BHP Billiton loses anti-corruption and compliance lawyer to Steptoe & Johnson

Washington DC firm Steptoe & Johnson has drawn in BHP Billiton’s anti-corruption and trade compliance lawyer Jeffrey Cottle as a partner for its London office.

The appointment, which will see Cottle join the firm’s international regulation and compliance group at an unconfirmed date, follows Steptoe’s hire of London-based Patrick Rappo, the former joint-head of bribery and corruption at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), in April.  

Cottle is currently a lawyer in BHP’s anti-corruption and trade team within the group’s legal and compliance function, having previously been associate general counsel of compliance for aerospace and defense company BAE Systems. 

The move follows a number of senior management changes at BHP Billiton following the appointment of new CEO Andrew Mackenzie in February. Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) litigator Geoff Healy was appointed as the mining company’s new chief legal counsel in April (18 April 2013), succeeding incumbent David Williamson who is returning to Ashurst Australia after three years in the role.

Cottle said in a statement: “London is home to many multinational businesses needing regulatory counsel which understand the need to develop compliance strategies that are workable, cost-effective, and comply with the array of laws applicable to their multi-jurisdictional operations.”