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.
According to Chambers UK 2016 he is “highly regarded for his ability to manage sensitive global investigations, money laundering and corruption work. He is a great pragmatist who can work through very difficult legal issues in a practical way and who has a clear understanding of the law" and 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, Head of Proceeds of Crime and Head of International Assistance at the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), leading the investigation and prosecution of high-profile bribery and money laundering cases. In those roles, he worked closely 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 led the negotiations that resulted in civil settlements in the cases of Johnson & Johnson, MW Kellogg/KBR and Macmillan Publishers. He also represented the SFO on the 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.