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DLA Piper has snared former Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director Robert Wardle.
DLA Piper brings in ex-SFO boss" /> DLA Piper has snared former Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director Robert Wardle in a coup that will strengthen the firm's regulatory capabilities.
Wardle, who relinquished his SFO post on 20 April, will join DLA Piper as a consultant in its regulatory and government affairs group.
DLA Piper Europe, Middle East and Africa regulatory head Neil Gerrard said: "It's our belief that to be top of the game we shouldn't have enthusiastic amateurs on regulation matters. We need specialists, not corporate lawyers messing around. It's important we have ex-regulators on our team."
During his five-year tenure as SFO chief Wardle successfully prosecuted several high-end fraudsters, including ;directors ;of computer company Ravelle, who were convicted in a £3.3m fraud on creditors.
Wardle, however, came under fire over the BAE Systems probe. The High Court ruled that the SFO unlawfully stopped a corruption investigation into BAE's arms deals with Saudi Arabia. In one of his last acts as SFO director, Wardle took the decision to appeal the ruling.