Greenberg Traurig has hired a three-lawyer team to its London office as it rebuilds its white collar practice after two major departures last year.
Rebecca Meads joins from boutique outfit Peters & Peters as a shareholder and chair of the Greenberg London white collar crime and investigations team. She brings with her two senior associates, Gavin Costelloe and Alex Swan.
Her experience lies in advising on cross border inquiries into bribery and corruption and fraud, with key recent clients including former Serco Geografix director, who she successfully defended in a Serious Fraud Office prosecution.
Costelloe and Swan join from the Serious Fraud office and BCL Solicitors respectively.
“The strategic growth of this team in London is critical for our many multinational clients who are increasingly involved in investigations due to the globalization of regulations affecting compliance, fiscal regulations, and international business dealings,” said Richard Rosenbaum, Greenberg Traurig’s executive chairman.
The team hire comes following the departure of white collar crime global co-head Barry Vitou and fellow white collar crime partner Anne-Marie Ottaway.
The addition of the trio takes the total of Greenberg’s white collar defence and special investigations practice to 70 lawyers globally.
The lateral market remains busy, with a number of firms making additions in recent days. Those include Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer making a rare private enquiry hire from Dickson Minto, Norton Rose Fulbright which hired a duo from EY and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, which hired an RPC partner to its London base.