Greenberg Traurig white collar head jumps to HFW in London

  • Barry Vitou and Anne-Marie Ottaway taking their practices to 600-lawyer HWF
  • Vitou co-led Greenberg Traurig’s world white collar protection and particular investigations group
  • Ottaway is an ex-prosecutor with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office

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(Reuters) – Holman Fenwick Willan is increasing its white collar protection and investigations capabilities with a pair of attorneys from Greenberg Traurig, together with a worldwide apply group chief, the London-founded agency mentioned Monday.

Barry Vitou, world co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s white collar protection and particular investigations apply, has joined HFW alongside Anne-Marie Ottaway, a former investigator and prosecutor on the UK’s Serious Fraud Office. Vitou additionally headed the London white collar apply at Greenberg Traurig.

HFW is a 600-lawyer agency that has workplaces globally. The self-described “sector-focused” agency lists aerospace, vitality, commodities, insurance coverage and reinsurance, development and transport as sector areas on its web site. HFW additionally not too long ago launched a standalone consulting enterprise.

Jeremy Shebson, managing associate of HWF, in a press release touted Vitou and Ottaway’s “formidable track record of handling investigations and defending clients in high-profile cases.”

“We expect this to be a busy area, with the pandemic and consequent market shocks leading to an increase in regulatory investigations and prosecutions,” Shebson mentioned.

Vitou has seesawed between London- and U.S.-founded regulation corporations over the previous decade. He launched Greenberg Traurig’s London-based white collar apply when he joined the agency in May 2018 from Pinsent Masons, a London-founded world agency the place he construct the white collar apply. He beforehand practiced at Winston & Strawn, amongst different corporations.

Ottaway additionally was at Pinsent Masons earlier than heading to Greenberg Traurig in October 2018. She labored within the UK fraud workplace for 13 years earlier than that.

“HFW has an outstanding client base – particularly across its core sectors – and shares our aspiration to create a marquee practice for big-ticket white-collar work,” Vitou mentioned in a press release.

The pair advise firms and people on issues involving financial crime, together with compliance, investigations and prosecutions that relate to fraud, bribery, insider dealing and cash laundering, in accordance with HFW. They counsel purchasers on regulation enforcement investigations globally, together with these below investigation by UK and U.S. companies and prosecutors, the agency mentioned.

A Greenberg Traurig consultant mentioned the agency needs Vitou and Ottaway effectively.

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