Barry Vitou is Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig's acclaimed Global White Collar Criminal Defense Practice and head of London’s White Collar Defense & Special Investigations Practice, which is ranked in Chambers and the Legal 500. The team advises 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.
Under Barry’s leadership the firm’s London office has been recognised by The Times in its Best Law Firms 2020 guide for financial crime, fraud and regulatory.
The Legal 500 2020 says:
"Since launching its UK white collar defence and special investigations practice in 2018 with the hire of Barry Vitou, US firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has been on an upward trajectory. In addition to its work for corporates, the team also advises individuals facing domestic and international investigations by various regulatory authorities including the FCA, HMRC, CPS and SFO. Areas of expertise include worldwide criminal money laundering investigations, bribery, recovery orders, enforcement, compliance, pre-investigations, investigations and prosecution. Anne-Marie Ottaway joined as partner in October 2018."
Chambers 2020 says:
"A growing team offering expertise in international criminal investigations, counting global corporations and senior executives among its clients. Particularly adept at handling SFO investigations…Barry Vitou is highly respected for his experience representing corporations in SFO investigations. A source reports that 'he has an innovative legal mind and a broad range of experience, ideal for complex cross-jurisdictional matters.'"