London — Global law firm Mayer Brown announced today that Sam Eastwood and Jason Hungerford have been appointed as partners in the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice from Norton Rose Fulbright. Both appointments are part of a global strategic drive to further strengthen the depth of the firm's litigation, white collar crime and investigation, sanctions and export control capabilities in key jurisdictions.

Jason starts at Mayer Brown today and Sam will join the firm on August 20.

"We are delighted to welcome both partners to the firm," said Ian McDonald, co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. "Sam and Jason are exceptionally talented lawyers who join Mayer Brown at a time when we are seeing increasing client demand for white collar criminal defense, anti-corruption advice and sophisticated advice on economic sanctions and export restrictions imposed by governments around the world. They both have outstanding reputations in the market and their wealth of experience will enhance further the international elements of the advice that we offer our clients."

Sam, who established and led the business ethics and anti-corruption practice at his previous firm, is widely recognized and ranked for his anti-bribery and regulatory compliance work. He has considerable experience advising large corporations and financial institutions on cross-border investigations involving complex financial, accounting and anti-corruption matters and advises on ethics, anti-corruption and human rights issues in connection with companies' internal compliance policies and procedures and international business transactions. In addition, on the commercial disputes side of his practice he advises on claims arising from corporate acquisitions, joint ventures, shareholder disputes and competition-related matters.

Alistair Graham, who heads Mayer Brown's white collar team in London, said: "Sam and Jason are welcome additions, bringing complementary experience that will add further depth to our offering in London. I have known Sam for many years. He is a white collar lawyer with extraordinary skill and I look forward to working with him."

Jason, a UK and US-qualified lawyer who previously practiced in Washington DC, represents corporations and financial institutions in government and internal investigations, and on the design and testing of compliance programs related to US, UK and EU economic sanctions, export controls, anti-bribery, and anti-money laundering laws. Jason advises clients in enforcement, licensing and interpretive matters before a range of regulatory bodies, including HM Treasury (OFSI), HM Revenue & Customs, the UK National Crime Agency, and the US State, Treasury (OFAC) and Commerce Departments. Jason's international practice spans Brazil, China and Southeast Asia, Europe — particularly the Nordic region and Russia — and the United States. He also has an active practice advising on the financial crime-regulatory aspects of M&A, joint venture, private equity and capital markets transactions.

Tamer Soliman, partner and global head of the firm’s Export Control & Sanctions practice, added: "These are exciting times for Sam and Jason to join the firm. I am particularly thrilled to have Jason on board. His arrival in our London office bolsters our economic sanctions, export control, compliance and investigations capabilities in Washington, Brussels and Asia. We look forward to introducing Jason to our clients, who will benefit greatly from his considerable experience."