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New SFO director is an American lawyer

Lisa Osofsky (Image courtesy of Exiger)The UK attorney general Monday appointed an American lawyer with experience at the DOJ and in the private sector to head the Serious Fraud Office.

Lisa Osofsky is a dual UK-U.S. citizen.

She graduated from Harvard Law School. After clerking for a federal judge she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

At the DOJ she was also a Special Attorney in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division and stationed at the Serious Fraud Office in London.

She also worked at the FBI as Deputy General Counsel and Ethics Officer.

At the FBI, "she managed white collar crime cases and investigations, focussing on operations, legislation and intelligence matters throughout the organization," according to a statement Monday from the UK attorney general.

Osofsky will join the SFO from Exiger’s London office, where she led the firm’s investigative, compliance and assurance activities.

She had earlier been the regulatory advisor at Control Risks and the anti-money laundering officer at Goldman Sachs in London.

She'll start at the SFO on September 3.

Her tenure "is for a renewable term of 5 years," the AG's office said.

The previous permanent SFO director, David Green, served a four year term that was extended two years. He left the SFO on April 2.

After Green's term ended, Mark Thompson was appointed as interim director. The AG's office said Thompson will return to his role as the SFO's chief operating officer.

"Lisa Osofsky was appointed by the Attorney General after a rigorous and open competition, overseen by a Civil Service Commissioner," the AG's statement said.

She's admitted to practice in Illinois and Maryland. She's also a UK Barrister.

Osofsky said Monday, "I am honoured to be the next director of the Serious Fraud Office. I look forward to building on the SFO’s successful record in the fight against economic crime and leading an emboldened SFO to even greater heights."


Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog.