Paul Hastings Advances Growth in London with Addition of Leading Investigations and White Collar Defense Partner Duo

February 16, 2021

London — Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that premier white collar crime defence lawyers Jonathan Pickworth and Jo Dimmock have joined the firm’s London office as partners in the Investigations and White Collar Defense practice. They join from White & Case, where Mr. Pickworth led the London White Collar Crime practice. Their arrival adds further momentum to the strong growth of the London office.

“The investigations and compliance environment for global companies has changed markedly in recent years, and our clients require sophisticated counsel to help them navigate the complex risks that come with their pursuit of growth,” said Seth Zachary, Chairman of Paul Hastings. “With their deep experience, credibility, and relationships in the UK and globally, Jonathan and Jo are significant additions to our leading Investigations and White Collar Defence practice.”

“Welcoming these elite London-based partners to the firm is an important milestone in the strategic growth of our global Investigations and White Collar Defence practice,” said Kwame Manley, Chair of Paul Hastings’ Investigations and White Collar Defence practice. “Bringing Jonathan and Jo’s experience and capabilities together with our leading U.S.-based investigations practice creates a tremendous global offering for our clients.” 

“I have followed Paul Hastings’ performance and growth over the years, both in the evolution of its global Litigation practice and its impressive upward trajectory here in London,” said Mr. Pickworth. “Jo and I are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with our new colleagues to advance that strong growth on both fronts.”

“With Brexit completed, a new U.S. administration, and the pandemic continuing, we anticipate a surge in enforcement activity in the year ahead and beyond,” said Ms. Dimmock. “We look forward to working with our new partners to help guide clients through this challenging landscape together.”

Mr. Pickworth has over 30 years of experience representing corporates and individuals in investigations by UK and international agencies, including some of the most significant cases of the last three decades. These have involved investigations into money laundering, bribery and corruption, tax, accounting fraud, benchmark manipulation (such as foreign exchange and LIBOR), criminal cartels, and insider dealing. Mr. Pickworth also advises companies on internal investigations, due diligence, compliance, and risk in relation to criminal and regulatory matters. He frequently interacts with the Serious Fraud Office, the National Crime Agency, HM Revenue & Customs, the Financial Conduct Authority, the police, and other agencies.

Ms. Dimmock has broad experience across a wide range of white collar-related areas. She has particular experience in multijurisdictional investigations, including bribery and corruption and cartel investigations undertaken by authorities in both the UK and abroad, as well as complex extradition, Interpol red notices, and mutual legal assistance matters. She also has considerable experience in the field of international sanctions, having represented individuals facing restrictive measures, as well as corporations requiring compliance and litigation advice arising from the enforcement of sanctions by the European Council, OFAC, and the Swiss Federal Council.

Paul Hastings’ Investigations and White Collar Defence practice brings together lawyers with extensive in-house experience effectively handling investigations and compliance programs, as well as senior defence lawyers and former enforcement attorneys from both the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The practice has played key roles in groundbreaking Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) settlements over the last decade and handled anti-corruption matters in more than 100 countries around the world. These include serving as lead U.S. counsel to Airbus in a worldwide (26 countries) investigation and history-making US$4 billion simultaneous resolution with U.S., French and UK regulators, the largest simultaneous resolution in FCPA history; serving as lead counsel to Total, S.A. in the resolution of one of the five largest (in excess of US$1 billion) FCPA matters ever resolved by the DOJ and SEC; advising SAP on multiple investigations regarding alleged bribery and violations of U.S. sanctions in Iran; and representing a leading global pharma company in investigations by the SEC and DOJ on a range of FCPA-related matters. The Paul Hastings team is ranked in the Top 10 of Global Investigations Review’s GIR 100, an annual guide to the world’s leading cross-border investigations practices, and was named Compliance Group of the Year by Law360.

At Paul Hastings, our purpose is clear — to help our clients and people navigate new paths to growth. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., Paul Hastings is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative global law firms.

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