Stephen Pollard, partner, is head of WilmerHale’s UK investigations and criminal litigation practice. He is a seasoned litigator with more than 20 years of experience on the full spectrum of business crime and securities enforcement work. He represents members of the investor community including senior managers, brokers and traders facing allegations of insider trading, market manipulation and market abuse, particularly in proceedings brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). He also has extensive experience in handling high-profile matters requiring press and reputational management.
Mr Pollard represented the former Barings trader Nick Leeson, as well as a defendant in the FCA’s first criminal prosecution for market manipulation. He has particular experience in the defence of financial services fraud, multi-jurisdictional white-collar crime allegations, corruption allegations, competition and cartel allegations and internal investigations. Mr Pollard acted for the former Commercial Director of British Airways in relation to allegations of price fixing, which resulted in an acquittal after the collapse of the trial. More recently, he represented Vincent Tchenguiz in his successful challenge to the SFO investigation relating to the collapse of Kaupthing bank and also secured the acquittal of a company director accused by the SFO of conspiring to corrupt the governor of the State Bank of Vietnam.
He is currently representing a number of individuals in both the Libor and FX investigations, an ongoing FCA insider dealing investigation and Metropolitan Police Operations Weeting (phone hacking) and Elveden (corruption). He also has clients in the current SFO investigations into Barclays (payments to Qatar), Tesco (accounting irregularities), Alstom (alleged corruption), G4S and ENRC (alleged corruption in Africa).