Anne-Marie Ottaway

Anne-Marie Ottaway


Anne-Marie Ottaway focuses on white collar and economic crime and government and internal investigations. Acknowledged for her criminal defence work, Anne-Marie provides clients with advice on all aspects of investigations relating to allegations of fraud, bribery, and corruption, as well as providing advice in respect of the implementation of effective anti-fraud, bribery and corruption compliance programmes and related anti-money laundering issues. She is recognized by Chambers & Partners for her “growing reputation for defending corporate clients subject to fraud and bribery allegations.”

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 led multidisciplinary teams of police, lawyers, investigators, and accountants, and had overall responsibility for case strategy and progression. Among her duties at the SFO, she provided legal advice during prosecutions and related restraint and confiscation proceedings, engaged with multi-national companies and their legal representatives in connection with corruption self-disclosures and related internal investigations, and assessed reports of bribery of foreign public officials by UK companies and individuals. She was on the senior management team for the SFO’s Bribery and Corruption Business Area and worked on international corruption, including cooperation with the U.S. DOJ, SEC, European and Swiss Federal Prosecutors, the Australian Federal Police, and organisations such as the World Bank. She also 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 is due to report on its findings in March 2019.

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  • Represented Sweett Group Plc in the first Serious Fraud Office prosecution of a company for a section 7 Bribery Act 2010 offence.°
  • Advised a Scottish based company in connection with the first part 5 Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 civil recovery action by the Scottish Crown Office for a section 7 Bribery Act 2010 offence.°
  • Advised a UK company in connection with the SFO's investigation into Unaoil.°
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a financial services company into suspected fraud by senior employees and advising them on their interactions with the Prudential Regulatory Authority and Financial Conduct Authority.°
  • Advised a cash and derivatives brokerage firm in connection with the Serious Fraud Office's and Financial Conduct Authority's LIBOR investigations.°
  • Represented a UK plc subject to a criminal investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office into suspected data protection breaches.°
  • Represented a FTSE 250 company and conducting an internal investigation in respect of potential breaches of UK Bribery legislation in one of its South East Asian subsidiaries.°
  • Conducted an internal investigation into potential breaches of UK Bribery legislation on behalf of a European company in the infrastructure sector.°
  • Advised a range of UK and international companies on the implementation of anti-bribery and corruption compliance programmes.°
  • Advised a range of UK and international companies on the provisions of the UK Proceeds of Crime Act and related mandatory or voluntary disclosures to the National Crime Agency.°
  • Provided advice to a range of UK and international companies on anti-fraud and corruption due diligence in a range of transactions.°
  • Conducted detailed bribery and corruption risk assessments on behalf of clients.°
  • Provided Anti-bribery and corruption training to clients, both at senior management level and to their wider employees.°
  • Advised on ABC due diligence in the context of mergers and acquisitions and advising on ABC wording for contracts with JV partners and other third parties.°
  • Advised a client regarding a Financial Conduct Authority insider dealing investigation.°
  • Provided advice on anti-money laundering internal controls and on related reporting obligations.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Ottaway prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Bribery Act, 2018-Present
  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO), 1999-2012
    • Case Controller/Prosecutor, 2008-2012
    • Investigative Lawyer, 2003-2008
    • Trainee Solicitor, 2001-2003
    • Investigator, 1999-2001

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers UK Guide, 2014-2018
    • Listed, “Financial Crime: Corporates, Up and Coming,” 2017-2018
    • Recognised, 2014-2016
  • Listed, The Legal 500 UK, 2014-2019
    • Leading Individual: London Risk Advisory, “Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime”, 2018-2019
    • Recommended: London Crime, Fraud and Licensing, “Fraud: White Collar Crime” 
  • Listed, Who's Who Legal, Investigations: Lawyers, 2017-2019
  • Listed, Who's Who Legal, Thought Leaders – Investigations, 2018
  • Listed, Who's Who Legal, Business Crime Defence: Corporates, 2017-2019
  • Listed, Expert Guides, “Rising Stars: White Collar Crime,” 2018
  • Member, the Fraud Lawyer’s Association
  • Member, the Women’s White-Collar Defense Network
  • Liveryman, the City of London Solicitors’ Company


  • LPC, College of Law, 2000
  • LL.B. (Hons), London Guildhall University
  • England and Wales