Vanessa McGoldrick advises clients on a broad range of compliance and regulatory issues, including corruption, financial crime and fraud. Her experience includes representing clients in the context of civil and criminal law investigations and proceedings before a range of regulators, including the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, Competition and Markets Authority and advising clients facing parallel investigations and proceedings before the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and various other international regulators.

Ms. McGoldrick advises clients on bribery, corruption and money laundering matters, compliance with the U.K. Bribery Act, and EU and U.K. sanctions. She also conducts internal investigations and works with clients globally. She has completed a secondment to a major international bank’s financial crime (legal) team, advising on a range of money laundering, bribery and corruption and sanctions matters.

Prior to joining Skadden in January 2017, she practised at another leading international law firm. Examples of her representations prior to joining Skadden include acting for:

  • a senior executive of a global financial institution in connection with trans-Atlantic regulatory issues arising out of alleged misconduct in the trading of complex financial instruments;
  • a large independent stockbroking firm in connection with a fraud perpetrated by one of its brokers; and
  • a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund in an LCIA arbitration with another fund.



  • Legal Practice Course, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, 2010
  • LL.B., University of Exeter, 2008


  • Solicitor, England and Wales

Vanessa K. McGoldrick

Associate, Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime