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Stephen Platt

Stephen Platt is one of the world’s most experienced practitioners in the conduct of regulatory investigations. He is widely regarded as a leading expert in the criminal abuse of financial services and related regulatory issues with particular specialisms in anti-money laundering, sanctions and US extra territoriality.

Stephen is an English barrister and a visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He acts for regulatory authorities in the conduct of investigations and skilled person reports and for financial institutions on large-scale remediation projects following enforcement action.

His practice is international. Among the numerous high profile matters that he has been involved in over the last two decades are Arch Cru, Belgravia, R2R, Abacha, Maluf, Bhutto, Standard Chartered Trust Co, Anchor Trust, Caversham & Bell, and a whole host of others, less well publicised.
When not practising, he is much sought after as an accomplished speaker on the criminal abuse of financial services and regulation. He has trained the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Treasury, numerous US law enforcement agencies, Europol, the Metropolitan Police and several regulatory authorities. He has spoken at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Cambridge Economic Crime Symposium, the European Parliament, the UN, the UNODC and the World Bank.

He has been co-opted by the World Bank to both the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) and the study analyzing Illicit Financial Flows from Somalian Piracy.

Stephen is the author of the highly acclaimed book ‘Criminal Capital’ published by Palgrave Macmillan, further details of which can be found at


Financial crime prevention
Financial services regulation
US Extra Territoriality
Offshore Finance Centres
Asset recovery