Mark Rainsford QC and Jason Sugarman QC secured an acquittal in a SFO US$120 million money laundering trial at Southwark Crown Court, defending Hong Kong businessman James Campbell Sutherland, Chairman of the Zetland Financial Group of fiduciaries: see UK Press Link and Hong Kong Press Link.

The jury unanimously acquitted in less than 4 hours after a nine-week trial and an 8-year investigation by the SFO assisted by the SEC, FCA and City of London Police. It was alleged that Zetland Financial Group laundered the proceeds of the UK’s biggest boiler room fraud. The acquittal follows Mark Rainsford QC and Jason Sugarman’s successful defence of the senior partner of a large commercial law firm tried on corruption charges in  connection with the same boiler-room fraud.