HFW hires leading London white collar crime team

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Global law firm HFW has hired two of the UK’s leading top white-collar criminal defence and investigations experts, Barry Vitou and Anne-Marie Ottaway.

They join HFW from Greenberg Traurig, where Barry was global co-chair of the US firm’s white-collar defence and special investigations practice and headed its team in London. Anne-Marie previously spent 13 years at the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, and in 2018 was appointed as the Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords’ Select Committee on the UK Bribery Act.

Jeremy Shebson, Managing Partner, HFW said, “It isn’t every day that you get a chance to bring in two genuine market leaders in such a field such as white-collar criminal defence. Barry and Anne-Marie have a formidable track record of handling investigations and defending clients in high-profile cases, and will be a great addition to our global disputes practice, which includes our leading fraud and insolvency group. We expect this to be a busy area, with the pandemic and consequent market shocks leading to an increase in regulatory investigations and prosecutions.”

Barry and Anne-Marie advise corporations and individuals on all aspects of economic crime, including compliance, pre-investigations, investigations, and prosecutions relating to fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, market abuse and money laundering.