Paul O'Neil was appointed to the role of Deputy Chief Executive Operations and General Counsel in July 2020. Paul joined the SFO as General Counsel in December 2016. Prior to joining the agency, Paul was the Head of Enforcement at the Financial Markets Authority responsible for overseeing conduct of the FMA's civil and criminal proceedings. As part of this role, he also represented the FMA on the International Organisation of Securities Commission's Cooperation and Enforcement and Screening Group Committees.

Paul has worked in private practice as a litigator at law firms in both New Zealand and London across a wide range of practice areas, including regulatory investigations and proceedings, energy, construction and telecommunications. Paul holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland.

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Mr Paul O'Neil

Acting Director and

Chief Executive,

Serious Fraud Office,

New Zealand