SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Dr Richard Alexander

BA MA (Cantab) Dip (City) PhD (London) Barrister
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Richard Alexander
School of Finance and Management

Senior Lecturer in Financial Law

School of Law

Senior Lecturer in Financial Law

Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)

Programme Director: Financial Law

Dr Richard Alexander
Email address:
020 7898 4644
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Thursday 11 - 1
Curriculum Vitae:
Curriculum Vitae (pdf; 274kb)


Dr. Richard Alexander practised at the English Bar before moving into academia.  His core areas of expertise are the law relating to the financial sector, business law and the measures taken to combat economic and financial crime.  His research interests currently focus on the means by which measures relating to the removal of the proceeds of crime can be more effectively used to achieve social justice.  Much of his work looks at international standards, although his geographical areas of interest include the United Kingdom, European Union, United States, East and South-East Asia and South Africa.

As well as academic teaching and research, Richard is also active in professional training and has to date been involved in programmes in jurisdictions including South Africa, Nigeria, Sudan, China and Italy.  He is a regular speaker at the annual Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime and has been a Visiting Scholar at the Levinson College of Law, University of Florida, Expert for the Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in West Africa (GIABA) and a Visiting Lecturer at the Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing.

In addition to his position as Lecturer in Financial Law, Richard is currently Director, External Engagement in the School of Finance and Management and Chair of the PhD Collegium, Cyprus Corporate Law and Finance Retreat for Educators and Professionals.


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Catherine Tuhirirwe, The impact of Chinese investment loans on the development of Africa: Case Studies of Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, and Senegal.

Joint Academic Programme Director: Finance and Financial Law

  • Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance
  • Financial Law
  • Regulation of International Capital Markets

Visiting lecturer, Shandong Judicial Training College, P.R. China
Consultant Expert, Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA)


Financial services law and regulation, financial crime.


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Authored Books

Alexander, Richard (2007) Insider Dealing and Money Laundering in the EU: Law and Regulation. Ashgate.


Alexander, Richard (2019) 'In the chaos of Brexit, what about asset recovery?'. Journal of Financial Crime, (26) 2, pp 398-400.

Alexander, Richard and Bojarski, Janusz (2012) 'Specyfika brytyskich przepisów dotyczących odpowiedzialności karnej za pranie pieniędzy [Specifics of British regulation on criminal responsibility for money laundering]'. Palestra 7-8, pp 161-170.

Alexander, Richard (2011) 'Cost savings as proceeds of crime: a comparative study of the United States and United Kingdom'. The International Lawyer, (45) 3, pp 749-816.

Alexander, Richard (2011) 'The Bribery Act 2010: time to stand firm'. Journal of Financial Crime, (18) 2.

Alexander, Richard (2010) 'Does the Akzo Nobel case spell the end of legal professional privilege for in-house lawyers in Europe?'. Company Lawyer, (31) 10, pp 310-316.

Alexander, Richard (2010) 'More Bonuses: Is there a Solution?'. Company Lawyer, (31) 5, pp 129-130.

Alexander, Richard (2009) 'Corruption as a Financial Crime'. The Company Lawyer, (30) 4, pp 98-104.

Alexander, Richard (2009) 'Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing: Time for a Combined Offence?'. The Company Lawyer, (30) 7, pp 200-204.

Alexander, Richard (2006) 'Reputational Issues Arising Under the EU Third Money Laundering Directive'. The Company Lawyer, (27) 12, pp 373-375.

Alexander, Richard (2004) 'The Role of Whistleblowers in the Fight Against Economic Crime'. Journal of Financial Crime, (12) 2, pp 131-138.

Alexander, R.C.H. (2004) 'The 2003 Money Laundering Regulations'. Journal of Money Laundering Control, (8) 1, pp 75-94.

Book Chapters

Alexander, Richard (2015) 'The Pursuit of Criminal Property'. In: Rider, Barry, (ed.), Research Handbook on International Financial Crime. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp 447-461.

Alexander, Richard (2009) 'Overview of Economic and Financial Crimes'. The role of judicial officers in combating money laundering : compilation of conference papers of the 1st Regional Seminar for English Speaking Judges in West Africa.. Dakar: GIABA (Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa).

Alexander, Richard (2009) 'International Legal Framework Against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing'. The Role of Judicial Officers in Combating Money Laundering. Dakar: GIABA (Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa.

Alexander, Richard (2003) 'Criminal liability of employees of financial intermediaries for money laundering: a British perspective'. In: Adamski, Andrzej, (ed.), Economic Crime in Polish and European Union Perspectives. Torun, Poland: TNOiK, pp 318-339.

Conference Items

Alexander, Richard (2004) 'The Role of Whistleblowers in the Fight Against Economic Crime' In: National Seminar on Economic Crimes 2004, 27-29 Jun 2004, Abuja, Nigeria. [Unpublished]


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