James Dobias - McDermott Will & Emery


James Dobias focuses his practice on a wide range of domestic and international corporate crime and investigations related matters, including bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, fraud, data breach and associated regulatory and compliance issues.  He has experience assisting with and advising on internal investigations, Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) investigations, enquiries by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), anti-bribery and corruption compliance, whistleblowing, anti-money laundering (AML) issues and fraud investigations.

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White-Collar and Investigations 

  • Acting for a FTSE 100 engineering company during its global bribery and corruption investigation, including on the negotiation of simultaneous deferred prosecution agreements with the SFO and DoJ, investigations by overseas agencies and on follow-on litigation*
  • Acting for a FTSE 100 company during its global bribery and corruption investigation, including on investigations initiated by the SFO and overseas agencies.  As part of this, James spent six months on secondment to the company’s litigation team (working on the bribery and corruption investigation) and its business conduct and compliance team (designing and rolling out anti-bribery and corruption procedures across the global organisation)*
  • Acting for one of the ‘Big Four’ US investment banks during the investigation by the FCA into manipulation of the foreign exchange market, including advising on follow-on competition damages claims*

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  • The Legal 500 UK, Recommended, 2024


  • Prior Weston Primary School, Governor


BPP Law School, GDL / LPC, Distinction, 2011
University of Oxford, BA / MA, First Class Honours, 2009

England & Wales