Anne-Marie Ottaway is a white-collar crime and investigations attorney with over 20 years’ experience on both the prosecution and defence side.
Ranked in both Chambers and the Legal 500, she has deep experience with economic crime related matters and provides clients with advice on all aspects of investigations and prosecutions, with a particular focus on allegations relating to fraud, bribery, corruption, insider dealing and money laundering.
She has advised both suspects and witnesses in a number of high profile Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) investigations and prosecutions.
Anne-Marie is highly experienced in conducting internal investigations and advising on corporate self-disclosures and related reporting obligations. She also provides advice to corporate clients in respect of the design and implementation of effective compliance programmes relating to anti-fraud, bribery and money laundering.
Formerly a prosecutor at the UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO), where she had 13 years of experience working on some of the UK’s largest fraud and corruption investigations and prosecutions. Anne-Marie worked on international corruption investigations, involving cooperation with the United States Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, European and Swiss Federal Prosecutors, the Australian Federal Police, and organisations such as the World Bank. Among her duties at the SFO, she played a key role in the early development of the SFO’s self-reporting regime and served as SFO representative on the cross government strategic group for PEP money laundering and the law enforcement co-ordination group on overseas corruption.
Anne-Marie was appointed in June 2018 as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Bribery Act 2010, which is conducting a post-legislative review of the Act, its impact on companies and the effectiveness of enforcement, including scrutiny of the use of Deferred Prosecution Agreements. The Committee’s findings were published in March 2019.
Anne-Marie is recognized by Chambers & Partners for her “expertise in financial crime issues”, her “extensive government experience” and “reputation for defending corporate clients subject to fraud and bribery allegations” and is ranked by Legal 500 as a leading individual for Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime.