Baker & Partners, a St Helier, Jersey-based law firm which specialises in litigation and dispute resolution, has unveiled a new, Washington, DC-based affiliate, headed up by a former senior US Department of Justice assistant deputy chief named Jack de Kluiver.
According to Baker & Partners senior partner Stephen Baker, the launch of Baker de Kluiver PLLC aims to enable the company to offer its clients expertise for the US-facing elements of their business.
In particular, he said, Baker de Kluiver will look to focus on three areas:
1. Advising clients on US anti-money-laundering and counter terrorist financing regulations and sanctions;
2. Advising governments and regulators as to the international standards required and expected by the various international standards setting-bodies, and
3. Advising individuals, corporations and/or governments “caught up in or facing multi-jurisdictional offshore disputes” with a US element, “with a particular emphasis on fraud”.
The new office in Washington is up and running, Baker said, and the company last week began formally announcing the new arrangement in Jersey, where de Kluiver has been meeting clients and delivering a presentation on US sanctions.
In a statement on the fledgling Baker de Kluiver website, the firm states that it is “affiliated with, but legally wholly separate from, Baker & Partners in…Jersey” and that it is looking to specialise “in securing justice for the victims of fraud”.
It adds: “We target money laundering abuses, and focus on asset recovery, with a particular emphasis on the proceeds of political grand corruption.
“Working collectively with other law firms, as well as directly with individual, corporate and government fraud victims, our aim is to apply forward-thinking solutions to the profound problems raised by complex legal structures, sophisticated money laundering, and the globalised nature of fraud and corruption.
“In addition, the firm will also provide innovative AML/CFT legal advice and services for governments, international organisations and financial institutions, based upon Mr Baker’s expertise in offshore AML regulatory work and Mr de Kluiver’s extensive experience in drafting, implementing, and evaluating jurisdictions under the Financial Action Task Force’s International Standards on Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism & Proliferation.”
According to Baker, de Kluiver has been lead representative for the US Justice Department’s Financial Action Task Force, and among other things was involved in a number of high-profile cases involving famous people and such institutions as HSBC, Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas.
Baker & Partners was established by Stephen Baker 14 years ago.