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New York-based partners Stephen Baldini, Robert Hotz and Douglass Maynard jointly lead the team at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, which acts predominantly for clients in the financial services, energy, defense and healthcare industries. Hotz and the ‘excellent’ James Joseph Benjamin (also based in New York) are representing former ConvergEx broker, Kal Bassily, in civil charges filed by the SEC in connection with allegations of securities fraud executed in Bermuda. The Washington DC-based Mark MacDougall is representing the former director of information technology for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in connection with a DOJ investigation into the use of private computer servers by State Department officials. Benjamin and Mike Asaro, also based in New York, represented a former senior analyst of a hedge fund managed by Artis Capital in connection with an SEC insider trading investigation, resulting in a civil settlement.

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Arent Fox LLP’s practice is led from the New York office by Scott Peeler and Robert Capers, who joined from the New York US Attorney’s office in October 2017. Washington DC’s Peter Zeidenberg represented the former nuclear engineer, Allen Ho, who was charged with violating the anti-proliferation statute in connection with his work for the Chinese civilian nuclear power industry - the first case of its kind. Terree Bowers in Los Angeles is also recommended.

Arnold & Porter handles a number of major criminal healthcare matters, with particular expertise in FCPA and other anti-bribery issues. New York’s Michael Rogoff and Manvin Mayell are defending Novartis Pharmaceuticals in major FCA litigation brought by the DOJ concerning allegations of kickbacks paid to physicians. Washington DC’s ‘top-notchJohn Nassikas is defending Boston Scientific in a complex fraud case filed by Abramge alleging the client bribed Brazilian physicians to use its products. The group, led by Kirk Ogrosky, is also acting as co-counsel alongside Kobre & Kim for Salomon Melgen, MD, in a high-profile public corruption case involving Senator Robert Menendez. It also continues to act for current and former officers of JP Morgan and Standard and Poor’s in connection with state and federal investigations into various structured financial products and vehicles. In May 2018, Craig Margolis joined the firm’s Washington DC office from Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Baker & Hostetler LLP’s team is led by John Carney and George Stamboulidis in New York, and Steven Dettelbach in Cleveland. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Carole Rendon, who joined the Cleveland office in May 2017, and securities litigation defense attorney Douglas Greene, who joined the Seattle office from Lane Powell PC in January 2018. New York’s Lauren Resnick and Washington DC’s Jonathan Barr are the other key practitioners. Stamboulidis was appointed as a monitor to the International Union of Operating Engineers following corruption allegations. It also performed an internal investigation for the audit committee and executive management of a global payment operator in connection with OFAC compliance in Iran, Syria, Libya and Cuba.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s practice is led by Andrew Lankler in New York and Alex Bourelly in Washington DC and includes the ‘exceptional’ Bradley Bennett, who re-joined the Washington DC office in April 2017 after serving as FINRA’s Chief of Enforcement; he is noted for his ‘considerable intellect and vast experience in dealing with securities regulators and federal prosecutors’. The group currently represents Drummond Company in a criminal investigation into allegations of bribery of a state legislator in connection with an environmental controversy. Highlights for San Francisco’s Jonathan Shapiro included defending financial advisor, Jeremy Drake, in an SEC fraud investigation into the client’s investment advice to a high profile athlete, which has culminated in the filing of a federal court securities enforcement action. Other key figures in Washington DC include Randall Turk, Ann Conway-Hatcher and ‘household name’ William Jeffress.

Baker McKenzie LLP is noted for handling FCPA matters for a range of international corporates. Recent work includes representing Brazilian company Embraer in connection with multi-jurisdictional investigations, resulting in settlements with the DOJ, SEC and foreign regulators. The group also represented Harris Corporation in a FCPA investigation by the DOJ and SEC relating to the conduct of the client’s subsidiary in China - both of which led to a declination. Brian Whisler in Washington DC and William Devaney in New York lead the practice. The Washington DC team recently added former DOJ senior trial attorney, John Cunningham. Also recommended are Washington DC’s Karyn Koiffman, San Francisco’s Robert Tarun, and Chicago’s Robert Kent and Jerome Tomas.

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP merged with Los Angeles litigation boutique, Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, in April 2017, cementing the firm’s West Coast presence. Matthew Schwartz leads the team from New York office, which includes Randall Jackson (noted for his extensive federal criminal trial experience), the ‘outstanding’ Jonathan Schiller, Harlan Levy and David Boies. Jackson represented the entrepreneur and financier, Omar Amanat and former KIT Digital CEO, Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, in a securities fraud trial brought by the DOJ. Washington DC’s William Isaacson and Karen Dunn and New York’s Alanna Rutherford successfully defended Apple subsidiary, Beats Electronics, in a billion-dollar fraud suit brought by Monster concerning the acquisition of rights for Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

At Bracewell LLP, the well-regarded Paul Shechtman (who is based in New York) is defending former Morgan Stanley broker Michael Siva in an insider trading case relating to secret tips on M&A activity leaked by a Bank of America consultant; Shechtman is also acting for Norman Seabrook, former head of the New York City Correctional Officers Benevolent Association (COBA), in a federal court case concerning charges of accepting kickbacks in exchange for the investment of COBA funds. On the corporate front, Seattle’s Philip Bezanson represented Optimal Economics Capital Partners in connection with an SEC investigation into unlicensed offerings of securities and potential securities fraud. Also recommended are New York’s Thomas Kokalas and Barbara Jones, and Houston’s Jeffery Vaden. Glen Kopp departed the firm in January 2018 to join Mayer Brown’s New York office, and Brandon McCarthy joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in May 2018.

Buckley Sandler LLP’s ‘terrific’ team is highly active in a number of regulated industries, with noted expertise in the financial services sector. The practice is led from Washington DC by David Krakoff, who is singled out for his experience in environmental crime work. Also recommended are Preston Burton, who has a formidable reputation for individual representations and is known for ‘strategic thinking and willingness to try cases’; and Benjamin Klubes, who acted alongside Burton for 12 current and former Volkswagen employees and a former head of engine development in separate parallel criminal and civil investigations into the Volkswagen emissions scandal. The group also represented Equifax in an investigation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) into its marketing practices, leading to a favorable settlement, and represented the US Bank National Association in a significant False Claims Act (FCA) case brought by the DOJ relating to mortgage loan servicing and loss mitigation, ending in a declination. Former chief-of-staff to Michelle Obama, Tina Tchen, joined the Chicago office in September 2017.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s white-collar practice is now led from New York by Jason Halper following Kenneth Wainstein’s departure to Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in June 2017. The group represents financial institutions and corporations in major investigations, criminal and regulatory proceedings, with particular expertise in FCPA and AML matters. Washington DC’s Jodi Avergun is the DOJ-appointed monitor overseeing McKesson Corporation’s $150m settlement and compliance agreement in connection with the company’s distribution of opioids. Avergun is also representing all 32 NFL teams in the DOJ’s investigation into their compliance with the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Kyle DeYoung joined the Washington DC office in September 2017 after serving as senior counsel to the SEC Director of Enforcement. Todd Blanche joined the New York office from WilmerHale.

The ‘masterly’ practice at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP has particular expertise in representing major multinationals and financial institutions and their employees in complex investigations and criminal matters. The New York team served as legal counsel to the DOJ-appointed independent monitor overseeing Toyota’s safety-related compliance processes as part of a deferred prosecution. It also represented the audit committee of Wal-Mart Stores in the DOJ and SEC investigations into possible FCPA violations arising from the company’s operations in Mexico, Brazil, China and India. Bradley Bondi (whom clients rate as ‘a force of nature’) represented Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines in a major DOJ investigation into alleged environmental violations in US and international waters, leading to a negotiated settlement. The well-respected Anirudh Bansal has exceptional expertise in representing individuals in criminal and regulatory investigations by the DOJ, SEC and other government agencies. Herbert Washer, David Wishengrad and Brock Bosson are also recommended. In September 2017 the team welcomed Nola Heller from the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

A go-to firm for financial institutions and a number of multinationals, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is particularly noted for its ‘excellent’ investigations work and sanctions advice. The ‘engaged and proactive’ group continues to act for Robert Bosch in connection with investigations and civil litigation in the US regarding equipment the client supplied to automobile manufacturers implicated in the emissions scandal. It is also representing HSBC, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs in investigations by global regulators in the US, Europe and Asia into Foreign Exchange (FX) trading, LIBOR and other benchmark rates. The team is also active representing individuals in FCPA matters; recent work includes acting for a former executive of Avon Products in connection with a Justice Department investigation into the company. Key figures in New York include Lev Dassin, Victor Hou, Breon Peace, David Brodsky, Jennifer Kennedy Park. In Washington DC, former SEC chief litigation counsel, Matthew Solomon, Giovanni Prezioso, Nowell Bamberger and sanctions expert Paul Marquardt are all recommended.

Highlights for the ‘outstanding practice’ at Clifford Chance included representing Fokker Services and its US and Singapore subsidiaries in a multi-agency investigation conducted by the DOJ, FBI, OFAC and others involving historical exports of US-origin parts to embargoed destinations by the company, leading to a deferred prosecution, with no monitorship. New York’s Christopher Morvillo is advising Autonomy founder, Dr. Mike Lynch, on DOJ, SEC and SFO investigations involving allegations of accounting improprieties, and is defending Lawrence Hoskins, a former Alston executive, in a federal criminal proceeding stemming from allegations of FCPA violations. Also based in New York, Daniel Silver is recommended for his ‘tremendous breadth and depth of expertise’ and ability to ‘leverage his government experience’ in cybercrime matters. David DiBari, Stephen Nickelsburg, Joshua Berman and Glen Donath are key practitioners in Washington DC.

First-rate litigation boutiqueCohen & Gresser LLP fields ‘an excellent group of sophisticated lawyers’ with a particular strength in the financial industry, including recent representations in rate setting and OFAC cases. The ‘bright and highly skilledMark Cohen in New York is representing a former analyst for Och-Ziff Capital Management’s European subsidiary in a high-profile FCPA case brought by the SEC. Also recommended are ‘effective trial lawyer’ Stephen Sinaiko, Jonathan Abernethy, and Melissa Maxman, who is the managing partner of the Washington DC office and has significant expertise in environmental criminal law and white-collar defense.

Cooley LLP has particular expertise in the technology and life sciences spaces, where it represents corporations and individuals involved in government investigations, as well as criminal and regulatory proceedings. In a major highlight, the group is representing Retrophin, following the removal of Martin Shkreli by the board of directors, in connection with internal, SEC and Congressional investigations relating to securities fraud and drug pricing structures. It also represents various high profile individuals facing allegations of corruption and bribery. The practice is led by William Schwartz in New York and includes Ian Shapiro, Jonathan Bach, and veteran litigators Celia Goldwag Barenholtz and Alan Levine.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s New York-based team is noted for its particular strength in FCPA, accounting fraud and cybercrime matters. David Stuart and Rachel Skaistis successfully represented Telia Company in a three-year, multinational SEC and DOJ investigation in connection with anti-corruption and AML compliance, resulting in a global no-monitor settlement. ‘Deeply experienced’ practice head John Buretta assisted Dutch energy company, SBM Offshore, with reaching a settlement with the DOJ in connection with legacy bribery issues in Brazil, Equatorial Guinea, Angola and elsewhere - including a deferred prosecution agreement. The group also successfully defended various financial institutions in investigations and at trial against allegations of processing monetary transactions for certain Iranian commercial banks that are purportedly used by designated terrorist groups under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Other key figures include David Stuart, John White, Benjamin Gruenstein and Gary Bornstein.

In an illustration of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s FCPA expertise, the group recently secured a deferred prosecution agreement for Telia Company with the DOJ and a settlement with the SEC - with a substantial penalty reduction for cooperation and remediation. It also represented Cisco Systems in parallel investigations conducted by the DOJ and SEC relating to potential breaches of the FCPA relating to its activities in Russia - both of which ended in declinations. The practice is co-chaired by Angela Burgess in New York, whose expertise covers the spectrum of financial crime, and Washington DC’s Neil MacBride, whose focuses are government enforcement actions, complex litigation and internal and congressional investigations. Key litigators in New York include Denis McInerney, Martine Beamon, Avi Gesser. Standout figures in Washington DC include Linda Chatman Thomsen and the former homeland security advisor to George W Bush, Kenneth Wainstein, who joined the firm from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in June 2017. Greg Andres left the firm to join the Mueller investigation team; former litigation co-chair, Raul Yanes moved in-house at Morgan Stanley.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s group was strengthened greatly by the return of former SEC chair, Mary Jo White and Andrew Ceresney, former SEC director of enforcement and now litigation co-chair alongside Mary Beth Hogan. Former head of the SEC’s FCPA unit, Kara Brockmeyer also joined the team in Washington DC, which includes Bruce Yannett (‘a class act’), who heads the white-collar regulatory defense group. In New York, Sean Hecker and David O’Neil represented Keppel Offshore & Marine in an internal investigation into corrupt payments to Petrobras and other Brazilian officials, leading to a deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ and coordinated resolutions in Brazil and Singapore. O’Neil is also representing Sally Yates in US Congressional investigations and hearings regarding alleged Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election and is acting for Michael Pearson in relation to parallel DOJ and SEC investigations into the pricing of pharmaceuticals and accounting issues. The firm is also acting for Rolls-Royce in various aspects of the implementation of settlements and remediation related to a global FCPA investigation. Matthew Fishbein in New York and Washington DC-based Jonathan Tuttle are also recommended.

Dechert LLP’s New York team was joined in January 2017 by David Kelley from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, who became practice co-chair alongside the Chicago-based David Kistenbroker. Other new arrivals include New York-based Benjamin Rosenberg, who joined from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and Christina Guerola Sarchio in Washington DC, who joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. The firm has particular expertise in securities-related matters; Andrew Levander represented the former senator, Jon Corzine, in investigations and litigation arising from MF Global’s bankruptcy, leading to a negotiated settlement with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Jonathan Streeter is representing James Icahn in pending investigations by the Southern District of New York Attorney’s Office and the SEC into insider trading allegations. In another key mandate, the group is serving as Toyota’s independent monitor as part of a deferred prosecution pertaining to compliance and safety. The ‘sharp and practicalCatherine Botticelli in Washington DC is also recommended.

Kansas City-based Stephen Hill Jr serves as chair of Dentons’ white-collar and government investigations practice group, which has particular strength in cross-border matters. Washington DC’s Treazure Johnson represented the former sector president of a defense contractor in parallel DOJ and SEC investigations into allegations of revenue manipulation, which were resolved with declinations. Johnson also successfully represented the National Securities Exchange in connection with an SEC investigation into alleged ‘spoofing’. Chicago’s Stephen Senderowitz, Rachel Cannon and New York’s Sandra Hauser are representing 3Red Trading in a ‘spoofing’ case before the CFTC as well as in 20 related class actions. Washington DC’s Maxwell Carr-Howard is recommended for high-profile FCPA matters.

Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP is a Miami-based boutique with an ‘outstanding reputation’ for handling investigatory and criminal matters arising out of Latin America. The group is representing the former Honduran presidential candidate, Yani Rosenthal, in a case involving charges of various counts of money laundering. It is also applying for Rosenthal’s removal from the US Treasury’s OFAC list. Additionally, the group is representing several high-profile Mexican, Central and South American individuals, companies and institutions in various OFAC, AML and FCPA investigations and criminal proceedings. The main individuals include ‘extraordinary, skilled and sophisticated attorney’ Michael Diaz; Robert Targ; Juan Vargas; and Marta Colomar-Garcia and Fausto Sanchez, both of whom are recommended for their ‘good industry knowledge’.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s nationwide practice is led by Jonathan King in Chicago and the FCPA-focused John Hillebrecht in New York. Hillebrecht represented NASDAQ-listed technology firm Net1 UEPS in an SEC and DOJ FCPA investigation, and parallel South African criminal investigation, into allegations of bribery. A longstanding client, GlaxoSmithKline engages the firm on global government and internal investigation matters, on which Washington DC’s Laura Terrell takes the lead. Also recommended are Philadelphia’s Ilana Eisenstein, Baltimore’s Brett Ingerman and Washington DC’s Matthew Graves.

The Chicago-based Lisa Noller chairs Foley & Lardner LLP’s practice and is ably supported by vice-chair Jaime Guerrero in Los Angeles. Noller represented Karen Hill, a former pharmaceutical sales director for Insys Therapeutics, in a major investigation into the company’s alleged kickback scheme. Guerrero and Chicago’s Jeremy Bledsoe are defending John Aminpour in connection with a criminal mortgage fraud case pending before the Central District of California. The group also represented International Relief and Development, a non-profit organisation active in Iraq and Afghanistan, in a DOJ investigation into whistleblower allegations of accounting misclassification. Milwaukee’s David Simon is recommended for FCPA work and Tampa’s Michael Matthews has significant expertise in FCA matters. Washington DC’s Rohan Virginkar returned from the DOJ in August 2017 and specializes in investigations and compliance. In January 2017, Jeremy Freeman joined in New York from McGuireWoods LLP.

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, New York-based practice head Aaron Marcu acted alongside Linda Martin and Olivia Radin as global coordinating counsel to Volkswagen in criminal, environmental and other civil cases arising from the highly-publicized emissions scandal. Marcu is also acting as the DOJ’s AML compliance monitor for MoneyGram International following a high-profile deferred prosecution agreement. Adam Siegel is recommended for FCPA work alongside Kimberly Zelnick, who handles investigation work for a number of global banking clients. Brent Wible joined the Washington DC office from the Obama administration in March 2017.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s ‘strong and experienced’ team is jointly head by ‘great leadersJames Wareham in Washington DC and Steven Witzel in New York. It is renowned for its individual representations in the securities and commodities fraud space. The team secured a victory for William Tirrell in a major SEC investigation and civil litigation, ending in a settlement that imposed no financial penalty and no suspension. It is also defending the Peruvian lawyer, Julio Antonia Castro Roca, against extradition proceedings initiated by the US government relating to an insider trading charge. Evan Barr is representing the former Citigroup foreign currency exchange trader, Christopher Cummins, in connection with ongoing investigations and prosecutions being conducted by the DOJ antitrust division. The ‘strategic and extremely knowledgeableStephen Juris is also recommended. The New York team was recently joined by Una Dean, a cybersecurity expert and the former assistant US attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Lawrence Gerschwer is also recommended for his ‘strong judgement’.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP fields a deep bench of practitioners comprising former state and federal prosecutors and government officials with particular expertise in False Claims Act (FCA), anti-money laundering (AML) and FCPA matters. The group is co-chaired by Joseph Warin in Washington DC, Joel Cohen in New York and Charles Stevens in San Francisco. Amongst its high-profile corporate representations, the team acted for Och-Ziff in the long-running DOJ and SEC investigations into potential violations of the FCPA, resulting in a deferred prosecution and civil SEC settlement. It is also engaged by the audit committee of the board of directors at Infosys to conduct an internal investigation into whistleblower complaints submitted to the Securities and Exchange Board of India. In a major individual representation, New York’s Reed Brodsky and Randy Mastro, and Winston Chan in San Francisco represented Evan Greebel in criminal indictment charges by the DOJ in relation to his business dealings with Martin Shkreli. Debra Wong Yang in Los Angeles is noted for experience with compliance and investigatory matters.

Goodwin’s key names in New York are the ‘outstanding strategist and trial lawyer’, Richard Strassberg, the ‘exceptional’, Derek Cohen and the ‘bright, scholarly and practicalWilliam Harrington, who stands out for his ‘terrific rapport with government’. Grant Fondo in San Francisco and Steven Ellis in Los Angeles represented Coinbase, a digital currency exchange, in its opposition to an Internal Revenue Service ‘John Doe’ summons and petition in connection with allegations that buyers and sellers are evading tax. In a major victory, Fondo and Cohen successfully defended former JP Morgan investment banking analyst, Ashish Aggarwal, against a 30-count criminal indictment involving conspiracy, insider trading, tender offer fraud and wire fraud. Fondo and Strassberg are representing the former chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo in litigation and investigations arising from allegations the company secretly opened unauthorized accounts for customers.

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s practice is co-chaired by John Pappalardo in Boston, Marc Mukasey in New York and Miami’s Jacqueline Becerra. Mukasey is acting as lead trial lawyer for Michael Gramins, a former executive at Nomura Securities, in a high-profile mortgage-backed securities fraud case, leading to no conviction. Tampa’s David Weinstein is noted for his ‘ability to navigate complicated international cases involving multiple jurisdictions and regulators’; he is representing Daniela Casadei, a former Swiss banker indicted in the US for alleged conspiracy to commit tax fraud. Weinstein also represents a major non-profit in a DOJ investigation into its accounts, resulting in no criminal charges or civil lawsuits. Felicia Manno is also recommended for healthcare-related criminal matters.

Hogan Lovells US LLP merged with Boston-based investigations and litigation firm, Collora in September 2017, adding a wealth of expertise in life sciences and healthcare work. In Washington DC, Peter Spivack and Katie Hellings are acting for Eletrobras in multi-jurisdictional internal investigation connected to federal investigations into the Operation Carwash scandal. New York-based Robert Buehler successfully represented the former chairman and CEO of Magyar Telekom, Elek Straub, in civil litigation launched by the SEC relating to an FCPA violation, leading to a settlement agreement. Also recommended are the New York-based James McGovern, who is ‘an experienced, skilled defense attorney’, and Robert Bennett in Washington DC, who has an exceptional track record in individual representations. Ty Cobb left in July 2017 to take up an appointment at the White House as Special Counsel to President Trump.

The New York-based Edward Little leads Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s practice, which comprises ‘strong white-collar practitioners, especially in the area of financial markets’. Little acted alongside Marc Weinstein for former JPMorgan Chase trader Julian Grout, who was accused of trying to hide massive losses tied to the 2012 ‘London Whale’ scandal; the firm succeeded in persuading the SEC to dismiss its lawsuit. The firm also represented a large financial institution in a US treasuries investigation. Other key practitioners include Elizabeth Prewitt, whose focus is international cartel and criminal matters, and Washington DC’s John Wood, who specializes in advocacy before government agencies in matters involving the FCPA and FCA.

Jenner & Block LLP’s litigation department is chaired by Craig Martin in Chicago alongside white-collar co-chair Reid Schar, who is joined in New York by co-chairs Anthony Barkow, Peter Pope and the ‘smart, sensible and practicalKatya Jestin. The Los Angeles office gained ‘tenacious and thorough’ former assistant US Attorney, Brandon Fox, in May 2017. Jestin, Barkow and Chicago’s Anton Valukas led the team in an investigation for General Motors in connection with recalls stemming from faulty ignition switches. It is also acting as independent monitor to Credit Suisse following a major settlement with state and federal regulators. In another key mandate, the firm represented the board of directors of United Airlines in connection with an internal investigation into allegations of bribery.

Jones Day has a reputation for ‘outstanding corporate representation’. The practice is led by Washington DC-based Hank Walther, who is ‘excellent, thorough, professional and intelligent’. In San Diego, Karen Hewitt acted as lead counsel to Chevron with respect to civil and criminal proceedings against the company and several of its executives relating to oil seeps that occurred off the Brazilian coast - the criminal charges were ultimately dismissed. Based in Irvine, Roman Darmer represented American Apparel with respect to an investigation by the SEC and Eastern District of New York US Attorney’s Office following the termination of the former CEO, Dov Charney, as a result of various criminal charges. Also recommended are Hank Asbill and Pete Romatowski in Washington DC, and Theodore Chung and Dan Reidy in Chicago.

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP focuses primarily on government, internal and independent investigations and white-collar criminal defense matters. The ‘excellentDaniel Fetterman in New York and Lyn Agre in San Francisco jointly lead the practice. The team is currently defending the Venezuelan businessman, Abraham Shiera, in connection with the client’s indictment on corruption, wire fraud and money laundering charges amounting to $1bn. Well respected within the industry, Marc Kasowitz was appointed as counsel to President Donald Trump in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation until July 2017. On the corporate side, the firm represented MF Global Holdings, as plan administrator, in a major accounting malpractice trial against PwC, which concluded in a successful settlement. Ann St. Peter-Griffith In Miami and Edward McNally in New York are also key litigators.

The ‘very strong’ practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is ‘particularly well-regarded among Chicago’s white-collar community’. It handles a number of high-profile DOJ-appointed corporate monitorships, including for Princess Cruise Lines, led by Washington DC’s Steven Solow, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, led by ‘experienced investigator and litigatorGil Soffer in Chicago. New York-based practice head Scott Resnik has significant trial experience, and recently represented William Scully in a federal criminal trial concerning the alleged importation of non-FDA approved products. Chicago’s Sheldon Zenner represented an executive at Walmart Brazil who is under scrutiny as part of the DOJ’s global investigation of the company into allegations of bribery. Other key figures include Daniel Polatsek, Ted Helwig and Ross Silverman, all based in Chicago. Brandon McCarthy joined the firm’s new Dallas office in May 2018 from Bracewell LLP.

Based in San Francisco, Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP is a ‘sophisticated’ litigation boutique with a particularly strong track record in high-stakes individual representations. Highlights for founding partner John Keker included defending the former Autonomy CFO, Sushovan Hussain, against charges of accounting fraud, and acting alongside the ‘fabulous’ Elliot Peters for Lance Armstrong in the ongoing whistleblower lawsuit related to doping allegations. Brook Dooley is noted for handling white-collar criminal defense and investigatory matters arising from the financial services industry. Jan Nielsen Little, Michael Celio, Jo Golub and Cody Harris are also recommended.

At King & Spalding LLP, Wick Sollers and Mark Jensen in Washington DC and Paul Murphy in Atlanta are singled out for their ‘experience and reputations for integrity and leadership’. The firm is best known for its healthcare white-collar practice, but it also excels in SEC work - including regulatory, insider trading and FCPA matters and governmental investigations. The Washington DC-based John Richter is representing four employees of Fresenius Medical Care Saudi Arabia in connection with a global DOJ FCPA investigation arising from corruption allegations. The team is acting for Equifax in a number of matters arising from a cybersecurity incident, including state and congressional investigations as well as city and state enforcement matters. Christopher Wray left to become Director of the FBI and Robert Hur was appointed to a US Attorney position. Zachary Fardon leads the newly opened office in Chicago.

Excellent in every respect’, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP have recently welcomed back a number of key partners: In Washington DC, William Barr re-joined after serving as US Attorney General, Neil Eggleston re-joined after serving as White House Counsel to President Barack Obama, and Erica Williams re-joined from an associate counsel position in the Obama White House. The Chicago-based Mark Filip leads the team; he acted alongside Andrew Genser in New York and Viet Dinh in Washington DC for a Chinese real estate billionaire in a criminal case alleging conspiracy to violate the FCPA. The practice is also representing Allergan in various state and federal investigations, congressional inquiries and civil suits related to its sale and marketing of opioid painkillers. It also acted for General Motors in the high-profile ignition switch litigation and related government investigations, leading to a corporate criminal resolution with the DOJ.

Kobre & Kim’s ‘determined and creative’ team is most noted for its strength in individual representations, although it also has a strong corporate white-collar practice. Acting as co-counsel with Arnold & Porter, Jonathan Cogan in New York and the Miami-based Matthew Menchel defended Salomon Melgen, MD in two separate criminal matters, including the alleged bribery of his co-defendant, Senator Robert Menendez, in the New Jersey action and a healthcare fraud trial in Florida. In Washington DC Eric Bruce is representing a witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. On the corporate front, the firm is acting as part of the independent monitor team of General Motors and is representing clients in several CFTC investigations. The practice is led from the New York office by founding partners Steven Kobre and the ‘brilliantly inventive and respected’ Michael Kim.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is an ‘outstanding’ firm that regularly represents clients in high-profile matters. Dani James and litigation co-chair, Barry Berke successfully defended New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio against charges brought by the Manhattan District Attorney, relating to election fundraising activities. Berke is also representing the FIFA Secretary General, Jérôme Valcke, in matters relating to the DOJ’s recent criminal charges against individuals associated with FIFA. Gary Naftalis is representing the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of a major healthcare company that is overseeing its management’s response to a DOJ healthcare fraud investigation. ‘Excellent, smart, strategic and unflappable’ practice head Paul Schoeman is also recommended.

New York-based boutique Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP has an exceptional reputation for representing executives in the financial services and energy sectors. Frank Wohl defended the former head of forex cash trading at HSBC, who was found guilty of conspiracy and wire fraud in October 2017. Daniel Gitner represented Peter Galbraith Kelly, a co-defendant of Joseph Percoco in a bribery trial. Helen Gredd represented Jeffery Curran, the former vice president of accountancy and reporting at Obsidian Energy in a case brought by the SEC alleging accounting fraud. Also recommended are founding partner John Siffert, Charles Spada and Gabrielle Friedman.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s global practice is led by San Francisco-based Steven Bauer, New York-based Benjamin Naftalis and ‘outstanding advocateKathryn Ruemmler in Washington DC, who is ‘without equal in handling risk’. Ruemmler is representing former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, in multiple congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election. In New York, Christopher Clark represented Lee Stewart, a former Rabobank trader and cooperating witness in the high-profile LIBOR prosecution. On the corporate side, the team is representing Dow Chemical in an FCA lawsuit relating to a whistleblower allegation that the defendant owed federal government $70bn in fines. ‘Excellent litigatorJonathan Su is also recommended. Nicholas McQuaid joined the New York office from the Obama White House in June 2017.

Top-notch’ New York advocacy boutique, Levine Lee LLP is noted for its ‘zealous and skilful’ handling of investigations and trial matters. The practice is co-led by ‘smart, strategic thinker’ Seth Levine and the ‘excellent’ Kenneth Lee. The firm is representing former Deutsche Bank trader, Gavin Black, in connection with global investigations into the alleged manipulation of LIBOR interest rates. It is also representing Anthony Blumberg, the former CEO of ConvergEx Global Markets, in civil and criminal cases pending in the New Jersey District Court concerning unusual trading practices. Also recommended are ‘brilliant strategist’ Scott Klugman and the ‘level-headed and practical’ Jillian Berman.

Linklaters LLP continues to act as lead defense counsel for New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, in an FCA suit (with a motion to dismiss pending) concerning improper use of unemployment funds. It also secured an acquittal for Pablo Calderon at the appeal stage of a corruption case. Key figures in the Washington DC office include Matthew Axelrod, who joined in March 2017 from the DOJ, Adam Lurie, and securities expert Doug Davison, who joined from WilmerHale in August 2017. Also recommended are the New York-based James Warnot and Douglas Tween.

Mayer Brown’s team is led by the ‘well-regarded’ Greg Deis and William Michael Jr in Chicago; Kelly Kramer in Washington DC; and Daniel Stein in New York. The group represented Las Vegas Sands in connection with DOJ and SEC FCPA investigation involving whistleblower allegations regarding the company’s conduct in Macau, resulting in a deferred prosecution. Washington DC’s Laurence Urgenson (who is noted for his ‘extensive white-collar expertise’) was selected by the DOJ and SEC to lead LATAM Airlines Group’s independent monitorship, in connection with an FCPA enforcement action. New York’s Michael Martinez represented Hugo Jinkis, who was indicted by the Eastern District of New York US Attorney’s Office for his alleged role in obtaining broadcasting and advertising rights to FIFA soccer tournaments through $110m in commercial bribes. In January 2018, Glen Kopp joined the New York office from Bracewell LLP.

The ‘very good, business-oriented’ practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is led by David Rosenbloom in Chicago. Particularly noted for its expertise in the healthcare space, Rosenbloom and Boston’s Dana McSherry successfully defended Amgen in a qui tam FCA case alleging the client caused the government to reimburse unnecessary prescriptions for its anaemia drug, Epogen. Charles Weir and Gordon Greenberg in Los Angeles are assisting a number of Fortune 500 companies with internal investigations in connection with allegations of improper payments to employees of state-owned entities in China and other east Asian jurisdictions. Also recommended are Laura McLane and Mark Pearlstein in Boston, and Marisa Chun in Silicon Valley, who leads the Bay Area litigation practice group. In March 2018, Mike Piazza joined in Los Angeles from DLA Piper LLP (US) .

McGuireWoods LLP’s practice is led by the well-regarded John Adams in Richmond and is noted for its expertise in energy enforcement matters and anti-corruption compliance. Based in the firm’s Charlotte office, Kenneth Bell is serving as the court-appointed receiver for the ZeekRewards Ponzi scheme following a major SEC investigation. Based in Washington DC, Todd Mullins represented two former energy traders at Barclays Bank in connection with a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) investigation into the manipulation of Western US energy markets. He is also representing NextEra Energy Resources and PSEG Services Corporation in a first-of-its-kind complaint case at the FERC seeking to prevent state subsidies from interfering with the ISO-New England wholesale energy market.

Key figures at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP include global litigation and arbitration group head George Canellos and practice group leader Daniel Perry. Canelos and Katherine Goldstein represent a partner at a private equity firm who has been charged with insider trading by the Southern District of New York US Attorney’s Office. Canelos is also representing two major accounting firms in an SEC investigation into potential conflict of interest breaches. Tawfiq Rangwala and James Cavoli represent a US national bank in a DOJ criminal investigation into the adequacy of the bank’s Bank Secrecy Act and AML compliance program, and potential criminal obstruction by senior executives. Antonia Apps and Scott Edelman are also key practitioners.

Washington DC-based Miller & Chevalier Chartered is highly respected for its work for high-profile individuals in major FCPA and - drawing on the firm’s well-respected tax law practice - Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA) cases. Andrew Wise was elected head of the litigation department effective July 2017 and has extensive experience defending clients in white collar criminal and civil trials. Mark Rochon (who was promoted to chair of the white-collar defense practice in March 2018) and John Davis conducted a multi-jurisdictional internal investigation on behalf of VEON (formerly VimpelCom) into alleged FCPA violations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. William Barry joined from Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP in May 2017 and has an exemplary track record in corporate representations. Former chair of the practice, Barry Pollack joined Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber in March 2018.

MoloLamken LLP is a litigation boutique with particular expertise in white-collar defense and investigations. The practice is led from the New York office by ‘competent, engaging and personable’ founding partner Steven Molo; he acted alongside Washington DC-based Justin Shur and Robert Kry for the former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, on charges of public corruption. Molo and Shur are also representing Martin Winterkorn, the former CEO of Volkswagen, in connection with investigations into the widely publicized allegations that the company misrepresented vehicle emissions information. New York’s Jessica Ortiz is also recommended.

The ‘outstanding’ global practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is led by the Philadelphia-based Eric Sitarchuk, while Timothy Burke in Boston leads the securities enforcement and litigation practice. Sitarchuk acted alongside Miami’s Alison Tanchyk in achieving a favorable resolution for a communications manufacturing company after a lengthy DOJ and SEC FCPA investigation, resulting in a non-prosecution agreement and no monitorship, based on the company’s self-disclosure and substantial remedial efforts. Based in Santa Monica, ‘top white-collar defense lawyer’ Nathan Hochman represented former Hollywood business manager, Jonathan Schwartz, in a DOJ criminal investigation and prosecution relating to the client’s embezzlement of $7m and accounting fraud. Chicago’s Tinos Diamantatos and ‘smart and tough’ Kelly Moore in New York are also recommended.

At Morrison & Foerster LLP, the Washington DC-based Charles Duross is handling the monitorship of Odebrecht following a high-profile and multi-jurisdictional coordinated action taken by US, Brazilian and Swiss regulators. The group also represents high-profile individuals in numerous cross-border criminal matters. The team welcomed John Carlin, who joined the New York office from the DOJ; Christin Joy Hill, who joined the San Francisco office from a senior in-house position at Uber Technologies; and Joshua Hill, who also joined the San Francisco office, from Sidley Austin LLP. Also recommended are experienced trial lawyer Carrie Cohen in New York, and in Washington DC, FCPA expert James Koukios and the ‘thoughtful, diligent and strategic’ Stacey Sprenkel.

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. commands industry-wide respect for its investigations and trial work for individuals, particularly senior executives across a range of fields. ‘Dean of the practice’, Elkan Abramowitz, continues to attract major clients. Benjamin Fischer and the ‘smart and experiencedJonathan Sack are representing a former employee of Platinum Partners in a criminal case concerning allegations of fraud connected with the valuation and marketing of the hedge fund. Lawrence Iason and Robert Anello are also recommended alongside Catherine Foti, Jodi Misher Peikin and SEC enforcement expert Lawrence Bader.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s ‘distinguished’ white-collar practice is chaired by Houston’s Gerry Pecht and was greatly boosted by firm's merger with Chadbourne & Parke LLP. New York’s Bill Leone is representing Javier Martin-Artajo, a former JPMorgan executive who supervised the ‘London Whale’, in civil, criminal and administrative proceedings brought by regulatory enforcement authorities in multiple jurisdictions. Washington DC-based healthcare crime expert Rick Robinson secured a resolution for Walgreen in a national investigation by the DOJ into alleged FCA and anti-kickback violations concerning its Prescription Savings Club. In May 2018, Abbe Lowell moved to Winston & Strawn LLP.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s Seth Aronson in Los Angeles represented American Apparel founder, Dov Charney, in an SEC investigation into alleged accounting irregularities, resulting in a withdrawal of plans to recommend an enforcement case. Los Angeles-based practice head, Steve Olson and the ‘knowledgeable’ David Kirman in Century City represented the CenturyLink board of directors in an investigation into allegations that customers were overcharged for services. The group was also retained by the Wynn Resorts board of directors in connection with an internal investigation into allegations of sexual impropriety against the company’s chairman and CEO, Steve Wynn. Key figures in San Francisco include Daniel Bookin and the ‘amazing’ Sharon Bunzel.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is a ‘force to be reckoned with’ for corporate representations, and is highly respected for its monitorship work. In San Francisco, ‘top attorney’ Pamela Davis, and Lily Becker are noted for their expertise in Asia Pacific and Latin America. In New York, ‘fierce advocate’ Guy Singer, who is ‘technically expert’ in AML and other white-collar matters, represented Zimmer Biomet Holdings in DOJ and SEC investigations into potential FCPA violations, successfully obtaining declinations. In Washington DC, well-regarded FCPA expert William Jacobson was selected, alongside Singer, by the DOJ and SEC to serve as the independent compliance monitor of Braskem as part of the settlement of the Operation Carwash investigation. The firm merged with securities litigation boutique Morvillo LLP in January 2018, adding Richard Morvillo and Gregory Morvillo, both of whom are expert in handling SEC enforcement actions.

At Paul Hastings LLP, Robert Luskin and the ‘focused’Jay Darden in Washington DC represented Braskem in joint DOJ and SEC investigations, and coordinated the client’s Swiss and Brazilian counsel in the major multi-jurisdictional FCPA investigation concerning its dealings with Odebrecht. New York’s Gary Giampetruzzi, Houston’s Joy Dowdle and Washington DC’s Tim Dickinson (‘one of the most experienced anti-corruption practitioners in the country’) represented Pfizer in connection with its self-monitorship obligations following its SEC and DOJ FCPA investigations. The team is also representing the former supervisor of the money market desk at Deutsche Bank, Matthew Connolly, in a pending DOJ prosecution following a LIBOR investigation.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s New York-based team comprises ‘white-collar legends and elite trial luminaries’ that are ‘without peer’. The firm is noted for its ability to handle individual and corporate representations in almost every major regulated industry. The group acted for JPMorgan Chase in a major US government FCPA investigation into hiring practices in its Chinese office, averting criminal charges. The firm is also representing Citigroup in a variety of investigatory matters before the DOJ, including in a global AML probe. In a non-institutional mandate, it is acting as lead counsel to 21st Century Fox on multiple investigations concerning allegations of sexual harassment against the former CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, and the presenter, Bill O’Reilly. The group also acts for a variety of senior executives in FCPA, insider trading and fraud matters, in addition to representations before major congressional inquiries. Key practitioners include Lorin Reisner, who co-chairs the white-collar and regulatory defense practice; Theodore Wells, who is ‘an unparalleled legal expert’; Daniel Kramer; and Roberto Gonzalez, who specializes in AML and sanctions matters. Firm chairman Brad Karp is also highly regarded.

At Pepper Hamilton LLP, the Philadelphia-based Richard Zack represented electronic payments processor Intercept in numerous investigations and enforcement matters, including a DOJ investigation, subpoenas in New York and Vermont, and assistance with civil investigative demands from federal authorities. Also recommended in Philadelphia is Thomas Gallagher, who secured a deferred prosecution for Olympus and is now guiding the client through a three-year DOJ imposed monitorship related to a scheme to pay kickbacks to doctors and hospitals to use proprietary medical device products. Practice chair Michael Schwartz is based in Philadelphia. Martin Bloor joined the New York office of Cozen O'Connor in November 2017.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP handles investigations and criminal matters for a mixture of senior executives and financial institutional clients, Swiss Banks in particular. The practice is co-led from New York by Mark Hellerer, Maria Galeno and William Sullivan, who splits time in Washington DC. Highlights included representing Andras Balogh, a former Director of Central Strategic Organization for Magyar Telekom in connection with a lawsuit brought by the SEC concerning alleged FCPA violations committed by the company and its former executives. It also represented Julio Rocha, a FIFA development officer in an ongoing FBI investigation into allegations of wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering. Washington DC’s Thomas Hill and New York’s Carolina Fornos are recommended for corporate representations. Former federal prosecutor Markenzy Lapointe joined the Miami office from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in August 2017.

Proskauer Rose LLP is acting for a number of institutional clients in bet-the-company cases, as well as handling a number of white-collar crime matters for senior-level individuals. New York-based practice co-head Robert Cleary focuses on white-collar criminal defense, SEC and related enforcement matters, securities litigation, tax controversies and internal investigations. Fellow co-head Dietrich Snell, also based in New York, has extensive experience representing senior executives involved in civil and criminal investigations and prosecutions before state and federal law enforcement and regulatory authorities. Also recommended are Bart Williams and Manuel Cachán in Los Angeles.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice acts for clients in a multitude of global, bet-the-industry corporate investigations, in addition to substantial individual representations. In Washington DC, the highly regarded William Burck is representing Reince Priebus, Don McGahn, Steve Bannon and several other senior White House and Administration officials in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election. Also based in Washington DC, Juan Morillo is representing prominent former Honduran politicians, Yani Rosenthal and Jaime Rosenthal, in connection with a criminal prosecution and parallel Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) investigation. The group continues to represent FIFA and CONMEBOL in parallel US and Swiss criminal FCPA investigations against current and former soccer officials. It is also representing Odebrecht in criminal and civil actions brought by the DOJ, Brazilian and Swiss regulators in connection with the Operation Carwash scandal. Also recommended is trial lawyer and chair of the white-collar and corporate investigations group in Houston, David Gerger.

Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP is renowned for its internal investigation work. New York’s David Massey is representing the incarcerated former Volkswagen executive, Oliver Schmidt, in connection with the DOJ’s investigation into the company’s alleged wire fraud and Clean Air Act violations. On the corporate front, the practice represented the board of Petrobras in connection with multi-jurisdictional government investigations, civil litigation and remediation efforts after the high-profile Operation Carwash scandal. The group is also assisting Argentine broadcaster, Torneos y Competencias, with its remediation efforts following the prosecution and investigation of FIFA officials accused of bribery. Other key figures in New York include ‘wise and experienced’ founding partner Lee Richards and Shari Brandt. Jeffrey Lehtman and Audrey Laning Ingram are recommended in Washington DC.

Ropes & Gray LLP’s group is headed by Joshua Levy in Boston and Michael McGovern in New York. McGovern acted alongside Boston-based Joan McPhee and Aaron Katz, as well as Doug Hallward-Driemeier in Washington DC, for Kurt Mix in a two-count felony obstruction of justice case in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, leading to a community service sentence with no fine or restitution. Levy is representing Interline Brands in an investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General into potential claims under the FCA. Marc Berger left the practice in December 2017 to become director of the New York regional office of the SEC.

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is particularly noted for its individual representations, although it also handles high-profile criminal and investigatory matters on the corporate side - primarily in the financial services space. The practice is co-led by Barry Bohrer in New York and Adam Hoffinger in Washington DC. Bohrer is currently representing Joseph Percoco, former senior aid and campaign manager to New York governor Andrew Cuomo, in an investigation by the FBI and Manhattan federal prosecutor into improper lobbying and conflicts of interest. Peter White, who divides his time between Washington DC and New York, is representing a former executive of SunTrust Mortgage, indicted for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the Eastern District of Virginia. New York’s Seetha Ramachandran, Betty Santangelo and Gary Stein lead on AML matters.

Shearman & Sterling LLP is best known for its representations in the financial services industry, of both individuals and banks. The practice is jointly led by Adam Hakki and Stephen Fishbein in New York, and includes deputy head Patrick Robbins in San Francisco. The group is acting for the independent directors of Wells Fargo in connection with an independent investigation into the bank’s retail sales practices. It is also assisting Citigroup with respect to US regulatory and enforcement inquiries concerning a major fraud perpetrated against the company’s Mexican unit, Banamex. Robbins is representing the former CFO of Logitech in a contested SEC enforcement action, while Fishbein and New York-based John Nathanson are representing a former health insurance specialist at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, in criminal and civil insider trading proceedings brought by the SEC. Washington DC’s Philip Urofsky is recommended for ‘very strong professional knowledge in the area of anti-corruption’.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is praised for its ‘excellent service, prompt responses, good understanding and great attentiveness’. Highlights for the group included representing the healthcare company, Pacific Pulmonary Services, in parallel criminal and civil FCA investigations into allegations the company paid illegal kickbacks for Medi-Cal, Medicare and Tricare referrals, resulting in a declination of criminal actions and a favorable civil settlement. It also successfully represented Rubicon Resources and three Thai companies against charges of Human Trafficking with respect to Cambodian migrant workers; the charges were dismissed at federal court. The practice is jointly led by Bryan Daly and ‘quality lawyerCharles Kreindler in Los Angeles, and San Francisco’s Raymond Marshall. Bethany Hengsbach, Scott Roybal and Christopher Hale are other key practitioners in Los Angeles.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s ‘highly sophisticated’ practice is led from New York by Mark Stein and Paul Curnin. Stein was appointed by the DOJ and SEC to serve as global corporate compliance and FCPA monitor for Avon Products, which entered into a deferred prosecution agreement concerning alleged bribery of Chinese government officials. New York’s Jonathan Youngwood and Palo Alto’s James Kreissman are representing Alibaba in an ongoing SEC investigation into various accounting practices. Curnin and Kreissman are representing the outside directors of Pacific Gas and Electricity Company in two lawsuits concerning the October 2017 California wildfires. Washington DC’s Jeffrey Knox is representing a high-profile individual connected with the DOJ’s FIFA corruption investigation. New York’s Nicholas Goldin is another key practitioner.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s government enforcement and white-collar crime group defends a mixture of companies and individuals in criminal prosecutions and parallel civil matters. The global practice is led by David Zornow in New York, who is acting for Valeant Pharmaceuticals International in an SEC investigation into matters pertaining to its financial restatement and its distributor relationship with Philidor. Zornow and Jocelyn Strauber is representing more than a dozen current and former employees or associates of Odebrecht and Braskem in connection with a high-profile FCPA investigation by the DOJ’s fraud section. Steven Glaser and Boris Bershteyn are representing Barclays Capital in connection with a number of government investigations and litigations. Los Angeles-based trial lawyer Richard Marmaro (‘one of the best in the country’) defended former Advanced Medical Optics CEO, James Mazzo, in connection with SEC and DOJ actions alleging insider trading activity - leading to a mistrial verdict.

Squire Patton Boggs’ government investigations and white-collar practice is now led by Joseph Walker following Samuel Rosenthal’s departure to Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Washington DC office in November 2017. The group represented a variety of foreign financial institutions in the Middle East, Africa and Asia in connection with potential violations of sanctions and money laundering law. Washington DC’s Rodney Slater was appointed independent monitor of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles by the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration, in a case concerning alleged FCA violations. Rebekah Poston and Alfredo Anzola lead on several high-profile investigatory and compliance matters from the Miami office.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s practice is led by Jason Weinstein in Washington DC and Chris Niewoehner in Chicago. The team served as lead counsel to Volkswagen in connection with the criminal investigation and prosecution by the DOJ arising from the diesel emissions controversy, achieving a significantly reduced penalty for the company. ‘Superb trial lawyer’ Reid Weingarten splits his time between Washington DC and New York and led the defense of Richard Ireland against 79 counts of honest services bribery and money laundering in connection with allegations that Ireland bribed Pennsylvania’s former state treasurer, resulting in a full acquittal.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has a strong reputation for corporate representations and plays a leading role in a number of major law enforcement initiatives. The practice is led by the ‘outstandingNicolas Bourtin in New York, who is representing Wells Fargo alongside Washington DC-based Christopher Viapiano in connection with government investigations into the client’s sales practices. The team serves as national coordinating counsel for Volkswagen in multiple global litigations and investigations stemming from the emissions scandal, leading to several major environmental and consumer claim settlements. Samuel Seymour successfully represented Deutsche Bank in an internal investigation of suspicious securities trading involving customers and counterparties of subsidiaries in Moscow and London. Karen Patton Seymour joined Goldman Sachs and former practice chair, Steven Peikin, joined the SEC. The Washington DC practice added a number of former government lawyers, including Renata Hesse and Aisling O’Shea, both of whom joined from the DOJ. Adam Szubin joined the New York office from the Treasury Department.

Vinson & Elkins LLP is noted for its ‘extraordinary service and sophisticated understanding of various industries and government investigations’. The government investigations practice is headed by Clifford Thau in New York. San Francisco’s Matthew Jacobs is recommended for healthcare and FCA-related work, while Washington DC’s Craig Seebald stands out for his criminal defense expertise. Recent work includes representing KBR in multiple FCA cases concerning the company’s logistical support of US military forces during the war in Iraq. Washington DC’s William Lawler represented Michael Marshall, who has been indicted in connection with allegations of government program fraud concerning various small business administration programs. Other clients include BAE Systems and Southwest Airlines.

New York-based Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is particularly noted for its corporate representations. Clients of David Anders have included the NBA and Monsanto. Wayne Carlin is a former director at the SEC’s New York regional office. Ralph Levene and John Savarese are also recommended.

The practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is ‘excellent on all levels’. Washington DC-based practice co-head Steven Tyrrellis representing a former Insys executive in connection with a DOJ Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) prosecution into allegations of healthcare fraud and kickbacks, and is acting for Vantage Drilling International with respect to a DOJ and SEC investigation into alleged FCPA violations in connection to its dealings with Petrobras. New York-based co-head, Christopher Garcia, represented FXCM in separate CFTC and National Futures Association investigations, concerning alleged misrepresentation of offering documents - resulting in a favorable settlement. New York’s Sarah Coyne and Washington DC-based FCPA and healthcare specialist Holly Loiseau are also recommended.

Led by Washington DC’s Darryl Lew, White & Case LLP has a global practice that is known for providing ‘very strong commercial acumen and smart advice’ to multi-jurisdictional corporate criminal and investigatory matters, particularly in Latin America. Miami’s Daniel Fridman and Michael Garcia are assisting JBS with its implantation of a global compliance program, in connection with a leniency agreement executed by the client’s parent company following a corruption investigation involving the president of Brazil. ‘A real trial lawyer with a lot of leadership skills’, Boston’s Michael Kendall has extensive FCPA, FCA and anti-kickback expertise, and represents a number of senior executives involved in criminal investigations. New York’s Virginia Chavez Romano is another key practitioner with a focus on securities fraud matters.

Williams & Connolly LLP’s Washington DC-based team has earned ‘a lot of credibility as trial lawyers’ through ‘consistently strong’ representations of CEOs, senior politicians, executives and government officials before the DOJ and SEC. The firm also acts for mid-sized corporates and public institutions in a variety of matters involving FCPA, anti-kickback, AML and securities fraud laws. Having successfully represented MoneyGram in an AML investigation leading to a deferred prosecution, David Zinn is now handling the client’s interactions with its Monitor and the DOJ. Enu Mainigi is acting as lead and national counsel for Cardinal Health in investigations, litigation and congressional investigations relating to the company’s distributions of opioid medication. The distinguished Emmet Flood is recommended for individual representations alongside Joseph Petrosinelli, Kevin Downey and Lance Wade. The well-respected Brendan Sullivan is a key practitioner for corporate representations.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s New York-based Senior Counsel Martin Klotz acted alongside ‘reliable’ practice co-head Michael Schachter for Deerfield Management in a DOJ and SEC insider trading investigation, in which three investment professionals were criminally charged but. They achieved a favorable resolution for the client, which was not found accountable of any misconduct. Schachter also won a reversal and complete dismissal of charges for Anthony Allen, Rabobank’s former global head of liquidity and finance, in a major LIBOR manipulation case before the US Court of Appeals. He is currently defending former Adidas employee, James Gatto, against federal wire fraud and money laundering charges in connection with payments to student athletes to assist in college basketball recruiting efforts. Washington DC-based co-head William Stellmach and the New York-based Amelia Cottrell are also recommended.

WilmerHale’s ‘highly responsive and professional’ team is noted for its ‘outstanding’ FCPA and AML expertise. The practice is headed by Boyd Johnson III in New York, Stephen Jonas in Boston and Washington DC-based partners Howard Shapiro and Kimberly Parker, who also co-chairs the FCPA and anti-corruption groups. Randall Lee in Los Angeles and William McLucas in Washington DC are representing the special committee of independent directors of the Banc of California in internal investigations into potentially improper related party transactions and relationships. Based in New York, Jay Holtmeier and Erin Sloane represented Johnson controls in a self-disclosed DOJ and SEC investigation into alleged FCPA violations in China. Jeannie Rhee left the firm to join special counsel Robert Mueller’s team handling the Russia investigation.

Winston & Strawn LLP’s team is headed by Robb Adkins in New York and Seth Farber in San Francisco, and includes Chicago-based practitioners Dan Webb and Daniel Rubinstein. Webb is representing the City of Ferguson in the DOJ civil rights division’s investigation into the city’s police department and municipal court following alleged police misconduct after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in August 2014. Webb acted alongside Matthew Carter in Chicago for Ukrainian businessman, Dmitry Firtash, in an FCPA case pending in the Northern District of Illinois concerning bribery associated with Indian titanium mining licenses. Rubinstein led for Citadel on an internal investigation into cybercrime conducted by two former employees. In another key mandate, the group is representing MegaUpload and its founder, Kim Dotcom, at the extradition stage of a criminal copyright case launched by the DOJ. In May 2018, superstar Abbe Lowell joined from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. He is based out of the Washington DC and New York offices.

Zuckerman Spaeder’s well-regarded practice in Washington DC is noted for its representations of c-suite executives in high-profile investigations and criminal defense matters. William Taylor III represented Don Blankenship in connection with a high-profile criminal mine-safety case. The group is also representing Fusion GPS in connection with a House Intelligence Committee investigation relating to the client’s role in producing the Trump dossier. Aitan Goelman re-joined the group in June 2017 after serving as enforcement director at the CFTC. Other key figures include Dwight Bostwick, Steven Salky and Caroline Judge Mehta, as well as Morris Weinberg and Jack Fernandez in Tampa.

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