Anne-Marie Ottaway is a white-collar defence and investigations attorney with over 20 years’ experience, including 13 years at the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, and was the Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords’ Select Committee on the Bribery Act 2010.
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 government investigations and prosecutions, with a particular focus on allegations relating to fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, market abuse and money laundering.
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.
She has advised individual suspects and witnesses in a number of Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) investigations and prosecutions.
Formerly a prosecutor at the SFO, Anne-Marie worked on some of the UK’s largest fraud and corruption investigations and prosecutions. She worked on a number of international investigations, involving cooperation with the United States’ Department of Justice and 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 the SFO representative on the cross government strategic group for money laundering involving politically exposed persons (PEPs) and the law enforcement co-ordination group on overseas corruption.
In 2018 Anne-Marie was appointed as the Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords’ Select Committee on the Bribery Act 2010, which conducted 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 report was 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.