Law firms are stepping up their hiring of white-collar lawyers in anticipation of increased investigations by government agencies into financial fraud and corporate bribery of foreign officials.

Firms including White & Case; Jenner & Block; and Chadbourne & Parke over the last two months have recruited white-collar partners from other firms, many of whom have prosecutorial experience. Recruiters say law firms are seeking to bolster their practices in anticipation of more investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.