King & Spalding Hires Investigations Partner Robert Dedman in London

King & Spalding has recruited Robert Dedman – the former Head of Enforcement at the Bank of England, Head of Litigation Division at the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and with previous experience at the legacy Financial Services Authority (FSA) – as a partner in the firm’s Special Matters & Government Investigations team in London.

Dedman joins from Navigant Consulting, where he was Senior Director in the Global Investigations and Compliance group. His practice covers UK and cross-border government investigations, corporate internal investigations and anti-bribery and corruption and anti‐money laundering compliance projects, with a primary focus on the regulated financial services sector.

“Rob’s combination of legal, commercial and regulatory perspectives allows for incisive and intelligent advice that covers the whole spectrum of investigatory matters,” said Wick Sollers, head of the firm’s Government Matters practice group. “His experience as a senior in-house lawyer within the UK’s financial regulators, handling delicate and significant matters, offers another important dimension to our practice.”

Prior to Navigant, Dedman established and served as the first Head of the Enforcement and Litigation Division at the Bank of England/PRA. In the role, Dedman led the Division’s first-ever enforcement investigations into misconduct at banks and insurers and the first-ever prohibition of a chief executive of a major bank. He also served on the PRA’s Supervision Risk and Policy Committee and its Executive Committee. Previously, he led the legal team at the legacy FSA that was responsible for implementing post-financial crisis reforms to the UK regulatory system and that brought about the creation of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the PRA.

Dedman joins a London team that includes partners Gareth Rees QC, Aaron Stephens and Angela Hayes, covering a wide array of white collar and regulatory investigations and financial services advisory expertise.

“Rob is another great addition to our investigations line-up in London,” added Tom Sprange QC, office managing partner in London. “We have lawyers with in-depth experience across the key regulators, including working in-house at the Bank of England, the FCA, the Serious Fraud Office, the PRA and the Financial Reporting Council, which interlocks with our legal and advocacy expertise.”

“Companies are increasingly facing multifaceted investigations, with potential exposure not just to financial services regulatory enforcement but also criminal and disciplinary procedures, both at home and abroad,” Dedman said. “King & Spalding is one of the few firms that can provide the full range of advice across all the strands of investigations and, with strong transatlantic links, a truly international platform.”

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