Jeremy Wright, the Attorney General for England and Wales, on June 4 named Lisa Osofsky as the new director of the Serious Fraud Office.
Mark Thompson, who was appointed interim director in April 2018, will continue to hold this post until Osofsky joins the SFO on Sept. 3, at which point Thompson will return to his permanent role as chief operating officer.
Osofsky brings a wealth of experience to the role, with over 30 years’ experience of focusing on financial crime in both the United Kingdom and the United States. She began her career as a federal U.S. prosecutor, pursuing a range of white-collar crime. In total, she has prosecuted over 100 cases on behalf of the U.S. government.
Osofsky’s career spans both the public and private sectors, including five years as deputy general counsel and ethics officer at the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation; three years as money laundering reporting officer at Goldman Sachs International; and seven years in the corporate investigation division of Control Risks, where she advised on risk and compliance issues.
“Economic crime, at all levels, is a growing and changing threat and tackling it is a priority for the Government,” Wright said in a statement, commenting on her appointment. “Lisa’s experience of working at an international level will enhance the SFOs capabilities in this area.”