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Matthew Bruce


Matthew is a partner in our commercial disputes group in London. He is co-head of the Global Investigations Group in London and a member of the Corporate Crime team.





Matthew is co-head of our Global Investigations Group in London, a member of the Corporate Crime Group and also an experienced commercial litigator.  He is recognised by directories for his wealth of experience in these areas.  He has been highlighted as a leading lawyer in the field of investigations and a rising star in disputes. 

Matthew has led a number of major corporate investigations for blue chip clients arising from allegations such as bribery and corruption, fraud and misaccounting.  In addition to advising clients on internal investigations, he is experienced in dealing with external regulators and authorities, including several matters before the Serious Fraud Office.  His clients span a broad range of sectors, with Matthew speaking regularly on investigations, and industry practice in this area, at conferences at home and abroad.

Matthew also has significant experience in acting for clients in large scale, multi-jurisdictional litigation.   Notable cases include Berezovsky v Abramovich, and Gudavadze & Ors v Anisimov , where Matthew spent a number of years representing a Russian businessman in a $2bn claim in both the English Commercial Court and Chancery Division.

"One of the world's 40 leading investigations specialists under the age of 40"
Global Investigations Review (Matthew is also recommended in Legal 500 Corporate Crime)
A highly rated individual in the investigations field, "Matthew Bruce is building a fantastic reputation that is fully deserved"
Who's Who Investigations 2016 & 2017
"The “superb” Matthew Bruce is identified by market commentators as an up-and-comer in commercial litigation"; "clients enjoy working with the very intelligent and hard-working Matthew Bruce"
Chambers UK 2015 & 2016 (Litigation: Elite); cited as a 2016 Legal Week Rising Star
"extremely good"; "a potential star going forward"; "a clever strategic lawyer whose abilities exceed his years"
Chambers UK 2013 & 2014 (Litigation: Elite)

Recent deals/Highlights

Given the nature of the investigations that Matthew is involved in, much of Matthew's work is strictly confidential.  It broadly includes:

  • Advising a major pharmaceutical company in relation to allegations of misconduct in its Asia business;
  • Advising an international oil consortium in relation to issues it faced in the CIS territories;
  • Advising a number of clients in the oil & gas sector in relation to allegations in emerging markets, including Africa, the Middle East and Latin America;
  • Regularly advising multinational clients on their ABC, money laundering, human rights and other risks facing their businesses. 

Other professional roles

Matthew is a Trustee of Fair Trials International.

Qualifications and education

First-class, Law (MA), Trinity Hall, Cambridge University

Distinction, Nottingham Law School

  • London

  • 65 Fleet Street
  • London EC4Y 1HT
  • T +44 20 7936 4000
  • F +44 20 7832 7001

    Direct line
    T 0207 785 2758

  • matthew.bruce@freshfields.com
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