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White-collar criminal defense
- Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
- Dechert LLP
- Hogan Lovells US LLP
- Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
- Latham & Watkins LLP
- Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.
- Paul Hastings LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
- Ropes & Gray LLP
- Sidley Austin LLP
- Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
- Winston & Strawn LLP
- Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
- BuckleySandler LLP
- Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
- DLA Piper LLP (US)
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
- Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Keker & Van Nest, L.L.P.
Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP
- Mayer Brown
- McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Miller & Chevalier Chartered
- Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
- Morrison & Foerster LLP
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
- Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
- Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
- Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP
- Shearman & Sterling LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
- Steptoe & Johnson LLP
- Vinson & Elkins LLP
- Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
- Baker & Hostetler LLP
- Baker McKenzie LLP
- Baker Botts L.L.P.
- Chadbourne & Parke LLP
- Clifford Chance
- Cohen & Gresser LLP
- Cooley LLP
- Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
- Goodwin Procter LLP
- Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Kobre & Kim
- McGuireWoods LLP
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Munger, Tolles & Olson
- Pepper Hamilton LLP
- Proskauer Rose LLP
- Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
- Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
- Squire Patton Boggs
- White & Case LLP
- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
- Elkan Abramowitz - Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.
Barry Berke -
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Carey Dunne -
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
John Keker -
Keker & Van Nest, L.L.P.
- Andrew Levander - Dechert LLP
Gary Naftalis -
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
- Lee Richards - Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP
- Karen Patton Seymour - Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
- Samuel Seymour - Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Paul Shechtman -
- Brendan Sullivan - Williams & Connolly LLP
- Joseph Warin - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
- Dan Webb - Winston & Strawn LLP
- Reid Weingarten - Steptoe & Johnson LLP
- Theodore Wells - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
- Bruce Yannett - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
The ‘meticulous and thorough’ lawyers at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP are ‘exemplary in every respect’. The New York-based team, which has advised HSBC, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and others on forex-related investigations, includes the ‘highly knowledgeable and responsive’ David Brodsky, the ‘thoughtful, engaged and proactive’ Jennifer Kennedy Park, the ‘fantastic’ Lev Dassin, Breon Peace and Victor Hou, who displays ‘a pristine work ethic and great instincts’. Lewis Liman, also based in New York, represented José Hawilla in investigations relating to allegations of corruption within FIFA. Along with the Washington DC-based Robin Bergen and Giovanni Prezioso, Liman also continues to represent Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs in investigations by multiple regulators into the marketing of CDOs. Other matters handled by the firm included Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) work and insider trading investigations.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP routinely acts for clients in regulatory proceedings relating to the FCPA, money laundering, sanctions compliance, healthcare fraud, insider trading and market manipulation. Clients include major financial institutions, such as RBS, which the firm advised on worldwide investigations into its spot forex market. The firm successfully lowered the settlement price sought by the DOJ from client Standard & Poor’s under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA). The practice is led by Carey Dunne in New York and Linda Thomsen in Washington DC. Also based in New York are Denis McInerney and Angela Burgess, while Raul Yanes and the ‘talented’ Neil MacBride are key figures in the Washington DC office.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides an ‘excellent level of service’ and is particularly active in conducting anti-corruption investigations for high-profile clients from a range of sectors. Additional recent work includes handling inquiries made by various regulators into JPMorgan Chase’s credit card debt collection practices. The ‘very talented’ Bruce Yannett heads the group and is noted for ‘great judgment and advocacy skills’. Other key figures in the New York office include Sean Hecker, Andrew Levine, Helen Cantwell, Matthew Biben and Jim Pastore, who became a partner in July 2015. Former district court judge John Gleeson joined the New York office in March 2016. Paul Berger is noted for ‘outstanding knowledge and an incredibly practical approach’. His colleagues in Washington DC include Jonathan Tuttle, David O’Neil and, since March 2016, the former co-chief of the asset management unit of the SEC’s division of enforcement, Julie Riewe. Toyota, Rolls-Royce, Shell and Deloitte are clients.
The ‘broad and experienced team’ at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP was further strengthened by the arrivals of Mylan Denerstein from the New York State Governor’s office in November 2015, and Richard Grime, who joined the firm’s Washington DC office in January 2015 after leaving O’Melveny & Myers LLP. The practice is led by Joseph Warin in Washington DC, Charles Stevens in San Francisco and Debra Wong Yang in Los Angeles. The firm advised UBS on investigations in the US and elsewhere into LIBOR manipulation, ultimately securing immunity for the client from antitrust charges and fines. FCPA work included representing infant formula manufacturer Mead Johnson and acting for Bristol-Myers Squibb. In both cases, the firm secured declinations from the DOJ. The firm continued to advise the Office of the Governor of New Jersey on its internal investigations into allegations concerning the George Washington Bridge toll lane realignment at Fort Lee. Mark Shelton left the firm in January 2015 to join Barclays Investment Bank.
Considered ‘excellent in all areas’, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s New York-based team is well known for representing major financial institutions in investigations, as well as defending individuals in litigation. Chair of the firm Brad Karp and Michele Hirshman are among those who advise BNY Mellon on alleged mispricing of foreign exchange transactions. Together with Theodore Wells and Roberto Finzi, Karp also advised Deutsche Bank on inquiries concerning the setting of LIBOR that involve numerous regulators and jurisdictions. Karp, Wells and Lorin Reisner (‘provides great depth to the team’) advised the NFL on investigations into alleged misconduct at two football teams. Michael Gertzman is also recommended. Mark Pomerantz is now of counsel.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s numerous financial sector clients include Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and Barclays. David Braff, Alexander Willscher and the ‘excellent’ Karen Patton Seymour represented Barclays in a forex-related investigation headed by the DOJ that resulted in a settlement. Patton Seymour also represented Dallas Airmotive in an FCPA investigation. Highlights for Washington DC’s Daryl Libow included representing BP in a series of suits relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; agreements in principle were reached in July 2015 to settle all federal and state claims arising from the event. Samuel Seymour, Nicolas Bourtin and Steven Peikin are also key members of the New York-based team.
The ‘exceptionally strong’ Covington & Burling LLP ‘provides useful, strategic advice from day one’. The practice is chaired by Nancy Kestenbaum, who is based in New York, and Ethan Posner, who is based in Washington DC. Kestenbaum worked with Washington DC’s ‘smart, savvy and organized’ Lanny Breuer in representing Hyperdynamics, an oil exploration company that received a grand jury subpoena focused on FCPA and money laundering issues; the pair convinced the DOJ to close its investigation without bringing charges. Posner’s highlights included securing the dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) case against client Gilead Sciences. Washington DC lawyers Mythili Raman and Steven Fagell are also recommended.
King & Spalding LLP ‘provides a very high level of service and its lawyers display deep knowledge of their subject matter’. Securities fraud, FCPA, FCA and trade sanctions investigations form major part of the firm’s work in this area. Practice chair Christopher Wray divides his time between Atlanta and Washington DC, while deputy chair Zachary Harmon is based in the latter. The pair represented a major life sciences company in connection with an industry-wide FCPA investigation. Another significant client is Johnson & Johnson, which Wray represented with the DC-based Mark Jensen in a Philadelphia US Attorney’s Office investigation into allegations of inappropriate marketing of antipsychotic drugs. Another Washington DC-based lawyer, Gary Grindler, and New York-based Andrew Hruska are also recommended.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has a ‘strong team’ that represents clients such as JPMorgan Chase. Recently, John Carroll, Warren Feldman and Jocelyn Strauber assisted the bank with the successful resolution of DOJ investigations into its forex business. Keith Krakaur took the lead when the firm obtained non-prosecution agreements for nine Swiss banks as part of the DOJ’s investigation into undeclared US-related accounts. David Zornow acted for the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association in an anti-bribery investigation by the US attorney for the Southern District of New York. David Meister heads the New York-based government enforcement and white-collar crime group.
Williams & Connolly LLP is an ‘absolutely fantastic’ Washington DC litigation boutique that is ‘the gold standard in white-collar criminal defense’, according to sources. Key lawyers at the firm include Tobin Romero and Brendan Sullivan, who led the firm’s advice to News Corp in the four-year DOJ investigation into alleged voicemail interception and bribery of public officials in the UK. The ‘highly organized’ David Zinn defended Bumble Bee Foods against criminal charges of violating workplace safety rules. Kannon Shanmugam was successful in overturning the conviction for securities fraud of bond-trader Jesse Litvak. The practice is chaired by Zinn and Joe Petrosinelli. Emmet Flood, John Villa the ‘aggressive and creative’ Lance Wade and the ‘thorough and personable’ Robert Cary are recommended.
The lawyers at the ‘terrific’ Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP are ‘thorough, engaging and incredibly responsive’. The firm was boosted by the arrival of the ‘tenacious, knowledgeable and highly effective’ Bradley Bondi from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in March 2015. Bondi divides his time between New York and Washington DC, and led the team that represented the audit committee of Salix Pharmaceuticals in an internal investigation into potential securities law violations. New York lawyer Bart Friedman helped lead advice to the audit committee of Qualcomm in FCPA compliance investigations by the SEC and DOJ. Also recommended are Anirudh Bansal and Herbert Washer, who are also based in New York. Other clients include Qualcomm and Teva Pharmaceuticals. Since publication David Kelley has joined Dechert LLP.
Dechert LLP has a ‘terrific’ white-collar practice headed by New York-based ‘superstar’ Andrew Levander and the Washington DC-based Catherine Botticelli. AIG, Merrill Lynch, UBS and Microsoft are among the firm’s clients. Recent highlights include representing Takata and its affiliates in litigation and investigations conducted by various authorities into its airbags. The firm served as counsel to First Eagle Investment Management during a nationwide SEC investigation into mutual funds. New York’s Jonathan Streeter is leading the firm’s representation of a Chinese national accused of insider trading. Additional areas of expertise for the firm include FCPA investigations and other anti-bribery work, and it has also handled matters involving allegations of forex-related misconduct. Michael Barta, who is based in Washington DC, is also recommended. Since publication, David Kelley has joined from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.
Lawyers at Hogan Lovells US LLP display ‘teamwork and responsiveness in all matters and at all times’. The Washington DC-based practice has a particularly strong reputation for handling investigations that are centered overseas on behalf of both US and foreign clients. Carl Rauh was part of the team that represented the former chairman and CEO of Magyar Telekom in civil litigation and an SEC/DOJ investigation regarding alleged FCPA violations. Highlights for Peter Spivack included representing construction company MasTec in an SEC investigation and related lawsuits concerning financial reporting. Key members of the team include Ty Cobb, Jonathan Diesenhaus and Robert Bennett, who is a highly regarded trial lawyer who divides his time between New York and Washington DC.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s government, regulatory and internal investigations team is best known for acting for major corporate clients in high-profile investigations, and it has a significant FCPA-related practice. Key mandates included continued work for BP in relation to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It is also advising the special committee of the board of directors of Valeant as it investigates the company’s business practices. The head of the practice is Mark Filip, whose colleagues in Chicago include John Lausch. Also recommended are Robert Khuzami and the ‘experienced and judicious’ Michael Garcia, both based in New York, and Kenneth Lench in Washington DC.
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP ‘packs a punch’ with its large roster of experienced courtroom lawyers, which includes Gary Naftalis, who continued to defend former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta in a high-profile insider trading case. Barry Berke successfully defended Michael Steinberg against allegations that he was a ‘tippee’ recipient of insider information. The practice is led by Paul Schoeman and Eric Tirschwell. The pair represented a major investment bank in a DOJ and SEC insider trading investigation; and Schoeman worked alongside Naftalis to represent the former president and COO of MF Global Holdings in connection with investigations by Congress, the DOJ and the SEC.
Latham & Watkins LLP has continued to grow its bench significantly. The New York office took on former assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York Benjamin Naftalis and former counsel to Crédit Agricole CIB Sandeep Savla; the Washington DC office gained former assistant US attorney Kevin Chambers and former White House assistant counsel Daniel Dominguez. The practice is chaired by Steven Bauer, who divides his time between San Francisco and Brussels, and Kathryn Ruemmler, who works from both Washington DC and New York. The firm served as counsel to PG&E in the criminal indictment that followed the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, and represented an oilfield services company in a multi-agency investigation into alleged violations of US trade sanctions relating to Iran and Sudan. Douglas Greenburg in Washington DC, David Schindler in Los Angeles and Margaret Tough in San Francisco are recommended.
Lawyers at ‘tremendous’ New York litigation boutique Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. ‘are superb at understanding intricate problems and protecting clients’ interests’. Highlights for Lawrence Bader and the ‘fantastic’ Elkan Abramowitz included representing the former chairman of Dewey & LeBoeuf in a 76-day trial regarding possible wrongdoing at the firm that resulted in a deferred prosecution agreement. Jeremy Temkin and Richard Albert are part of the team acting as independent examiners to 21 Swiss banks under a DOJ program for non-prosecution agreements. The ‘relentless and infallible’ Jonathan Sack represented a well-known New York hotelier in connection with an IRS and FBI investigation and subsequent prosecution for campaign finance violations, successfully preventing the client from being jailed. Robert Anello’s clients include the former president and CEO of a Canadian company, for whom he acted in connection with an indictment relating to Superfund environmental clean-up contracts; and a foreign national indicted for espionage and theft of military contractor trade secrets. Also recommended are Lawrence Iason and Richard Weinberg, both of whom routinely act for high-level executives in connection with SEC investigations. LIBOR, forex, FCPA, and healthcare-related investigations form a major part of the firm’s work.
Lawyers at the ‘excellent’ Paul Hastings LLP display ‘great knowledge of the subject matter and practical judgment’. The practice expanded significantly in 2015, with the Washington DC office taking on Robert Luskin, Kwame Manley and John Darden from Squire Patton Boggs. Kenneth Breen heads the practice from New York. Breen defended former Wilmington Trust Company CFO David Gibson against charges of understating past due bank loans during the financial crisis. Washington DC’s Michael Levy represented Admiral Mike Mullen in a congressional investigation into the Benghazi attacks. The Los Angeles-based Thomas O’Brien represented Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy James Sexton in a federal obstruction of justice case. Clients for FCPA and anti-corruption-related matters include Total, Alstom and KBR.
Litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP ‘has a deep bench of real stars who work together as a team’ and who handle sensitive, high-profile matters for both individuals and institutions. The firm achieved great success in defending former PetroTiger CEO Joseph Sigelman in an FCPA case that saw the client avoid a potential 20-year jail sentence. The firm is also representing FIFA in connection with US and Swiss criminal investigations into allegations of bribery and corruption, and is conducting an internal investigation for the client. Another client is Swiss Bank BSI, for which the firm secured a non-prosecution agreement with the DOJ in connection with the department’s Swiss Bank Program. The chairs of the practice are Houston’s David Gerger and Washington DC’s William Burck, who ‘shows leadership and takes an intense personal interest in his cases’. Juan Morillo, also in Washington DC, is ‘a simply brilliant lawyer who develops powerful legal arguments’. Other recommended attorneys are James Asperger and John Potter, who are based in Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively.
Highlights for Ropes & Gray LLP included defending Kurt Mix, a former BP drilling engineer accused of obstruction of justice in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Boston-based Joan McPhee and the New York-based Michael McGovern were part of the team that ensured Mix was acquitted of the criminal charges against him. The firm conducted an independent investigation for GlaxoSmithKline concerning allegations of corruption in its Chinese operations. The New York-based Christopher Conniff is defending Adam Skelos, the son of a former New York State majority leader, in a high-profile public corruption case in the Southern District of New York. The practice is co-led by Washington DC’s Colleen Conry and Boston’s Joshua Levy. Boston’s Brien O’Connor and New York’s Eva Carman are also recommended.
Sidley Austin LLP has an ‘exceptionally strong team of lawyers with deep industry experience’. Highlights for the firm included the continued defense of Daniel Capen against allegations he defrauded workers’ compensation insurance carriers, and representing the former speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert in a federal grand jury trial. Other clients include Neiman Marcus, the board of directors of the American Psychological Association, and Governor Scott Walker; the firm is advising all three in relation to major criminal investigations. FCPA investigations and cases involving allegations of securities and healthcare fraud form a major part of the firm’s caseload. The joint heads of the practice are Kimberly Dunne in Los Angeles, John Gallo and Scott Lassar in Chicago, Mark Hopson and Karen Popp in Washington DC, and the ‘phenomenally talented’ Timothy Treanor in New York.
The ‘phenomenal’ Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz has a versatile practice based in New York that handles investigations for high-profile clients in a broad range of sectors. David Anders’ work for the NBA included conducting investigations into comments made by the then Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson. Anders is also leading the firm’s representation of Santander Consumer USA, which is the subject of multiple government and regulatory investigations into the origination and securitization of subprime auto loans. Highlights for John Savarese included continuing to act for JPMorgan Chase in relation to the Bernie Madoff fraud, and, together with Ralph Levine, representing UBS in a major criminal tax investigation.
WilmerHale is highly regarded for its expertise in, among other things, FCPA, insider trading and cybersecurity. The practice is chaired by Boyd Johnson, Stephen Jonas and Howard Shapiro, who are based in New York, Boston and Washington DC respectively. Johnson conducted an internal investigation into potential violations of OFAC Iran sanctions by JPMorgan Chase, and represented the client before the DOJ and other regulators. Shapiro obtained the dismissal of an FCA-related lawsuit against Purdue Pharma brought by a former employee and his wife; Jonas represented Hess Corporation in an FCA suit involving environmental cleanup projects that resulted in a settlement. Highlights for the Washington DC-based Robert Mueller included conducting an independent investigation of the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case. Additional figures in the firm include Erin Sloane in New York and Matthew Martens in Washington DC. Recent additions include Ronald Machen, who rejoined the firm in June 2015 after serving as US attorney for the District of Columbia.
The chairs of Winston & Strawn LLP’s practice are Robb Adkins in San Francisco and Seth Farber in New York. The firm handles a large number of internal investigations, and clients include many significant players in the insurance and healthcare sectors, as well as prominent individuals. New York-based Gerald Shargel was among those who represented Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane in an investigation into alleged grand jury leaks. In another high-profile matter, he also led the representation of former New York State senator Malcolm Smith against federal corruption charges. Another New York lawyer, Suzanne Jaffe Bloom, is defending AIG in a qui tam action involving alleged FCA violations. Chicago’s Daniel Rubinstein led an internal investigation for high-frequency trading firm Citadel that resulted in the conviction of two employees for theft of trade secrets and obstruction of justice. A number of BP executives are also among Rubinstein’s clients. Fellow Chicago lawyer Dan Webb is also recommended.
Recent mandates for the ‘always impressive’ Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP include handling numerous FCPA investigations for clients in a wide variety of sectors. Highlights for Washington DC-based practice head John Nassikas included the ongoing defense of Alcentra Capital in a FEMA fraud investigation of an acquired disaster relief company, and successfully defending Alcon/Novartis against a civil qui tam complaint and criminal investigation relating to marketing practices. Kirk Ogrosky, also in Washington DC, is defending a cardiology practice against charges of allegedly fraudulent treatment of peripheral arterial disease. Ogrosky also acted for Salomon Melgen MD, leading his defense against accusations of bribing a US senator. Other Washington DC lawyers include James W Cooper and Baruch Weiss. Marcus Asner is a key figure in the New York office.
The ‘terrific’ white-collar practice at BuckleySandler LLP is headed by the ‘outstanding’ David Krakoff. Its client list includes many senior executives, especially from the financial sector, as well as multinational corporations from a range of industries. It handles a high number of internal and governmental cross-border investigations, as well as criminal trials. With Benjamin Klubes, Krakoff is representing Universal Entertainment in FCPA-related litigation. Krakoff’s other highlights included representing a senior executive at Deutsche Bank in LIBOR manipulation investigations by several regulators, and defending two currency traders against accusations of forex manipulation. The team is largely based in Washington DC, with the exception of New York’s Andrew Schilling. Adam Miller, Lauren Randell, Christopher Regan and Thomas Sporkin are recommended.
The lawyers at ‘top-notch’ Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP ‘have deep industry knowledge that extends well past knowledge of the law’. The firm has a broad range of clients that includes financial institutions, energy companies and pharmaceutical companies, as well as some extremely prominent nonprofits. Kenneth Wainstein chairs the practice. He represented assistant US attorney Joseph Bottini in connection with an investigation into potential contempt of court charges arising from the prosecution of Senator Ted Stevens. Other highlights for the Washington DC-based Wainstein included conducting an internal investigation for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill into alleged academic irregularities. Colleagues in the same city include Jodi Avergun, whose expertise includes FCPA, FCA, and securities and pharmaceutical regulation; Bret Campbell, who regularly handles internal and governmental investigations; and Adam Lurie, whose work is wide ranging. Former US attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Anne Tompkins joined the firm’s Charlotte office in April 2015.
DLA Piper LLP (US)’s practice is chaired by New York-based Patrick Smith, who represented Net 1 UEPS Technologies in a joint SEC and DOJ investigation into potential FCPA and securities law violations, following which the SEC decided not to pursue an enforcement action. Smith’s colleague in the same office, Caryn Schechtman, led the firm’s representation of Yorkville Advisors in an SEC investigation concerning the valuation of distressed instruments purchased at the beginning of the financial crisis in 2007. Baltimore’s Charles Scheeler is supporting Senator George Mitchell in his capacity as the athletic integrity monitor for The Pennsylvania State University. Recent arrivals in the 30-partner team include Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey, who joined the San Francisco office in May 2015 after leaving Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has an ‘excellent’ white-collar criminal defense team that receives work from the likes JPMorgan Chase, HSBC and Deutsche Bank, as well as many multinationals from outside the financial services sector, including Bristol-Myers Squibb. The firm’s workload includes FCPA investigations and criminal tax and forex manipulation cases. New York-based practice head Aaron Marcu acts as the DOJ’s anti-money laundering compliance monitor for MoneyGram. Other recommended lawyers include regional managing partner Adam Siegel, Kimberly Zelnick and Olivia Radin, who are also based in New York, and Benito Romano in Washington DC. Radin became a partner in May 2015. Tim Coleman sadly passed away in November 2015.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s ‘outstanding’ practice was augmented by the arrival of new litigation chair James Wareham, who came to the Washington DC office from DLA Piper LLP (US) in April 2015 together with James Anklam. They join Evan Barr, Stephen Juris, Lisa Bebchick, William McGuinness, the ‘smart, creative and even-tempered’ Lawrence Gerschwer and the head of white-collar crime, Steven Witzel, all of whom work in New York. Witzel acted for a founding partner of Direct Access Partners in a DOJ FCPA investigation that did not result in any charges being brought against the client. Additional highlights included other anti-bribery-related work as well as price-fixing investigations and forex-related matters. Many of the firm’s clients are drawn from the financial sector.
In January 2016, Greenberg Traurig, LLP took on Rudolph Giuliani and Marc Mukasey from Bracewell LLP. They joined the New York office. Mukasey will chair the practice alongside Boston’s John Pappalardo and Miami’s Mark Schnapp. Schnapp worked alongside fellow Miami lawyer Danielle Garno in securing a declination from the DOJ and a rare FCPA deferred prosecution agreement from the SEC for engineering company Atkins North America. Highlights for the Tampa-based Gregory Kehoe included negotiating a DPA for WellCare Health Plans following allegations of Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Also recommended are Chicago’s John Gibbons and Washington DC’s Sanford Saunders.
Keker & Van Nest, L.L.P. is ‘a great dispute resolution boutique’ based in San Francisco. Elliot Peters heads the white-collar crime practice and his highlights included securing an acquittal on appeal for a client accused of obstruction of justice, and convincing a US attorney not to prosecute a pharmaceutical company under the FCA. John Keker represented former Fannie Mae CEO Daniel Mudd in an SEC action concerning the company’s disclosures of exposure to subprime and Alt-A residential mortgages. The trial resulted in a settlement. Other key partners include Stuart Gasner and Rachael Meny. Simona Agnolucci, Sharif Jacob and Khari Tillery were promoted to the partnership in January 2015.
Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP is a litigation-focused New York firm that acts for individuals and companies. The ‘meticulous’ Daniel Gitner is best known for successfully defending hedge fund trader Rengan Rajaratnam against charges of insider trading in 2014. John Siffert’s experience encompasses securities, FCPA and antitrust matters. Helen Gredd defends those accused of crimes ranging from FCA violations to obstruction of Congress. Also recommended are John Wing, Lisa Zornberg and Charles Spada.
Mayer Brown has an ‘outstanding’ white-collar practice headed by the ‘meticulous, charismatic and strategic’ Kelly Kramer, who works in Washington DC, and the Chicago-based William Michael. Kramer is acting for former US congressman Richard Renzi in a case that involves claims of public corruption, fraud and money laundering. Another client is the Federative Republic of Brazil, which he is assisting with its quest to secure the repatriation of the $400m ‘Bahia Emerald’. Michael is leading the firm’s representation of construction company Sweett Group, which involves conducting an internal investigation and representing the client before the DOJ. He also represented a former hedge fund manager accused of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Laurence Urgenson in Washington DC is representing Las Vegas Sands in an FCPA investigation involving the client’s operations in Macau.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a truly nationwide practice that delivers ‘great service, business acumen and industry knowledge’. As well as handling cases and investigations related to bribery, corruption and criminal cartels, the firm has a particularly strong reputation in the healthcare sector. The Los Angeles-based Russell Hayman, who ‘has a broad background and gets good results’, acted for 21st Century Oncology in an FCA investigation conducted by the US attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida. New York’s Todd Harrison successfully defended hedge fund manager Steven Slawson against claims of securities fraud and wire fraud. Michael Kendall heads the practice from Boston, and Chicago lawyers David Rosenbloom and Steven Scholes and the Los Angeles-based Gordon Greenberg are recommended. Andrew Tomback joined the New York office in April 2015, having come from an in-house position.
The litigation department at Washington DC-based Miller & Chevalier Chartered is chaired by Mark Rochon, and the white-collar practice is led by Barry Pollack. The firm represents major companies from a variety of sectors in DOJ and SEC investigations, often in connection with the FCPA, antitrust laws, and tax. In addition, Pollack continues to represent WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a DOJ investigation that concerns potential violations of the Espionage Act, and he defended a former CIA case officer who was charged with the unauthorized disclosure of information to a journalist. Kirby Behre is ‘outstanding’. Michael Satin and Addy Schmitt became partners in February 2016.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a broad team comprising lawyers in nine cities, which represents major companies in SEC and DOJ investigations. Many of the firm’s clients are drawn from the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors, and it also acts for high-profile financial institutions and technology companies. Practice leader Eric Sitarchuk is based in Philadelphia and his deputy, Nathan Hochman, is based in Los Angeles. Sitarchuk’s highlights included working alongside Rebecca Hillyer and the Miami-based Alison Tanchyk in securing a favorable settlement with the South Carolina attorney general for Teva Pharmaceuticals. Hillyer worked with fellow Philadelphia lawyer John Dodds in obtaining the voluntary dismissal of a longstanding FCA case against medical device manufacturer Bard Access Systems. Other notable figures include the Dallas-based Allyson Ho and New York’s Martha Stolley.
Morrison & Foerster LLP represents a large number of companies and company executives in major criminal investigations before the SEC and DOJ. The firm is frequently sought out to conduct complex cross-border investigations into potential FCPA violations. Clients include the former COO of Barclays Jerry del Missier and Terry Christensen, a commercial litigator being represented by Dan Marmalefsky and George Harris - based in Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively - in an appeal against a conviction for conspiracy to wiretap. Practice head Carl Loewenson is based in New York. His highlights included representing a foreign bank in investigations relating to Iran sanctions. Charles Duross from the Washington DC office is highly recommended.
Areas of expertise for O’Melveny & Myers LLP include FCPA matters, where Washington DC lawyers Greta Lichtenbaum and Mary Patrice Brown routinely act for financial institutions, healthcare companies and individuals. Recently, it has also represented a global airline manufacturer, conducting training and assisting with internal and grand jury investigations. David Leviss, also in Washington DC, conducted a compliance review of a Chinese veterinary company on behalf of a US investor. Brown and Leviss also worked alongside Lee Blalack in representing clients in congressional investigation matters; in one example, the firm represented a former IRS official being investigated over the tax treatment of not-for-profit organizations. Another aspect of the practice is sanctions compliance. Key lawyers on the West Coast include Steven Olson in Los Angeles and the ‘incredibly gifted’ Daniel Bookin in San Francisco. Olson’s clients include ExxonMobil and a number of financial institutions, while Bookin is especially active in the healthcare sector. New York lawyers Howard Heiss and Mark Racanelli are also recommended.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP ‘has outstanding talent in this area, with the ability to deliver clear and practical advice’. The firm’s clients are drawn from a broad range of industry sectors - although it has particular strength in technology, and energy and infrastructure - and it is often retained in relation to FCPA and other anti-bribery regulations. Washington DC-based William Jacobson, Guy Singer and Jonathan Lopez (‘thought leaders in their respective areas’) represented a Russian official in a high-profile FCPA criminal investigation. The firm has a substantial presence in Seattle, where John Wolfe and Aravind Swaminathan are based. Key figures in San Francisco include ‘smart, tenacious and polished’ practice group leader Walter Brown and Pamela Davis.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s practice is chaired by Mark Hellerer and Maria Galeno, who are based in New York, and the ‘very effective’ William Sullivan, who divides his time between New York and Washington DC. Hellerer and Galeno are representing several Swiss banks in connection with the DOJ’s Program for Non-Prosecution Agreements or Non-Target Letters for Swiss Banks. Sullivan’s work included defending Farukh Iqbal against charges of conspiracy to prepare false mortgage loan applications. Washington DC’s Thomas Hill is representing a regional healthcare system in a major qui tam FCA case, and is also active in the FCPA space. The broad array of work handled by San Francisco’s Marc Axelbaum included representing a former public official of American Samoa who pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe. The New York-based Andrew Smith was promoted to the partnership in January 2015.
Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP is an ‘excellent firm with an excellent white-collar practice that is very good in the monitorship area’. Lee Richards is an ‘extraordinary lawyer’ with ‘great experience and knowledge’. His colleagues in New York include James Walker, David Massey, Daniel Zinman and the ‘hardworking, detail-oriented and responsive’ Shari Brandt; key figures in Washington DC include William Barry and Jeffrey Lehtman. Barry and Richards represented the audit committee of a public global asset manager in an FCPA investigation. Massey led the firm’s advice to a Latin American sports marketing and production company in investigations into corruption at FIFA. Other highlights for the firm included acting for RMBS bond traders in SEC and DOJ investigations into allegedly fraudulent trading practices, and representing employees of JPMorgan Chase in an FCPA investigation.
Recent successes for Shearman & Sterling LLP include convincing the Second Circuit to overturn an insider trading conviction against former Diamondback Capital Management employee Todd Newman. Practice co-leader Stephen Fishbein and John Nathanson were responsible for this matter. Fishbein and Jeffrey Resetarits were among those who helped secure a pre-trial settlement for a Bank of New York Mellon executive accused of mail and wire fraud. The firm is especially active in representing major financial institutions in investigations, and since 2008 has been advising several such institutions on LIBOR and TIBOR-related investigations. Resetarits was promoted to the partnership in December 2014 along with Christopher LaVigne and Mark Lanpher. Lanpher is based in the Washington DC office along with Philip Urofsky, practice co-leader Patrick Robbins is based in San Francisco, and the rest of the team works out of New York. Three partners joined the firm from Kenyon & Kenyon LLP in November 2015.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s practice is led by Peter Bresnan in Washington DC and Paul Curnin and Mark Stein in New York. Bresnan was part of the team that advised a global bank on SEC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission investigations concerning the marketing of proprietary investment funds. Curnin and Nicholas Goldin represented a publicly traded defense contractor in DOJ and SEC investigations concerning alleged accounting improprieties. Among Stein’s clients are a group of senior executives at a major financial institution that are being investigated by the DOJ for alleged LIBOR manipulation. Highlights for Washington DC-based lawyer Jeffrey Knox included acting for a senior executive in connection with government investigations relating to corruption in international athletics, and for a global financial institution being investigated for collusion and market manipulation. Other key members of the team include Cheryl Scarboro and Joshua Levine, based in Washington and New York respectively, who represented a global telecoms company in an FCPA investigation by the SEC.
Lawyers at the ‘outstanding’ Steptoe & Johnson LLP are ‘responsive, thoughtful, practical and astute’. The ‘impressive’ Reid Weingarten and the ‘exceptional’ Brian Heberlig, who heads the practice, were the partners responsible for securing the acquittal of former BP executive David Rainey on a charge of making false statements to FBI investigators regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Together with Patrick Linehan and William Hassler, Weingarten is representing former Acclarent CEO William Facteau in a trial involving alleged off-label marketing of pharmaceutical products. Further key figures in Washington DC include Erik Kitchen the ‘thorough and intelligent’ Jason Weinstein. Michelle Levin in New York, Chris Niewoehner in Chicago and Paul Charlton in Phoenix are also recommended.
Vinson & Elkins LLP acts for clients in relation to FCPA investigations by the SEC and DOJ, FCA litigation, and internal investigations. San Francisco-based practice co-head Matthew Jacobs, along with Washington DC’s Craig Seebald and others, advised Hitachi on a number of matters, including a DOJ investigation into alleged international price fixing. Washington DC-based Craig Margolis defended engineering company KBR in multiple qui tam cases, including one filed by a former subcontracts administrator who accused the company of suppressing competition for subcontracts and thereby defrauding the US government. Margolis also represented technology distributor Avnet in a qui tam FCA case relating to the provision of telecoms products and services to schools and libraries in Texas. Washington DC-based practice co-head William Lawler has expertise in handling major anti-corruption cases.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has ‘exceptional litigators with incredible bench strength and expertise’. Clients for FCPA-related work include Sanofi, which Washington DC-based practice head Steven Tyrrell is advising on DOJ and SEC investigations. Tyrrell is also acting for former UBS trader Tom Hayes in the DOJ’s criminal investigation into alleged LIBOR manipulation. Another client is the former chief compliance officer of BlackRock, whom New York’s Jonathan Polkes represented in an SEC enforcement action concerning alleged failures to disclose potential conflicts of interest to clients. From the same office, Christopher Garcia acted for the audit committee of the board of directors of American Realty Capital in conducting an internal investigation into allegations of accounting irregularities. Holly Loiseau, based in Washington DC, is also recommended. Additional clients include Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.
Zuckerman Spaeder is a ‘very strong’ litigation boutique with an excellent reputation for defending individuals. Key figures in the firm’s Washington DC office include William Taylor and Eric Delinsky, and the pair successfully defended former Massey Energy Company CEO Donald Blankenship against charges of conspiracy to violate the Mine Safety and Health Act. Taylor’s other clients include the former director of the exempt organizations division at the IRS. William Murphy and the ‘phenomenal’ Paul Shechtman, who are based in Baltimore and New York respectively, led the team that defended former Dewey & LeBoeuf employee Zachary Warren against charges involving an alleged scheme to defraud the firm’s lenders; the firm’s forceful defense led to the dismal of the charges in February 2016. Other recommended lawyers include Morris Weinberg in Tampa and Caroline Judge Mehta in DC.
Baker & Hostetler LLP’s ‘top-notch’ nationwide practice is led from New York by John Carney and George Stamboulidis. With fellow New York lawyer Lauren Resnick, Stamboulidis advised Caterpillar and its subsidiary Progress Rail on a criminal investigation of the latter regarding alleged fraud and environmental crimes. He also serves as ethical practices attorney for a construction union and is responsible for tackling corruption and the influence of organized crime. Carney’s highlights included advising the receiver of Michael Kenwood Capital Management following the conviction of the principal for securities and wire fraud. The firm’s anti-bribery work includes handling internal FCPA investigations for numerous clients.
Baker McKenzie LLP is especially active in the area of international anti-corruption work, including FCPA investigations. In August 2015, the Washington DC office was strengthened by the arrival of Maurice Bellan and Ryan Fayhee from McGuireWoods LLP and the DOJ respectively. In the same office, Thomas Firestone, Trevor McFadden and Hillary Brennan were promoted to the partnership, and other key figures include Joan Meyer and Richard Dean. William Devaney heads the practice from New York, where his colleagues include Marc Litt. The firm negotiated with the DOJ on behalf of more than 40 Swiss banks in relation to allegations that they helped US account holders evade tax. Other highlights included conducting an internal investigation in Hong Kong in response to an SEC subpoena connected with alleged insider trading.
Baker Botts L.L.P. has a broad practice that acts for individuals and companies from a range of sectors. The Washington DC-based Alex Bourelly heads the practice following Michael Barta’s move to Dechert LLP. Other key figures in Washington DC include Randy Turk and Kyle Clark, who together are representing a former state department employee in connection with government investigations relating to attacks on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi. Clark represented oil exploration company Cobalt International Energy alongside fellow Washington DC lawyer Jeremy Levin and Houston-based Michael Goldberg and Russell Lewis, with the team handling parallel SEC and DOJ investigations into the client’s activities in Angola. Bridget Moore, also in Washington DC, and New York-based Andrew Lankler are also recommended.
Chadbourne & Parke LLP represents individuals in high-profile criminal litigation and also advises companies on major investigations. Head of litigation Abbe Lowell is representing Senator Bob Menendez in what may be a precedent-setting case following the client’s indictment for campaign corruption. He is also defending a former employee of Traffic Sports USA in connection with the FIFA corruption case, and advising Bank Hapoalim on a DOJ tax investigation. Lowell’s colleague in Washington-DC, Keith Rosen, helped a foreign energy company to prepare a global anti-corruption and sanctions compliance program. Jenny Kramer joined the New York office as counsel in January 2015 having served as assistant US attorney in the District of New Jersey. Washington DC counsel Christopher Man is also recommended.
The lawyers at Clifford Chance are ‘very good with people and have excellent judgment’. The firm is especially active in representing high-level executives, but it also assists major financial institutions with internal and government investigations. Additionally, Washington DC-based practice chair David DiBari and New York lawyer Edward O’Callaghan represented aerospace company Fokker Services in a multi-agency investigation into possible exports of US-made parts to embargoed destinations; the pair negotiated a settlement with the agencies. Christopher Morvillo and David Raskin, also based in New York, are defending former Alstom executive Lawrence Hoskins in federal criminal proceedings stemming from an indictment for FCPA violations and other alleged crimes.
Cohen & Gresser LLP’s ‘outstanding’ white-collar criminal defense group is chaired by the ‘thoughtful and experienced’ Mark Cohen, who focuses on regulatory enforcement and internal investigations. Jonathan Abernethy is ‘industrious, pleasant to work with, and highly skilled’. He and the ‘talented’ Gale Dick have particular experience in FCPA matters. The New York-based firm represents clients from a range of industries, but a high proportion of its cases in this arena are financial services-related. In addition, the firm represented a significant witness in Dean Skelos’ public corruption trial in the Southern District of New York.
Highlights for Cooley LLP included obtaining the withdrawal of a guilty plea for Nathan Jacobson, a foreign national indicted for money laundering by the DOJ. Litigation practice chair Michael Attanasio, who is based in San Diego, was able to secure the dismissal of all charges against the client. Stephen Neal, the chairman of the firm, and Kathleen Goodhart, who are based in Palo Alto and San Francisco respectively, defended Kolon Industries in a suit brought by the DOJ that involved allegations that the client conspired with former DuPont employees in the theft of trade secrets pertaining to Kevlar bulletproof vests. Other key lawyers at the firm include William Schwartz, who focuses on the financial services sector, Jonathan Bach and Alan Levine. All three are based in New York.
Attorneys at New York firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP are ‘very knowledgeable, very diligent and very efficient’. ‘Brilliant advocate’ Evan Chesler and the ‘thoughtful and practical’ Benjamin Gruenstein advised Avon Products on DOJ and SEC investigations into alleged FCPA violations. The ‘very sharp’ David Stuart is among those acting for Barnes & Noble in relation to several SEC investigations, and he and the ‘extremely smart, pragmatic and calm’ Rachel Skaistis are representing Novartis in both internal and government investigations. The firm is also defending Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation in two qui tam FCA actions in the Southern District of New York. John Buretta is recommended for his work defending alleged fraudsters.
Dentons’ nationwide practice has considerable experience in FCPA investigations and securities fraud matters, and acts for clients from a broad range of sectors, particularly healthcare. Glenn Colton heads the team and is based in the New York office; as is Michelle Shapiro, who advised Fresenius Medical Care on its global anti-corruption compliance program alongside Kansas City’s Max Carr-Howard. Another client is former Chicago Bears wide receiver Willie Gault, whom Los Angeles-based George Newhouse and Washington DC’s Nancy Grunberg successfully defended against charges of securities fraud. Thomas Kelly, also in Washington DC, is defending XTO Energy against environmental criminal charges.
Goodwin Procter LLP’s team is ‘strong and getting stronger’. The practice is led by Todd Cronan, based in Boston, and ‘star’ Richard Strassberg, who works out of New York. Cronan acted for medical device manufacturer Bruker Corporation in a multi-agency investigation into alleged FCPA violations. Strassberg is acting for Countrywide Home Loans and Countrywide Bank in a FIRREA civil suit brought by the DOJ, and for the CFO of Pfizer in securities litigation. New York lawyer William Harrington is ‘an exceptional resource in difficult circumstances’. His work includes helping Symphony Communication to answer questions from regulators about encryption technology the company developed for use in the banking sector. In Silicon Valley, Grant Fondo is ‘a name to watch’. He is defending a former investment banking analyst against charges of insider trading. The Boston-based Joseph Savage is also recommended.
The ‘outstanding’ Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is predominantly based in Chicago, but the team is led by Scott Resnik in New York. Areas of expertise include insurance fraud and environmental law. Chicago’s Gil Soffer is defending Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company in a suit brought by the FTC alleging violations of the FTC Act and the Telemarketing Sales Rule. The firm also defended Royal Bank of Canada against allegations of wash trading, securing a settlement and a substantial reduction in penalties. The New York-based Alan Brudner is ‘smart, responsive, practical and flexible’. Former practice co-head Joshua Berman left to become deputy general counsel at the Department of Commerce and, following publication, Whitney Ellerman left to set up her own firm, Ellerman Enzinna PLLC.
The ‘very strong’ Kobre & Kim has an excellent reputation for representing individuals in high-profile cases, and ‘has real strength in international investigations’. The firm was founded by the ‘judicious’ Steven Kobre and the ‘terrific’ Michael Kim, who ‘has a very strong work ethic and deep international experience’. Both are based in New York. Also recommended is Miami-based Matthew Menchel, who is part of the team that successfully defended former UBS executive Raoul Weil when he was accused of helping Americans hide $20bn in secret offshore accounts. Highlights for Washington DC’s Eric Bruce included representing two proprietary trading firms based in Paris in an enforcement action brought by the SEC regarding alleged computer hacking and securities fraud. The firm’s other clients include the former CEO of an Argentine media company, who was implicated in corruption at FIFA, a futures trader accused of ‘spoofing’ the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s E-mini S&P 500 futures contract market, and a doctor accused of bribing a co-defendant.
McGuireWoods LLP had an excellent 2015, handling some very high-profile matters and recruiting Robert Bittman, Todd Steggerda and George Terwilliger to its Washington DC office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Terwilliger led the firm’s advice to former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock in a DOJ investigation into his political expenditures. Richmond-based practice head John Adams advised SunTrust Mortgage on a DOJ criminal investigation into the client’s handling of a federally mandated mortgage modification program, resolving the matter successfully. Highlights for Richmond lawyer Richard Cullen included representing former FIFA president Sepp Blatter. The Washington DC-based Todd Mullins is representing two former Barclays energy traders in an investigation into alleged market manipulation.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP’s New York-based team handles regulatory investigations for major financial institutions. The practice is led by George Canellos and Daniel Perry, and it includes firm chairman Scott Edelman. James Cavoli and Tawfiq Rangwala became partners in January 2015, and Antonia Apps joined in September 2014 after serving as assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York. The team advised Rabobank on a multi-jurisdictional investigation relating to possible LIBOR and Euribor manipulation. It also acted for a US bank in a DOJ investigation into the adequacy of the bank’s Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering compliance programs. Another client is American Realty Capital, which is under investigation by a number of regulators regarding restatement of its financial statement.
Munger, Tolles & Olson has a Los Angeles-headquartered white-collar practice led by co-managing partner Brad Brian, who is highly regarded for his trial experience. Other key figures include Gregory Weingart, Bart Williams and San Francisco-based Jerome Roth. The firm acted for Transocean and certain of its subsidiaries in multidistrict litigation and other civil proceedings relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The firm’s other work includes handling FCPA investigations and FCA litigation, and advising clients on tax fraud, securities fraud, environmental crimes, insider trading and criminal antitrust matters. Sean Eskovitz left the firm to form Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz in January 2016.
Pepper Hamilton LLP is best known for its work in the healthcare and defense sectors. For Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the firm resolved civil and criminal investigations by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania into compliance with current good manufacturing practices. It also represented Supreme Foodservice in investigations by three US attorneys’ offices into a contract with the Defense Logistics Agency. Other clients include various institutions under investigation by the DOJ and others into lending and underwriting practices by payday loan companies. Practice chair Thomas Gallagher is based in Philadelphia along with Michael Schwartz and Jeremy Frey. Martin Bloor works from the New York office.
Proskauer Rose LLP is an ‘outstanding’ firm that acts for clients from the financial services, automotive, energy and life sciences sectors, among others, representing both companies and senior executives. Areas of expertise for the firm include securities fraud, tax fraud and FCPA investigations. Robert Cleary displays ‘good judgment, calm diplomacy, and personal attention to detail’. He and Dietrich Snell co-head the New York-based practice. Sigal Mandelker’s work includes handling internal investigations.
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP’s clients range from major global financial institutions to individuals, and the firm acts for numerous hedge funds and private equity houses as well as their executives. The white-collar practice is led by Barry Bohrer in New York and Adam Hoffinger in Washington DC. The litigation group is led by Martin Perschetz in New York and Howard Schiffman, who divides his time between the two cities. Bohrer defended an individual who was alleged to have defrauded the City of New York while facilitating a major IT project. Hoffinger is defending the founder and former CEO of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School against an 11-count federal indictment for mail fraud, tax conspiracy and filing false tax returns. Also recommended are Lisa Prager, who works out of both offices, and Peter White, who is based in Washington DC.
‘Highly effective’ firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a long history in Los Angeles, where ‘top-notch’ practice group leader Bryan Daly and the ‘wise, experienced and practical’ Charles Kreindler are based. New York lawyers include Kevin Puvalowski and MaryJeanette Dee, while Raymond Marshall is based in San Francisco. The firm is defending Abacus Federal Savings Bank in a long-running trial arising from allegations that the bank knowingly approved mortgages to unqualified borrowers prior to the financial crisis. Daly and Kreindler secured a non-prosecution agreement for Exide Technologies following an investigation into the treatment and storage of hazardous waste. Other highlights for Kreindler included representing Urbain Tran, an individual charged with tax fraud in connection with the import of Chinese honey. Other clients include the California Public Utilities Commission, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and Wells Fargo Capital Finance.
Squire Patton Boggs has a nationwide team with many high-profile clients, including Edward Li, the president of Costa Rica’s football federation, whom practice chair Samuel Rosenthal and others are defending in connection with the FIFA corruption scandal. Rosenthal, who divides his time between New York and Washington DC, is also representing environmental company AbTech Industries in connection with Dean Skelos’ public corruption trial. Washington DC’s Benjamin Wood is representing several current and former BNP Paribas employees in a multi-jurisdictional investigation into alleged sanctions violations. Joseph Walker, based in the same city, is among those contributing to the firm’s FCPA monitorship of oil and gas company Weatherford International. Other clients include a federal employee indicted on eight counts of computer hacking, theft and making false statements. San Francisco’s Nathan Lane and Cincinnati’s Tom Zeno are recommended.
Lawyers at the ‘excellent’ White & Case LLP are ‘always responsive and spot-on in the advice they give’, and the firm has particular expertise in handling cross-border disputes. Washington DC lawyers Christopher Curran and Nicole Erb are among those representing the Republic of the Sudan in several lawsuits that relate to allegations of supporting the terrorists responsible for attacks on two US embassies in Africa in 1998 and the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. In New York, Kenneth Caruso and global commercial litigation chair Glenn Kurtz represented a number of banks in proceedings concerning OFAC sanctions, and secured a ruling in favor of their clients from the Second Circuit. Other key figures at the practice include Scott Hershman and Owen Pell in New York and Aalok Sharma in Los Angeles.
The ‘exceptional’ Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP delivers ‘unmatched attention to detail and a thorough and efficient service’. The ‘capable and decisive’ Michael Schachter heads the practice from New York. Schachter successfully represented Anthony Allen, the former global head of liquidity and finance at Rabobank, in a criminal trial in the Southern District of New York regarding alleged LIBOR manipulation. He and Washington DC-based Martin Weinstein acted for Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank when its assets were frozen in connection with a criminal investigation. Weinstein also represented Teva Pharmaceuticals in a multi-jurisdictional FCPA investigation. In September 2015, William Stellmach joined the Washington DC office from the DOJ, and Amelia Cottrell joined the New York office from the SEC.