Aaron Stephens is a “fantastic lawyer” who comes “highly recommended for business crime defence” and is well versed in advising corporates, high-profile individuals and financial institutions.
Aaron Stephens is an English and US-qualified partner in King & Spalding’s special matters and government investigations group. With a special focus on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, market abuse and fraud, he represents financial institutions, corporate clients and senior individuals in highly sensitive litigation and investigations.
Aaron advises global clients on diverse matters, including risk management and compliance issues, in the banking/financial services, energy, defence, construction and engineering, and retail industries. He also engages in civil litigation in the English courts. Prior to joining King & Spalding, Aaron was head of corporate crime and investigations for the London office of an international law firm.
Aaron has extensive experience carrying out regulatory and white-collar investigations and defending clients in relation to UK agencies including the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the National Crime Agency (NCA), the Takeover Panel and Lloyd’s of London. He has handled matters involving US agencies including the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Aaron is ranked in Chambers UK 2018 in financial crime: corporates and recognised in Legal 500 2018 for his work on corporate and financial services investigations. Clients quoted in Chambers UK describe him as “creative, thoughtful, very strategic and very tactically aware”, adding that “he doesn’t only take the purely legal issues, but understands the human aspect too”. In addition, Global Investigations Review has described him as an “excellent lawyer who is credited by sources for his work developing [his] practice into a formidable offering.”