Robert Wyld

Partner
+61 2 8274 9593
+61 419 337 557

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Expertise

Robert is a dispute resolution lawyer specialising in competition, international trade and anti-corruption law.

Robert has advised many national and international clients, including individuals, public and private companies and statutory authorities in the banking and securities, aviation, construction, power and energy industries on all aspects of dispute resolution issues and arbitration. His work has a particular focus on competition, commercial crime and fraud, anti-corruption and bribery investigations and prosecutions, trade sanctions and extradition work, and taxation related disputes and class actions in Australia and overseas.

Robert has delivered papers at many conferences in Australia and overseas on managing risks in international trade and Australia's anti-corruption and bribery regulation. He is the Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee for 2015 and 2016.  He appears regularly across the Australia media on bribery and corruption issues.

Current Client Matters

  • Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust: advising the Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust (a Northern Territory Government appointed Statutory Manager and subsequently, the new Trustees) on extensive claims of fraud and breach of trust by former trustees and the Trust’s public officer and conducting proceedings against the Trust’s former accountants’ auditors and lawyers for recovery of substantial losses.
  • AWB Limited: acted for former employees of AWB Ltd before the Cole Royal Commission investigating the legality of AWB’s wheat sales and the payment of monies for trucking and other fees under the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program and the subsequent ASIC and AFP Taskforce.
  • Sheahan Lock Partners: acted in Victorian Supreme Court proceedings for Sheahan Lock Partners in relation to whether funds held by liquidators were the proceeds of crime and subject to restraint and forfeiture to the Commonwealth of Australia under the POCA over contested claims by third party creditors including a US Trustee in Bankruptcy and an Australian trading bank.
  • Advising international and Australian companies on Australia’s sanctions regime and individuals on Australia’s extradition regime.
  • Conducted fraud and corruption investigations in the construction and energy sectors across the Asia Pacific Region, the Middle East, North and South America and South East Asia.
  • Advised individual directors and officers on their potential liability in relation to internal and external investigations where bribery and corruption issues arise.

Recognition

  • Recognised as a leading lawyer in Litigation – Best Lawyers Australia, 2014

Qualifications

  • Master of Law, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Arts & Laws (Hons), University of Tasmania
  • Graduate Diploma of Law, Monash University

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • International Bar Association
  • Law Council of Australia

Publications

  • GIR Know how – Securities & Related Investigations 2016 - Australia
  • JWS Guide to Key Foreign Bribery Laws for Australian Corporations, Directors & Executives (Sydney 2012)
  • The Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption Review, 1st to 4th Editions (London 2013 – 2016)
  • Handbuch Compliance International (Berlin 2015)
  • OECD, United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime and the World Bank sponsored Anti-Corruption Ethics and Compliance Handbook for Business (New York & Paris 2013)
  • working on a text on Australia’s anti-corruption laws to be published in the US in 2016

Submissions

  • International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Committee Submission to the Australian Senate on Australia’s foreign bribery laws, August 2015.
  • International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Committee Submission to the Australian Attorney General’s Department on the proposal for a Commonwealth Deferred Prosecution Agreement scheme.

Presentations

  • Presentation to Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants on International Foreign Bribery Developments (July 2014).

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