Stewarts today announced that it will launch a new financial crime department following the hire of Richard Kovalevsky QC.

Richard, who joins as a partner and head of the newly created department, has an outstanding reputation in white-collar defence encompassing all aspects of financial crime, and he is recognised as a leading silk.

The department will have expertise in white collar defence and financial crime, advising and representing individuals and corporates in matters involving issues of fraud, corruption, money laundering, market manipulation and taxation.

Richard has recently acted for KBR, Inc. in its Judicial Review of the SFO’s use of s2 notices, advised in the current ENRC investigation and separately in a Department of Justice/SFO South Korean corruption investigation. He brings to Stewarts over 35 years’ of experience having been called to the bar in 1983. He took silk in 2003.

John Cahill, Managing Partner of Stewarts comments,

“We plan to establish a leading financial crime team. Stewarts provides an excellent platform for such a practice. Civil fraud, regulatory obligations and criminal investigations increasingly overlap. Our expertise in civil fraud, asset recovery and tax litigation will enable us to assist our clients with a broader range of issues. We are delighted that Richard has agreed to join.”

Richard’s arrival brings the number of partners at Stewarts to 62.



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