Senior Prosecutor from the UK’s Serious Fraud Office Joins Latham & Watkins in London

Arrival of Stuart Alford QC boosts white collar and financial institutions regulatory capability in the UK and globally.

July 12, 2016

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that Stuart Alford QC has joined the London office as a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department. Alford joins from the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), where his vast experience of complex fraud and bribery matters helped establish him as one of the UK’s leading prosecutors.

“Stuart has a formidable track-record and brings unrivalled front-line experience of complex, high-profile investigations,” commented Jay Sadanandan, London Office Managing Partner. “He is a dynamic litigator with a unique skillset that will significantly enhance our white collar litigation and financial regulatory capability in London. We are delighted to welcome him to the firm.”

During his time with the SFO, Alford has been responsible for many of the UK’s landmark white collar cases. His work has focused on investigations in banking and money markets, including the wide-ranging cases involving the manipulation of LIBOR and foreign-exchange benchmarks, and he has extensive experience of engaging with law enforcement and regulators around the world, in particular the UK Financial Conduct Authority and the US Department of Justice.

Jamie Wine, Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Litigation & Trial Department, said: “In recent times, the largest regulatory and enforcement matters facing our financial institution clients have been complex, cross-border investigations in the US and the UK. Adding a practitioner of Stuart’s caliber in London represents a major milestone for the firm as we continue build out our preeminent litigation and regulatory capability in the world’s leading disputes forums.”

Kathryn Ruemmler, Global Co-chair of Latham’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice, added: “Stuart is a seasoned counselor with unique insights into the inner workings of what has become one of the world's more active law enforcement agencies. His skill, judgment and experience in complex market investigations will be of great value to our financial institution clients. He is a fantastic addition to our global white collar practice.”

Latham has been steadily strengthening its disputes capability in recent years with the arrival of a number of highly experienced practitioners, including Chief Judge Lippman, Sandeep Savla, Douglas YatterSerrin Turner and Michael Lacovara in New York, and leading international arbitration partner Sophie Lamb in London. Further enhancing the firm’s financial institutions credentials, Latham recently announced that leading financial regulatory partner Rob Moulton will join the London office.

Alford joins the firm from the SFO where he was Head of Division. While at the SFO, he chaired the Management Board’s People and Culture Committee and the Equality and Diversity Working Group. His career has included twenty years in private practice as a barrister at 36 Bedford Row, London, as well as two years serving as a prosecutor for the United Nations in East Timor between 2001 and 2003. Alford was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014, while working at the SFO; a rare achievement for a lawyer practicing in public service.

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Notes to Editors
Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi. 

Contacts
Jay Sadanandan, London Office Managing Partner, +44.20.7710.1110
Jamie Wine, Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Litigation & Trial Department, +1.212.906.2904
Kathryn Ruemmler, Global Co-chair of Latham’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice, +1.202.637.2179

 
 
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