LONDON – Dec. 1, 2008 (LAWFUEL) – Professor Barry Rider, a fellow commoner of Jesus College, Cambridge, and the former director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, has joined the international law firm Bryan Cave LLP (www.bryancave.com) as counsel in the firm’s London office. Bryan Cave, which in November announced its merger with Powell Goldstein, ranks among the top 25 in terms of size in the 2008 edition of the National Law Journal’s “NLJ 250”.
Rider’s practice at Bryan Cave will focus on financial services law, Islamic finance, international investigations and integrity-related issues, including prevention and control of corruption, control of money laundering and interdiction of terrorist-related finance, asset tracing and recovery.
He has experience developing special enforcement programs that address business and financial misconduct. He established the Commonwealth Commercial Crime Unit and headed it as a senior official of the Commonwealth Secretariat. He has worked with a number of intergovernmental organizations, including the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, the United Nations and the Islamic Financial Services Board. Rider has served as a special adviser to the House of Commons on economic crime and organized crime control and founded the Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime, now in its 26th year, which attracts more than 850 delegates from around the world.
“There is increasing global cooperation among governmental agencies in investigating violations of laws related to worldwide business operations and transactions,” said Anthony Fiducia, managing partner of Bryan Cave in London. “Barry’s experience working with law enforcement and investigative agencies in 80 different countries will benefit our clients who find themselves facing these types of investigations.”
One of Rider’s most significant accomplishments was to persuade governments around the world to put asset recovery procedures in place in order to tackle corruption and other forms of financial crime. He also has been involved in the establishment of special enforcement agencies in many countries.
Rider received Ph.Ds in law from the University of London in 1976 and from the University of Cambridge in 1978, his LL.B., with first class honors, from the University of London in 1973 and his M.A. from the University of Cambridge in 1976. He has been awarded honorary doctorates in law from Penn State University and the University of the Free State, South Africa. He is also a member of the English Bar.
Bryan Cave LLP has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Subsidiaries Bryan Cave International Trade and Bryan Cave Strategies LLC provide trade and customs consultancy and government relations and strategic counsel, respectively. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 1,000 lawyers and other consulting professionals in 22 offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia efficiently serve clients’ needs in the world’s leading business and financial markets.
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