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Barry Vitou

Barry heads Greenberg Traurig’s London White Collar Crime & Investigations practice Legal 500 says:

‘Barry Vitou has notable expertise in money laundering matters and the UK Bribery Act, and is praised for his ‘strategic approach to advising corporates, where he always sees the full picture’. In a recent highlight, [he] advised Sweett Group in a corporate prosecution by the SFO in relation to an offence of failure to prevent bribery, a high-profile matter which exposed disadvantages in the precedent set by the SFO for Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the ICBC Standard Bank case.’

Chambers says “The “outstanding” Barry Vitou wins praise from market commentators as “a thought leader in the market” who “really sees where things are going.” His particular expertise lies in advising companies on compliance with the UK Bribery Act and providing representation when alleged violations occur. Sources say: “He has a great ability to speak to clients as he understands business. He is also great at engaging with clients to ensure the client makes no mistakes, and gets the best result possible in the circumstances.”

He writes www.thebriberyact.com.Representative matters for clients include:
Ongoing SFO (and DOJ/SEC) investigations
Ongoing Police/regulatory investigations
Sweett Group (first Section 7 conviction)
Pre-investigation enquiries from SFO (e.g. responding to Section 2A Notices)
Internal investigations around the world
LIBOR investigation
FCA Forex investigation
Self Reports to SFO and US regulators
SFO civil recovery order in respect of dividends received
Global money laundering investigations for clients in numerous jurisdictions
Various compliance advisory mandates

Richard Kovalevsky QC

Richard heads the Financial Crime department at Stewarts Law LLP.

Recognised by The Legal 500 as a leader in the field over many years, his recent commendations highlight his “tactical nous makes him a first-choice weapon for anyone squaring up for a fight”, and observe, “he achieves an uncommon number of positive outcomes”.

Ranked in Chambers as a leader in Financial Crime, he is noted as being “very commercially aware and pragmatic in the way he represents clients” with emphasis placed on his ability “to look at a matter and work out the best mechanism of defence”. They also say that “His subtlety, emotional intelligence and quick wit make him very effective” and that he is ”particularly suited to difficult fraud cases that require lateral thinking and a commercial approach”.

Who’s Who Legal lists Richard as a leader in Business Crime defence.

Representative matters for clients include:

  • Ongoing SFO (and DOJ/SEC) investigations
  • Ongoing Bribery investigations
  • Pre-investigation enquiries from SFO (e.g. responding to Section 2A Notices)
  • Internal investigations around the world
  • LIBOR investigation
  • SFO civil recovery order in respect of dividends received
  • Global money laundering investigations for clients in numerous jurisdictions
  • Various compliance advisory mandates
  • Full code test representations in relation to charging decisions
  • Restraint proceedings both nationally and internationally

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If you would like to contact either of us confidentially please contact either Barry Vitou or Richard Kovalevsky QC

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