Robert Wyld Consultant

Meet Robert

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 was the Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee for 2015 and 2016. He appears regularly across the Australian media on bribery and corruption issues. Robert was recognised in the 2018 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 either accolade.  

Experience

Current client matters

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

Fraud & White Collar Crime Professional of the Year - Australia
Global Corporate LiveWire 2019
Ranked as a Band 1 Anti-Bribery & Corruption lawyer.
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2019
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 investigations 2019
Fraud & White Collar Crime Professional of the Year – Australia
Global Corporate LiveWire 2019
Ranked as a Band 1 Anti-Bribery & 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 2018 Business Crime Guide
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
Leading White Collar Crime & Regulatory Investigations Lawyer - Australia, 2018
Doyles Guide 2018
Listed as a leading lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Best Lawyers Australia, 2016 - 2020
Most Influential in Business Crime Defence Law 2018 - Australia
Global Business Insight Awards, 2018
Business Crime Defence – Lawyer of the Year (Australia).
Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards, 2018
Awarded 'Thought Leaders' (Investigations).
Who's Who Legal, 2018
Recognised as a leading Business Crime, Investigations & Asset Recovery lawyer.
Who's Who Legal Australia, 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 & Corruption lawyer.
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017
Business Crime Defence Lawyer of the Year, Australia.
Finance Monthly Global Awards, 2017
Anti-Bribery and Corruption Lawyer of the Year in Australia.
International Advisory Experts Award, 2017
Best in Anti-Corruption Law Services.
Global Law Awards 2017 – Corporate LiveWire
Listed as a leading lawyer in Litigation
Best Lawyers Australia 2014 - 2020

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

Foreign Bribery Update: December 2018

This Update covers a range of important developments in Australia and overseas in the area of foreign bribery policy, commercial crime, investigations and regulation to 19 December 2018.

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Foreign Bribery Update – May 2018

This Update covers a range of important developments in Australia and overseas in the area of foreign bribery policy, investigations and regulation to 1 May 2018. These developments will impact on...

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Foreign Bribery Update – December 2017

Lawyers and business need to appreciate that the risks of disclosure are greater now than ever before.

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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).