Robert F. Amaee

Robert F. Amaee

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Covington & Burling LLP
265 Strand
London WC2R 1BH
Tel: +44 20 7067 2139
Fax: +44 20 7025 0893



  • Inns of Court School of Law, 2005
    • Barrister
  • College of Law, Guildford, G.D.L., 2004
    • with Distinction
  • University of Birmingham Medical School, Ph.D., 1994
    • Medical Research
  • University of Birmingham, B.Sc., 1991
    • Biological Sciences

Bar Admissions

  • Barrister at Law, England and Wales


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Robert Amaee is recognized internationally as a leading white collar crime lawyer. He advises clients on a range of criminal and regulatory matters including internal investigations, voluntary and compelled disclosures to enforcement authorities, transactional due diligence, and the development of effective compliance programs. He also advises clients on World Bank enforcement matters, and on UK Parliamentary matters including Parliamentary Select Committee hearings.

Representative Matters

  • Internal investigation into a whistle-blower’s allegation that material misrepresentations had been made by the company to its regulator and the markets.
  • Internal investigation into a suspected serious fraud perpetrated against the joint venture entity of a client by one of its senior employees.
  • Internal investigation into a whistle-blower’s allegations of systematic bribery of Healthcare Professionals.
  • Interacting with the SFO in relation to its investigation into the alleged manipulation of LIBOR.

Previous Experience

  • Head of the Anti-Corruption, Proceeds of Crime and International Assistance Units at the Serious Fraud Office, United Kingdom (2009-2011)
  • Criminal Barrister at Chambers of Bill Clegg QC (2 Bedford Row) and Chambers of Clive Nicholls QC (3 Raymond Buildings) (2006-2009)
  • Europe, Middle East & Africa territory business development roles at VeriSign Inc. (internet sector) and American Power Conversion Inc. (technology sector) (1995-2002)

Honors and Rankings

  • Chambers Global, Corporate Investigations - Anti-Corruption (2015)
  • Chambers UK, Financial Crime: Corporates (2013-2016)
  • Chambers Europe, Corporate Investigations (2014-2015) 
  • PLC Which Lawyer?, Corporate Crime, England (2012)
  • Legal 500 UK, Fraud - Corporate Crime (2013-2015)
  • Legal 500 UK, Fraud - Civil (2012-2013)
  • Legal 500 UK, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology (2011)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn 
  • The General Council of the Bar

Publications and Speeches

  • Mr. Amaee was quoted by The Guardian on Deferred Prosecution Agreements (August 2015) in the article "SFO Chief Admits Agency's Future is in Doubt."
  • Mr. Amaee was interviewed by Main Justice (October 2012), "Guidance on Self Reporting under the UK Bribery Act."
  • Mr. Amaee participated in a roundtable discussion concerning how Bribery-Act compliant UK Plc is (originally published in Law Business Review, October 2011).
  • Mr. Amaee participated in a roundtable interview with New Law Journal (8/12/2011) on "How Bribery Act-compliant is UK Plc? "
  • Mr. Amaee participated in an interview with Russia Today (7/1/2011) on "The UK Bribery Act."
  • Mr. Amaee was interviewed by TrustLaw (June 2011), looking at the implications of the new UK Bribery Act.
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Main Justice Interview - Guidance on Self Reporting under the UK Bribery Act, October 2012