Areas of Practice
  • French
  • Pembroke College, Oxford University, M.A. in Jurisprudence, 2010
  • Pembroke College, Oxford University, B.A. in Jurisprudence, 1994
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Barrister, England & Wales
  • Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

Patrick Rappo

5 Aldermanbury Square
London, EC2V 7HR
TEL: +44 20 7367 8089
FAX: +44 20 7367 8001

Patrick Rappo is a partner in Steptoe’s London office and is a member of the FCPA and Anti-Corruption Group.

His practice focuses on a range of white-collar and corporate crime matters, contentious regulatory cases, government & internal investigations, FCPA & UK Bribery Act compliance advice, and related fraud and anti money-laundering issues.

Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Rappo was joint head of Bribery and Corruption at the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and member of the SFOs Management Board and Training Board.

In that role, he supervised the SFO's operational caseload on foreign bribery and corruption, against both individuals and corporations.  He has significant experience of corporate self-reporting, and was involved in the changes to the SFO’s self-reporting processes.  Mr. Rappo advised on all stages of the enforcement spectrum, such as internal investigations, declinations, civil recovery, through to charging decisions, criminal prosecution, plea negotiation, and all aspects of the UK co-operating defendant regime including immunities from prosecution. Mr. Rappo was a key participant in the efforts to successfully introduce deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) in the United Kingdom

Mr. Rappo was responsible for liaison with International Enforcement Authorities such as the US Department of Justice and US Securities and Exchange Commission as well as a number of European, Asian and Australian prosecutors in multi-jurisdictional cases. He has also assisted with capacity building and policy assistance to a range of global anti-corruption agencies.

Mr. Rappo has previously worked as a case manager and investigating lawyer in some of the most complex criminal fraud and corruption matters in the UK, including international and domestic corruption, investment fraud and company fraud.


  • Who's Who Legal, Investigations, 2016, 2017 
  • Recommended Individual - Corporate Crime - Legal 500 UK (2014-2017)

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Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Council’s Employed Bar Committee
  • Approved Advocacy Trainer for the Middle Temple
  • The Fraud Advisory Panel
  • The UK Anti-Corruption Forum
  • The Fraud Lawyers Association