Barry Vitou

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Barry Vitou is an English Solicitor and partner of Pinsent Masons LLP.

Barry leads the Pinsent Masons LLP corporate crime team specialising in cross border corporate crime.

He has extensive experience of representing, defending and dealing with U.S., EU, Russian, Middle East and North African and other overseas based clients. He has dealt with regulators, criminal and civil, in the UK, EU, US, CIS and offshore (throughout the Caribbean and Bermuda) and has strong relationships with local counsel in these jurisdictions as well as relevant regulators.

He has successfully represented clients defending criminal and civil worldwide money laundering investigations involving high profile allegations of corruption resulting in satisfactory resolutions for all concerned.

He advises the Boards of corporations on compliance risk in their operations in high risk markets and conducts internal investigations into suspected violations.

He is a regular speaker on fraud, corruption, money laundering and the new Bribery Act at conferences and appearing on the BBC News at Ten, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, Sky News, BBC World Service and BBC Radio 5 Live as well as being quoted by national newspapers including the Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, City AM and others.

He co-authors the leading resource for the UK Bribery Act, with Richard Kovalevsky QC, with whom he has worked for many years.  The site is “The leading web resource for corporates in the field of bribery and corruption.” (Richard Alderman, former Director of the Serious Fraud Office).

With nearly twenty years experience, unusually in the world of white collar and anti-corruption, Barry was a corporate lawyer representing international clients in transactions, ranging from M&A to global IPO’s.  His original background provides Barry with rare insight when considering the application of criminal and regulatory law to corporate groups and their transactions.

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