Francesca Titus, an accomplished white collar lawyer and barrister with significant experience representing clients in multijurisdictional investigations and criminal cases, has joined McGuireWoods London as a partner in the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department.
Titus advises individuals, businesses and organizations in investigations and prosecutions by UK and international law enforcement agencies, including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the National Crime Agency, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, and the U.S. Department of Justice. She also leads internal investigations for banks, financial services companies and other clients with extensive cross-border interests. Titus joins McGuireWoods from Fieldfisher.
A highly regarded trial advocate, Titus has argued hundreds of criminal cases in England and Wales. She joins a McGuireWoods practice recognized twice by Law360 as a White Collar Practice of the Year for its work representing major companies and prominent individuals in high-stakes matters.
“Francesca is an important addition whose skill and insight complements our team’s strengths, particularly in cross-border investigations and matters concerning financial services clients,” said Todd Steggerda, chair of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department.
“Our clients will benefit immensely from the depth and breadth of Francesca’s experience in investigations and litigation,” said Daniel Peyton, managing partner of the London office. “She will play a vital role as we expand the firm’s client service capabilities and continue our growth in London.”
With a team of more than 60 attorneys — including former federal prosecutors and enforcement officials, three former U.S. attorneys and a deputy attorney general of the United States — McGuireWoods’ Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department has represented Fortune 100 companies and high-profile individuals in some of the most prominent and complicated matters of the past decade.
“McGuireWoods has built a powerful government investigations and white collar practice with global reach, and I am excited to join this talented team,” Titus said. “I look forward to putting my experience to work for the firm and our clients.”
McGuireWoods ranks among the world’s leading investigations firms in the GIR 100, a guide to top cross-border investigations practices based on independent research by Global Investigations Review. The firm holds a nationwide ranking for corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense in The Legal 500 United States, a premier list of the country’s best law firms. And The American Lawyer named the firm a Global Legal Awards finalist for litigation/dispute resolution of the year.