Simon Airey practised as a barrister for 12 years before joining DLA Piper and has experience of a broad range of regulatory, criminal and civil litigation. He focusses on global investigations, financial and regulatory crime, bribery and corruption, money laundering, tax and fraud inquiries, dawn raids and corporate compliance.

He is currently advising a large number of multinational groups in relation to their UK and global Anti Bribery & Corruption (ABC) compliance programmes and has lectured extensively in the US, Europe and Asia in relation to the UK Bribery Act.

Simon has recently disposed of a major investigation by the UK Serious Fraud Office in relation to a multinational logistics company without charges being brought and he is supervising several other cross-border bribery and corruption matters, including a high-profile SFO investigation relating to alleged bribery by an oil and gas exploration company in Somalia.

He managed an international vendor review and remediation exercise on behalf of a global cosmetics company under investigation in the US for FCPA violations and he supervises a regular stream of ABC due diligence exercises, particularly in the context of proposed mergers and acquisitions. He has conducted a wide range of investigations for clients in different sectors, principally pharmaceuticals, defence, oil and gas, construction, logistics and telecommunications. He recently worked with Transparency International on a keynote publication "Countering Small Bribes" which provides guidance, case studies and detailed checklists in relation to small bribes and 'facilitation payments'.

Simon was previously involved in the largest case ever prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office relating to allegations of criminal cartel behaviour within the pharmaceuticals industry. The case was abandoned by the SFO following a successful appeal to the House of Lords. He also disposed of an investigation described in the press as the "biggest ever Armed Forces corruption probe" by the Ministry of Defence police without charges being brought.

Simon acted in one of the UK's most significant cases involving the supply of arms to Iraq in breach of sanctions and licensing laws (the case was ultimately abandoned by the prosecution) and he recently disposed of allegations of insider dealing against a hedge fund proprietor and, separately, a high profile individual within the insurance industry without charges being brought.

Simon regularly advises companies in relation to their policies and procedures and has co-ordinated the implementation of numerous global compliance programmes, combined with associated training, audit and review work. He works extensively with colleagues in different countries to devise tailored, cost-effective solutions, ensuring that sensitive data and issues are managed in a secure environment.

Most recently, Simon worked closely with one of DLA Piper's offices in Asia to construct global compliance programmes for two of the country’s largest corporations and presented associated training to key management and staff in various countries around the world. He is also supervising a project where DLA Piper has been appointed to act as the Anti-Bribery Compliance Officer for an international consortium involved in the construction of a multi-billion dollar gas pipeline across Europe.

Simon also leads DLA Piper's Tax Investigations team which deals with a range of regulatory tax compliance matters and tax litigation.

Over the past few years, he has advised almost 50 major financial institutions in relation to compulsory disclosure notices obtained against them by HM Revenue & Customs seeking information relating to suspected offshore tax evasion on the part of their clients. He has acted for dozens of high net worth individuals who have sought to make voluntary disclosures under a government sponsored programme and he advised the Liechtenstein Bankers Association in relation to associated negotiations with HM Revenue & Customs and the Government of Liechtenstein.

Simon and members of his team are advising a number of financial institutions and industry bodies in relation to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and have advised the British Bankers Association in relation to key representations that were made to the US Treasury and Internal Revenue Service.

Simon has advised a major investment bank in a year-long regulatory investigation relating to anti-money laundering and KYC compliance. He is DLA Piper's Money Laundering Reporting Officer.