Brown Rudnick adds UK white collar chief from Jenner & Block

Former SFO prosecutor Paul Feldberg latest in string of senior lateral hires for Brown Rudnick’s London office

Paul Felderg Image courtesy of Brown Rudnick

US law firm Brown Rudnick has bolstered its white collar offering in London with the hire of a partner from Jenner & Block.  

Paul Feldberg has joined the 200-lawyer firm as head of its UK white collar defence, investigations and compliance practice. His arrival continues a string of senior lateral hires in Brown Rudnick’s London office over the past year and comes just a few weeks after the firm secured a co-head of Weil Gotshal & Mange’s white collar defence team, Steven Tyrrell, in Washington DC.  

Feldberg has spent the past five years as a partner at Jenner & Block, where he co-chaired the national security sanctions and export control group and the bribery/FCPA group, and earlier in his career was a senior prosecutor at the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO).  

“Paul brings a wealth of experience to Brown Rudnick having worked in both the public sector and private practice,” said Stephen Best, chair of Brown Rudnick’s white collar defense, investigations and compliance practice. 

“As companies ensure compliance with the far-reaching amendments to the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act introduced in the UK, our multinational clients will benefit from Paul’s knowledge and experience in this area, and we are excited to welcome him to the firm.” 

Feldberg advises corporates on multijurisdictional compliance issues relating to money laundering, sanctions, bribery and fraud. He began his career as a barrister, defending and prosecuting economic crime in court and then served as a prosecutor for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Office before joining the SFO in 2006. Prior to joining Jenner & Block he also practiced for several years at Willkie Farr & Gallagher.  

“I’m thrilled to be joining Brown Rudnick’s white collar practice, which is made up of some of the most well-regarded lawyers in this area of law,” Feldberg said.  

My clients are predominantly large multinational corporations, so I look forward to collaborating with colleagues across practices on both sides of the Atlantic and leveraging Brown Rudnick’s strengths from M&A to brand and reputation management, to deliver results for clients and continue to grow my practice.” 

In London Feldberg will lead a white collar team noted by Chambers for its strength in civil fraud cases for clients including international banks, shareholder groups and high net worth individuals. The team is made up of 12 lawyers, according to Brown Rudnick’s website, including six partners – among them leading civil fraud lawyer Jane Colston.  

London was left as the Boston-based firm’s sole international location in 2022 following the closure of its Paris office nine years after it opened. 

Feldberg’s arrival follows Brown Rudnick bolstering its London arbitration and litigation bench last October with the hire of Mishcon de Reya’s finance and banking disputes head, Derval Walsh, and Robin Pickworth from Armstrong Teasdale, where he was head of the UK civil fraud practice.  

Earlier in the year the firm also hired Charlotte Harris from Kingsley Napley to expand its brand and reputation management practice to Europe alongside US-based practice heads Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez, the latter of whom made partner in 2022 shortly after she helped to win a $15m jury verdict for actor Johnny Depp in his defamation battle against ex-wife Amber Heard.  

Jenner & Block's London office managing partner, Christine Braamskamp, commented: “We greatly valued Paul's dedication, skill and contributions to Jenner & Block, and wish him every success in his new role”.

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