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  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Georgetown University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1986
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  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales

Jeffrey W. Cottle

5 Aldermanbury Square
London, EC2V 7HR
TEL: +44 20 7367 8002
FAX: +44 20 7367 8001

Jeff Cottle is a partner in the London and Washington, D.C. offices and a member of the International Regulation & Compliance and FCPA/Anti-Corruption Groups.

His practice focuses on all aspects of compliance program design, roll-out and implementation, including training, risk assessment, due diligence on third parties, and monitoring/audit protocols.  He also has extensive experience in the compliance-related issues arising in mergers and acquisitions, as well as in post-merger compliance integration, and is adept at devising solutions to both the strategic and tactical compliance-related issues faced by companies, especially in high risk markets, as well as on how to manage internal and external stakeholders with an interest in the outcome of compliance-related decisions.  Mr. Cottle also handles internal investigations of potential breaches of company compliance policies and/or law, as well as the defense of investigations by regulators and enforcement agencies.  His practice spans the substantive areas of anti-corruption, trade sanctions, and export controls.

Mr. Cottle has held senior positions as in-house compliance counsel at major corporations headquartered in the United States, Europe, and Australia.  He has been head of the compliance and/or anti-corruption function at companies with operations in, or transactions with, the most risk-intensive global jurisdictions, from Africa to Asia, and from Eurasia to Latin America, with a particular emphasis on the oil and gas, extractives, and aerospace and defense industries.  He has participated in critical decision-making through all levels of management - from strategic decisions at the board to operational issues at remote work locations.  He began his legal career in private practice in the Washington, DC area, where he developed his focus in anti-corruption, trade controls and sanctions.

Prior to law school Mr. Cottle spent several years as an active-duty US Naval Intelligence officer, with field tours and at the Pentagon at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, eventually retiring with the rank of Commander.  He was decorated for his role in operations in Syria, Lebanon, and the Persian Gulf, including Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield.


  • Recommended Individual - Corporate Crime - Legal 500 UK (2014-2017)

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  • Chair, Steering Committee, Global Compliance Officer's Forum, 2013-2016