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Rahman Ravelli hires Matthew Cowie in response to its growing global corporate caseload

Authors: Azizur Rahman, Matthew Cowie  14 November 2023
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Rahman Ravelli has appointed Matthew Cowie as a partner and member of its corporate crime group.

Before holding senior positions at international law firms, Cowie was a former lead prosecutor at the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO). With a track record in groundbreaking cases and representing major corporates and their leaders in top-level matters, he has been taken on to help Rahman Ravelli meet the rising demand for its corporate crime expertise.

Aziz Rahman, Rahman Ravelli’s founder and senior partner, said:

“Matthew is exactly the type of high-calibre appointment we are looking to attract to complement our corporate crime group. He arrives at a time when we are in increasing demand from current and potential clients around the world. Matthew has precisely the experience and expertise necessary for the scale and complexity of our corporate caseload.’’

During his time at the SFO, Cowie was heavily involved in cases that played a part in prompting the UK’s creation of the Bribery Act 2010 and the introduction of deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs).

With a significant defence practice, he acted for Airbus in the market-leading case that led to the largest-ever global foreign bribery resolution, involving coordinated settlements with the SFO, the French Parquet National Financier, the US Department of Justice and US Department of State. He was one of the lead coordinating partners, with extensive experience in presenting to the client, auditors and global enforcement agencies.

His other high-stakes defence cases include major roles in global investigations and contested trials including Afren plc, Alstom, Amec Foster Wheeler, GPT and GSK.

He is experienced in acting for clients in corporate corruption settlements, providing corruption-related advice, managing investigations and plea discussions, conducting due diligence on corporate transactions and investments (PE, M&A), and assisting in acquisitorial matters.

Cowie also has extensive experience of DPAs and investigations involving worldwide regulators. His expertise in bribery and corruption, fraud, insider dealing, money laundering, sanctions and accounting irregularities means that he represents corporates at all stages of an investigation, advises on compliance best practice and conducts internal investigations.

He has been ranked by The Chambers UK Guide, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal and has won a number of legal industry awards. He is a qualified barrister, a regularly-published legal author in the areas of fraud, corruption and money laundering, and is currently the visiting lecturer in financial crime at the London School of Economics.

Matthew Cowie said:

“I’m excited to be given an opportunity to join a firm with the worldwide presence of Rahman Ravelli. RR has real talent. I’m already impressed by the calibre of my new colleagues, the global nature and scale of the cases, and the firm’s ambition and ethos. It is a firm that takes on the big cases, gets the results that matter and has the same drive and will as I do to offer a first-rate service.’’

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Aziz Rahman is Senior Partner at Rahman Ravelli and its founder. His ability to coordinate national, international and multi-agency defences has led to success in some of the most significant corporate crime cases of this century and top rankings in international legal guides. He is recognised worldwide as one of the most capable legal experts regarding top-level, high-value commercial and financial disputes.

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Matthew is a partner at Rahman Ravelli. He is an award-winning white-collar crime lawyer with a successful track record in groundbreaking cases and the largest corporate investigations. He led cases that shaped how the UK investigates international corruption, including some that helped prompt the creation of the Bribery Act 2010 and the introduction of DPAs. Matthew acted for Airbus in the largest-ever global foreign bribery resolution.

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