Areas of Practice
  • French
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1971, Articles Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • Harvard University, 1969, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
  • University of Iowa, B.A., 1968, summa cum laude with special honors
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. Frank M. Coffin, US Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1971-1972
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales

John P. Rupp

5 Aldermanbury Square
London, EC2V 7HR
TEL: +44 20 7367 8044
FAX: +44 20 7367 8001

John Rupp is a partner in Steptoe’s London office and is a member of the International Regulation & Compliance and FCPA/Anti-Corruption Groups.  His acumen in matters relating to anti-corruption compliance and internal investigations has been recognized by both Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK.  According to Chambers UK 2015, "he is extremely experienced,” “very commercial,” and “very practical.”  Chambers UK 2012 noted his "tremendous expertise" and "very good judgement."

Mr. Rupp’s practice focuses on providing FCPA & UK Bribery Act compliance advice, assisting companies in revising their compliance policies and procedures, and structuring and undertaking internal investigations involving trade control, bribery, money-laundering, accounting, and pharmaceutical marketing issues.

Mr. Rupp routinely interacts with senior enforcement officials in multiple jurisdictions on bribery and money laundering matters.  He also has served as coordinating counsel in commercial disputes arising simultaneously in multiple countries – in particular, countries in Western and Eastern Europe.

Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Rupp was an attorney with another major law firm where he concentrated on internal investigations and compliance.


  • Chambers UK, Financial Crime: Corporate, 2009-2015
  • Chambers Global, Corporate Investigations - Anti-Corruption 2015
  • Chambers Europe, Corporate Investigations, 2014-2015 
  • The International Who's Who of Investigations Lawyers & Forensic Experts, 2014-2017
  • The Legal 500 UK, Fraud – Corporate Crime, 2008-2017
  • The Legal 500 UK, Fraud – Civil, 2012-2013
  • The Legal 500 UK, Commercial Litigation, 2012-2013 

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Professional Affiliations

  • Global Investigations Review, Editorial Board, 2014-present
  • Ecole de Formation Professionnelle des Barreaux de la Court D’Appel de Paris, Lecturer, American Legal Methods, 1996-2003
  • Georgetown University Law School, Adjunct Professor, Labor Law, 1980-1981
  • American University Law School, Adjunct Professor, Legal Methods, 1975-1979
  • University of Iowa Law School, Adjunct Professor, Labor Law, 1974