Robert Amaee is a partner in the White Collar Defense and Investigations practice. He is recognized internationally as a leading white collar crime lawyer specializing in governmental and regulatory investigations. He advises companies and senior individuals on serious economic crime matters, internal investigations, disclosures to governmental and regulatory authorities and the development of effective compliance programs. According to Chambers UK 2015, “clients appreciate his approachable manner and extensive experience in the area."
Before joining Covington, Dr. Amaee served as Head of Anti-Corruption and Head of Proceeds of Crime at the UK Serious Fraud Office, leading the investigation and prosecution of high-profile bribery and money laundering cases. He led the negotiations that resulted in civil settlements in the cases of Johnson & Johnson, MW Kellogg/KBR and Macmillan Publishers. He also served as the SFO’s Head of International Assistance working with agencies including the Financial Conduct Authority, City of London Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Ministry of Justice, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as International Financial Institutions, including the World Bank. He represented the SFO on the UK Attorney General's Working Group tasked with drafting the UK Bribery Act Prosecutors' Guidance, the UK Foreign Bribery Strategy Board and the Prosecutors’ forum at the OECD.
Dr. Amaee is admitted to practice as a barrister in England and Wales, and has defended and prosecuted cases in the UK criminal courts. He also has practical business experience having worked in senior business development roles across EMEA for VeriSign Inc. and APC Inc. Dr. Amaee holds a Ph.D. in medical research and a B.Sc. in life sciences.