makes use of the firm’s financial services and commercial litigation departments when handling fraud and financial crime matters. Christine Braamskamp is noted as a key name.

Chambers and Partners 2016 (Financial Crime: Corporates) says “Barrister Christine Braamskamp "is able to turn complex law on difficult subjects into engaging topics for my business," according to one client, who continues: "She is extremely client-friendly, able to deal with ambiguity and complexity very well, responsive and an absolute pleasure to work with."

Ms. Braamskamp was named as a rising star in litigation by Legal Week in 2016.

Ms. Braamskamp named in Who's Who Legal: Investigations 2017 as a leading practitioner in cross-border internal investigations.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Braamskamp was a member of the Bar at 3 Raymond Buildings, Chambers of Alexander Cameron QC, one of the leading white collar crime chambers in the UK.

In 2008, she was also called to the Amsterdam Bar where she practiced from boutique white collar crime firm De Roos & Pen Advocaten.

Ms. Braamskamp started her legal career in the mid 90’s as an accredited police station representative.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • International Bar Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • American Bar association
  • Formerly called to the Amsterdam Bar in the Netherlands

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Braamskamp is an active member of the International and American Bar Associations. She is the EU Representative of the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Women in White Collar Subcommittee. Her recent presentations include:
  • “Sapin II - Organisational Risk and Crisis Management”, K&L Gates Webinar, 15 June 2017.
  • "Organisational Risk and Crisis Management; How prepared are you?", ACC Europe, Madrid, Spain, April 5, 2017.
  • "Organisational Risk and Crisis Management; How prepared are you?", ACC Europe, Lugano, Switzerland, March 22, 2017.
  • "The role of the GC in shaping an ethical corporate culture", GC Futures Summit 2016.
  • "The use of a business coach in advancing your legal career", ABA 2016.
  • “Poacher turned gamekeeper: the legal and ethical challenges of co-operating with law enforcement" - IBA, Washington 2016.
  • "Risk management and ethics in a charitable organization".
  • "Effectively Minimising Marketing, Sponsorship, Political Contributions, Donations, Gifts, Entertainment and Hospitality Pitfalls" – C5 Anti-Corruption Scandinavia Conference, December 2015.
  • "What were you thinking? The criminal trial of a multinational company and its CEO on corruption and fraud charges" – IBA Annual Conference, Vienna, October 2015.
  • Chairing "Deferred Prosecution Agreements" Panel at Cambridge Symposium of Economic Crime, September 2015.
  • "Health & Safety presentation" to an American industrial conglomerate, June 2015.
  • Panel Discussion on "Internal Investigations: Trends, Tips and Pitfalls" - Fraud Lawyer Association, March 2015.
  • "Leveraging Bias to Win your Case", ABA White Collar Crime Institute, March 2015.
  • "Cyber Risk and Security – is your business fully prepared?" K&L Gates LLP, October 2014.
  • "Whistleblower/Qui Tam Actions, Third White Collar Institute", ABA, October 2014.

Additional Information

Ms. Braamskamp has authored the following publication:

  • Dawn Raid Manual, K&L Gates Publication, October 2014
  • Arbitration World, K&L Gates Publication, July 2014
  • Collecting Electronic Data in the European Union: A Primer / Euro Watch, Thomson Reuters
Government Enforcement
Ms. Braamskamp’s recent cases include:

  • Advising a large multinational company which provides services to governments in relation to alleged improper distribution of profits, advising on SFO and City of London Police investigations into the company and advising its subsidiary on the UK Bribery Act in relation to a contract for the construction of military training facilities.
  • Advising a Japanese listed multinational company on ABAC policies and procedures and due diligence obligations in the European Union.
  • Advising on accountability and transparency procedures for a leading national charity.
  • Advising a major newspaper in connection with investigation into bribing public officials (“Operation Elveden”) and phone hacking (“Operation Weeting”).
  • Representing an off shore bank accused of money laundering and other regulatory / banking offences.
  • Conducting various internal investigations in respect of allegations of fraud, bribery, money laundering and false accounting.
  • Representing various company directors in respect of tax fraud.
  • Advising former Chairman of UK plc under investigation for accounting irregularities.
  • Representing a Syrian national in respect of allegations of high value money laundering through Money Service Bureaux.
  • Representing a sports travel company and its director accused of money laundering relating to the unauthorized sale of London Olympic Games tickets.
  • Advising on plea negotiations with the US DOJ, with particular issues arising in respect of extradition risks.
  • Advising on extradition and mutual legal assistance issues in relation to allegations of fraud following a high profile aviation take over.
  • Drafting and advising on incident management manuals for various national and international companies in the healthcare and consumer product sectors.
  • Acting as independent counsel in a number of legal professional privilege sifts.
  • Conducting FCPA related due diligence investigation of Netherlands based company prior to take over by US corporate.
Health and Safety
  • Representing an oil trading company involved in criminal and health and safety proceedings before the Amsterdam Criminal Court.
  • Advising on fatal and other serious accidents on various construction sites and factories, including representing directors at interviews under caution.
  • Advising a global manufacturing company in relation to a police investigation into suspected offences of corporate manslaughter following a fatal accident at their UK factory.
  • Representing interested parties before Coronial Courts at inquest hearings.
  • Advising on health and safety compliance procedures for a UK Port.