Michael Thorne is an associate in Willkie’s Litigation Department. His practice covers a range of criminal, regulatory and civil matters with particular focus on compliance and enforcement, internal investigations and white-collar defense.
Michael is recognised by The Legal 500 UK (2022) for Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime (advice to corporates) with clients describing him as a “very knowledgeable and practical”.
His experience includes:
- advising clients on compliance issues relating to money-laundering, bribery and corruption, financial and trade sanctions, fraud, modern slavery and business and human rights
- conducting corporate investigations covering multiple jurisdictions in Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa
- representing clients in investigations and enforcement actions by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, the U.S. Department of Justice and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies
- advising clients on developing and benchmarking compliance programs, conducting pre-merger and third-party due diligence, and providing day-to-day counseling and training on compliance with UK and other anti-corruption and sanctions laws
Michael recently completed a secondment to the firm’s Washington D.C. office, where he acted for clients in a number of investigations by the U.S. Government.
Michael is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, Advocates for International Development (A4iD) and the Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association.