Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pepper Hamilton buys Louis Freeh firm

Ex-FBI boss, Penn State hammer to join Philly firm

Pepper Hamilton buys Louis Freeh firm


Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia, says it is adding former FBI boss Louis J. Freeh's law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, and its investigative affiliate Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC. Financial terms not disclosed.

Pepper chairman Nina Gussack said in this statement: The Freeh Group will deepen and broaden Pepper’s already substantial corporate investigations, white-collar advocacy and enforcement practice in key markets.

The firms have worked together in "white collar, pharmaceutical/medical device, education, and financial services, both in the U.S. and globally,” Freeh said in the statement. “This transaction will allow us to do a lot more than conduct investigations and uncover problems,” he added. “We will now have the depth to react quickly to sophisticated, complex issues anywhere in the world" and "give our clients real solutions, not merely determine facts, and then work with all parties to implement those solutions. That’s what clients want."

After leaving government service in 2001, Freeh moved to Delaware and worked for MBNA Corp., the credit card bank, now part of Bank of America Corp. He wrote the Freeh report highly critical of Penn State University's management of convicted child abuser JerrySandusky under former president Graham Spanier and the late coach Joe Paterno.

Freeh Group will keep its name. James R. Bucknam was confirmed as president and CEO. Freeh joins the Pepper executive committee. The Freeh lawyers join Pepper's white-collar litigation and investigations group under Thomas A. Gallagher.

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