Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Bolsters Global Investigations Practice with Key Partner Hire

By January 14, 2021 No Comments

International law firm, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has bolstered its Global Investigations Practice with the hire of Sarah Klein into its London office.

Sarah joins from Kirkland & Ellis where she developed a broad practice within the corporate crime and investigations area, encompassing criminal defence work, criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as compliance advice to major corporates. Sarah also spent time working for the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) where she was responsible for the first prosecution of a company under the Bribery Act’s failure to prevent offence.

Building a strong corporate criminal defence capability in the UK, as a key part of the firm’s wider Global Investigations Practice, is a core strategic goal for BCLP. Sarah’s hire follows that of Mukul Chawla QC, who joined BCLP’s London office in October 2018 to lead the Firm’s European white collar crime capability.

Nathan Willmott, European Leader for Litigation & Investigations, said: “The hire of Sarah is an important step in further building the depth and scale of our corporate criminal defence practice in the UK. Sarah is an exceptionally talented lawyer who, like Mukul, has a deep understanding of how the SFO and other global enforcement agencies operate and how best to protect the interests of our clients.  It is an exciting prospect to have them working together within our Global Investigations Practice.

Mukul Chawla QC, Chief Criminal Counsel, said: “I am so pleased that Sarah has chosen to join our team at BCLP and I look forward to working with her to support our clients in managing their most difficult and complex issues.

BCLP’s Global Investigations Practice includes over 300 lawyers across the US, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Russia, the UAE and Hong Kong.  It is a fully integrated practice which conducts internal investigations and defends major corporates and their senior management on issues spanning corporate crime, financial regulation and other sectoral regulation, antitrust, health & safety, employment and data breach.

This follows other recent high-profile hires, including London Data Privacy Partner Geraldine Scali; new market-leading Real Estate team in our Dubai office from Dechert, Partners Stephen Kelly and Sarah Mahood and Real Estate Partner Pierre Popesco and six other lawyers (including three counsel) in BCLP’s Paris office, whose arrival makes the firm a major player in the real estate market in France and underpins BCLP’s strategy to grow its real estate sector worldwide. These continued efforts to recruit top lateral candidates support BCLP’s international growth plans under its new Project Advance strategic plan and growth initiative.

On her joining BCLP, Sarah Klein said: “I am delighted to be joining Mukul and the wider BCLP team during this exciting transformative time as we implement the firm’s newly focused strategy under Project Advance. I look forward to further developing BCLP’s criminal defence capability and working in the Global Investigations Practice to provide clients with the highest quality representation.

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