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Provided by Nick Vamos

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Nick is the Head of Business Crime and Investigations at Peters & Peters. As a former senior Crown Prosecution Service leader, Nick applies his unique insight and expertise on behalf of clients across the full range of international, financial crime including extradition, INTERPOL, mutual legal assistance, fraud, regulatory investigations, money laundering and export controls. Nick represents individuals accused of financial wrongdoing in multiple jurisdictions, including the former CEO of a major Dubai construction company under investigation for a £300m fraud, Venezuelan banker accused of bribery and money laundering worth £250m, two Middle Eastern politicians accused of embezzling £40ma former CEO of a private bank accused by the FCA of serious regulatory breaches and two Russian billionaire bankers charged with embezzlement. Given his CPS experience, Nick is regularly asked to advise on private prosecutions.

Career

Nick has over 20 years’ experience in international, high-profile and sensitive matters. Before joining Peters & Peters, Nick was Head of Special Crime at the CPS, overseeing the most complex casework including corporate manslaughter, election fraud, police corruption and deaths in police custody. Before that, Nick held the three most senior international prosecution posts: Head of Extradition; Head of the UK Central Authority for Mutual Legal Assistance; and liaison prosecutor in Washington DC working with the US Department of Justice.

Professional Memberships

• Member of the General Committee of the Private Prosecutors Association

Publications

Nick is a frequent writer and commentator in the general and specialist press.

He is the co-author of the Peters & Peters Extradition blog (https://extraditionuk.petersandpeters.com/).

Clients

• Acting for Post Office Limited in what has been described as the largest miscarriage of justice in UK legal history.

• Acting pro bono for the family of Harry Dunn to secure the prosecution of Anne Sacoolas, who fled the UK claiming diplomatic immunity, on charges of death by dangerous driving.

• Multiple HNW individuals subject to INTERPOL Red Notices issued by jurisdictions including Russia, UAE, India, Moldova and Palestine.

• The son of a prominent Greek businessman charged with rape, false imprisonment and sexual assault

• The CEO of a leading and multi award-winning distribution specialist in the global travel retail industry charged with assault.

Experience

Nick is the Head of Business Crime and Investigations at Peters & Peters. He also held roles as Head of Special Crime and Head of Extradition at the Crown Prosecution Office and Head of the UK Central Authority at the Home Office.

Industry Sector Expertise

• Business crime & investigations

• Extradition & INTERPOL Red Notices

• Private prosecutions

• Fraud & money laundering

• Mutual legal assistance

Expert in these Jurisdictions

Nick acts for clients across a range of jurisdictions.

Languages Spoken

English

Work Highlights

• Acting for Post Office Limited in what has been described as the largest miscarriage of justice in UK legal history.

• Acting pro bono for the family of Harry Dunn to secure the prosecution of Anne Sacoolas, who fled the UK claiming diplomatic immunity, on charges of death by dangerous driving.

• Secured the deletion of INTERPOL Red Notices for multiple HNW clients.

• Successfully discharged the extradition request in the leading case on Russian prison conditions and assurances (Russian Federation v Olga Egorova).

• Conducted an extensive internal investigation into export control breaches for a major UK engineering company resulting in a self-report to HMRC and a 95% reduction in penalty.

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Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals - UK
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Nick Vamos regularly acts for high net worth clients on domestic and international financial crime investigations. He is noted for his work on high-value and high-profile matters.

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