Barry Vitou > Greenberg Traurig, LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Greenberg Traurig, LLP Offices
THE SHARD, LEVEL 8
32 LONDON BRIDGE STREET
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White Collar Defence & Special Investigations
Barry Vitou is Co-Chair of the Global White Collar Criminal Defense Practice and head of London’s White Collar Defense & Special Investigations Practice, advising corporations and individuals in connection with compliance, pre-investigations, investigations, and prosecutions conducted by numerous law enforcement agencies. Barry frequently represents clients under investigation by U.K. and U.S. law enforcement agencies and prosecutors, including the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Barry regularly appears on television and radio, discussing the topics of corruption, money laundering, and the UK Bribery Act.
Barry counsels clients on law enforcement investigations all over the world including the European Union, Russia, and the British Overseas Territories. He also conducts internal investigations around the world and handles self-reporting actions. Barry has conducted compliance advisory mandates and global money laundering investigations for clients in numerous jurisdictions.
White Collar Defense & Special Investigations
Admission to Practice
England and Wales
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is described by one client as a ‘standout international firm‘ for its white-collar defence practice. The firm’s international network of offices means it is able advise on cross-border financial crime matters and investigations. ‘Stalwart of the London corporate crime community‘ Barry Vitou is global co-chair of the white-collar and special investigations practice and heads the team in London, which also includes the ‘excellent‘ Anne-Marie Ottaway. Mohammed Khamisa QC joined as partner from Mishcon de Reya LLP. Lisa Navarro left to form Navarro Law Consultancy.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP‘s London practice benefits from the firm’s broader presence across the US, as well as Asia and elsewhere in Europe. ‘Stalwart of the London corporate crime community‘ Barry Vitou co-chairs the white-collar and special investigations practice and is experienced in FCA, HMRC, CPS and SFO investigations. Anne-Marie Ottaway focuses on economic crime matters including allegations relating to fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, market abuse and money laundering. The team handles both criminal investigations as well as regulatory risk matters. Other names in the practice include Mohammed Khamisa QC, who specialises in commercial fraud and compliance matters, and who joined as partner from Mishcon de Reya LLP. Lisa Navarro left to form Navarro Law Consultancy.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP acts for high-profile individuals and multinational corporations in government investigations and enforcement actions. Jointly led by Nathan Muyskens in Washington DC and Barry Vitou in the firm’s London office, the practice has continued to grow its client roster of financial institutions and executives. Muyskens is experienced in high-stakes, bet-the-company cases, grand jury investigations, internal investigations, enforcement matters and related civil proceedings. Kyle Freeny, also in Washington DC, is well versed in cross-border financial criminal matters, such as money laundering and anti-corruption enforcement. In December 2019, Benjamin Greenberg joined from the US Attorney’s Office in Fort Lauderdale and Daniel-Boek Pulecio joined from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in Washington DC.
- Hall of Fame - London > Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) - London > Risk advisory
- Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) - London > Crime, fraud and licensing
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds
- Real estate > Commercial property: investment
- Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets - mid-high cap
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Transport > Rail
- Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+
- Real estate > Property finance
- Finance > Transport finance and leasing