On 9 May, the UK government announced it was targeting Russia and Belarus with a 35% increase in import tariffs to be imposed on precious metals, including platinum and palladium. It also announced a ban on exports, including chemicals, plastics, rubber and machinery, worth an estimated £250 million and aimed at disrupting Russia’s manufacturing and heavy machinery sectors.

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Jo Rickards

Jo Rickards is the Chair of the London office’s White Collar Crime & Investigations Group where she represents a wide range of companies and individuals. Jo is recognised as a leading individual in her practice area advising clients in investigations involving allegations of

Jo Rickards is the Chair of the London office’s White Collar Crime & Investigations Group where she represents a wide range of companies and individuals. Jo is recognised as a leading individual in her practice area advising clients in investigations involving allegations of corruption, cartels, tax and investment fraud and contentious financial services. She has advised directors and companies in the UK and internationally for over 20 years. She represents companies and individuals investigated by the SFO, FCA, CMA and HMRC and those who are subject to mutual legal assistance requests from criminal authorities abroad.

Jo’s corporate representations range from advising a U.S. parent whose subsidiary agreed to a civil recovery order with the SFO, conducting an independent review for a UK casino chain, advising an online gambling platform in respect of a money laundering investigation and advising a sovereign wealth fund involved in a high profile sanctions matter. She has advised numerous companies on corruption, money laundering and fraud issues. She has acted for individuals in relation to investigations into Unaoil, Patisserie Valerie, Quindell, Rolls Royce, and a multinational tobacco company. She also has deep experience with insider dealing prosecutions and market abuse investigations. She was involved in the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press and the Manchester Arena Inquest/Inquiry.

She has a particular interest in bribery & corruption, environmental crime and greenwashing and regularly writes and speaks on these subjects.

Photo of Gavin Costelloe Gavin Costelloe

Gavin Costelloe is a senior associate in Greenberg Traurig’s White Collar Defense & Special Investigations Practice in London. Gavin is a former lawyer and prosecutor for the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO). Gavin advises companies and individuals on internal, government and regulatory investigations…

Gavin Costelloe is a senior associate in Greenberg Traurig’s White Collar Defense & Special Investigations Practice in London. Gavin is a former lawyer and prosecutor for the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO). Gavin advises companies and individuals on internal, government and regulatory investigations and compliance issues related to the UK Bribery Act, fraud, market manipulation, anti-money laundering, economic sanctions, and other serious and complex cross-jurisdictional matters. Gavin has considerable experience assisting with diligence for mergers, acquisitions, and other investments including in jurisdictions with high corruption risk.

Gavin’s practice is focused on business crime investigation, defence, compliance, and risk mitigation. This includes assisting companies with internal, government, and regulatory investigations (including those conducted by the SFO, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)), individual defence for senior executives and compliance professionals, and devising and implementing internal training and compliance progammes.