Press Release

U.K. Serious Fraud Office Bribery and Corruption Head Satnam Tumani to Join Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is pleased to announce that the head of the U.K. Serious Fraud Office's (SFO) Bribery and Corruption and International Assistance Departments, Satnam Tumani, will join the litigation and dispute resolution practice of the Firm's London office, effective 24 September 2012.

Mr. Tumani has more than 17 years of experience at the SFO, the lead U.K. prosecutor of major domestic and international fraud matters, including his most recent role as head of the bribery and corruption and international assistance departments. 

"Satnam is a fantastic addition to our London office and to our global government investigations and white collar defense practice. With the addition of Satnam, we will have former senior government enforcement officials and prosecutors across our offices in Europe, Asia and the United States; regions that are increasingly active and coordinated in global corruption and bribery investigations that may impact our clients," said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland's Global Management Executive Committee.

During his time at the SFO, Mr. Tumani has been closely involved in some of the most complex criminal fraud and corruption matters in the United Kingdom, including international and domestic corruption, investment fraud, company fraud, insider dealing, sanctions offences and market manipulation. He was responsible for dealing with concurrent jurisdiction cases pursuant to the protocol between the U.K. and U.S. Attorneys General and more generally with European and Australian enforcement agencies. He was also responsible for strategic engagement with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and the City of London Police Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit. More recently, Satnam has been the joint SFO lead in respect of the U.K.'s criminal investigations into the alleged manipulation of LIBOR and related interest rates.

"I am pleased to join Kirkland's renowned litigation and dispute resolution practice. The Firm's commitment to the global expansion of its government investigations, regulatory and enforcement practice was very attractive to me," said Mr. Tumani.

"I am sorry to see Satnam leave the SFO. I greatly appreciate the significant contribution that Satnam has made to the SFO over many years. He leaves with my encouragement and support for his future career and I am sure he will be a great asset to Kirkland & Ellis," said Director of the SFO, David Green CB QC. 

Mr. Tumani is recognized as a leading authority on extradition, corporate and individual plea negotiations, concurrent jurisdiction, international joint investigation teams, the use of serious crime prevention orders and the cooperating defendant provisions of the Serious Organised Crime & Police Act.

"The prosecution of corporate bribery and corruption is a relatively recent development in the U.K., and there are few prosecutors with Satnam's range of experience. We enthusiastically welcome him to Kirkland," said Chris Colbridge, a partner in Kirkland's dispute resolution practice in London.

Mr. Tumani holds a law degree from Brunel University in London. After completing law school, he commenced his training contract at the SFO in 1998.

Kirkland's Government, Regulatory and Internal Investigations Practice Group consists of nationally recognized attorneys in London, Shanghai and all six U.S. offices. The Firm regularly represents corporations and their executives in matters involving FCPA, securities, health care, environmental, tax, public corruption, antitrust and related areas, in addition to having conducted hundreds of comprehensive internal investigations.

Kirkland attorneys have represented clients before international governing agencies, including the SFO, the FSA, the European Commission, and nearly every U.S. federal and state agency, including the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Association of Securities Dealers, and before administrative agencies and judicial and congressional review committees.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP ( is a 1,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, corporate, tax, restructuring and intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices in London, Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.