Barry Vitou

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Barry leads Pinsent Masons Tier 1 Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime practice which he founded in 2011 joining from a well known US firm. Legal 500 says:

‘[PM’s] experienced team’ has ‘excellent credentials in this area’, and has ‘cutting-edge experience in advising corporates under investigation, providing strategic and practical advice’. Practice head 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, the team 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 mandatesYou can contact Barry via email:

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