“The leading web resource for corporates in the field of bribery and corruption.” Richard Alderman, Director of the Serious Fraud Office
“If you only have one resource for all things UK Bribery Act related, you could not find a better site. Barry Vitou and Richard Kovalevsky have put together that rarest of all blog sites, one that covers an entire subject in-depth, with both practical insight and analysis. Their interviews of the relevant players allow all compliance practitioners to develop insight into what the top UK regulatory officials are thinking about on the Bribery Act.”- FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog
Barry and Richard often work together. Much of our work is international involving jurisdictions worldwide (including numerous offshore jurisdictions).
Barry heads Pinsent Masons LLP Corporate Crime team and works with corporate clients worldwide. Barry has extensive experience advising clients in Russia and in representing clients throughout the Caribbean and Bermuda.
The Pinsent Masons team includes lawyers and in-house forensic accountants who only advise on corporate crime offering market leading compliance solutions and anti-corruption/fraud prevention strategies. The team advises on investigations, vigorously defends clients and liaises with regulators/prosecution agencies on self-reporting. The team can liaise with the SFO on a no names basis.
Recommended in the Legal 500 2012 edition for white collar and corporate crime which says: ‘Barry Vitou ‘has his finger on the pulse’ and is ‘very knowledgeable’ Barry heads the highly ranked corporate crime practice. Recommended in Chambers 2012 which says: ‘Barry Vitou leads the firm’s corporate crime teams, and focuses on advising on bribery and corruption risk management and compliance. According to impressed sources, he is “totally proactive, completely on top of his field and able to give practical advice.”‘
Richard Kovalevsky QC
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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Recent cases include advising on:
- overseas corruption investigations by the World Bank, UK’s City of London Police Overseas Corruption Unit and Serious Fraud Office.
- worldwide criminal corruption and money laundering and related regulatory investigations into companies resulting in global resolution in multiple jurisdictions with regulators.
- international corruption investigation involving the US Department of Justice and UK Serious Fraud Office.
- compliance and preparation for the Bribery Act for numerous clients.
- attending dawn raids involving the Serious Fraud Office and other UK regulators and advising clients on information requests from enforcement agencies.
- mutual legal assistance across a number of jurisdictions.
- defending Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation and restraint proceedings.