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Christine Braamskamp

Partner
+44.(0)20.7360.8131
Fax +44.(0)20.7648.9001

Christine Braamskamp is a partner and heads the Investigations, Enforcement and White Collar Department in the firm’s London office. She is also co - Practice Group Coordinator.

Ms. Braamskamp concentrates her practice on multi-jurisdictional white collar crime, internal investigations, ethics and governance, crisis management and health & safety.

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

  • internal investigations
  • UK Bribery Act / FCPA / Fraud Act and related enforcement action
  • CA and FRC related enforcement action
  • compliance advice, including relating to whistleblowing and anti-bribery and corruption procedures
  • anti-money laundering advisory work, including advising on Suspicious Activity Reports
  • 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, inquests and related enforcement action

Ms. Braamskamp is a highly experienced trial lawyer, having conducted trials and other court work since 1994. She advises individuals as well as corporates.

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.

Legal 500 2017:

Practice head Christine Braamskamp has a strong client base of Dutch nationals, and is ‘an extraordinarily hardworking lawyer with a keen ability to get to the heart of a case’.

Chambers & Partners 2018

Sources note her "very strong pedigree as a lawyer and advocate," with one saying: "She is brilliant with clients, can see things from both the solicitor and the barrister sides so knows precisely how to prepare a case, and is someone you would instruct if you were in trouble."

Ms. Braamskamp was named in Who's Who Legal: Investigations 2017 and 2018 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
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Women in Criminal Law
  • Formerly called to the Amsterdam Bar in the Netherlands

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Braamskamp is the co-chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee in the London office and sits on the firm wide Women in the Profession Committee. Ms. Braamskamp regularly speaks on topics such as inclusion, diversity and women leadership in professional services firms. She is a founding member of Women in Criminal Law, which has Lady Justice Hallett as its patron.

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:

  • LGBT+ Inclusion, panel discussion EqualiTW, Taylor Wessing London, November 2017
  • “Grey areas and judgment calls: how to structure and strategise a cross border investigation”, GIR Live Frankfurt, November 2017
  • "Organisational Risk and Crisis Management; How prepared are you?", ACC Europe, Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland, November 2017
  • Managing Cyber Risks, CBI Annual Conference, November 2017
  • Inside Knowledge – women in professional services firms, E&Y, October 2017
  • Women in Government Enforcement roles, ABA, October 2017
  • “Sapin II - Organisational Risk and Crisis Management”, K&L Gates Webinar, June 2017
  • "Organisational Risk and Crisis Management; How prepared are you?", ACC Europe, Madrid, Spain, April 2017
  • "Organisational Risk and Crisis Management; How prepared are you?", ACC Europe, Lugano, Switzerland, March 2017
  • "The role of the GC in shaping an ethical corporate culture", GC Futures Summit, November 2016
  • "The use of a business coach in advancing your legal career", ABA, October 2016
  • “Poacher turned gamekeeper: the legal and ethical challenges of co-operating with law enforcement" - IBA, Washington, October 2016
  • "Risk management and ethics in a charitable organization", Pause, London, January 2016
  • "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.
Government Enforcement
  Ms. Braamskamp’s current and recent case work includes:
  • Advising a global automation company on investigations conducted by the SFO
  • Advising a professional services firm on investigations conducted by the SFO
  • Advising a leading law firm on investigations conducted by the SFO
  • Advising a former CEO and CFO of a FTSE 100 company on investigations conducted by the FCA and FRC
  • Advising a UK PLC on investigations conducted by the SFO
  • Advising HNW family office on AML and related procedures
  • Advising UK Plc on the UK Bribery Act in relation to the construction of military training facilities in the Middle East
  • Advising Japanese listed company on UK Bribery Act policies and procedures and creating compliance program
  • Advising on accountability and transparency procedures for a leading national charity
  • Advising newspaper group in connection with investigation into bribing public officials and phone hacking
  • Representing a Netherlands regulated 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
  • Advising former CEO and CFO of UK plc under investigation for accounting irregularities
  • Representing 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
  • 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