Skadden is pleased to announce that Keith Krakaur has relocated to London from the firm's New York office and has been named head of the firm's European Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime practice.
A senior partner in the firm’s Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime Group in New York, and a former federal prosecutor, Mr. Krakaur has represented numerous corporate and individual clients in global investigations, including ones involving economic sanctions, corrupt practices, money laundering, tax and accounting fraud. He recently advised Crédit Agricole in its resolution of a seven-year, multiagency sanctions investigation, and 10 "Category 2" banks in obtaining nonprosecution agreements under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Swiss Bank Program.
"Keith's experience in handling cross-border investigations is unparalleled," said David Zornow, global head of Skadden's Litigation/Controversy practices. "His presence in London will help us better serve our clients in an increasingly complex enforcement landscape."
Pranav Trivedi, head of Skadden’s London office, said, "Keith's leadership will be a significant asset to our capabilities in London and on the European continent as we continue to enhance one of the world’s premier government enforcement and white collar crime practices."
Mr. Krakaur added, "Companies — and their executives and boards — are facing a highly challenging global enforcement environment. As U.S. enforcement agencies expand their reach and cooperate with their counterparts in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, we are often asked to quarterback complex, cross-border investigations. I look forward to serving our clients on the ground in London and as a bridge to our white collar capabilities throughout the world."
Chambers USA ranks Mr. Krakaur in tier one of "Leading Individuals for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations — New York," stating that he is "first rate" and "has an encyclopedic knowledge of everything" in the field.
Skadden ranked among the top three firms globally for corporate investigations in Global Investigations Review's inaugural GIR 30 in 2015 and won Who's Who Legal's Investigations Firm of the Year award in 2014 and 2015. In the U.K., Skadden is ranked in the first tier for Corporate Crime in The Legal 500.
Mr. Krakaur's move to London further strengthens Skadden's international government enforcement and corporate investigations capabilities, coming on the heels of the recent addition in Hong Kong of partner Steve Kwok, former resident legal advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice in Beijing, and the relocations of partners Ryan Junck to London and Bradley Klein to Hong Kong.