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Steve Smith, Partner

Steve Smith


Practice areas

  • Financial services
  • Financial services and markets regulation
  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Steve is a partner in our Financial Services Disputes & Investigations group specialising in Corporate Crime & Investigations.

He is an experienced criminal litigator and advises individuals and corporate clients in respect financial crime matters often with cross-jurisdictional impact.

He draws on his unusual experience as a defence lawyer, former prosecutor for the Financial Conduct Authority and, most recently, as the Deputy MLRO for a major global financial institution, to:

  1. defend individuals and corporate clients in financial crime, fraud and regulatory investigations and prosecutions; and
  2. advise on financial crime compliance with a particular emphasis on anti-money laundering and anti-bribery systems and controls.

Steve joined Eversheds-Sutherland in 2018.

Having worked as a white collar crime defence lawyer for over ten years, Steve moved to the Enforcement Division of the Financial Conduct Authority where he was a senior lawyer in the Criminal Prosecutions Team. Whilst at the FCA, Steve investigated and prosecuted fraud and insider dealing cases. He also worked closely with HM Treasury on the drafting of the market manipulation offences introduced by Part 7 of the Financial Services Act 2012 and in supporting negotiations at the EU Working Group on the Criminal Sanctions Market Abuse Directive.

Steve then moved to lead the financial crime advisory team supporting the Private Bank of a major Global Bank and, latterly, as Deputy Head of Financial Crime for the EMEA offices of a Japanese Investment House (covering global markets and investment banking). During this time, he gained a good insight into the challenges facing an MLRO and financial crime advisory team in enabling compliance with complex legal and regulatory requirements in both a domestic and international environment. He also supported extensive KYC remediation projects across retail and wholesale client bases.