Matthew Cowie has extensive experience advising on fraud and corruption issues including internal investigations and government enforcement matters. Noted by Chambers UK as having an "excellent knowledge of the regulatory agencies", Matthew 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, Matthew 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, Matthew supervised the conduct of casework encompassing both sanctions and overseas corruption offences.
During his time at the SFO, Matthew was seconded to the United Nations Procurement Task Force where he investigated fraud, corruption and mismanagement issues within the United Nations system.
Chambers UK 2018 notes that Matthew has expertise in handling both government and internal investigations, with sources commenting that "his SFO background is invaluable in giving him a good grasp of the culture". Chambers UK 2017 comments that Matthew brings valuable insight to investigations work on behalf of corporate clients. One source says "I think highly of him. I think he has the appropriate balance of getting into the facts as well as the big picture- he has lots to offer". Matthew is also listed as a leading individual in Legal 500 UK 2015, 2016 and 2017 for Corporate Crime including, fraud, bribery and corruption, where he is described as "a particularly strong asset" and 'an international expert'. He was also recommended for investigations in Global Investigations Review's "Who's Who Legal" in both 2016 and 2017.