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Lawyers at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP led an investigation into the collapse of the Fundão dam in Brazil on behalf of BHP Billiton, Vale and Samarco Mineração, and represented Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and HSBC in investigations concerning forex trading, Libor, ISDAfix and other benchmark rates across multiple jurisdictions. Other highlights included acting for Robert Bosch in investigations and civil litigation relating to the Volkswagen scandal and defending institutions and individuals in securities fraud and insider trading investigations. Key figures in the firm’s New York office include David Brodsky, Breon Peace, Jennifer Kennedy Park, Lewis Liman and Ari MacKinnon. Washington DC lawyers include Robin Bergen, Giovanni Prezioso, Nowell Bamberger, who became a partner in January 2017, and Matthew Solomon, who joined in December 2016 after serving as chief litigation counsel for the enforcement division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s litigation department is led by Linda Thomsen and Raul Yanes, who work in Washington DC alongside Neil MacBride. The firm’s New York team includes Jennifer Newstead, Angela Burgess, Martine Beamon, ‘terrific lawyer’ Denis McInerney and Greg Andres. The firm advised Cisco Systems on SEC and Department of Justice (DOJ) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations into its activities in Russia, resulting in no enforcement actions being brought, and represented several global financial institutions in DOJ and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) investigations into alleged aiding and abetting of criminal tax evasion. MacBride represented Morgan Stanley in a Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) investigation relating to the client’s issuance of subprime residential mortgage-backed securities. Other clients include Citigroup, Hitachi, RBS and IBM. Carey Dunne left in January 2017 to become general counsel of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is ‘a very capable firm with growing bench strength’. ’Fantastic’ practice head Bruce Yannett, along with Sean Hecker and Jonathan Tuttle, represented the former CEO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals in multiple parallel investigations, and Yannett represented Rolls Royce in DOJ and UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) anti-corruption investigations. Hecker worked alongside Matthew Fishbein in advising New York City on campaign finance investigations. David O’Neil advised EMI Music Publishing Management on DOJ litigation pertaining to the 1MDB scandal. The firm also advises major corporate and individual clients on domestic and cross-border FCPA, anti-money laundering and tax investigations. Yannett, Hecker and Fishbein are based in New York, as are Andrew Levine and Helen Cantwell. Mary Jo White returned to the New York office in January 2017 following her near four-year term as chair of the SEC, and John Gleeson joined that office in March 2016 after serving as a district judge in the Eastern District of New York. Tuttle and O’Neil are based in the Washington DC office, which Andrew Ceresney joined in January 2017 after serving as director of enforcement at the SEC.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s practice is chaired by New York’s Joel Cohen, Washington DC’s Joseph Warin and San Francisco’s Charles Stevens. The practice recently ‘added a number of very good lawyers’: in Washington DC, Stuart Delery and Patrick Stokes joined from the DOJ and Stephanie Brooker joined from the Department of the Treasury, and, in Palo Alto, former US Attorney for the Eastern District of California Benjamin Wagner arrived. Other key figures include Los Angeles’s Debra Wong Yang, who serves as compliance monitor for Nuline Pharmaceuticals. The firm obtained a deferred prosecution agreement for publicly traded hedge fund Och-Ziff following an FCPA investigation and secured a settlement from the SEC and a declination of criminal prosecution from the DOJ in relation to alleged FCPA violations by Bristol-Myers Squibb. It also continues to represent Petrobras in FCPA investigations. Other clients include UBS and the Office of the Governor of New Jersey.

The ‘very impressivePaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is ‘at the forefront of some of the country’s biggest investigations’. The firm regularly acts for Citigroup and represented Deutsche Bank in Libor-related investigations spanning several jurisdictions. It also represented Anthony Chiasson in his successful appeal against an insider trading conviction and acted for SAC Capital and Steve Cohen in an investigation into alleged insider trading. Other clients include the NFL, 21st Century Fox and JPMorgan Chase. Brad Karp chairs the firm, while the New York-based white-collar and regulatory defense practice is chaired by Theodore Wells, Roberto Finzi, Michele Hirshman and Lorin Reisner. In Washington DC, Mark Mendelsohn and Alex Young Oh chair the anti-corruption and FCPA practice. Roberto Gonzalez joined that office in January 2016 after serving as deputy general counsel of the Treasury Department.

Steven Peikin is the managing partner of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s criminal defense and investigations group and Nicolas Bourtin is its deputy managing partner. Peikin worked alongside Karen Patton Seymour, who in January 2018 left private practice to take the position of co-general counsel of The Goldman Sachs Group, and Alexander Willscher in representing Barclays in global forex investigations. Daryl Libow helped BP to reach a settlement with the DOJ and other entities following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Peikin and Patton Seymour also represented Michael Coscia in the first anti-‘spoofing’ criminal trial. Richard Klapper helped Goldman Sachs to reach a settlement to resolve claims that concern its structuring, underwriting and sales of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS). Other key members of the team include Samuel Seymour. Libow and Christopher Viapiano are based in Washington DC and all others named are based in New York.

Covington & Burling LLP is a ‘strong’ firm with an excellent reputation for FCPA work and an impressive track record in representing pharmaceutical sector clients. Nancy Kestenbaum in New York and Ethan Posner in Washington DC chair the practice and key partners in the latter office include Lanny Breuer, Mythili Raman and former US Attorney General Eric Holder. Clients have included oil exploration company Hyperdynamics, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Gilead Sciences and the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Lawyers at the ‘excellentKing & Spalding LLP are ‘responsive, knowledgeable and proactive’. Practice head Christopher Wray and fellow Washington DC-based partners Dixie Johnson and Michael Pauzé represented PwC Brazil in investigations and litigation stemming from the Petrobras investigation. Wray and deputy practice chair Andrew Hruska, who is based in New York, acted for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the Bridgegate investigations. Pauzé and Robert Hur secured an acquittal for Vascular Solutions in a criminal trial concerning off-label promotion of a medical device. Other key members of the team include counsel Gary Grindler (Washington DC) and deputy practice chairs Zachary Harmon (Washington DC) and Paul Murphy (Atlanta). Alexander Koch rejoined the Washington DC office in May 2016 after serving as assistant director of the SEC’s enforcement division, and Naana Frimpong joined the Atlanta office in November that year after serving as Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice is led by the New-York-based David Zornow who, together with Washington DC’s Charles Walker, successfully represented Swisher Hygiene in investigations by the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina and the SEC. Zornow continues to act for the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association in an anti-corruption investigation. New York’s David Meister and Chicago’s Patrick Fitzgerald represented Corning International Kabushiki Kaisha in a criminal investigation concerning the pricing of auto parts. Other key lawyers include Washington DC’s Gary DiBianco, who is acting for AgustaWestland in a multi-jurisdictional corruption investigation, and the Boston-based Michael Loucks, whose work includes major False Claims Act (FCA) cases.

Williams & Connolly LLPdoes an excellent job of aggressively defending its clients’. The firm represented Bank of America in a successful appeal against the award of $1.3bn in damages for alleged FIRREA violations prior to the financial crisis. It also acted for bond trader Jesse Litvak in the success appeal against his conviction for securities fraud and other offenses. Other recent highlights include securing a deferred prosecution agreement for MoneyGram following an investigation into its anti-money laundering controls, and securing the dismissal of charges against Kevin Brian Cox, the owner of True Wireless, when he was charged with defrauding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). David Zinn and Joseph Petrosinelli chair the Washington DC-based practice, which also includes Brendan Sullivan, Kannon Shanmugam and Tobin Romero.

WilmerHale is praised for ‘great responsiveness, great turnaround and great judgment’. New York’s Boyd Johnson and Boston’s Stephen Jonas chair the investigations and criminal litigation practice group, while ‘extraordinary’ Washington DC lawyer Howard Shapiro chairs the litigation department. With fellow New York lawyer Erin Sloane, Johnson obtained a favorable settlement with the SEC for Key Energy Services following a global anti-corruption investigation. Highlights for New York’s Jay Holtmeier and Los Angeles’ Randall Lee included helping the audit committee of the board of Cisco Systems to obtain a declination in an SEC and DOJ FCPA investigation. Jonas defended Excelitas Technologies against allegations of FCA violations. Other key figures include Anjan Sahni in New York and Kimberly Parker in Washington DC.

Credit Suisse is a key client of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP’s team, which is advising Valeant Pharmaceuticals on an SEC investigation pertaining to possible securities law violations. The team is also assisting the audit committees of Qualcomm and Walmart Stores in DOJ and SEC FCPA compliance investigations. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) compliance and environmental investigations are also part of the firm’s work. Key lawyers include Bradley Bondi, who divides his time between New York and Washington DC, and New York-based Bart Friedman, David Wishengrad, Herbert Washer and Anirudh Bansal. David Kelley moved to Dechert LLP in January 2017.

In January 2017, Dechert LLP took on ‘fantastic lawyerDavid Kelley from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP as its practice group chair. He joins Andrew Levander, Jonathan Streeter and ‘world-class lawyerHector Gonzalez in the New York office. Levander and Gonzales are representing Takata Corporation in numerous high-profile litigation matters and investigations in various jurisdictions, and Levander is representing former MF Global Holdings CEO Jon Corzine in litigation and investigations arising from the company’s bankruptcy. Streeter’s clients include a Chinese national under investigation by the SEC for alleged insider trading. The Washington DC-based Catherine Botticelli has particular expertise in securities-related matters and her clients include First Eagle Investment Management and investment adviser TL Ventures.

Hogan Lovells US LLP is ‘a really strong’ firm that offers regulatory expertise and international reach. Practice head Peter Spivack advised Electrobras on internal investigations following the Petrobras scandal, and assisted Chemed Corporation and VITAS Healthcare with major FCA cases. Fellow Washington DC lawyer Jonathan Diesenhaus assisted Solvay Pharmaceuticals in securing a complete victory on summary judgment in a declined qui tam whistleblower case. Gejaa Gobena joined the Washington DC office in June 2016 after serving as deputy chief of the fraud section in the criminal division of the DOJ, James McGovern joined the New York office from the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and Stephanie Yonekura joined the Los Angeles office after serving as acting US Attorney for the Central District of Los Angeles.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP delivers ‘practical and pragmatic advice and a very high level of service’. Chicago-based practice head Mark Filip and Houston-based Brigham Cannon are ‘diligent and knowledgeable’. They were part of the team that advised BASF on an internal review concerning alleged antitrust violations. The firm helped General Motors to negotiate a criminal resolution with the DOJ concerning recalls. Other clients include some of the world’s largest manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies, which the firm advises on major FCPA investigations and FCA cases. Chicago lawyers John Lausch and John Hartmann, New York’s Henry DePippo and the Washington DC-based Robert Khuzami are active in the white-collar space. Michael Garcia left to become Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals in January 2016.

Lawyers at the ‘outstandingKramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP are ‘especially good at strategizing’. Recent successes include obtaining a deferred prosecution agreement for David Parse, a former Deutsche Bank broker accused of participating in a tax fraud, and securing the dismissal of charges of insider trading against Michael Steinberg. The firm is representing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in connection with state and FBI fundraising probes and is acting for professional gambler, businessman and philanthropist William Walters in an insider trading case. Another client is FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke. Eric Tirschwell and the ‘smart and thoughtful’ Paul Schoeman head the team out of New York, which also includes Gary Naftalis, ‘leading trial attorney’ Barry Berke and Darren Laverne, who joined in June 2016 after serving as Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York.

At the ‘excellentLatham & Watkins LLP, the global chairs of white-collar defense and investigations are Steven Bauer, who works across the San Francisco and Brussels offices, and the ‘superbKathryn Ruemmler, who divides her time between Washington DC and New York. Bauer represented Pacific Gas and Electric Company in a criminal trial connected with a gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California, and Ruemmler’s work included tax, FCPA and FCA investigations for prominent clients. New York-based ‘top practitionerRichard Owens represented individuals from major financial institutions in investigations into alleged ISDAfix and forex manipulation. Washington DC’s Alice Fisher is representing HCA Holdings and Pacira Pharmaceuticals in FCA investigations. Benjamin Naftalis is based in New York and Margaret Tough is based in San Francisco. Recent hires include counsel Daniel Dominguez, who rejoined the Washington DC office in November 2015 after serving as associate counsel to the President in the Office of the White House Counsel.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s ‘diligent and experienced’ team is led by San Francisco-based Jordan Eth, New York-based Joel Haims and Washington DC-based Demme Doufekias. Doufekias represented an executive at Par Pharmaceuticals in an investigation by the antitrust division into alleged price-fixing in the generic pharmaceuticals industry. Jessie Liu, who joined the Washington DC office from Jenner & Block LLP in April 2016, advised a Fortune 100 defense and aerospace contractor on handling allegations of potential false claims. In May of the same year, Carrie Cohen joined the New York office after serving as Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Also in that city are the ‘smart and hardworking’ Carl Loewenson and the ‘highly responsive’ Ronald White. Joshua Hill joined the San Francisco office in February 2017 after leaving Sidley Austin LLP. The firm also handles benchmarking and anti-money laundering investigations and acts for a broad mixture of individuals and companies.

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. is an ‘excellent’ New York litigation boutique with ‘quality people and great strength in depth’. Elkan Abramowitz successfully defended former Dewey & LeBouef chairman Steven Davis on charges of fraud, grand larceny, conspiracy, Martin Act violations and falsifying business records. Robert Anello and Richard Albert represented the former president and CEO of a Canadian public company in a bribery trial. Albert and Jeremy Temkin served as independent examiners to 21 Swiss banks in connection with a DOJ program for non-prosecution agreements or non-target letters. Other clients include executives of BP and the New Jersey Department of Transportation and a foreign national accused of the theft of trade secrets from a military contractor. Additional key lawyers include Benjamin Fischer, Catherine Foti and Brian Jacobs.

Lawyers at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLPrespond quickly and show an extraordinary level of business acumen and industry knowledge’. San Francisco-based practice head Walter Brown secured a favorable plea agreement for Hailong Mo, a Chinese executive accused of the theft of trade secrets. Washington DC attorneys Guy Singer and William Jacobson are among those representing Zimmer Biomet Holdings in connection with an FCPA enforcement action. Deputy practice group chair McGregor Scott is based in Sacramento. Litigation business unit head Melinda Haag, whose clients include the University of California, joined the San Francisco office after serving as US Attorney for the Northern District of California. Other key figures in that office include Pamela Davis.

The ‘responsive, pragmatic and hands-on’ lawyers at Paul Hastings LLPunderstand clients and provide prudent advice’. Practice head Kenneth Breen and fellow New York lawyer John Nowak represented a former Deutsche Bank employee indicted for Libor manipulation and wire fraud. In Washington DC, Amy Carpenter-Holmes and Michael Levy defended former Fannie Mae executive vice-president Thomas Lund in a securities fraud case that was ultimately discontinued. In the same city, Robert Luskin continued to advise Total on FCPA-related matters, and Timothy Dickinson did the same for engineering company KBR. Thomas O’Brien defended Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy James Sexton in a federal obstruction of justice case. O’Brien was joined in Los Angeles in July 2016 by Thomas Zaccaro and Nicolas Morgan, formerly of Zaccaro Morgan LLP.

Lawyers at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP are ‘very responsive and genuinely care about getting excellent results for their clients’. Washington DC-based practice chair William Burck continued to represent FIFA in US and Swiss criminal investigations into bribery and corruption by current and former officials, and successfully defended former first lady of Virginia Maureen McDonnell in a federal corruption trial. Burck also represents the Odebrecht Group in cross-border bribery investigations pertaining to the Petrobras scandal. Practice co-chair Juan Morillo, also in Washington DC, is representing Swiss private bank BSI in investigations that involve the 1MDB scandal. ‘Client-oriented’ Houston-based practice chair David Gerger secured acquittal on 23 felony counts for BP engineer Bob Kaluza.

The ‘client-focused, considerate and proactive’ attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP include practice group leaders Joshua Levy and Michael McGovern, based in Boston and New York respectively. Along with fellow Boston lawyer Aaron Katz, Levy successfully represented real estate developer Dustin DeNunzio against charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. New York-based partner Christopher Conniff represented the son of the former majority leader of the New York State Senate in a conspiracy, extortion and bribery trial. Joan McPhee divides her time between Boston and New York. McPhee, McGovern and Katz represented Kurt Mix in a felony obstruction of justice case related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Washington DC lawyer Colleen Conry has considerable anti-corruption experience and New York’s Marc Berger has a strong reputation.

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice is led by Kimberly Dunne in Los Angeles, John Gallo and Scott Lassar in Chicago, Mark Hopson and Karen Popp in Washington DC and Timothy Treanor in New York. Popp advised Duke Energy on various civil and criminal enforcement matters and conducted an internal FCPA investigation for Key Energy Services. Treanor is assisting the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), considered by the DOJ to be a ‘victim organization’, with respect to anti-corruption investigations. The firm serves as independent compliance monitor for HSBC Holdings following a settlement with regulators concerning OFAC sanctions violations. The Los Angeles-based Douglas Axel represented Herbalife in an FTC investigation. In May 2016, Michael Levy joined the New York office from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is a ‘terrific’ New York-based firm that ‘has done a really good job of boosting its practice’. Key figures include David Anders, who has advised the NBA on several high-profile investigations, and John Savarese, who is known for advising JPMorgan Chase in the aftermath of the Bernie Madoff investigations and successfully representing the client in a number of class action lawsuits. Ralph Levene has assisted UBS with cross-border tax and securities law issues. Wayne Carlin is ‘a pleasure to work with’ and handles litigation, internal investigations and the design of compliance policies.

Winston & Strawn LLP’s ‘exceptional’ practice is chaired by San Francisco’s Robb Adkins and New York’s Seth Farber. Adkins is among those defending Kim Dotcom and Megaupload at appellate level in the largest criminal copyright case in history, while Farber continues to represent Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane in connection with allegations of unlawful leaking of information. The Chicago-based Dan Webb is acting for the city of Ferguson, Missouri in the DOJ Civil Rights Division’s investigation into police misconduct. ‘Smart, experienced and pragmatic’ Chicago-based lawyer Daniel Rubinstein is, like Webb, acting for BP executives in connection with civil, criminal and regulatory matters following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Other clients include the City of Chicago, AIG and Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian businessman accused of FCPA violations.

Arnold & Porter has a ‘solid’ practice which, while broad, is perhaps best known for its work in the healthcare sector. Kirk Ogrosky’s clients include retinal surgeon Dr Salomon Melgen, who was indicted on bribery and healthcare-related charges. Practice head John Nassikas represented a loan officer accused of participating in a mortgage wire fraud conspiracy. James W Cooper acted for DynCorp International in a FCA case. Amy Jeffress assisted a US diplomat with an espionage investigation that resulted in no charges being filed. The firm also handles FCPA, espionage and migration related matters for a broad range of clients. All lawyers named above are based in Washington DC. Sara Shudofsky joined the New York office after serving as chief of the civil division at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and Stephen Martin joined the Denver office after leaving Baker McKenzie LLP in January 2016. Former Kaye Scholer LLP lawyers in the team include New York-based co-head Michael Rogoff, and Jonathan Green, whose clients include Novartis Pharmaceuticals and a number of high-profile financial institutions.

At Washington DC firm Buckley Sandler LLP, Benjamin Klubes is acting for 12 employees of Volkswagen in civil and criminal investigations relating to the emissions scandal. Practice head David Krakoff represented a Deutsche Bank senior executive accused of Libor manipulation, and he and Klubes represented Japanese gaming manufacturer Universal Entertainment in FCPA-related litigation brought by Wynn Resorts. Preston Burton, who joined from Poe & Burton PLLC in June 2016, successfully defended an army officer accused of bribery. Christopher Regan acted for the defendant in a Clean Air Act case and Douglas Gansler is acting for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.

Recent highlights for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP included representing six FedEx employees in a high-profile criminal drug trafficking and money laundering investigation, acting for Pershing Square Capital Management in an investigation into the pricing of off-patent drugs, and assisting a school with investigations into historic allegations of sexual abuse. The firm is active in the FCPA space and its clients include financial institutions and pharmaceutical companies. Kenneth Wainstein heads the practice from Washington DC, where Jodi Avergun is also based. Adam Lurie left in February 2016 to join Linklaters LLP, while special counsel Joseph Facciponti joined the New York office after leaving HSBC.

At the ‘outstandingClifford Chance, Washington DC-based practice head David DiBari and New York-based Edward O’Callaghan secured a victory for aerospace company Fokker Services at the DC Circuit, concluding a criminal case regarding sanctions violations, and O’Callaghan is also acting for a key witness in the London Whale investigation and former vice-president of FIFA Jeffrey Webb. ‘Clever, commercially savvy and client-friendly’ New York lawyer Christopher Morvillo advised Autonomy founder Mike Lynch on DOJ, SEC and SFO investigations into alleged accounting improprieties at Autonomy. Daniel Silver joined the New York office in March 2016 after leaving the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and Robert Rice joined in August of that year from the SEC. Other key figures include Washington DC’s Megan Gordon and New York’s Robert Houck.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s New York-based team, led by Aaron Marcu, played key roles in a number of very high-profile investigations, and several of the world’s largest financial institutions are among its clients. Marcu serves as anti-money laundering compliance monitor to MoneyGram International. Adam Siegel represented Bristol-Myers Squibb in DOJ and SEC FCPA investigations that resulted in a declination of criminal prosecution. Olivia Radin is especially active in representing banks, as is the highly regarded Kimberly Zelnick, whose clients include HSBC Holdings. Daniel Braun joined the firm’s Washington DC office in April 2016 after leaving the DOJ.

Great firmFried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP delivers ‘truly stunning response times’. James Wareham in Washington DC and Steven Witzel in New York are respective chairs of the global litigation department and global white-collar criminal defense practices. Wareham assisted former Fannie Mae CEO Daniel Mudd with the settlement of a long-running enforcement action. Together with the ‘exceptionalLawrence Gerschwer, Witzel represented the managing director of BofA Merrill Lynch in an SEC investigation. Stephen Juris is also a key member of the team. He and Gerschwer are based in the New York office, where they were joined by former Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP attorney Scott Luftglass in February 2016. Other clients include KPMG, Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo and the US Virgin Islands Attorney General.

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s white-collar crime department is headed by the Boston-based John Pappalardo and the ‘diligent and well-connected’ Marc Mukasey, who works in New York. Mukasey represented the economic development corporation arm of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota as the victim of a bond fraud scheme. Chicago’s John Gibbons acted for Trans Energy in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and DOJ investigation into fracking activities in West Virginia. Miami lawyer Mark Schnapp’s clients include Citigroup and public cell phone provider TracFone. Tampa-based David Weinstein represented a Swiss banker indicted for conspiracy to commit tax fraud. In the same city, Gregory Kehoe’s work includes FCA litigation.

San Francisco litigation boutique Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP is ‘a great firm full of outstanding lawyers’. Practice head Elliot Peters convinced a Massachusetts federal judge to disallow a FCA case against Genentech that concerns the asthma drug Xolair, and Peters is representing cyclist Lance Armstrong in a qui tam action. The ‘phenomenal’ John Keker defended McGraw-Hill and its Standard & Poor’s division in a FIRREA case focused on its ratings of RMBS and CDOs. Keker also represented former Fannie Mae CEO Daniel Mudd in an SEC action. Both cases resulted in settlements. Michael Celio secured a victory for a Silicon Valley venture capital firm accused of conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty. Other clients include Electronic Arts, San Diego County Water Authority, Facebook and Lyft.

Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP is an ‘incredibly strong’ New York litigation firm with an excellent reputation in the industry. Areas of expertise for the firm’s attorneys include securities fraud, antitrust violations, and FCPA and insider trading cases. Key members of the practice include founding partner John Siffert, Daniel Gitner, Helen Gredd, John Wing and Charles Spada. Lisa Zornberg left the firm in October 2017 to become chief of the criminal division of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Mayer Brown’s ‘excellent’ practice is led by ‘skilled courtroom attorneyKelly Kramer, based in Washington DC, and the ‘highly experienced, judicious and insightful’ William Michael, who is based in Chicago. Other attorneys in Washington DC include ‘consummate professionalLaurence Urgenson, while Chicago is also home to Gregory Deis and Laura Hammargren. Daniel Stein joined the ‘terrific’ Michael Martinez in New York in October 2016 after serving as chief of the criminal division at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. The firm represented Las Vegas Sands in an FCPA investigation concerning its operations in Macau. Kramer negotiated a favorable plea agreement for the former head of Louis Berger’s Asian operations and acted for an Iranian American convicted of violating trade regulations.

McGuireWoods LLPhad a very strong 2016’. Practice head John Adams shares the Richmond office with Richard Cullen, while Patrick Rowan, Todd Mullins and George Terwilliger are based in Washington DC. Cullen continues to represent former FIFA president Sepp Blatter in connection with the FIFA corruption investigation. Terwilliger acted for former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock in a DOJ investigation into his political expenditures. Mullins is representing City Power Marketing and K Stephen Tsingas in market manipulation litigation. Former federal prosecutor Benjamin Hatch joined the Norfolk office in July 2016.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered is a ‘great’ Washington DC firm the ‘terrific’ Mark Rochon heads the practice. Rochon conducted an internal investigation for VimpelCom into the company’s activities in Russia and Central Asia. Another client is freight forwarder UTi Worldwide, which Kirby Behre represented in cartel investigations in seven countries that concluded without any charges being brought against the client. William Barry joined from Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP in May 2017. Since publication, former co-practice head Barry Pollack has moved to Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber.

The ‘excellentMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a large nationwide practice led by Philadelphia’s Eric Sitarchuk. The firm’s recent successes include securing a deferred prosecution agreement for Olympus Corporation of the Americas following an FCPA investigation that concerned its activities in Latin America. FCPA-related matters form a large part of the firm’s work, as do FCA suits. Clients include Fortune 100 companies and are drawn from the pharmaceutical, retail, healthcare, financial, aerospace and manufacturing industries. Miami’s Alison Tanchyk, Washington DC’s Matthew Miner and New York’s Martha Stolley are among the firm’s most prolific practitioners in the white-collar space.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s clients included Trump University and Donald Trump, which the firm defended in a class action lawsuit alleging violations of civil RICO. The firm also defended the CEO of a trucking company in a fraud investigation, acted for Bumble Bee Foods in a criminal antitrust investigation, and advised a European chemical company on export and economic sanctions compliance. Mary Patrice Brown and Steven Olson head the teams from Washington DC and Los Angeles respectively. Jeremy Maltby rejoined the Washington DC office in November 2015 after serving as special assistant and senior counsel to President Barack Obama.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s practice is headed by Mark Hellerer and Maria Galeno, both based in New York, and by Washington DC’s William Sullivan. Carolina Fornos joined the New York office in August 2016 after leaving the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. The firm acted for multiple Swiss banks in connection with a DOJ and IRS program that aims to reveal the identities of US taxpayers holding accounts at those banks. It is representing Andras Balogh, the former director of central strategic organization at Magyar Telekom, in an SEC FCPA lawsuit. Sullivan acted for a former officer of Walmart Stores in internal and government investigations into allegations of bribery at the company’s Mexican subsidiary and represents a development officer of FIFA in an FBI and IRS investigation.

The ‘extremely able and experienced lawyers’ at Proskauer Rose LLP are ‘always a pleasure to work with due to their detailed understanding of the field and user-friendly approach’. The firm is playing key roles in some of the highest-profile US and multi-jurisdictional investigations and its work encompasses bank, securities and tax fraud and FCPA, antitrust and anti-corruption matters. Practice head Robert Cleary is ‘right at the top of his game’. His colleagues in New York include fellow practice head Dietrich Snell, the ‘excellent’ William Komaroff and, since April 2016, former SEC senior counsel Joshua Newville. In the same month, Bart Williams and Manuel Cachán joined the Los Angeles office after leaving Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Lawyers at the ‘fantasticRichards Kibbe & Orbe LLP have ‘great business and legal knowledge, impeccable judgment and tremendous credibility’. Jeffrey Lehtman heads the practice from the Washington DC office, which also houses Michael Mann. New York is home to the ‘wise and thoughtfulLee Richards, the ‘extremely smart and dedicated’ Shari Brandt, and David Massey. Richards represented the audit committee of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group in an FCPA investigation and Massey is acting for a Latin American sports marketing and production company in connection with the FIFA investigation. Mann is advising four Isle of Man-headquartered financial institutions on an SEC investigation and related litigation. William Barry joined Miller & Chevalier Chartered in May 2017.

Shearman & Sterling LLP advises Volvo on anti-corruption compliance, internal and government investigations and related civil litigation, and the firm advised GlaxoSmithKline on a criminal bribery investigation in China. For Morgan Stanley, the firm negotiated a settlement following state and federal investigations into the sale and marketing of RMBS. Other clients include Citigroup and Sociedad Quimica y Minera. New York’s Adam Hakki heads the litigation department and the white-collar practice is led by Stephen Fishbein in New York and Patrick Robbins in Washington DC. Also in New York is John Nathanson, while the Washington DC office also houses Philip Urofsky and Mark Lanpher.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice is led from New York by Mark Stein and Paul Curnin. The ‘responsive, practical and thorough’ Nicholas Goldin worked with Curnin in advising the board of the Wounded Warrior Project on allegations of misuse of donor funds, and with Stein in serving as global FCPA monitor to Avon Products. Another New York lawyer, the ‘highly intelligent, insightful and supportive’ Joshua Levine, represented JPMorgan Chase in SEC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) investigations concerning the marketing of proprietary investment funds. Key figures in Washington DC include Jeffrey Knox, who acts for a senior executive in relation to the FIFA scandal, of counsel Peter Bresnan, who retired from the partnership in December 2016, and Cheryl Scarboro. Michael Osnato joined the New York office in February 2017 after serving as chief of the complex financial instruments unit of the SEC’s enforcement division.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is an ‘outstanding firm’. Washington DC lawyers include practice head Brian Heberlig, Reid Weingarten, Jason Weinstein and Erik Kitchen: ‘all excellent trial lawyers who are respected by regulators’. The ‘highly skilled and experienced’ Christopher Niewoehner works out of Chicago and Michelle Levin and Paul Charlton are based in New York and Phoenix respectively. The firm secured the acquittal of former Acclarent CEO William Facteau and that of its former vice-president of sales Patrick Fabian on felony fraud charges. It also acted for the board of directors’ committee of Pilot Flying J in an internal investigation into claims that the client’s sales employees defrauded customers.

Excellent firmVinson & Elkins LLPhas an unbeatable combination of knowledge and experience and provides advice tailored to clients’ needs’. Washington DC’s Craig Margolis and New York’s Clifford Thau head the government investigations practice, in which Matthew Jacobs (San Francisco) and William Lawler (Washington DC) also play key roles. FCA work included multiple representations of engineering company KBR and of BAE Systems, as well as of Agility Public Warehousing Company. The firm is acting for various individuals and companies in securities fraud litigation and is representing Hitachi Automotive Systems in connection with a federal criminal investigation into the automotive industry.

Steven Tyrrell heads Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s white-collar investigations practice. Tyrrell advised Sanofi on SEC and DOJ FCPA investigations. Jonathan Polkes secured a precedent-setting victory for professional services company Marsh & McLennan before the Second Circuit, in a case that concerns the legality of compelling employees to participate in internal investigations. Tyrrell and Christopher Garcia acted for former UBS and Citigroup trader Tom Hayes in a DOJ Libor manipulation investigation. Garcia’s clients also include American Realty Capital Properties. Steven Reiss is acting for the former head of foreign exchange trading at BNP Paribas in a multinational investigation. Apart from Washington DC’s Holly Loiseau, all key partners are based in New York. Sarah Coyne joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in January 2017.

Darryl Lew’s team at White & Case LLP has seen significant recent expansion. Following the launch of the Boston office in April 2016, Michael Kendall, Lauren Papenhausen and Kevin Bolan joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP, bringing particular strength in the healthcare and biotechnology sectors. Andrew Tomback joined the New York office from the same firm, while Virginia Chavez Romano joined in New York in September of that year after departing the DOJ. Other key members of the team include Daniel Levin, who works in Washington DC alongside Lew, and ‘excellent’ Miami lawyers Daniel Fridman and Michael Garcia. The firm handles Libor and Euribor related work, OFAC and FCPA investigations, and FCA and anti-money laundering work. Multi-jurisdictional investigations form a large part of the firm’s work.

Baker & Hostetler LLP’s large nationwide practice is led by John Carney and George Stamboulidis in New York and Steven Dettelbach in Cleveland. Other key figures include New York’s Lauren Resnick and Washington DC-based Jonathan Barr. The firm acted for Caterpillar and its subsidiary Progress Rail in a criminal investigation concerning fraud and environmental matters, and is advising a Fortune 50 company in an internal FCPA investigation. It also represented several high-ranking employees of an international retailer in connection with an SEC FCPA investigation.

Baker McKenzie LLP’s FCPA work included advising Brazilian company Embraer and global IT and communications company Harris Corporation on SEC and DOJ investigations. The firm serves as corporate monitor to AU Optronics and AU America following the client’s conviction for price-fixing, and acted as investigative counsel to a multinational food company in an SEC investigation into potential improper payments to government officials in China. It served as lead US counsel to Nordion in an investigation into improper payments in Russia and acted for Mondelēz in an internal investigation into potentially improper payments in several countries. New York’s William Devaney and Washington DC’s Brian Whisler head the team. Other key figures include Robert Kent and Jerome Tomas and Robert Tarun in San Francisco.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s group is led by Alex Bourelly out of the Washington DC office, which also houses Randall Turk and, since January 2016, former Kaye Scholer attorney Amy Conway-Hatcher. New York-based Andrew Lankler and Lynn Neils are other names to note. The firm acts for companies and individuals in a broad range of investigations, especially those concerning bribery and corruption. Clients are drawn from the food and beverage, energy, and technology sectors, as well as the political arena. J Bradley Bennett rejoined the firm after serving as Executive Vice President, Chief of Enforcement, of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in April 2017.

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP provides a ‘platinum-quality service’. The firm is representing Riza Aziz, the step-son of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, and his company, Red Granite Pictures, in connection with the 1MDB scandal. It secured a settlement for Barclays in a fraud case concerning high-frequency trading and is representing Ross Offinger, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign finance director, in a federal criminal investigation concerning campaign fundraising. Other clients include the former chairman of AIG, the city of Almaty and Huma Abedin, a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton. The ‘talented and extremely hardworking’ Matthew Schwartz heads the team from New York, where other key figures include ‘master strategist and relentless litigator’ Jonathan Schiller, Harlan Levy and firm chairman David Boies. Washington DC is home to Karen Dunn and Michael Gottlieb.

Bracewell LLP’s New York team includes Glen Kopp and Thomas Kokalas, as well as Barbara Jones and Paul Shechtman, who joined from Zuckerman Spaeder in May 2016. Barrett Howell and Brandon McCarthy joined the Dallas office from K&L Gates. Other notable names include Seattle’s Philip Bezanson, Houston’s Jeffery Vaden and ‘knowledgeable, practical and intelligent’ of counsel Richard Beckler in Washington DC. The firm secured a deferred prosecution agreement for former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP employee Zachary Warren, represented an auto finance company in a DOJ FIRREA investigation, and acted for an engineering company in a DOJ OFAC investigation.

The ‘terrificCohen & Gresserhas a strong commitment to client service’. The firm acts for institutions and individuals in SEC, DOJ and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigations into such matters as FCPA violations, money laundering, electoral corruption and rates manipulation. The ‘responsive, creative and client-friendlyMark Cohen heads the firm from New York, where his colleagues include the ‘smart, experienced and hardworkingJonathan Abernethy, the ‘highly skilled and very personableGale Dick and, since January 2016, former Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP attorney Stephen Sinaiko. Abernethy represented a significant witness in a high-profile public corruption case in the Southern District of New York in which former New York State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam were charged with conspiracy, extortion and soliciting bribes. Melissa Maxman joined in March 2016 from Cozen O’Connor to head the firm’s Washington DC office.

At Cooley LLP, New York-based William Schwartz chairs the white-collar and regulatory defense practice. His work includes the representation of individuals in very high-profile investigations. Highlights for global litigation department chair Michael Attanasio, based in San Diego, included obtaining the dismissal of all charges against an individual indicted for money laundering who previously had entered a guilty plea. New York lawyer Jonathan Bach filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court concerning the government’s right to restrain assets on behalf of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. Other New York lawyers include Ian Shapiro and Alan Levine.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s lawyers are ‘succinct, refined, user-friendly, and very well versed in the ways of the regulators’. The firm’s work for Credit Suisse includes litigation concerning its sale of RMBS and alleged violations of the Anti-Terrorism Act, and it is defending Novartis against allegations of FCA and Anti-Kickback Statute violations. Other clients include Dreamworks Animation, which the firm is advising on an SEC investigation into its accounting. Key figures in the team, which is based in New York, include the ‘sophisticated, sensible and persuasiveJohn Buretta, Benjamin Gruenstein, David Stuart, Evan Chesler and Rachel Skaistis.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s white-collar, corporate crime and investigations practice is chaired by New York’s John Hillebrecht and Chicago’s Jonathan King, following the departure of former chair Patrick Smith to found Smith Villazor LLP. Other key figures in the nationwide practice include Washington DC’s Laura Flippin and San Francisco’s Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey. The firm represents clients from a broad range of industries and is especially active in the FCPA space.

Dentons has a nationwide practice chaired by Glenn Colton in New York, Thomas Kelly in Washington DC and Stephen Hill in Kansas City. Chicago’s Stephen Senderowitz represented futures trader Michael Coscia in his sentencing and appeal following his ‘spoofing’ conviction. Atlanta-based Barry Armstrong and Chicago’s Rachel Cannon represented former lawyer Bennett Kight, who was charged with mail fraud and bank fraud following an allegedly fraudulent real estate transaction. Nathan Garroway, also in Atlanta, successfully represented King & Spalding LLP in opposition to state and federal subpoenas seeking access to protected documents pertaining to the client firm’s work defending General Motors in product liability litigation. The firm also handles FCA and anti-bribery work, and is active in the automotive sector.

White-collar crime powerhouseFoley & Lardner LLP has a ‘great team with excellent legal skills’. Chicago’s Lisa Noller chairs the practice and vice-chair is Los Angeles-based Jaime Guerrero. Noller represented Greystone Capital Management, Baptist Health and Intercity Radiology in FCA cases and acted for NGO International Relief and Development in a federal investigation into alleged financial misconduct. Milwaukee-based David Simon is ‘unmatched in the FCPA space’.

Goodwinprovides the very highest levels of service’. The practice is led by Boston-based Todd Cronan and the ‘proactive and strategicRichard Strassberg in New York respectively. With fellow New York lawyer William Harrington, Strassberg represented Home Loans and Countrywide Bank in the first-ever DOJ FIRREA civil suit to be brought to trial. Alongside Silicon Valley’s Grant Fondo, Strassberg advises former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf following the company’s settlement. The ‘charmingJoseph Savage in Boston successfully defended former Warner Chilcott president Carl Reichel against allegations of Anti-Kickback Statute violations. Boston’s Roberto Braceras is ‘smart and determined’ and New York’s Derek Cohen is ‘very impressive’.

Jenner & Block LLP’s ‘excellent’ white-collar criminal practice is chaired by Reid Schar and Charles Sklarsky in Chicago - where litigation practice chair Craig Martin is also based - and Anthony Barkow and Peter Pope in New York. The firm conducted internal investigations for General Motors into events leading up to certain recalls necessitated by faulty ignition switches, and also for United Airlines in connection with accusations that the company initiated a flight between Newark, NJ and Columbia, SC for the personal benefit of the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Schar and Barkow are among those advising the New Jersey General Assembly on the ‘Bridgegate’ incident. New York-based Neil Barofsky serves as independent monitor to Credit Suisse, and Sklarsky provides FCPA compliance advice to industrial supply company WW Grainger. Kali Bracey and David Bitkower joined the Washington DC office in February and April 2017 respectively after leaving the DOJ.

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP’s practice is led by Daniel Fetterman in New York and Lyn Agre in San Francisco. Together with the Miami-based Ann St Peter-Griffith, Fetterman represented Abraham Jose Shiera Bastidas in his trial for corruption, money laundering and wire fraud. With New York’s Edward McNally, he acted for the former CEO of Anglo Irish Bank, David Drumm, in his bid to fight extradition to Ireland. He also represented Christopher Liva, who was indicted on five counts for his role in a healthcare fraud conspiracy. Agre secured the dismissal of all charges against certain FedEx employees indicted for money laundering and drug trafficking. Daniel Saunders joined the New York office in January 2017 after leaving Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s team is led by Scott Resnik, whose colleagues in New York include Alan Brudner and Michael Rosensaft. Resnik and Rosensaft defended the president of a pharmaceutical company in a 73-count indictment concerning the import of non-approved pharmaceuticals, obtaining his acquittal on the 11 most serious counts. The ‘experienced and directNadira Clarke works in Washington DC alongside Glen Donath. Clarke advised Wood Group PPS on a joint federal and state investigation into alleged Clean Air Act violations. Key lawyers in Chicago include Sheldon Zenner, who is advising an executive of Walmart Brazil in connection with the DOJ’s multi-jurisdictional anti-corruption investigation into Walmart, and Gil Soffer.

Kobre & Kim’s clients include Alejandro Burzaco, the former CEO of an Argentine media company, who was accused of bribery as part of the FIFA investigation. The firm also acted for UK-based futures trader Navinder Sarao in parallel ‘spoofing’ suits brought by the DOJ and CFTC, and for French proprietary trading firms Omega 26 Investments and Guibor in an SEC enforcement investigation and action involving allegations of insider trading. Founding partner Michael Kim is based in New York, Eric Bruce is based in Washington DC, and Matthew Menchel and John Couriel are Miami based.

Adam Lurie joined Linklaters LLP’s Washington DC office in February 2016 after leaving Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and is representing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in an FCA suit concerning unemployment funds. Douglas Tween joined the New York office from Baker McKenzie LLP in November 2015. Tween secured acquittal on 21 out of 23 counts brought against Pablo Calderon, including money laundering, bank fraud and false statement. Other key figures at the firm, which also does work for major financial institutions, include New York’s Lance Croffoot-Suede and James Warnot.

The ‘big hitters’ at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, led by Los Angeles-based Gordon Greenberg, are ‘particularly strong in the healthcare space’. Fellow Los Angeles lawyer Russell Hayman represented 21st Century Oncology and Lexington Medical Center in FCA investigations, while Chicago’s David Rosenbloom represented Amgen in a multi-state consumer protection investigation. His colleague in the same office, Steven Scholes, represented the former manager of AlphaMetrix Group in a CFTC investigation arising from the company’s failure. Andrew Tomback moved to White & Case LLP in April 2016.

At the ‘outstandingMilbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, ‘response times are very short and advice is tailored and concise’. The firm advised Rabobank on a multi-jurisdictional investigation into potential Libor and Euribor manipulation, assisted a US national bank with a DOJ investigation into the adequacy of its Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering compliance programs, and is investigating possible insider trading and FCPA violations in the South American affiliate of a large corporate client. George Canellos is the global head of litigation and arbitration, Daniel Perry is the litigation and arbitration practice group leader and Scott Edelman is the firm chairman. Key partners also include the highly regarded Antonia Apps, the ‘very experienced and sharp’ James Cavoli and the ‘skilled’ Tawfiq Rangwala. All are based in New York.

The ‘outstandingMunger, Tolles & Olson is ‘staffed by a great group of former US attorneys’. These include ‘tremendous trial lawyer’ and co-managing partner Brad Brian, who is best known for representing drilling company Transocean and some of its subsidiaries in litigation that followed the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Brian shares the Los Angeles office with Luis Li, whose areas of expertise include art law and internal investigations, and the ‘excellent’ Gregory Weingart. San Francisco is home to the ‘very impressive’ Jerome Roth. Bart Williams left to join Proskauer Rose LLP in March 2016. The firm’s work includes FCA cases, FCPA investigations and tax, securities, environmental and antitrust matters.

The ‘really excellent’ practice of legacy firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP is now part of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, following the combination of the two firms in June 2017. Practice head Abbe Lowell, who divides his time between New York and Washington DC, secured the dismissal of four charges of bribery against Senator Robert Menendez. Lowell is also representing Bank Hapoalim in tax investigations conducted by the DOJ and the New York State Department of Financial Services, and acting for Aaron Davidson in connection with the FIFA corruption case. Other clients include former Senator Hector Martinez, Star Scientific and Goldman Sachs. His colleagues in Washington DC include Christopher Man and Keith Rosen. New York-based counsel Jenny Kramer is also noted.

Pepper Hamilton LLP’s Thomas Gallagher negotiated a civil settlement and deferred prosecution agreement for Olympus Corporation of the Americas following a whistleblower case alleging FCA, FCPA and Anti-Kickback Statute violations, and advised Sanofi on a government Anti-Kickback Statute investigation. Gallagher shares the Philadelphia office with practice head Michael Schwartz and the pair acted for Johnson & Johnson in civil and criminal investigations concerning the quality of its products. Schwartz also represented Philadelphia Media Network, PBC in the trial of former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, successfully asserting the Pennsylvania Shield Law, which protects reporters from having to reveal their sources. New York’s Martin Bloor acts as integrity monitor to the New York City Department of Investigation in connection with the Build it Back program.

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice is led by Barry Bohrer in New York and Adam Hoffinger in Washington DC. Bohrer is representing Joseph Percoco, a former senior aide and campaign manager to Governor Andrew Cuomo, in an investigation into lobbying and conflicts of interest. Hoffinger defended the former CEO of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School against an 11-count federal indictment that alleges mail fraud, tax conspiracy and filing false tax returns, and represented a former divisional president of a global biotech company in an off-label marketing case concerning bone cement. Another Washington DC lawyer, Peter White, represented a former executive of SunTrust Mortgage indicted for wire fraud in the Eastern District of Virginia. The firm handles a large number of SEC investigations and insider trading cases as well as providing advice on FCPA, securities and criminal tax matters. Douglas Koff is based in New York, while Howard Schiffman and the ‘excellentCharles Clark work from Washington DC.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLPis very strong generally in white-collar crime but has particular expertise in FCPA and defense contractor work’. ‘StarBryan Daly and ‘insightful’ fellow Los Angeles lawyer Charles Kreindler secured a favorable settlement for an orthopedic surgeon in a federal investigation alleging the payment of kickbacks. Kreindler also obtained the dismissal of an FCA case against the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America in the Western District of New York. Daly and Bethany Hengsbach obtained a declination in an FCPA case against Beijing-based media company DMG. Daly is the practice group leader while Kreindler, Raymond Marshall and Kevin Puvalowski are the practice leaders in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York respectively. Robert Rhoad joined the Washington DC office in August 2016 from Crowell & Moring LLP.

Lawyers at the ‘excellentSquire Patton Boggsexhibit a genuine commitment to achieving the best possible outcome’. The government investigations and white-collar practice is chaired by Samuel Rosenthal, who divides his time between Washington DC and New York. Rosenthal represents Eduardo Li, the former president of Costa Rica’s football federation, as a co-defendant in the FIFA case. Other key figures in New York include Benjamin Wood, who is representing various foreign financial institutions in the Middle East and elsewhere in connection with investigations into potential violations of US sanctions laws. Rodney Slater is serving as independent monitor to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Clark Ervin is acting as monitor to the city of Ferguson to assess its compliance with a consent decree issued in April 2016.

Lawyers at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLPprovide an excellent overall level of service, showing excellent knowledge and good judgment’. The ‘phenomenalMichael Schachter heads the practice from New York and is representing Rabobank’s former global head of liquidity and finance, Anthony Allen, on appeal, having represented him in a federal criminal trial for Libor manipulation in the Southern District of New York. Colleagues in that city include Amelia Cottrell, while William Stellmach is based in Washington DC. The firm represents individuals and companies from a broad range of industries in SEC and DOJ investigations and trials. KPMG is a client.

Litigation boutique Zuckerman Spaeder typically represents high-ranking executives and it is acting for individuals in connection with some of the highest-profile investigations currently ongoing. The firm also counts public and private companies among its clients. Key figures include Dwight Bostwick and Eric Delinsky in Washington DC, Martin Himeles and Gregg Bernstein in Baltimore, and Jack Fernandez in Tampa. Paul Shechtman moved to Bracewell LLP in May 2016.

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    CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading third-party logistics companies, successfully priced its IPO and listed its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange, where trading commenced on 4 May 2018. With a market capitalization of CHF 1.6 billion and generating gross proceeds of CHF 821 million, this is so far considered as the largest IPO on the SIX Swiss Exchange for 2018. In addition, CMA CGM, the third largest container shipping group in the world, has committed to make a strategic cornerstone investment in CEVA Logistics by purchasing CHF 379 million of mandatory convertible securities which will convert into shares of CEVA Logistics once certain regulatory approvals have been obtained. Simultaneously with the IPO, CEVA Holdings, the former holding company of the CEVA group, migrated from the Marshall Islands to Switzerland by way of a cross-border merger with CEVA Logistic as the surviving company.
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    Employers who have flu vaccines administered within their company are not liable for any harm that might occur as a result of the vaccine. That was the verdict of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court, in a recent ruling.
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    Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe S.A. (CELSE) has successfully issued bonds for approx. USD 1 billion equivalent in local currency at a fixed, long-term rate in international capital markets. The innovative bond issue is guaranteed by the Swiss Export Risk Insurance (SERV), the export credit agency of Switzerland. The bonds are part of a financial package to finance the development, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a thermoelectric power plant by CELSE in the state of Sergipe in the northeast region of Brazil. Besides the bond issue for approx. USD 1 billion, the transaction includes a USD 200 million loan from the International Finance Corporation and a financial package of the Inter-American Development Bank in the amount of approx. USD 300 million. Once operational expected for in 2020, CELSE will sell electricity to 26 distribution companies in Brazil, becoming the largest and most efficient thermoelectric plant in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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    Employers do not have to accept threats made by employees. These can constitute good cause justifying extraordinary notice of dismissal with immediate effect, as demonstrated by a ruling of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court.
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  • Bär & Karrer Advises on Partial Self-Tender Offer

    On 21 September 2017, an extraordinary shareholders' meeting of the SIX Swiss Exchange listed N.V. authorized the board of directors to repurchase up to 33 1/3% of the company's share capital by means of a partial self-tender offer. The resolution adopted under Dutch law contained detailed information, among others regarding the period for which the authorization is granted, the manner in which the shares are repurchased and the price range within which the offer price must be set.
  • New Serbian Law on Foreigners Adopted

    In March 2018, the new Serbian Law on Foreigners was adopted, replacing the 2008 version of this law- in force until recently without any amendments. The new law will enter into force on 3 October 2018.
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    On 20 April 2018, the amendments to the Law on Foreign Exchange (the “Law ”) were adopted and will enter into force on 28 April 2018 . Exceptionally, the application of certain provisions related to the assuming of competencies over foreign exchange control by the National Bank of Serbia is delayed until 1 January 2019.
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