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Barry and Richard often work together.  Much of our work is international involving jurisdictions worldwide (including numerous offshore jurisdictions).

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 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 is a specialist in fraud and money laundering at 2 Bedford Row.

Richard Kovalevsky QC is regarded as a leading specialist in fraud and money laundering at the London Bar and is admitted to the BVI.  Recommended in Chambers 2012 Richard Kovalevsky QC is “an able and commercially minded advocate with an exceptional eye for detail and a first-rate bedside manner.” He has recently been providing advice on the UK Bribery Act, and also appearing in a £110 million alleged international tax fraud. Sources note his “incredible enthusiasm and intellect.”He is regularly engaged by multinationals and individuals in pre-litigation and litigation settings concerning complex transactions with a potential criminal aspect. Recently, this has ranged from Russia and Nigerian telecoms cases through to advising directors concerning carbon credit frauds, national government infrastructure frauds, extremely complex banking frauds and the like.

Richard brings enormous intellectual firepower to every case with which he engages. He is known to think creatively and strategically to ensure the best possible outcomes for his clients. It is no exaggeration to state that many companies owe their continued existence to him and many men their freedom.

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