Jeff Cottle is a partner in Steptoe & Johnson’s London office and a member of the international regulation and compliance and FCPA/anti-corruption groups. He has held senior positions as in-house compliance counsel at major corporations headquartered in the United States, Europe and Australia. He has been head of the compliance and/or anti-corruption function at companies with operations in, or transactions with, the most risk-intensive global jurisdictions, from Africa to Asia and from Eurasia to Latin America, with a particular emphasis on the oil and gas, extractives, and aerospace and defence industries.
Mr Cottle handles internal investigations of potential breaches of company compliance policies or law, as well as the defence of investigations by regulators and enforcement agencies, spanning the substantive areas of anti-corruption, trade sanctions, and export controls. His practice also focuses on all aspects of compliance programme design, roll-out and implementation, including training, risk assessment, due diligence on third parties and monitoring and audit protocols.
Mr Cottle has extensive experience in the compliance-related issues arising in mergers and acquisitions, as well as in post-merger compliance integration, and is adept at devising solutions to both the strategic and tactical compliance-related issues faced by companies, especially in high-risk markets, as well as on how to manage internal and external stakeholders with an interest in the outcome of compliance-related decisions.