Robert Amaee is the director and founder of Amaee Law. He is an economic crime and compliance lawyer, and a former Head of Anti-Corruption, Proceeds of Crime and International Assistance at the Serious Fraud Office, where he led the investigation and prosecution of some of the UK's most sophisticated bribery and money laundering cases.  


Robert is a barrister and has been a partner at two US law firms, Covington & Burling LLP and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, where he served as head of White Collar Crime & Corporate Investigations in London, advising clients on sensitive criminal, regulatory and asset related matters.


He is experienced in managing teams of lawyers, accountants and others, building trusted relationships with in-house stakeholders, regulators, governmental and law enforcement bodies, and advising at board level. 


Robert has led and conducted numerous investigations, anti-corruption and AML risk assessments, pre and post-acquisition due diligence projects and developed compliance programs for multinationals, including a leading Asian technology company, a major Indian conglomerate, a U.S. pharmaceuticals company, a Japanese manufacturer, and an energy company operating in high risk jurisdictions. He has also worked on upgrading compliance programs following resolution of enforcement matters, including with the World Bank.  


He is a regular speaker at anti-corruption and AML conferences and often quoted in the press. He has been recognised by directories including Legal 500, Chambers, and Who’s Who Legal as a leading lawyer in his field, described as “a great pragmatist who can work through very difficult legal issues in a practical way and who has a clear understanding of the law” and “an astute expert who gives sound advice, while also being a real pleasure to deal with”. 


Robert is a problem solver with practical commercial experience having previously worked in senior in-house business roles across EMEA for US technology and cybersecurity companies. He also holds a science Ph.D.



  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP:
    • Partner, 2016 - 2019


  • Covington & Burling LLP:
    • Partner, 2012-2016
    • Of Counsel, 2011-2012


  • U.K. Serious Fraud Office:
    • Head of Anti-Corruption, Proceeds of Crime, and International Assistance, 2009-2011


  • Chambers of Bill Clegg QC and Chambers of Clive Nicholls QC
    • Criminal Barrister, 2006-2009


  • VeriSign Inc and American Power Conversion Inc.:
    • EMEA Business Development, 1995-2002



  • Ranked in Who's Who Legal: Investigations - Recommended Lawyers / Thought Leaders, 2017 - 2022
  • Ranked in Euromoney's Expert Guides: White Collar Crime, 2018
  • Ranked in Chambers UK, Financial Crime: Corporates, 2013-2018
  • Ranked in Chambers Global, Corporate Investigations - Anti-Corruption, 2015
  • Ranked in Chambers Europe, Corporate Investigations, 2014-2015
  • Ranked in PLC Which Lawyer?, Corporate Crime, England, 2012
  • Ranked in Legal 500 UK, Fraud - Corporate Crime, 2013-2015
  • Ranked in Legal 500 UK, Fraud – Civil, 2012-2013
  • Ranked in Legal 500 UK, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, 2011

Robert F Amaee