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Anne-Marie Ottaway

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.



  • Advising a financial services firm in connection with an Financial Conduct Authority investigation into suspected “printing” and “flying”.
  • Providing advice on insider dealing and market abuse risks to an overseas company in connection with the proposed acquisition of a UK listed entity.
  • Advising an investment group on potential UK criminal law risks connected to a proposed investment in cannabis businesses in jurisdictions where the recreational use has been legalised.
  • 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, 2018-2019
  • 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, 2014-2020
    • Listed, “Financial Crime: Corporates, Band 4”, 2019-2020
    • 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”, 2014-2017 
  • Recognised, The Times, Best Law Firms 2020: Financial crime, fraud and regulatory
  • Listed, Who's Who Legal, Investigations: Lawyers, 2017-2019
  • Listed, Who's Who Legal, Thought Leaders – Investigations, 2018-2019
  • Listed, Who's Who Legal, Business Crime Defence: Corporates, 2017-2019
  • Listed, Who's Who Legal, Thought Leaders - Business Crime Defence: Corporates, 2019
  • Listed, Global Investigations Review, as a Top 100 Women in Investigations, 2018
  • Listed, Expert Guides, “Rising Stars: White Collar Crime,” 2018
  • Member, the Fraud Lawyer’s Association
  • Member, the Women’s White-Collar Defense Association
  • Liveryman, the City of London Solicitors’ Company


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