by: Alex Newman
Ben Morgan, a member of Norton Rose Fulbright’s business ethics and anti-corruption team, has succeeded Patrick Rappo, who stepped down from the role in April to join US firm Steptoe & Johnson as a partner.
The role – which Morgan began yesterday (19 August) – will see Morgan provide strategic direction and operational expertise to a number of complex fraud and corruption cases, as well as helping to guide case managers and their teams.
At Norton Rose, he worked on major multi-jurisdictional investigations and compliance matters, advising clients in a range of industries including financial institutions, oil and gas, mining, logistics and transport.
“During my recent secondment here I saw first-hand the excellent work that the director, his management team and the SFO staff are doing,” said Morgan.
SFO director David Green QC (pictured) commented: “That someone of [Morgan’s] calibre and professional background chooses to work at the SFO speaks for itself.”
The move is a notable counterpoint to the stream of senior SFO lawyers heading to US firms in London in recent years.
Last year, Kirkland & Ellis’ City arm recruited the SFO’s head of bribery and corruption Satnam Tumani, while the former head of the anti-corruption team, Robert Amaee, left for an of counsel position at Covington & Burling, with former head of policy Charlie Monteith taking a similar position at White & Case.
Other departures to US firms have included Glyn Powell, who left the SFO’s fraud business area for Jones Day, and general counsel Vivian Robinson QC, who joined McGuireWoods in April last year.
This article was written by Alex Newman and originally published on legalweek