Sir David Green heads for US law firm assassinations

The former head of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, Sir David Green QC, has joined US law firm Cohen & Gresser, several months after leaving his consulting role at Slaughter and May.

Cohen & Gresser opened an office in London in 2018 and has slowly expanded its fledgling base since then. Green joins as a partner in the firm’s white collar defense and regulatory practice group, which also includes white collar crime partner Richard Kovalevsky QC, who joined Stewarts in 2020.

Green spent six years as head of the SFO, and his tenure with the regulator was noted by many for his preference for the use of deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs). Notable uses were in 2017, when a DPA issued against Tesco saw the retailer pay £129million to avoid prosecution after overstating its previous profits, and one against Rolls-Royce which saw it pay £497 £.25 million to settle cases of bribery and corruption.

After leaving the SFO in 2018, Green joined Slaughters as a senior consultant. He left the firm in October 2021.

In a statement on Tuesday, Cohen & Gresser said “Green’s understanding of cross-border collaboration between international agencies will help C&G clients in all jurisdictions.”

Green added, “Cohen & Gresser brings a fresh and energetic approach to international investigations. It is a highly specialized and close-knit team of former prosecutors and leading lawyers who can work across borders and advise their clients seamlessly in all jurisdictions.