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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ranked as pre-eminent white collar crime, corporate crime and regulatory investigations
Identified as a thought leader in investigations and business crime defence - corporates
Ranked as a leading lawyer in white-collar crime
Ranked as a band 1 anti-bribery and corruption lawyer
Recognised as the only Australian global elite thought leader in corporate investigations
Fraud & white collar crime professional of the year
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"
Recognised as a “fantastic lawyer” by sources who value his highly knowledgeable approach to corporate investigations involving white-collar elements
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
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"
Most influential in business crime defence law
Business crime defence's lawyer of the year
Awarded 'thought leaders'
Recognised as a leading business crime, investigations and asset recovery lawyer
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"
Business crime defence lawyer of the year
Anti-bribery and corruption lawyer of the year
Best in anti-corruption law services
Recognised in litigation and alternative dispute resolution
Consultant, Robert Wyld and Associate, Lara Douvartzidis have written the Australian chapter on sanctions law.
Despite the COVID-19 conditions that exist around the world, activities in the commercial crime space continue along.
Last week, in Glencore v Commissioner of Taxation  HCA 26 the High Court of Australia unanimously affirmed the status of Legal Professional Privilege (LPP) as merely an immunity from the...