Covington brings former SFO prosecutor on board

Washington DC firm Covington & Burling is continuing its strategy of bringing former government prosecutors in-house with the hire of Robert Amaee, head of the anti-corruption and proceeds of crime units at the SFO.

Robert Amaee
Robert Amaee

As Covington’s London anti-bribery and anti-corruption practice leader John Rupp puts it, the imminent arrival of the UK Bribery Act and developments under the UK Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 make Amaee’s arrival timely.

“Those of us who’ve represented clients before the SFO know how extraordinary Robert is,” says Rupp. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have him as a colleague in London.”

Many top US litigation and investigation practices have former prosecutors on board, but Covington, with more than 20 globally, is among the leaders of the pack.

That tally was strengthened late last year by the return of Jim Garland, who served as deputy chief of staff and counselor to the US Attorney General, and Steve Fagell, deputy chief of staff and counselor to the Assistant Attorney General overseeing the criminal division.

While at the SFO Amaee was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of bribery and money laundering cases. He also handled the agency’s policies in those areas.

Tim Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee, says Amaee’s leading role in anti-bribery and anti-money laundering issues will add an important new dimension to the firm’s global practice in a critical area. 

“We see our clients focusing increasingly on these matters and Robert will be a tremendous asset to our clients, not only in the UK but across all our offices,” Hester maintains.

Amaee, who joins as of counsel in ­Covington’s London office, will practise in the firm’s white-collar defence and investigations practice group, where he will focus on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering matters.

Separately, White & Case’s London office has hired SFO senior policy adviser Charlie Monteith as of counsel for the firm’s global white-collar and litigation group.