ENACHE PIRTEA &Associates, Rising Star Law Firm at the Romanian Legal Awards 2019 and one of the best-known names in the white-collar crime law market, announces that, as of March 1, it has established a professional collaboration with Michael McNEIR, an international specialist in financial crimes and preventing and combating money laundering.
"Establishing this collaboration represents the formalisation of a highly beneficial professional relationship that we have with him since the beginning of 2020, which we initiated out of a desire to have a team with a truly integrated European know-how on the phenomenon of cross-border (white-collar) economic crime. For this collaboration with Mr. Michael McNeir, a practitioner with extremely extensive experience in this field, both at the level of England and the European Union, our clients will be able to benefit from concrete and applicable legal solutions, including cross-border, which represents a real opportunity in a world where there are no longer strictly national companies or commercial operations without a European or international component" said Simona Pirtea, Coordinating Partner of the company.
Mădălin Enache (Partner Senior)wanted to point out that " This partnership gives our company a unique advantage in the business law market and for our clients, it is a truly special opportunity to benefit in Romania from the advice of a foreign specialist with rich practice in the field. Taking into account the very intensive work we have both in files in the area of Criminal Business Law (where EPA is already a recognized name, both nationally and internationally), but especially in the sphere of business consulting projects, where the number and complexity of managed mandates increasingly require the support of internationally experienced law professionals, co-opting Mr. Michael McNeir is a new and special step forward that makes for our clients and to provide them with the most professional legal services in extremely sensitive or sensitive topics in any business.
Michael McNeir is a trainer and consultant on combating financial crime and the company he founded in Romania, FORUM Financial Advisory & Training Solutions, has as its main objective to provide viable solutions to delicate problems in particular and highly sensitive areas of its financial advice, such as investigations or checks of financial and banking information, to carry out training on the prevention of the financing of organized crime or terrorism, financial-banking fraud, avoidance of "black/grey money" runs, but also in the field of virtual currencies or asset confiscation procedures.
In his career as a detective and financial investigator at the Metropolitan Police New Scotland Yard, Michael has been actively involved and has coordinated numerous high-crime investigations in the financial field and has participated in multiple financial profiling and asset identification operations for confiscation, both at the UK and global level. Michael collaborated with specialized workers from many embassies, but especially those of the USA, the Republic of Ireland, or the Romanian department, representing the Metropolitan Police in investigations in Germany, Finland, or Romania.
Michael also holds a Bachelor's degree in the field of preventing and combating money laundering, a subject on which he has also written two scientific papers of real theoretical but especially practical importance: Russia, links to art and money laundering, and the impact of the Fifth Directive on money laundering on the art world.
Throughout his career, Michael has also given numerous presentations and seminars, in the UK or in various countries in Europe, on various aspects of financial crime, including the specific issue of money laundering, including the 35th International Symposium on Economic Crime at the University of Cambridge or the Fraud seminar held within her London law firm Howard Kennedy.
ENACHE PIRTEA & Associates is a full-service law firm, operating mainly in the field of Criminal Business Law (including in the field of legal prevention and compliance), but which has expanded its legal services in an accelerated way in other legal fields, mainly labour, pharma & medical, M&A or commercial law.
Recognition of the quality and results of legal services came by ranking the EPA at the top of the White-Collar Crime hierarchy in Romania by the legal500 year board, as well as through high-profile collaborations with prestigious international publications such as Chambers Europe or International Comparative Legal Guides, and is currently a nationally and internationally resonant name in White-Collar & Business Crime, being the authors for Romania of the main legal and international prevention guidelines in areas such as money laundering, corruption or economic crime.