Mr Sam Tate > RPC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime


An expert in white-collar crime, Sam Tate is a partner with extensive practical experience of complicated cross-border investigations and crime prevention programs.

Sam works closely with a number of FTSE 100, international and privately owned entities and individuals in relation to financial crime proceedings, investigations, and practical crime prevention programs. He recently led the settlement on the ground-breaking 11th and 12th UK DPA’s and conducted the independent investigation for the Financial Times of allegations made by Wirecard against its reporters.

He is a regular speaker and moderator at industry and government events and was previously Head of Anti-corruption in EMEA for a global financial crime consultancy. Sam’s experience also includes private prosecutions and senior roles within the Court/FCA appointed sanctions/AML related monitorships of two global banks.

Sam is a co-author of the leading UK anti-corruption compliance text book “Bribery: a Compliance Handbook” published by Bloomsbury and he has extensive practical experience as the Subject Matter Expert for anti-bribery and money-laundering at a global full service oil and gas company and a seconded Executive Director to the litigation and regulatory team of  a US investment bank.

Sam is a regular speaker and moderator at white-collar crime events and conferences (IBA/ABA/C5/OECD/AMLP) and he was a member of the Cabinet Office Anti-corruption Forum. Prior to joining RPC as a Partner, Sam was Head of Anti-corruption in EMEA for a global financial crime consultancy where he advised and worked with Lisa Osofsky, now Director of the SFO. Sam’s experience further includes five years at a magic circle law firm within the financial crime and disputes team.


Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales 2002 and Higher Rights (criminal and civil) 2005.

Norton Rose LLP 2000 – 2002; Associate Holman, Fenwick & Willan LLP 2002 – 2005; Associate/Senior Associate Clifford Chance LLP 2005 – 2010 (including secondments to Morgan Stanely); In-house Legal and Compliance BP Plc 2010 – 2015; Assistant General Counsel and Head Anti-Corruption EMEA, Exiger 2016 – 2018; Partner, RPC 2018.

Visiting lecturer at Durham University’s LLM (2009 to 2016).

Publications of note: co-author of ‘Bribery: A Compliance Handbook’ (1st edition, 2014, Bloomsbury) and Expert Reviewer of Transparency International’s Risk Assessment Guidance ‘Diagnosing Bribery Risk’ (2013).


  • C5 Expert Speakers
  • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics
  • Honorary Member of the Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law


University of Durham LLB (1998); Nottingham Law School LPC (1999).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

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Sam Tate  – RPC

With a strong focus on high-value, complex global investigations, both internal and external, RPC is a strong choice for international clients facing regulatory scrutiny and criminal prosecutions, able to offer expertise across corporate crime and regulatory issues relating to bribery, corruption, trade and export controls, and sanctions, among others. The team is led by ‘savvy operatorSam Tate, who has handled cases brought by the SFO, US DOJ, and FCA, including negotiating two major DPAs, and is able to draw upon the firm’s tax and corporate governance expertise across a variety of sectors. A former HMRC official, Adam Craggs specialises in criminal tax investigations, and Michelle Sloane is a key name for financial crime litigation. At senior associate level, the ‘hardworkingLucy Kerr regularly represents major corporates in financial crime and regulatory investigations, including playing a leading role in DPA negotiations, while Kate Langley has worked as an independent reviewer of DPA compliance alongside advising a number of high-profile clients on regulatory audits, and Alice Kemp, a qualified barrister also admitted in New Zealand, has prosecuted and defended financial crime cases brought by the SFO, as well as handling asset seizure and account freezing orders.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

RPC leverages its successful record in corporate crime and regulatory investigations, private prosecutions, and financial crime litigation to act successfully for high-profile individuals facing SFO, FCA, HMRC, and international white-collar proceedings, ranging from interviews under caution through to full-scale representation in criminal trials. The firm represents senior executives, directors, and global high net-worth individuals facing allegations of bribery, corruption, criminal fraud, and sanctions violations, among others. The practice is headed by criminal tax specialist Adam Craggs , financial crime litigator Michelle Sloane , and Sam Tate , a key name for global white-collar investigations.