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Sarah Crowder
Sarah Crowder
Associate
London +44 20 7067 2000 scrowder@cov.com Download V-card

Sarah Crowder regularly advises clients on compliance issues arising under anti-corruption and anti-money laundering laws, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, and the UK Proceeds of Crime Act. Ms. Crowder helps clients develop compliance programs, conduct compliance risk assessments and transactional due diligence, and deliver compliance training. 

Ms. Crowder also helps clients navigate internal and government investigations involving allegations of corruption, export control and sanctions violations, fraud, and money laundering. She has handled numerous white collar matters before major international enforcement authorities and she has been recognized by the Global Investigations Review as being among the leading women investigations practitioners worldwide. In addition to supporting investigations and enforcement matters, Ms. Crowder assists clients in suspension and debarment matters before the World Bank and other international financial institutions.

  • Conducting internal investigations into potential violations of anti-bribery laws in various countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, for clients in a range of industries.
  • Advising a European engineering company on interactions with the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency and Integrity Compliance Office, including by supporting several internal investigations into World Bank-financed projects and supporting the development of a corporate compliance program. 
  • Advising a Southeast Asia-based energy company on interactions with the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency in connection with an investigation into alleged fraudulent practices, including by conducting an investigation into the allegations and developing a compliance remediation plan.
  • Advising a European energy company on several FCPA matters, including investigations by the DOJ and the SEC related to oil and natural gas projects in North Africa.
  • Advising a multinational pharmaceutical company on interactions with the SFO relating to a whistleblower’s allegations of bribery.        
  • Supporting an anti-corruption risk assessment of a French pharmaceutical company acquired by a multinational pharmaceutical company. 
  • Conducting an anti-corruption risk assessment of a multinational telecommunication company’s operations in Central and Eastern Africa.
  • Supporting a post-acquisition compliance integration project in countries across Africa for a multinational consumer goods company. 
  • Providing anti-corruption compliance advice on a range of matters to a mining company operating in West Africa.
  • Conducting an internal investigation into potential sanctions violations by a European affiliate of a multinational pharmaceutical company.
  • Advising a global financial institution in connection with a review of payment messaging practices and related interactions with UK, U.S., and European regulators.
  • Advising U.S. banks in connection with anti-money laundering investigations involving the DOJ, the OCC and FinCEN.

Pro Bono

  • Representing a political dissident from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in defensive asylum proceedings.

Previous Experience

  • Associate in the white collar practice at an international law firm in New York.
  • Global Investigations Review, "Women in Investigations" (2018)