Shoosmiths has brought a new dimension to its regulatory team with the hire of Jeremy Bouch.
A highly experienced white collar criminal litigation solicitor, he joins the national firm as a senior associate.
Bouch, who will be based in Birmingham, has particular expertise in the financial sector defending investigations and proceedings by the Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue & Customs, Department of Business Innovation & Skills and Serious Fraud Office.
He is also able to provide expert advice and representation in relation to the freezing, seizure, restraint forfeiture, confiscation and recovery of assets.
Partner and national head of regulatory Ron Reid said: "Jeremy is bringing something genuinely new to Shoosmiths, whilst plugging into existing elements of the commercial practice groups' regulatory team.
"He will work alongside another senior associate and a solicitor, handling a broad mix of regulatory matters and collaborating with our teams in Reading and Milton Keynes, helping to develop both our regional and national regulatory services."
Bouch, described in legal directory Legal 500 as being 'extremely talented', joins from Challinors, where he was head of business and criminal defence at its East Midlands offices.
Reid added: "Jeremy's knowledge and experience provides a unique standpoint from which to advise clients on the anti-money laundering regime, confiscation aspects of corruption, bribery and sanctions investigations, and matters relating to fraud and allegations of criminal tax evasion.
"He will bring invaluable assistance to Shoosmiths' commercial, financial services, asset finance and insolvency teams; and act as the 'glue' between a number of commercial offerings from different teams, providing clients a new dimension and further strength in depth."