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Anne-Marie Ottaway

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Anne-Marie has over 20 years’ experience in economic crime related matters, including over a decade at the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, and was the Specialist Advisor to the House of Lord’s Select Committee on the UK Bribery Act.

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Anne-Marie has over 20 years’ experience in economic crime related matters, including over a decade at the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, and was the Specialist Advisor to the House of Lord’s Select Committee on the UK Bribery Act.

She acts for clients in all sectors on cross border internal investigations into suspected misconduct. She has extensive experience of advising corporates and individual suspects and witnesses on regulatory and law enforcement investigations and prosecutions involving allegations relating to fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, market abuse and money laundering, often obtaining closure of criminal investigations before charge. She also advises clients on follow on remediation and compliance.

Anne-Marie has been repeatedly recognised by Chambers & Partners and is ranked by Legal 500 as a Leading Individual for Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime, with clients saying that she is “highly experienced” and that her SFO background gives her "a depth of first-hand experience" and "impeccable pedigree in the field" (Legal 500, 2021).

The Legal 500, 2022 testimonials include ‘Anne-Marie has a huge amount of experience, from defence and prosecution perspectives, in the white collar corporate crime arena, which enables her to focus on the key issues facing her clients quickly and efficiently whilst remaining practical and realistic. Mix that experience and knowledge with a friendly and approachable manner and you have an excellent advocate for the client.’

She is also recognised in Who's Who Legal for investigations and business crime defence and was recognised by Global Investigations Review in 2018 as one of the top 100 women in global investigations.

Anne-Marie is qualified in England and Wales.

Experience list

Anne-Marie's work includes:

  1. Represented a company in the mining sector subject to an Serious Fraud Office pre-investigation, using their section 2A powers, in respect of suspected bribery by their African subsidiary. The matter was closed without enforcement action being taken.
  2. Represented a cash and derivatives brokerage firm in connection with the Serious Fraud Office's and Financial Conduct Authority's LIBOR manipulation investigations, resulting in no criminal action being taken.
  3. Advised the Board of an African oil and gas company and represented its Executive Chairman in connection with an SFO investigation running concurrently with civil proceedings.
  4. Advised a shipping company in connection with whistle-blower allegations concerning alleged bribery.
  5. Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a financial services company into suspected fraud by senior employees and advising them on their interactions with the Prudential Regulatory Authority and Financial Conduct Authority.
  6. Represented a UK plc in the infrastructure sector in the first failure to prevent bribery prosecution by the SFO in connection with conduct by employees in its UAE subsidiary.
  7. Advised a financial services firm in connection with a Financial Conduct Authority investigation into suspected market abuse.

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