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Dechert LLP

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Matthew Cowie

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Dechert LLP

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Anti-Corruption Compliance and Investigations; White Collar Defense and Investigations; Corporate Governance; Litigation and Arbitration




Matthew Cowie has extensive experience advising on fraud and corruption issues including internal investigations and government enforcement matters.

Mr. Cowie also advises on compliance best practices for UK and multi-national corporates, particularly with regard to anti-corruption and other corporate governance policies and procedures.

He has broad industry sector experience, having worked on internal and government investigations in the pharmaceutical; financial institutions; defence; oil & gas; and telecoms sectors.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Cowie served as Counsel in the corporate investigations practice of another international law firm.

Before moving to private practice in 2010, he spent 11 years in the Serious Fraud Office where he successfully brought the first two overseas corruption prosecutions of UK corporates whilst working alongside the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

He brought the first significant prosecution of a senior corporate executive on corruption charges within the medical devices industry.

He served as the prosecutor in the SFO’s prosecution of Mabey & Johnson Ltd; Innospec Ltd; Johnson & Johnson/De Puy International Ltd. and BAE Systems plc.

Additionally, Mr. Cowie supervised the conduct of casework encompassing both sanctions and overseas corruption offences.

During his time at the SFO, Mr. Cowie was seconded to the United Nations Procurement Task Force where he investigated fraud, corruption and mismanagement issues within the United Nations system.




Law Society of England and Wales


University of Sheffield, M.A., 1991; University of Warwick, LL.B., with Honors, 1990

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Innovative, effective and highly strategicDechert LLP is adept at representing individuals in relation to regulatory investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, HMRC, Department of Justice (DOJ), FCA and the Office of Fair Trading. The firm continues to act for a former employee of Alstom in relation to a conspiracy to pay bribes to win contracts for the supply of trains to the Budapest Metro, the matter is valued at €229m. Neil Gerrard  heads the team, he is ‘a highly experienced and effective litigator, well respected by law enforcement and regulators alike’. Matthew Cowie has ‘an excellent grasp of the law’ and is ‘passionate about his clients’. Caroline Black has ‘the ability to keep cool in complex and stressful situations’. Roger Burlingame joined from Kobre & Kim LLP.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Leading individuals

Matthew Cowie - Dechert LLP

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Dechert LLP has ‘a professional and experienced team composed of really nice lawyers’. It advises corporate clients on fraud, bribery, money laundering, international trade, export control and sanctions issues. It is adept at handling investigations by the National Crime Agency (NCA), SFO, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and various European Union (EU) institutions. Neil Gerrard heads the team and is ‘in the first rank of practitioners in the field’. Matthew Cowie  has ‘an excellent grasp of the law along with the ability to ensure that involved parties work together in a collaborative way when possible’. Caroline Black ‘keeps cool in complex and stressful situations with senior decision makers’, Miriam Gonzalez is also recommended. Roger Burlingame joined as partner from Kobre & Kim LLP. David Hughes left for Stewarts Law LLP.

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