Gareth Rees is a Partner based in the London office of Morrison Foerster. Gareth is one of the most experienced business crime and regulatory lawyers in the UK. For the last thirty years, he has been involved in some of the leading cases advising clients on sanctions, fraud, money laundering, bribery and accounting fraud, often involving multi-jurisdictional issues. He has represented individuals at Public Inquiries and was appointed Queens Counsel in 2003.

In 2012 Gareth was appointed Director of Enforcement at the Financial Reporting Council where he was responsible for building a new team investigating and prosecuting audit and financial reporting misconduct in the most high profile cases in the public interest. 

Since 2017 Gareth has continued to advise corporate clients on criminal and regulatory issues, including on post-Brexit changes, and national security including on sanctions where he has been part of the global MoFo team providing advice to corporate clients on the sanctions introduced as a result of the Russia/Ukraine conflict. He has also recently advised on ESG compliance including the UK Modern Slavery Act and other human rights issues, and acted for a cryptocurrency business in regulatory applications to the FCA.

Gareth has been involved in many investigations as a regulator and for corporate clients in private practice where he has led teams investigating regulatory and criminal risks in their business as well as responding to regulatory and criminal investigations.

After graduating from Reading University with a degree in politics, Gareth did a law conversion course at Central London Polytechnic (now Westminster University) and passed the Bar Exams in England and Wales in 1979 before commencing practice in 1981.

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