DLA Piper has been joined by leading corporate crime and regulatory investigations lawyer Patrick Rappo. He joins from Steptoe & Johnson in London, which he joined as a partner in 2013. Patrick previously spent five years at the Serious Fraud Office, where he became Joint Head of the Bribery & Corruption Divisions and played a lead role in the efforts to successfully introduce deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) in the United Kingdom. Patrick began his career as a barrister [trial attorney] specialising in criminal law.
Patrick's practice includes preventative advice for corporate clients (compliance programme design, drafting policies and procedures, and training and compliance audits). Patrick also advises on the conduct of internal investigations and responding to government enforcement action, including by the DoJ, SFO and World Bank. Patrick acts both for corporates and individuals in high profile investigations and proceedings.
Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry, Global Co-Chair of the Litigation and Regulatory group, said: "Our global practice in this area continues to go from strength to strength and we are pleased to grow our practice yet further in response to client demand and market trends. Patrick is a versatile and highly skilled lawyer, who brings many years of private practice and regulatory agency experience with him, and on behalf of the global group I would like to welcome him to the team."
Tony Katz, Head of Financial Services and Regulatory Investigations, said: "Patrick's experience is an excellent fit for our global corporate crime and regulatory investigations practice and we are delighted that he is joining us. His arrival reinforces our ongoing commitment to providing our UK and international clients with a comprehensive offering in this area."
Patrick Rappo said: "DLA Piper’s global presence and impressive roster of clients provides a very exciting opportunity. The firm has been a leader in the corporate crime and regulatory investigations space for many years and I look forward to working with our very experienced international team to further strengthen the offering for our clients."