Withers bulks up corporate crime with Crowell hire

Withers has appointed Crowell & Moring partner Gerallt Owen to the newly created position of international regulatory and corporate crime head.

Owen joins the firm after four years with Crowell & Moring, which he joined in March 2008 (17 March 2008).

Withers said Owen, who has acted for clients against the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue & Customs, OFT and the Financial Services Authority, would split his time between London and its recently opened Singapore office (17 February 2012).

He will be joined at the firm by two senior counsel, Anne Davies and Fiona Simpson. Davies advises companies and individuals on health and safety, product liability, environmental, financial crime and corporate governance matters, while Simpson specialises in civil fraud and professional discipline.

Withers global head of litigation Christopher Coffin said: “Gerallt’s arrival is excellent news for the firm – especially given his experience in Singapore, China and the rest of Asia, this is a key area of focus for us to achieve our ambitious growth plans for the contentious practice.”

Though a precise date is yet to be confirmed, it is anticipated that Owen and his team will join Withers in July.