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Michael Roach

Associate

Roach, Michael
Michael Roach's practice focuses on representing both individuals and corporations in white collar crime matters, investigations and regulatory enforcement. He often works on matters involving allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing and money laundering. These matters commonly include simultaneous investigations by agencies such as the Serious Fraud Office, FCA, SEC and the US Department of Justice. He also has experience dealing with the European Commission.

Mr. Roach has acted for a number of individuals in relation to both the Forex and LIBOR probes, and regularly represents witnesses and suspects further to allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption. He has also conducted internal investigations and anti-bribery and corruption compliance reviews of companies in jurisdictions such as the CIS, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Recent Highlights

  • Part of a team that produced a self-report for a FTSE 15 mining company relating to allegations of bribery and corruption in Africa and Kazakhstan
  • Protected a number of clients in the Forex and LIBOR probes from further investigation
  • Conducted an extensive investigation into a bank's anti-money laundering systems in multiple jurisdictions
  • Carried out an anti-bribery and corruption review of agent relationships for a large multi-national company
  • Provided pro bono legal advice to Media Lawyers Defence Initiative. 

Professional Activities

Mr. Roach is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association. He is also on the Young Fraud Lawyers Association Committee.

Publications & News

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June 2, 2017

The Law Society: Restoring Balance in Criminal Investigations?

A blog post by Michael Roach, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

April 3, 2017

OPBAS: An AML “Super” Supervisor?

A blog post by Michael Roach, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

January 31, 2017

Government’s Response to IDC Report Hints at the Direction of Future Anti-Corruption Policy

A blog post by Leila Gaafar and Michael Roach, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

November 3, 2016

Criminal Finances Bill Proposes Some Intrusive & Impractical POCA Measures

A blog post by Michael Roach, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

July 26, 2016

New confiscation recommendations: a price worth paying?

A blog post by Michael Roach, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

May 9, 2016

Are new Government AML/CTF proposals a step too far?

A blog post by Michael Roach, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

April 12, 2016

An Analysis of the UK’s New Register of Beneficial Owners

A blog post by Michael Roach, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

January 28, 2016

Ruling on Historic Foreign Corruption May Have Implications for Other Pending SFO Cases

A blog post by Michael Roach, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

December 21, 2015

Recent developments strengthen the position of the SFO

A blog post by Michael Roach, published on the WilmerHale W.I.R.E. UK blog.

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.

Speaking Engagements

March 9, 2016

An Introduction to the Bribery Act 2010

Coventry, England

February 11, 2015

An Introduction to the Bribery Act 2010

Coventry, England

Practices

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Education

LPC, BPP Law School, London, 2012

LLB, Law, University of Warwick, 2010

Bar Admissions

England and Wales

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