Robert Wyld Consultant

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

Robert is a dispute resolution lawyer specialising in competition, international trade and anti-corruption law. He has advised many national and international clients, including individuals, public and private companies in the banking and securities, aviation, construction, power and energy industries and sovereign governments on all aspects of commercial crime regulation, investigations and prosecutions. His work has a particular focus on commercial crime and fraud, anti-corruption and bribery investigations and prosecutions, sanctions, money laundering, extradition and domestic and international taxation related disputes in Australia and overseas.

Robert has published texts (in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe) on Australia’s anti-bribery, compliance and sanctions regimes and on managing risks in international trade. He was the Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee (ACC) for 2015 and 2016 and is an Advisory Board Member of the ACC for 2021 and 2022. He appears regularly across the Australia media as a specialist and expert on bribery and corruption issues.

Robert was recognised in the 2018, 2020 and 2021. Who's Who Legal: Thought leaders – Investigations and is a 2019 Who's Who Legal Investigations leading individual, the only person in Australia to receive these accolades.  

Experience

Current client matters

International Bar Association

Undertaking pro-bono work for the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) (2016-2021), assisting to embed the Anti-Corruption Guidelines for the Afghanistan legal profession, to assist in encouraging transparency and integrity in the legal system and monitoring progress.

Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust (GEAT)

Advising GEAT (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 Ltd

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.

Sanction and extradition matters

Advising international and Australian companies on Australia’s sanctions regime and individuals on Australia’s extradition regime.

Fraud and corruption investigations

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.

Bribery and corruption investigations

Advised individual directors and officers on their potential liability in relation to internal and external investigations where bribery and corruption issues arise.

Recognition

Ranked as pre-eminent white collar crime, corporate crime and regulatory investigations
Doyle's Guide, 2021
Identified as a thought leader in investigations and business crime defence - corporates
Who's Who Legal, 2021
Ranked as a leading lawyer in white-collar crime
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2021
Ranked as a band 1 anti-bribery and corruption lawyer
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2019-2021
Recognised as the only Australian global elite thought leader in corporate investigations
Who's Who Legal, 2020
Fraud & white collar crime professional of the year
Global Corporate LiveWire, 2019 (Australia)
Robert Wyld is acknowledged as a "significant figure with deep knowledge of the [Anti-Bribery & Corruption] space". His "advice in this technical area is very pragmatic"
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2019
Recognised as a “fantastic lawyer” by sources who value his highly knowledgeable approach to corporate investigations involving white-collar elements
Who's Who Legal, 2019
Fraud & white collar crime professional of the year
Global Corporate LiveWire, 2019 (Australia)
Ranked as a band 1 anti-bribery and corruption lawyer
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Robert Wyld is considered "the go-to white-collar lawyer in Australia", focusing his top-tier practice on representing both domestic and international clients in bribery, fraud and anti-corruption matters
Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Guide, 2018
Robert Wyld is "an impressive and energetic lawyer" who is "excellent on substance and extremely pleasant to work with," and "a real leader in this area"
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Most influential in business crime defence law
Global Business Insight Awards, 2018
Business crime defence's lawyer of the year
Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards, 2018
Awarded 'thought leaders'
Who's Who Legal, 2018
Recognised as a leading business crime, investigations and asset recovery lawyer
Who's Who Legal, 2018
Robert Wyld enjoys one of the highest recognition factors in the Australian ABC space as a practitioner with "a genuine passion for and a very high profile in this area," who writes and speaks prominently on the subject "and knows what he is talking about." He attracts similar praise for an unrivalled degree of practical experience and ability, one interviewee stating: "He has been involved in it for a very long time, is very good at it, and there is no one else in private practice in Australia with his level of expertise"
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017
Ranked as a band 1 anti-bribery and corruption lawyer
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017
Business crime defence lawyer of the year
Finance Monthly Global Awards, 2017
Anti-bribery and corruption lawyer of the year
International Advisory Experts Award, 2017 (Australia)
Best in anti-corruption law services
Global Law Awards Corporate LiveWire, 2017
Recognised in litigation and alternative dispute resolution
Best Lawyers, since 2014

Career & qualifications

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

Insights Read more insight

International Comparative Legal Guide - Sanctions 2021

Consultant, Robert Wyld and Associate, Lara Douvartzidis have written the Australian chapter on sanctions law.

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Commercial crime update: July 2020

Despite the COVID-19 conditions that exist around the world, activities in the commercial crime space continue along.

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The High Court, Privilege and Paradise: the ATO and accessing corporate confidential information

Last week, in Glencore v Commissioner of Taxation [2019] HCA 26 the High Court of Australia unanimously affirmed the status of Legal Professional Privilege (LPP) as merely an immunity from the...

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News

External publications

  • GIR Know how – Securities & Related Investigations 2017 - Australia
  • GIR Know how – Securities & Related Investigations 2016 - Australia
  • 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
  • JWS Guide to Key Foreign Bribery Laws for Australian Corporations, Directors & Executives (Sydney 2012)

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).