Autonomy Accounts

Information from the former management team of Autonomy plc.

US Proceedings

On 22 March 2019, a superseding indictment was filed against Mike Lynch in the United States. In response, Dr Lynch’s lawyers, Chris Morvillo of Clifford Chance and Reid Weingarten of Steptoe & Johnson, issued the following statement:

These new allegations are simply preposterous.

For the last 6 years, Mike Lynch has been diligently and responsibly responding to HP’s specious allegations, guided and surrounded by more lawyers than he would care to count. At all times he has acted lawfully and professionally in defending himself and his work at great personal sacrifice.

Simultaneously, and despite all odds, Mike Lynch has built another billion-dollar UK company. He has helped former colleagues who lost their jobs (because of these allegations), secure employment to support their families at normal rates for their fulltime work. He has also generously helped former colleagues hire lawyers to defend themselves against these contrived allegations. Yet somehow, without a shred of evidence, these same acts of ingenuity and kindness, all of which occurred entirely in the UK, are now said to support a conspiracy against the United States.

Something is horribly amiss in San Francisco, where the Wild West "shoot first, ask questions later" approach to investigations — originally deployed by HP in this case — is sadly still alive and well.

Mike Lynch is vehemently not guilty of these charges. When the true facts are revealed, it will be apparent that the allegations are false and recklessly maintained and that, like HP's civil claims, the allegations serve only to underscore that this entire dispute is a flawed theory in search of facts.

Conspicuously filed on the eve of the UK civil trial between Mike Lynch and HP, the makeweight new charges unveiled in San Francisco today are plainly designed to inflame and breathe life into a case plagued by aging and unsupported allegations.

They are denied. Unequivocally.

Notably, however, these questionable new allegations, like the underlying charges, are predicated on events that occurred predominantly in England. While the US may seek to police the world, this commercial dispute is about to be heard in the UK courts, where it belongs, and Mike Lynch is looking forward to defending his good name in his home country.

 

On 29 November 2018, an indictment was filed against Mike Lynch in the United States. In response, Dr Lynch’s lawyers, Chris Morvillo of Clifford Chance and Reid Weingarten of Steptoe & Johnson, issued the following statement:

This indictment is a travesty of justice. Mike Lynch is a world-leading entrepreneur who started from nothing and spent his life building a multi-billion dollar technology business that solved critical problems for companies and governments all around the world. These stale allegations are meritless and we reject them emphatically.

This case is unsupportable. It targets a British citizen with rehashed allegations about a British company regarding events that occurred in Britain a decade ago. It has no place in a US court. The claims amount to a business dispute over the application of UK accounting standards, which is the subject of a civil case with HP in the courts of England, where it belongs.

There was no conspiracy at Autonomy and no fraud against HP for the DoJ to take up. HP has a long history of failed acquisitions. Autonomy was merely the latest successful company it destroyed. HP has sought to blame Autonomy for its own crippling errors, and has falsely accused Mike Lynch to cover its own tracks.

Mike Lynch will not be a scapegoat for their failures. He has done nothing wrong and will vigorously defend the charges against him.