Slaughter and May today announces a major appointment in London. Sir David Green CB QC, former Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), will join the firm as a senior consultant on 22 October, six months after his departure from the SFO. Sir David was at the helm at the SFO for 6 years and is widely acknowledged to have strengthened it significantly.
Sir David’s appointment enhances Slaughter and May’s existing expertise in advising companies and individuals facing investigations by criminal and regulatory agencies in the UK and around the world. He brings a unique perspective to this key area of risk for the firm’s clients. He will not work on matters in which he was involved while at the SFO.
Sir David Green said: “I am delighted to be joining a firm which has such a deep understanding of the interests and needs of companies and individuals facing criminal investigations across the world. Slaughter and May is a natural fit for me and I look forward to being a part of the firm’s global investigations practice, which rightly enjoys a pre-eminent reputation.”
The firm regularly advises clients on major multi-jurisdictional investigations and has played significant roles in many of the most important inquiries and regulatory investigations of the past decade. These include bribery and corruption, fraud, cartels, financial and takeover regulation and tax.
The firm’s investigations team has advised on matters of the significance of the Rolls-Royce and Olympus cases, a number of ongoing SFO investigations into major corporates, the LIBOR and FX investigations and the air cargo and passenger cartels for British Airways. Wynne Mok has also recently been appointed a partner in Hong Kong, joining from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission where she was a Director of Enforcement.
Jonny Cotton, co-head of Slaughter and May’s Global Investigations Group, said: “This is another superb appointment for our global investigations team. Our ability to hire somebody of David’s calibre reflects a period of sustained success underpinned by a series of high profile mandates.”
Richard Swallow, co-head of Slaughter and May’s Global Investigations Group, said: “David will give us a unique perspective and his arrival at the firm is great news for our clients. The appointment of David, and Wynne in Hong Kong, reinforce the firm’s commitment to, and existing expertise in, this very significant area.”
Steve Cooke, senior partner of Slaughter and May, added: “David’s appointment is another step in the ongoing success of the key contentious side of our practice, which is of ever-increasing importance to clients around the globe. We recently promoted two dispute resolution partners in London in addition to Wynne’s arrival in Hong Kong – collectively these appointments will build on our outstanding reputation for managing high profile disputes and investigations on a global scale.”