Amanda Raad serves as a trusted advisor to clients seeking wide-ranging counsel on global and cross-border risk. Qualified in the United States and as a Solicitor in England & Wales, she leverages her extensive knowledge and experience of these active enforcement regimes to help clients navigate risk from both jurisdictions. In summary of her practice, clients note she “counsels and advises with intelligence and caution and has tremendous credibility with regulators.” Amanda was named one of the “top ten legal practitioners” in the recent Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report.
Health care enterprises, life sciences companies, private equity firms, sovereign investors and organizations involved in corporate transactions are among the clients that turn to Amanda for advice on specific U.S. and U.K. enforcement matters and related investigations, as well as for guidance in creating compliant cultures. Clients describe her as “incredibly tactical,” and note that her “particular strength is providing practical, actionable legal advice.”
As founder of Ropes & Gray’s Data and Behavioral Science Initiative, Amanda is a leader in the use of data analytics and behavioral science to help organizations establish compliance-driven cultures, effectively manage global risk, and implement remediation solutions as necessary. Leveraging this unique approach to compliance, Amanda also launched R&G’s Insights Lab, an innovative, full service legal consulting group – and the industry’s first-ever analytics and behavioural science offering. As co-leader, Amanda works closely with a multidisciplinary team of internal and external collaborators to design creative, data-driven and human-centered solutions for our clients’ most significant legal and business challenges. Her work addresses the full risk spectrum, encompassing:
- Financial fraud
- Money laundering
- Cyber and data privacy risk
- Antitrust compliance
- Sexual misconduct
In light of the financial devastation caused by the COVID-19 crisis, Amanda has been partnering with clients to reassess their risk and help them take proactive steps to ensure the effectiveness of their business solutions in a changing and challenging environment.
Global co-leader of Ropes & Gray’s anti-corruption and international risk practice, Amanda also co-founded the firm’s fraud in times of crisis task force, as well as the firm’s global health care compliance initiative. She publishes and speaks frequently on cross-border challenges in the areas of corporate crime and investigations, including those associated with sexual misconduct. She is a regular contributor to GIR’s “The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations,” and serves as a committee member for the American Bar Association’s Women’s White Collar Defense Association and the U.K.’s Fraud Lawyers Association. Amanda is listed in GIR’s Women in Investigations 2018, Chambers UK, The Legal 500 UK and New York Super Lawyers.
Deeply committed to pro bono work, Amanda co-chairs Ropes & Gray’s pro bono committee. Since 2016, she has served on the board of Lawyers Without Borders.
- Defended international pharmaceutical and medical device companies in cross-border corruption investigations, resulting in favorable outcomes
- Designed and implemented pre-acquisition international risk diligence protocols for multiple private equity firms and assisted with post-acquisition implementation of enhanced compliance controls. Ropes & Gray and an American multinational private equity firm recently received the “Best Client-Law Firm Team” at the American Lawyer’s Annual Industry Awards
- Led anti-corruption and international risk assessments in the private equity, pharmaceutical and energy sectors, resulting in the development and implementation of enhanced compliance controls
- Counsel to several finance executives in international anti-money laundering and OFAC investigations
- Counsel to senior executive in international criminal investigation of alleged collusion among banks in the setting of LIBOR and other benchmark interest rates
- Participated in Lawyers Without Borders Kenya training of magistrates, prosecutors, and investigating officers of how to better investigate and prosecute wildlife crime
- Partnered with Lawyers Without Borders to evaluate potential supply chain training opportunities to identify and mitigate human trafficking
- Advised clients on the Modern Slavery Act and related obligations
- Led a team representing inmates in New York City jails in a class action against the City of New York for guard brutality
- Served as lead counsel in a political asylum case, presenting on behalf of the National Immigrant Justice Center, securing a positive outcome for the victim