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Barry Vitou

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.'"

主要执业方向

主要执业经验

  • Representing a corporation under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office linked with the ongoing DOJ and SEC investigation into Unaoil bribery allegations.
  • Representing a corporation in the Supreme Court in the first challenge (Judicial Review) of the Serious Fraud Office Section 2 (equivalent to US subpoena) powers to compel documents and information from parties outside the UK in respect of documents held outside the UK.
  • Representing individuals in connection with ongoing SFO investigation in mining and extractive sector.
  • Representing company under ongoing CMA investigation.
  • Represented corporation in the infrastructure sector on the first failure to prevent bribery prosecution following claims of non-cooperation by the SFO and the refusal of the SFO to offer a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA). Resolved matter in under a year. The case was successfully disposed of with a lower penalty and less onerous penalty than the preceding DPA. The case threw into sharp relief the lack of incentive, in certain circumstances, of entering into a DPA to dispose of a criminal offence and sparked a debate into the DPA ‘offer’ and further discounts in DPA’s which followed.°
  • Operation Spruce, advised in connection with multi-year criminal investigation by ICO under s. 55 of the Data Protection Act, which outlaws knowingly or recklessly obtaining or disclosing personal data without the consent of the data controller, resulting in no action being taken.
  • Representing corporations and organisations the subject of early stage vetting/pre investigation enquiries into suspected bribery (including under SFO Section 2A pre-investigation compulsion powers) often successfully resulting in no investigation being opened.
  • Represented individuals subject to compelled interviews with the SFO and FCA resulting in no action being taken. °
  • Represented a High Net Worth individual in connection with HMRC criminal investigation by HMRC high net worth department resulting in no criminal prosecution.  In January 2017 HMRC confirmed that its High Net Worth Unit had only ever criminally investigated two people in the five years preceding March 31, 2016 resulting in only one successful prosecution.°
  • Represented individual in connection with FCA insider dealing conspiracy investigation resulting in discontinuation of investigation and no action being taken.°
  • Represented a High Net Worth individual in connection with HMRC criminal investigation by HMRC high net worth department resulting in no criminal prosecution. In January 2017 HMRC confirmed that its High Net Worth Unit had only ever criminally investigated two people in the five years preceding March 31, 2016 resulting in only one successful prosecution.°
  • Represented individual in connection with FCA insider dealing conspiracy investigation resulting in discontinuation of investigation and no action being taken.°
  • Represented corporation/organisation(s) in respect of Self Report relating conduct in resulting in no action being taken.°
  • Advised on the first civil recovery order in favour of SFO under Part V of UK Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 for the recovery of dividends paid to an innocent shareholder and representing the proceeds of crime following earlier convictions of corporation and individuals.
  • Represented senior executive in relation to the FCA investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in the Forex industry. No action taken.°
  • Representing various individuals subject to compelled interviews by the SFO under its Section 2 powers resulting in no action being taken.°
  • Represented numerous corporations in connection with Self Reporting via disclosure of information to the NCA resulting in no action being taken by the NCA and consent to proceed with a transaction or retain assets being granted in respect of the matters disclosed.°
  • Advised in connection with criminal investigation undertaken by Ministry of Defence Police force.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Vitou prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig LLP.

荣誉和领导力

  • Listed, The Legal 500 UK
    • Leading Individuals, London: Risk Advisory, “Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime”
    • London, Crime, Fraud and Licensing, “Fraud: White-Collar Crime”
  • Band 2, Chambers & Partners UK, “London (Firms), Financial Crime: Corporates”
  • Listed, Who’s Who Legal
    • “Investigations: Lawyers”
    • “Business Crime Defence: Corporates,” which says “Barry Vitou is a big name in the market and is renowned for his expertise in advising clients on investigations undertaken by US and UK regulatory and prosecuting bodies.”
  • City of London Law Society Corporate Crime Committee
  • Freeman of City of London
  • Liveryman of City of London Solicitors Company

资历

教育
  • Law Society Finals, 1992
  • LL.B. (Hons), Leicester University, 1990
获准执业地区
  • England and Wales