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Alison Geary

Counsel

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Alison Geary's practice focuses on white collar crime involving fraud, bribery, corruption, cartels and money laundering. She acts in Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and World Bank investigations. She acts for both individuals and corporations under investigation.  She has been listed in Global Investigations Review's 40 under 40, a list of “accomplished young investigations lawyers who will help shape the future of this fast-evolving area of law” and is recognized as a Future Leader in the 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal: Investigations.

Her casework currently includes acting for individuals and banks in relation to the FX, LIBOR and other benchmark manipulation investigations. She also acts for individuals in the SFO's high-profile investigations into ENRC and Rolls Royce. She has particular knowledge of issues of English law privilege in investigations and criminal litigation and is currently advising a number of corporations in relation to privilege issues. She has previously acted for a high-profile individual in the investigation by the Metropolitan Police into phone hacking.

Ms. Geary has extensive experience conducting internal investigations, often spanning many jurisdictions. She has recently concluded an investigation for a multi-national firm investigating various allegations of criminal offences committed by senior management. She also advised an international corporation being investigated by the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency. This matter was concluded with no action being taken by the World Bank.

Ms. Geary regularly provides commentary on white collar crime matters and has been quoted in publications such as The Times (London), The Guardian and Reuters. She is recommended in the 2015 and 2016 editions of The Legal 500 UK for white-collar crime.

Recent Highlights

Recent highlights include, acting for:

  • a key individual in the ongoing FX investigation and subsequent prosecution by the DOJ
  • an individual in the SFO's ongoing bribery investigation into a number of individuals at Rolls Royce
  • an individual in relation to the SFO's high-profile investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption relating to the activities of ENRC in Africa
  • a senior manager in relation to the SFO, FCA and DOJ's investigation into LIBOR and EURIBOR manipulation
  • an investment bank subject to a multi-jurisdictional investigation relating to investor fraud
  • an individual in an SFO investigation relating to creditor fraud
  • a senior manager at a company currently subject to an investigation by the European Commission
  • an individual subject to SFO restraint orders in relation to allegations of international fraud
  • an individual in relation to US and UK investigations into a complex algorithmic trading strategy
  • an individual in relation to the investigation by the Metropolitan Police into Phone Hacking
  • a corporation being investigated by the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a Future Leader in the 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal: Investigations – Future Leaders
  • Named to Global Investigations Review's 2017 “40 Under 40” List
  • Recommended in the 2015 and 2016 editions of The Legal 500 UK for Crime, fraud and licensing - Fraud: white-collar crime

Publications & News

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September 15, 2017

Alison Geary Named to Global Investigations Review's “40 Under 40” List

London-based Counsel Alison Geary has been named to Global Investigations Review's prestigious “40 Under 40” listing of the world's leading young investigations lawyers.

August 4, 2017

A Tired Proposal: Should We Worry (Yet Again) About the Future of the UK's Serious Fraud Office?

An article by Alison Geary and Lloyd Firth, published in Of Counsel, discusses the perceived precarious future of the Serious Fraud Office.

February 7, 2017

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2016 Developments and Predictions for 2017

The past year was consequential for FCPA enforcement in numerous respects, including blockbuster penalties, new policy initiatives, and the SEC's first DPA with an individual for FCPA violations.

September 19, 2016

The Legal 500 UK Recognizes Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP as a Top-Tier Firm

In the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 UK, WilmerHale is named a top-tier firm for dispute resolution - international arbitration and crime, fraud and licensing - fraud: white-collar crime, and is recommended in four other practice areas. The guide also names four partners to its "Leading lawyers" list, and recognizes a total of nine of the firm's London-based lawyers.

February 2, 2016

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2015 Developments and Predictions for 2016

Among other significant developments, 2015 saw the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ” or the “Department”) document a policy priority of holding individuals accountable for corporate wrongdoing. This policy was laid out in the “Yates Memorandum”—announced by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates—and related changes the DOJ made to the U.S. Attorney’s Manual.

December 1, 2015

UK's Serious Fraud Office Secures First Deferred Prosecution Agreement

On 30 November 2015, Lord Justice Leveson formally approved the UK's first deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) since the legislative scheme for such arrangements came into force on 24 February 2014. The introduction of DPAs was seen as a landmark moment in the SFO's capacity to pursue corporate wrongdoing effectively.

September 18, 2015

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP Named a Top-Tier Firm by The Legal 500 UK

In the 2015 edition of The Legal 500 UK, WilmerHale is named a top-tier firm for dispute resolution - international arbitration and crime, fraud and licensing - fraud: white-collar crime, and is recommended in six other practice areas.

August 1, 2015

Factoring in Bribery

An article by Alison Geary and Michael Roach, published in the August 2015 edition of Acquisition International.

July 27, 2015

RIP RIPA?

A blog post by Lloyd Firth and Alison Geary, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog and also on Criminal Law & Justice Weekly.

July 23, 2015

World Bank New Procurement Framework

A blog post by Alison Geary, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

Practices

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Education

LPC, with distinction, BPP Law School, 2008

BPP Law School, 2007

University of Nottingham, 2004

BA, Social Policy and Administration

Bar Admissions

England and Wales, Solicitor

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