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Rebecca Copley, Partner

Rebecca Copley



French: Basic; German: Basic; Japanese: Basic

Practice areas

  • Financial services
  • Financial services disputes and investigations
  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Rebecca is a partner based in the Dubai office. She is the Head of both the Litigation and Dispute Management team and the Corporate Crime and Investigations/Financial Services Disputes and Investigations team in the Middle East. She is described by Legal 500 as "exceptionally astute", "reassuringly commercial" and a "noted name".

She is experienced in both common and local civil law systems, managing high profile and high value claims in the English, UAE, Bahraini and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) courts. She was recently appointed to the DIFC Court Rules Committee, responsible for drafting the DIFC’s common law procedural rules and protocols. She supports clients on the entire cycle of litigation work including advisory work, injunctive relief, asset tracing and enforcement action. She has also managed numerous complex jurisdictional challenges both in the UAE and across the globe. She is commended by Chambers & Partners for her work on “financial disputes” being described as a lawyer who “focuses on understanding the business and devises tailored strategies to maximise prospects of recovery and minimise costs."

Rebecca set up the Corporate Crime and Investigations practice in the Middle East on her arrival in the region in in 2015. She has extensive experience in leading investigations and dealing with regulators where there have been allegations of non-compliance having conducted a variety of investigations across Jordan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, England and Japan.

Her compliance work includes the implementation of risk management frameworks, drafting policies and procedures on core risk areas such as ethics, anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering and whistleblowing alongside the delivery of various training programmes at all levels, to help embed the key risk management messages.

Rebecca devises bespoke training for various regulated firms on AML, ABC, conflicts of interest, market abuse and general risk conduct, helping them prepare for supervisory visits and minimize risk. In addition, Rebecca is a regular speaker at financial crime, compliance and thought leadership events in the UAE and regularly contributes to legal publications.

Rebecca continues to lead the way with the implementation of a number of litigation technology products in the Middle East including ES Locate. ES Locate is a document review platform where eDiscovery software is used to efficiently and cost effectively manage all forms of electronic data for our clients giving the ability to search high volumes of data which has been forensically collected and to review manage and tag this data.

Rebecca has also conducted various compliance based client secondments. These include six months spent with an international bank in the Litigation & Investigations team where she undertook numerous high profile investigations and six months with a major UK financial institution, assisting both the Legal and the Compliance teams with Conduct Risk matters, helping implement and embed their various policies and procedures in order to deliver against their Enterprise Risk Management Framework.

Rebecca was also one of the key Eversheds Sutherland partners involved in the UK’s biggest regulatory review undertaken on behalf of a major global bank arising out of complaints of systemic mis-selling.

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