Stephanie is a special counsel in Gilbert + Tobin’s Disputes + Investigations group.
Stephanie’s practice spans all aspects of disputes and investigations with a focus on complex disputes, regulatory investigations, public inquiries and internal investigations. Stephanie specialises in advising and representing clients involved in regulatory investigations by Australian regulators (such as ASIC, ACCC, ICAC, AUSTRAC or AFP).
Stephanie has extensive experience structuring and leading internal investigations in Australia and overseas, particularly in relation to financial crimes (anti-bribery and corruption (ABC), anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions) and regulatory risks. This includes reporting to boards on regulatory and litigation risks, whether in the context of an internal investigation, a regulatory investigation or a proposed corporate acquisition. Stephanie is often engaged to also provide specialist ABC and AML training and workshops to corporate clients.
Stephanie is a ranked individual in Anti-Bribery & Corruption by Chambers 2019, is recognised in Best Lawyers 2020 for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Criminal Defence Law and was also recognised as a “Next Generation Lawyer” by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 for Regulatory Compliance and Investigations.
Stephanie is a co-author of the current edition of Corporate crime, fraud and investigations in Australia Multi-jurisdictional guide: Australia (Practical Law, Thomson Reuters). She is also the co-author of the Australian chapter of The Strategic View to: Business Crime 2016.
Stephanie’s experience includes:
- Advising Westpac in relation to The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
- Representing a confidential client responding to inquiries in connection with a financial services investigation, by a number of supervisory regulators globally including several in Australia, concerning conduct in relation to benchmarks in financial markets
- Advising a global financial services institution under investigation by ASIC and the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).
- Advising an individual in relation to a high profile regulatory proceedings regarding AML laws.
- Advising companies on the application of the UK Bribery Act, the US Foreign Corruption Practices Act, the Canadian Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act and Australian law (including the Criminal Code) to their operations around the world (particularly in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe).
- Representing a large multinational corporation in connection with an AFP investigation into possible bribery or corrupt conduct, including conducting an internal inquiry in multiple jurisdictions, advising the board and company on exposure, risks and mitigation strategies in relation to a number of complex cross-border legal issues, and advising on the AFP investigation and stakeholder engagement.
- Advising the non-executive directors of a top 100 ASX listed company that is the subject of a multi- jurisdictional investigation in relation to alleged bribery conduct in Asia.
Awards and Recognition
Stephanie is recognised for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Criminal Defence Law.
Stephanie ranks as a leading individual in Anti-Bribery and Corruption.
Stephanie ranked as a “Next Generation Lawyer” in Regulatory Compliance and Investigations.