Emily Agnoli

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Emily is a Partner in the Disputes & Investigations team at Simmons & Simmons in London, specialising in investigations for corporate crime and contentious regulatory matters and criminal defence for both corporates and individuals.

She is recognised as a rising star in her field by Legal 500, spending the last decade working on some of the largest and most high-profile corruption investigations including representing Petrofac Limited in its successful resolution of a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into allegations of bribery and advising Barclays on an SFO investigation regarding two capital raisings during the 2008 financial crisis. Her work this year has spanned clients in energy, pharmaceuticals, financial institutions, technology and engineering, IT services, TMT and securities. She was recognised as one of GIR’s Top 100 Women in Investigations 2021.

Emily was thrilled to be awarded the Women’s White Collar Defense Association Catherine M. O’Neil Mentoring Award 2022. As part of Emily’s commitment to the wider firm, she is heavily involved in the firm's gender and race & ethnicity networks and co-authored the firm’s Race and Ethnicity Allies Booklet.

Recent experience advising corporate clients includes:

  • Representing Petrofac Limited in its successful resolution (by way of a plea arrangement) of one of the SFO’s largest and most complex recent investigations.
  • Advising a global pharmaceutical company on a complex, large-scale and sensitive internal investigation into bribery and corruption, regulatory, product liability, employment and other concerns in the Middle East.
  • Advising a multinational information technology services and consulting company in its capacity as a corporate witness in relation to requests by the SFO for evidence in relation to a complex ongoing SFO investigation.

Recent experience advising individuals includes:

  • Representing several senior executives of a leading UK securities firm in SFO interviews in a substantial corporate investigation.
  • Acting for the General Counsel of an asset manager who had been the victim of a significant workplace theft.
  • Representing a former Chairman of a major sports betting and gaming company and subsidiaries which are being investigated by HMRC for various bribery, money laundering and fraud offences.

Practice Areas

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Corporate Crime
  • Cybercrime
  • Due Diligence Investigations
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Internal Investigations
  • Privacy, Data Security and Information Law
  • White Collar Crime