Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense in United States
With a solid base in New York, the team at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is mostly known for defending financial institutions in investments and enforcement proceedings arising from securities and commodities laws. Expertise in the group includes cases involving insider trading, kickbacks, accounting fraud and market manipulation. The team is also called upon to assist clients with regulatory and criminal investigations related to new technologies. The group is jointly led by Chuck Connolly and Mike Asaro. In the New York office, James Benjamin and Robert Hotz are recommended, while the Washington DC office houses investigations expert Paul Butler and Chuck Connolly, who has expertise in the FCPA, Bank Secrecy Act and AML legislation. In January 2019, the Washington DC office was joined by Karen Christian, who served as general counsel of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce and chief counsel to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations; and Claudius Modesti, the first director of the Division of Enforcement at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
Chuck Connolly; Mike Asaro
Special Committee of the Papa John’s Board of Directors
Tower Research Capital LLC
- On February 26, 2019, the DOJ announced the repatriation of stolen assets to the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic arising from the corruption and theft of government funds by the prior regime of Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his son Maxim Bakiyev. A team from Akin Gump assisted the Kyrgyz Republic in this matter.
- Represented a special committee of the Papa John’s board of directors in connection with circumstances surrounding John Schnatter’s resignation as chairman of the Papa John’s board. We conducted an independent audit and investigation of workplace culture, policies and practices related to diversity and inclusion, supplier and vendor engagement and Papa John’s corporate culture.
- Represented Morgan Stanley in its role as a witness in United States v. Benjamin Chow, a criminal insider trading case in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Chow is co-founder and partner of China-backed private equity firm Canyon Bridge Capital Partners. The case arose from Mr. Chow’s alleged misappropriation of material non-public information about a pending M&A transaction involving Lattice Semiconductor.
- Represented Steve Ku, formerly the CFO and COO at Visium Asset Management, a major New York based hedge fund, in an investigation arising from a scheme to mismark illiquid positions that was devised and carried out by corrupt portfolio managers at Visium.
- Representing Andreas Kohler in connection with a criminal investigation by the United States Department of Justice into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related statutes arising out of the plea by Rolls Royce to FCPA violations in Central Asia and China.
Owing to the firm-wide strengths and its solid presence in New York, London and Hong Kong, Allen & Overy LLP's team excels in representing financial institutions, and their senior officers, directors and external advisors, in major US government and cross-border investigations. The department is led from New York by 'star' David Esseks, who 'has excellent judgment, great experience, and boundless energy'. Also in New York, Michael Feldberg is a seasoned litigator, with expansive experience in defense of federal criminal and regulatory cases. Eugene Ingoglia is an expert in securities law and anti-corruption.
‘The A&O team is very strong. They have successfully built a group that spans different generations – not an easy task – and they also have managed to maintain an excellent NY based practice within the context of the global powerhouse of A&O.’
‘David Esseks is a star – he has excellent judgment, great experience, and boundless energy‘
‘The team of David Esseks and Eugene Ingoglia is particularly strong. Both are very experienced litigators and trial lawyers, who have done a lot of work for both entities and individuals in the financial industry.’
‘The firms’ UK platform is extremely helpful on cross-border matters, which include FX/LIBOR and related trading investigations.’
‘Experience and expertise is exceptional, approach is highly strategic, practical, straight-forward and based on transparency and earning trust with the government.’
- Advising an international financial institution in connection with a cross-border regulatory investigation into the client’s hiring practices in the APAC region.
- Retained in connection with a government investigation involving alleged spoofing of multiple products on U.S. and Asia based exchanges, including S&P 500 Futures.
- We were retained in connection with a CFTC/Exchange Investigation of alleged spoofing involving the global sugar markets.
- Defended a hedge fund partner at trial on criminal insider trading charges in a high-profile case.
- We represented Sheldon Silver, in the retrial of corruption charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Arnold & Porter is most notable for its representation of corporates and individuals in the healthcare and life sciences sector. The group has particular expertise defending qui tam whistleblower, FCA and anti-kickback cases, and has also been instructed in a number of matters arising from the Trump administration's focus on the opioid industry. Financial services are another key focus, and the group has substantial depth of experience in securities investigations and FCPA matters. The group is jointly-led by Amy Jeffress in Washington DC, who has strengths in national and international security issues, including investigations, extradition requests and mutual legal assistance; and Marcus Asner, an experienced trial lawyer in the firm's New York office. In November 2019, Suneeta Hazra joined the Denver office after serving as chief of the criminal division for the US Attorney's Office in Colorado, to further bolster the firm's capabilities for opioid-related cases. Also recommended are Washington DC's John Nassikas, noted for his corporate representations, and New York's Michael Rogoff, who is a veteran trial lawyer.
Amy Jeffress; Marcus Asner
Former Embraer executive Colin Steven
Salomon Melgen, M.D.
Jessica Richman, CEO of uBiome
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi
Eli Lilly & Co
The Wanaque Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation
- Defending Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi in state and federal governmental investigations and enforcement actions related to the promotion of Plavix.
- Defending Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the United States, in several litigations filed under the False Claims Act.
- Representing the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in regulatory, legislative, and civil investigations relating to a viral outbreak that resulted in the deaths of eleven pediatric residents and the illness of 24 others.
- Defense of former Embraer executive Colin Steven in a global FCPA investigation by the Department of Justice.
- Defending Dr. Salomon Melgen at trial against claims of bribing US Senator Robert Menendez, and successfully argued for acquitting both men of all charges involving First Amendment-protected political contributions.
Baker & Hostetler LLP's white-collar, investigations and securities enforcement and litigation team is adept in securities, FCPA, accounting and regulatory defense issues. It has developed a particularly strong practice representing individuals, as well as regularly defending corporations. The group is jointly led from New York by George Stamboulidis and John Carney – both of whom are noted for representing financial institutions – and Steven Dettelbach, who splits his time between Cleveland and Washington DC while specializing in cybersecurity, corruption and FCPA issues. Also in the Cleveland office is Carole Rendon, who has expertise in FCPA and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). In March 2020, the firm established its San Francisco office with the lateral hire of Robb Adkins, who joined the team from Winston & Strawn LLP.
George Stamboulidis; Steven Dettelbach; John Carney
- Represented David Pruitt, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, in a joint SEC and DOJ investigation regarding allegations of accounting fraud in his position at a major defense contractor who had been charged with multiple securities law violations.
- Defending Armond Budish, a high-level elected official, against allegations of corruption in a criminal investigation. The matter, which is highly publicized and contentious, involves a wide-ranging probe being conducted by a Special Prosecutor in Ohio under the rubric of the State Attorney General and with the assistance of the FBI.
- Represented Louis Zuurhout in the DOJ’s FCPA investigation of Rolls-Royce and its employees. Assisted Mr. Zuurhout by learning the facts related to the investigation through the review of voluminous documents, by conducting numerous client interviews, and through numerous meetings with the DOJ attorneys.
- Represented Endo Health Solutions in hundreds of civil lawsuits arising from widespread opioid misuse. Plaintiffs, including State Attorneys General, individual municipalities, Native American tribes and putative class representatives, have sued Endo, along with other major pharmaceutical companies.
- Represents ten current and former executives of the global renewable energy company, SunEdison, in a series of civil actions as well as in federal criminal and regulatory investigations concerning the events that led to the company’s bankruptcy.
Baker Botts L.L.P. has a team whose 'experience and expertise is exceptional, approach is highly strategic, practical, straight-forward and based on transparency and earning trust with the government'. In addition to advising on compliance issues and risk assessments, the group is also adept in crisis management and defending companies or individuals in US and non-US criminal and civil enforcement matters, drawing on significant trial experience. The group is chaired from Washington DC by Alex Bourelly, who is joined in the office by Amy Conway-Hatcher, about whom one client remarks, 'knowing she is on the case allows me to sleep at night.' In New York, Lynn Neils has vast experience in criminal investigations and litigation, particularly in relation to FCPA violations and healthcare fraud. 2019 saw the group expand substantially, as a group of ten partners, including Steve Solow, joined from Katten. Another new arrival is securities fraud expert Brendan Quigley, who joined the New York office after serving in the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York.
Other key lawyers:
‘Experience and expertise is exceptional, approach is highly strategic, practical, straight-forward and based on transparency and earning trust with the government‘
‘Amy Conway-Hatcher has world class expertise, a strategic and practical approach, and the ability to see things at both the macro and micro level from an overall business impact and case perspective. Absolutely an indispensable leader – knowing she is on the case allows me to sleep at night.’
Harold Levinson Associates, Inc.
Hudson Housing Capital, LLC
Princess Cruise Lines
Wood Group PSN
- Advising Hudson Housing Capital, a syndicator in the low income housing tax credit market and registered investment advisory firm based in New York City, through an SEC inquiry into its compliance with the Investment Advisers Act.
- Representing Harold Levinson Associates, Inc. in a lawsuit alleging that HLA and the other defendants sold cigarettes to retailers in New York at prices below the statutory minimum set under the New York Cigarette Marketing Standards Act.
- Defended MabVax Therapeutics Holdings, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of antibody-based products for the treatment of cancer, against parallel civil and criminal investigations, and in ongoing securities litigation in Delaware.
- Advising a U.S. corporation on allegations of fraud, malfeasance and mismanagement in connection with various programs.
- Represented client in connection with a grand jury investigation spearheaded by the Fraud Section at Main Justice into possible FCPA violations relating to foreign country infrastructure.
Baker McKenzie LLP's 'global spread is a big competitive advantage, as the firm is able to cover multi-jurisdictional matters seamlessly'. The group, which consists of former DOJ and SEC attorneys, has substantial court experience, as well as expertise in cross-border investigations. The firm's caseload spans criminal FCPA, tax, securities, immigration and fraud matters. In Chicago, Peter Tomczak serves as chair of the North American litigation and government enforcement practice group, and is an expert in internal investigations, particularly relating to FCPA violations. In Washington DC, Richard Dean and Reagan Demas are noted as 'expert when it comes to anti-corruption investigations.' In New York, co-chair of the global compliance and investigations group William Devaney focuses on cross-border matters.
‘Baker’s global spread is a big competitive advantage, as the firm is able to cover multi-jurisdictional matters seamlessly. Particularly strong teams in the US, Germany, and London.’
‘William Devaney in NYC is experienced and effective. Rich Dean and Reagan Demas in DC are expert when it comes to anticorruption investigations.’
‘I was very impressed with the legal and technical skills of both William Devaney and Robin Haas in conducting the case.’
Seref Dogan Erbek
- We represented Seref Dogan Erbek in United States Securities and Exchange Commission v. Benjamin Wey, et al. (15 cv. 7116 (PKC)). This is a parallel proceeding to a criminal prosecution, United States v. Erbek, (15 Cr. 611 (AJN). Both matters alleged securities fraud and have been favorably settled
- Criminal counsel to Olaf Tepper, a German national, who was arrested upon his entry into the United States and criminally charged with Iranian economic sanctions violations.
Lawyers at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP are called upon to assist corporations, financial institutions and government entities with managing risk, while defending them in various government investigations and enforcement proceedings. The firm particularly excels in individual representations during cases relating to allegations of public corruption. The department is jointly-led from New York by former SEC enforcement attorney Andrew Michaelson and Peter Skinner, whose experience includes cases involving AML and RICO violations. Individual representations tend to be led by New York's Matthew Schwartz, a veteran trial lawyer, and David Willingham in Los Angeles, who has expertise in healthcare-fraud matters. The team in New York benefits from the presence of Ambassador David Pressman, who served as US Ambassador to the UN, and is well-versed in congressional investigations and issues arising from national security.
Andrew Michaelson; Peter Skinner; Matthew Schwartz; David Willingham
Other key lawyers:
Eric Brenner; David Pressman; Jaime Sneider
‘I have worked closely with two partners, Eric Brenner and Andrew Michaelson, who are particularly knowledgeable, practical and thorough. Andrew, in particular, is a tremendous resource for us when it comes to regulatory investigations‘
City of Almaty
Red Granite Pictures
HSBC North America Holdings
RD Legal Funding LLC
Former Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia
- Represented NIKE in connection with federal investigations into corruption in NCAA basketball and a related extortion scheme by celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti and an unnamed co-conspirator.
- Represents Uber Technologies in a civil action brought by Google alleging theft of autonomous vehicle trade secrets and in a DOJ investigation concerning the same alleged conduct.
- Representing senior executive in various investigations involving Bitfinex and Tether, including the NY Attorney General’s recently-filed action under the Martin Act, as well as investigations by the DOJ, CFTC, FinCEN, and other state and federal regulators
- Won an unheard of victory on behalf of Devon Archer, in convincing a Southern District of New York judge to throw out a securities fraud jury conviction in November 2018.
- Representing Former Malasyia Prime Minister Najib Razak. Riza Aziz and Red Granite Pictures in high-profile, multi-jurisdictional investigation involving foreign corruption and fraud in several sovereign wealth funds, as well as Hollywood production company Red Granite Pictures in connection with the related $4.5bn asset forfeiture case and related investigations that the DOJ has called the biggest “kleptocracy” matter of all time
- Serves as lead trial counsel in a federal criminal case on behalf of Vivian Tat, a bank employee charged with violations of the Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) statutes.
The team at Bracewell LLP has a broad white-collar practice, which includes FCPA violations, environmental crime, broker-dealer violations, accounting and financial fraud, as well as FCA matters. In terms of federal representations, the group is often instructed by companies and individuals under investigation by Congress, the DOJ, SEC and other government agencies. The group has developed a particularly active practice in defending employers against whistleblower claims. Washington DC's Stephen Braga, who joined from the University of Virginia's law department in January 2019, took over from New York's Paul Shechtman as chair of the firm's national group. In New York, Barbara Jones has developed a busy practice, and has taken on numerous special master and monitorship court appointments, alongside assisting institutions with governance issues following various crises. In Houston, Jeffery Vaden is the name to note for cross-border investigations. Matthew Nielsen joined the Dallas office from Stanton LLP in March 2019, and focuses on cases including securities law, export controls and sanctions and FCPA.
Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation
Franz H. Muller-Huber
- On April 26, 2018, Federal Judge Kimba Wood of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York appointed Bracewell’s Barbara Jones as special master in the government’s fraud investigation of President Trump’s long-time lawyer, Michael Cohen. Judge Wood made the appointment to help ensure proper procedures were followed in the review of the nearly 4 million files seized from Cohen’s home and office.
- On September 30, 2019, Bracewell’s Barbara Jones released her interim findings and recommendations as the independent reviewer and special counsel for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York regarding policies and procedures for responding to allegations of sexual abuse within the Archdiocese.
- Representing a former employee of an oil field service company in connection with a major corruption investigation.
- Representing this client in a healthcare fraud investigation in the Southern District of Texas.
- Representing a former National Football League (NFL) player in embezzlement investigation of a former business manager, who is now indicted in the Southern District of Texas.
Buckley LLP has developed a solid reputation for cross-border representations, as well as its work for individuals involved in investigations and engaged at trial. 'Very experienced, thorough and with a good bed-side manner', David Krakoff chairs the group from Washington DC, and sets the bar for corporate and executive representations in criminal, civil and parallel enforcement matters – particularly during cases involving fraud and corruption allegations. Hank Asbill, another trial lawyer, has recent experience in public corruption cases, while firm managing partner Benjamin Klubes stands out for his ability to handle internal and high-stakes government investigations. Lauren Randell is also of note, and has a track record in FCPA-related litigation. In January 2019, government investigations expert Veena Viswanatha was promoted to partner. All lawyers mentioned in the editorial are based in Washington DC.
Other key lawyers:
‘A very proficient team. I enjoy working with them on cross border issues. They have a strength and depth to regulatory and criminal issues.’
‘David Krakoff is very experienced, thorough and has a good bed side manner.’
Glen Omer Viau, Canadian executive in subsea technology industry
David Roberson, former Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Drummond Company
James A. Wolfe, former Director of Security for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
John Holland, former CEO of multiple Tenet Healthcare hospitals in the Atlanta region
Michael Curtler, Managing Director and Head of Global Financing London for Deutsche Bank
Charles Keiser, former executive of Chiquita Brands
- Represent a Canadian national, Glen Omer Viau, who has been charged by the National Security Section with making a false statement in a voluntary self-disclosure he submitted on behalf of a subsea technology company to the Office of Export Enforcement within the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
- David Roberson, former Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Drummond Company, was charged in federal court in Alabama along with Joel Gilbert and Steven McKinney, partners at Balch & Bingham LLP, with bribing former Alabama state legislator Oliver Robinson to take official actions to oppose proposals by the Environmental Protection Agency related to a Superfund Site in North Birmingham. Lead counsel Hank Asbill led a team of attorneys in defending David Roberson in a four week trial in July 2018.
- Represented James Wolfe, the former Director of Security for the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, who was charged with lying to the FBI about his contacts with reporters.
- Represent the former SVP of operations for Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s Southern States Region and CEO of North Fulton Medical Center
- Represent Michael Curtler, a former senior executive of Deutsche Bank who pleaded guilty to allegations of manipulating LIBOR, the widely used benchmark interest rate.
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP's team works closely with the firm's London offices to provide a transatlantic service for financial institutions and corporations involved in cross-border investigations and enforcement proceedings. The group has also developed an impressive practice representing individuals, notably in politically-sensitive matters. Jodi Avergun heads the team from Washington DC, where she draws on expertise in FCPA, securities enforcement and healthcare-sector matters. Based in Charlotte, Anne Tompkins stands out for corporate investigations, while Todd Blanche in New York has an active practice defending corporates and individuals against grand jury subpoenas, criminal charges and regulatory inquiries. In June 2019, Douglas Gansler joined the Washington DC office from Buckley LLP and heads the state attorneys general practice at the firm.
The 'absolutely top-notch' team at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is noted by clients for being 'particularly strong dealing with the SEC', a fact borne out by a stellar client list of financial institutions and hedge funds, in addition to multinational corporations. The group stands out for its track record in multi-jurisdictional investigations involving multiple enforcement authorities, in cases arising from AML, FCPA violations and other forms of corruption. Anirudh Bansal is a leader in the white-collar defense and investigations group, which sits within the wider litigation department, and is led by Herbert Washer, who takes the lead in several cases for financial institutions. For individuals, Nola Heller is the go-to name, with wide-ranging experience in federal investigations and trials. The 'truly outstanding' Bradley Bondi demonstrates 'seasoned judgment', and leads the securities enforcement practice, while often being called upon in DOJ and SEC enforcement matters. All lawyers mentioned are in New York, apart from Bondi, who works from Washington DC.
Anirudh Bansal; Herb Washer
Other key lawyers:
Brad Bondi; Brian Markley; David Wishengrad; Nola Heller
‘The team is first-rate. They are particularly strong dealing with the SEC. They exceed their peers in writing, client relations, responsiveness, tenacity, and technical knowledge‘
‘The Cahill team is absolutely top notch. They deliver unparalleled client service and subject matter expertise. They are incredible legal writers and advocates, as well as skilled negotiators. They are available around the clock and deliver advice in an incredibly timely manner. There is no other law firm that delivers the level of service that Cahill consistently delivers.‘
‘Brad Bondi is the man to see for individuals, boards of directors, and companies faced with legal problems involving the SEC or DOJ.’
‘I have worked closely with Brad Bondi on a couple of very sensitive topics. He is truly outstanding. He is not only the very best in his field of expertise, his seasoned judgment makes him the perfect sounding board for any important topic. On a five start scale five stars is not enough to describe him.‘
Audit Committee of Walmart, Inc.
Theodore Malloch (Mueller Investigation)
Bausch Health (and subsidiaries Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Salix Pharmaceuticals)
Carnival Corporation and Princess Cruise Lines
Global Power Equipment Group
- Represented Tesla in a high-profile, significant SEC enforcement action relating to statements made by Elon Musk via Twitter on August 7, 2018 claiming that there was “funding secured” for a transaction to take the Company private. The Cahill team led an extensive, fast-paced internal investigation that enabled Tesla to reach a quick and highly favorable resolution with the SEC for non-fraud charges that the company neither admitted nor denied.
- Represents former KPMG partner Thomas Whittle in United States v. David Middendorf, et al., 18 Cr. 36 (JPO), indicted in the Southern District of New York, in which Whittle and four others are charged in a high-profile case with wire fraud and related offenses. The client initially contested the charges against him, but ultimately became a cooperating witness and testified at a trial in the matter occurring in the Southern District of New York in February 2019.
- Secured a favorable resolution on behalf of two of the world’s biggest cruise companies, Carnival Corporation and Princess Cruise Lines, in a multidistrict and cross-border criminal investigation by the Department of Justice relating to alleged environmental violations in U.S. and international waters.
- Represented Global Power Equipment Group and certain current and former employees in connection with an SEC investigation. into possible securities law violations relating to disclosures Global Power made concerning certain financial information, including cost of sales and revenue recognition, as well as related accounting issues. At the conclusion of its investigation, the Enforcement Staff determined that it did not intend to recommend an enforcement action by the SEC against Global Power and send a “closing letter”.
- Successfully represented Bausch Health Companies (formerly Valient Pharmaceuticals) in connection with an SEC Enforcement investigation relating to Salix Pharmaceuticals, which Valeant acquired on April 1, 2015. The SEC investigated possible securities law violations by Salix and its former senior executives relating to disclosures by Salix of inventory amounts in the distribution channel in press releases, on analyst calls and in its SEC filings, as well as related accounting issues
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Known for its 'collaborative' approach and ability to 'deliver on big projects', the team at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is instructed by leading global institutions and corporations on criminal and regulatory matters, often coordinating efforts across multiple jurisdictions. Financial institutions are particularly well-served by the team, which regularly defends clients in investigations and criminal proceedings before the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity and Furtures Trading Commission (CFTC), as well as a variety of state enforcement agencies. The team includes insider trading and fraud expert David Brodsky and government investigations all-rounder Lev Dassin, who also has a broad crisis management practice. Joon Kim is a go-to practitioner for corporate representations, and brings with him heavyweight experience in sanctions matters; Breon Peace is noted for internal investigations, and 'clear leader in his field' Victor Hou continues to represent individuals in a variety of sensitive and politically sensitive matters. Lisa Vicens stands out for anti-corruption investigations and compliance, with a focus on Latin America. All lawyers mentioned are based out of New York.
‘The team is very collaborative, with a number of great partners who sub-in for each other, and very good associates‘
‘They work very well as a team and are able to deliver on big projects and respond to urgent deadlines in a seamless fashion‘
‘Victor Hou is a clear leader in his field and a joy to work with. He is not only highly intelligent, but also has the ability to communicate advice clearly and concisely‘
Nissan Motor Co
GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes
M. Dias Branco
- Cleary is representing Bosch in investigations and civil litigation in the United States in connection with the large-scale emissions scandal. The investigations in the U.S. are being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice as well as several federal regulators, including the EPA
- Counsel to several major financial institutions, including HSBC, Citigroup and goldman Sachs, in investigations by global regulators in the U.S., Europe and Asia concerning Foreign Exchange (FX) trading, and LIBOR, ISDAFIX and other benchmark rates, as well as in related civil litigation
- Representing GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes in connection with investigations by Brazilian and U.S. authorities of alleged bribe payments to senior Brazilian officials arising out of Brazil’s largescale anti-bribery scandal, Lava Jato
- Represented Commerzbank in an investigation by the CFTC related to swap dealer regulatory requirements adopted in the wake of Dodd-Frank
- Representing M. Dias Branco, the Special Committee of the Board of a Brazilian foodstuffs company, in connection with an independent investigation of allegations of bribes paid to senior Brazilian officials in connection with Operation Tieira Tema, a criminal investigation by Brazil’s federal prosecutors
Clifford Chance is well-situated to handle multi-jurisdictional investigations involving multiple regulatory authorities and government agencies, leveraging offices in London, Hong Kong and multiple EU jurisdictions. The group, which is instructed by an impressive list of financial institutions, has notable expertise in FCPA cases, as well as securities regulatory matters, and cases arising out of the cryptocurrency arena. Washington DC's David DiBari heads the team, and in addition to financial criminal representations, has a developing practice in economic sanctions and export control cases, and matters arising out of the US Patriot Act. Also in Washington DC, Joshua Berman is an anti-corruption expert. In New York, Celeste Koeleveld has significant experience dealing with regulatory agencies, while Christopher Morvillo is noted for cross-border investigations involving allegations of fraud.
‘Christopher Morvillo is very client focused, highly motivated to deliver exceptional results and a great strategist.’
‘The lawyers are able to genuinely leverage the firm’s global network, particularly in Asia, and deliver seamless support combined with expertise on engaging with US regulators.’
‘The team consists of very knowledgeable partners and associates who have industry experience and have a practical and effective approach to dispute resolution and advice.’
‘Unparalleled reputation – its key strengths are its rapport with prosecutors and the strength in depth of its team on both sides of the Atlantic‘
Lawrence Hoskins, a former Alstom executive
Mike Lynch, founder of Autonomy
Mr. Bruce Ohr and Ms. Nellie Ohr
The Royal Bank of Scotland
- Led UniCredit Bank, a major German bank, in a global resolution relating to a multi-year, multi-jurisdiction, and multi-agency investigation
- Representing a global technology company as co-counsel in connection with a matter before the SEC, which was recently resolved on very favorable terms for the company.
- Defending Lawrence Hoskins, a former Alstom executive, in a federal criminal proceeding stemming from a July 2013 indictment charging Mr. Hoskins with violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), money laundering statutes, and the federal conspiracy statute.
- Defending Mike Lynch, founder of Autonomy, in this high-profile, high-value and complex cross-border dispute involves litigation of civil and criminal claims on both sides of the Atlantic
- Represented a professional sports team in DOJ and SEC investigation into recruiting and business practices throughout Latin America.
Praised for its ability to 'run circles around many large-firm peers', Cohen & Gresser LLP stands out for representing corporates in a variety of regulatory, investigative and criminal defense matters, although it also takes on significant individual representations. The group, which comprises veterans of their field, has expertise in the spectrum of white-collar matters, including FCPA violations, market manipulation, securities fraud, insider trading, public corruption and money laundering investigations. Founding partner Mark Cohen leads the group from New York, where he is supported by FCPA expert Jonathan Abernethy. Also in New York, S. Gale Dick is noted for regulatory matters and internal investigations. Melissa Maxman is managing partner of the Washington DC office, and is an seasoned trial lawyer, with RICO and environmental law expertise. Maxman was joined in Washington DC by of counsel Miriam González Durántez from Dechert LLP in January 2019, who is a trade and sanctions specialist.
Other key lawyers:
‘Cohen & Gresser is experienced in corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense and is staffed by efficient lawyers in its different offices.‘
‘They routinely handle the most sensitive white collar matters and do so with leanly staffed teams that take advantage of their backgrounds and experience to serve the client’s interests.‘
‘Mark Cohen and Jon Abernethy are very sharp, strategic lawyers. Quick study in a nimble small firm setting. I think they run circles around many of the large-firm peers.‘
‘Mark Cohen is a great strategist, careful & contemplative; Jonathan Abernathy is smart, experienced & persuasive; Chris Everdell is thorough, thoughtful and trustworthy.’
‘S. Gale Dick is very thorough and efficient, taking into account the expectations of corporations thorough an excellent sense of strategy. His professional skills are outstanding. He shows great team spirit and he is experimented in all aspects of white collar crime.’
Covington & Burling LLP
Key figures in the Covington & Burling LLP team include renowned white-collar criminal defense lawyers Nancy Kestenbaum in New York and Lanny Breuer in Washington DC. The duo have substantial experience in cases arising from allegations of fraud, corruption and securities enforcement, representing clients in government and congressional investigations as well as at trial.
Noted for its ability to 'put together incredibly strong teams', New York-based Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is a go-to firm for handling government and internal investigations, regulatory compliance and white-collar defense for a wide variety of corporate clients. Core areas of expertise include matters relating to FCPA, cyber crime, insider trading, tax evasion and potential executive misconduct. Lawyers also regularly assist with responses to whistleblower claims. The white-collar group, contained within the litigation department, is jointly led by John Buretta, whom clients state 'exudes calm and authority, just what clients need in times of crisis'; 'impressive litigator' and FCPA, FCA and accounting fraud expert Rachel Skaistis; Benjamin Gruenstein, who is adept in cross-border investigations; and David Stuart, who can 'calm down situations when needed'. David Greenwald is another stand-out practitioner, and has experience representing Swiss banks in criminal investigations initiated by the DOJ.
Rachel Skaistis; John Buretta; Benjamin Gruenstein; David Stuart
Other key lawyers:
‘Full dedication to the client and his problems, combined with proactive advice.‘
‘Cravath can put together incredible strong teams with both partners, senior associates and junior associates that fits the need of the project and also change and revise as the project develops.‘
‘David Greenwald is a brilliant strategist who handles with tact and intelligence complex issues. He is particularly good on marathon litigations that run over an extended period of time.‘
‘John Buretta stands out. Creative, engaged, and incredibly well-respected by government prosecutors.‘
‘John Buretta exudes calm and authority, just what clients need in times of crisis.‘
‘Rachel Skaitis brought essential skills as an impressive litigation lawyer that handled very complex and comprehensive presentations and arguments in an outstanding way.‘
‘David Stuart provided not only high-level expertise and impressive litigation and negotiation skills, but also brings very strong personal skills and could calm down situations when needed‘
Board of Directors of General Electric Company and its Committees
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Pacific Gas and Electric Company and PG&E Corporation
- Representing PG&E, the nation’s largest utility, in every facet of its litigation response to the unprecedented 2017 and 2018 wildfires in Northern California
- Represented WarnerMedia and led the investigation of the former Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, who resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct.
- Represented Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in three qui tam actions in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York seeking treble damages and civil penalties based upon alleged violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute
- Representing Telia in its ongoing obligations under its deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ in connection with its settlement of a three-and-a-half-year multinational investigation by the SEC, DOJ and Swedish and Dutch authorities into the company’s compliance with anti-corruption and anti-money laundering laws
- Representing Nomura International plc in consolidated class action antitrust litigation filed in New York federal court alleging NIP and numerous other financial institutions colluded to manipulate the price of Euro-denominated bonds issued by European governments (“European Government Bonds”)
- Acting as global monitor for Takata, having been appointed by DOJ, following the recall of defective airbags.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
New York's Angela Burgess and Washington DC's Neil MacBride lead the team at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. The group is noted for handling DOJ, SEC and multi-jurisdictional investigations and enforcement matters for a variety of corporate clients. In New York, Martine Beamon has developed a strong practice representing corporates and individuals, as well as conducting internal investigations and advising on corporate governance and compliance. From Washington DC, Kenneth Wainstein has a fearsome reputation in politically sensitive cases, representing individuals. Avi Gesser left the team to join Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's New York office in January 2020.
Angela Burgess; Neil MacBride
Bruce Yannett in New York chairs Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's white-collar and regulatory defense group, which regularly demonstrates its strength in representing multinational corporates and individuals in a wide variety of cases and investigations. In addition to its US-based team, the firm is able to draw on international offices in London and Hong Kong to handle significant cross-border matters. In 2019, the group in New York benefited from the arrival of Lisa Zornberg, who previously served as chief of the criminal division of the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, bringing with her expertise in cyber crime, while in 2020, that capability was enhanced by Avi Gesser's arrival from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Also in Washington DC, Kara Brockmeyer has a varied practice, spanning anti-corruption and fraud-related government and internal investigations. New York-based litigation department co-chairs Andrew Ceresney and Mary Beth Hogan are instructed by an impressive mixture of institutional clients, with Hogan having developed a niche in sexual abuse and harassment advice; and Mary Jo White maintains a strong reputation for representing companies in government investigations. Washington DC's Arian June was promoted to partner on the basis of her SEC-based practice in 2019.
Other key lawyers:
Royal Dutch Shell
The National Cathedral Schools
The Ohio State University
The Rockefeller University
J. Michael Pearson, former CEO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals
Marcelo Odebrecht and Emilio Odebrecht
Sally Yates, former deputy Attorney General
- Advising Royal Dutch Shell and serving as global coordinating counsel in connection with a criminal prosecution of Shell and four former employees in Milan, Italy
- After news of widespread sexual harassment at CBS broke, the board asked Debevoise to investigate the conduct of the network’s CEO, Les Moonves, as well as the company’s culture more broadly
- Represented Twitter in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election
- Represents J. Michael Pearson, former CEO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, in ongoing investigations by the DOJ and SEC, as well as multiple civil lawsuits, relating to the pricing of pharmaceuticals, accounting and other corporate governance issues.
- Represented former US deputy Attorney General in multiple congressional and DOJ investigations, including in relation to its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of private email servers and in inquiries concerning the origins of the Mueller investigation.
Dechert LLP's practice group expanded in 2019 with the addition of Andrew Boutros, who significantly increases its presence in Chicago, bringing with him experience in FCA litigation, FCPA, crisis management and internal investigations. Also in 2019, Sozi Pedro Tulante joined the Philadelphia office after serving as the city's solicitor. As a whole, the team is able to draw on an international office network, including practitioners in the UK, France and China, which enables the US team to handle a variety of multi-jurisdictional cases. It is regularly called upon to defend corporations and individuals in cases brought by US regulatory agencies, state attorneys general and other governmental bodies. Veteran trial lawyer Andrew Levander is a key member of the group in New York, which is also home to practice co-head David Kelley. The other co-head, David Kistenbroker, is based out of Chicago and is a specialist in securities matters. In Washington DC, the go-to name for securities work is Catherine Botticelli, while New York's Jeffrey Brown is developing a name for himself in spoofing cases, as well as his representation of high-profile individuals.
David Kelley; David Kistenbroker
Other key lawyers:
The Audit Committee of Wal-Mart, Inc.
Symphony CP (Park Lane) LLC
Alpha Capital Anstalt
- Represented the Audit Committee of Wal-Mart in a year-long investigation by the DOJ into allegations that local intermediaries in multiple foreign jurisdictions made facilitating payments on behalf of the company, in violation of the FCPA
- Acted for Symphony CP (Park Lane) LLC in a number of matters, including a defense against a federal grand jury subpoena and potential forfeiture proceedings by the DOJ, FBI and US Attorney’s Office
- Represents Carnival Corporation & plc and its various subsidiary cruise lines in connection with a five-year probation following a guilty plea by one subsidiary to criminal violations of federal environmental laws related to the discharge of oily wastes
- Representing Ian Dibb, CEO of leading brokerage house TFS-ICAP, in an FX futures investigation. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has sued Mr. Dibb in connection with alleged misconduct of brokers in the FX options market. Dechert is also advising and representing Mr. Dibb in relation to a parallel investigation into his conduct by the UK FCA
- Represent Mark Frissora, the former CEO and Chairman of Hertz Corporation, in an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey and the SEC, into allegations of fraud and accounting-related misconduct at the company
Setting it apart from other firms, Dentons is able to draw on a presence not just in major financial centres, but also smaller cities across the globe; indeed, its white-collar practice in the US is based out of Kansas City, under the leadership of corporate investigations expert Stephen Hill. The group excels in complex internal and government investigations, mainly arising from bribery and corruption allegations abroad, while it is also able to advise multinational clients on compliance in a number of jurisdictions. Also in Kansas City, Lisa Krigsten is noted for her crisis management know-how, in addition to her experience in criminal investigations.
Other key lawyers:
Lisa Krigsten; Brian O’Bleness; Sara Holzschuh
Union Saving Bank and Guardian Savings Bank
YRC Worldwide Inc.
- Representing the CEO of an insurance company, in connection with a search warrant and investigation by a state attorney general and other watchdog agencies that was in its seventh year. State Attorney General recently declined to prosecute the client.
- Represented co-owners Union Saving Bank and Guardian Savings Bank against allegations of “redlining” raised by the United State Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.
- Defending Altisource against claims that the client, two Deutsche Bank trust companies and Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, discriminated in their maintenance and marketing of foreclosed homes in violation of the National Fair Housing Act.
- Lead negotiators for YRC Worldwide in a qui tam lawsuit wherein the United States Attorney’s Office and Department of Defense allege that the False Claims Act was violated when the client submitted bills for reimbursement.
One client comments that 'the relationship and confidence you develop with the council is a result of the comprehensive care they give to you' at Miami-based white-collar criminal defense boutique Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance. It excels in handling government regulatory, intelligence and criminal investigations or enforcement issues arising out of Latin America. Under the leadership of Michael Diaz and Robert Targ, the group has built a solid practice consisting of cases involving corruption, bribery, money laundering and OFAC- or FCPA-based violations. In Washington DC, seasoned trial lawyer Richard Wiedis is an anti-corruption expert, while Greg Ahlgren in Houston has an exceptional track record in cross-border investigations. Marta Colomar-Garcia in Miami is an anti-money laundering specialist.
Michael Diaz; Robert Targ
‘Very professional, multidisciplinary team‘
‘Clients feel confidence and peace of mind to be in their hands‘
‘The relationship and confidence you develop with the council is a result of the comprehensive care they give to you‘
‘Diaz, Reus & Targ’s team meets the requirements of each client efficiently. They do the hard work that enables them to understand the unique status of each client. Without any doubt, they are proactive when it comes to protecting the clients’ interests.’
‘It’s very clear to me their competitive advantage with other firms is the knowledge-relations-critical thinking and quickly respond to the complexity in this particular space. While other firms spend a huge amount of time understanding the issues and collateral implications. Diaz, Reus is always up-to-date on what matters to the client.’
Alvaro Saenz (Unimark)
Cerveceria Centro Americana
Société Générale de Distribution de Produits Alimentaires
One of China’s oldest and most influential import-export companies
María Eugenia Garces
- Successfully represented Alvaro Saenz and his company, Unimark, which imports medicine to Nicaragua and whose banking facilities were suspended at 3 banks for his alleged ties to the OFAC sanctioned Nicaraguan government and individuals on the OFAC sanctions list.
- Represents Cerveceria Castillo and conducting an internal investigation of their historical and current business transactions to determine if there have been any violations of OFAC Sanctions and taking proactive and remedial steps to comply with OFAC rules and regulations.
- Represents the owner of a private aircraft that was unlawfully used to smuggle more than 200 pounds of gold to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from Venezuela, estimated at $5m
- Represents one of China’s oldest and most influential import-export companies, as well as an authorized vendor for the United Nations, mistakenly believed to being affiliated with an entity under OFAC sanctions because it has a similar name, and whose payments to its U.S.-based supplier were blocked by a prominent U.S. bank.
- Diaz Reus represents Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and Canadian attorney Peter Karam in a $ 30m money laundering investigation regarding his role in the famous “Caso Cuadernos” from Argentina, wherein the widow of the former private secretary for President Nestor Kirchner of Argentina is being prosecuted for the laundering of corruption proceeds of more than $30m through the purchase and development of luxury real estate in Miami and TCI Islands.
DLA Piper LLP (US) is noted for its strength in corporate representations, fielding a US team that is able to leverage the firm's strong presence in Asia, Europe and Latin America to handle cross-border investigations involving the DOJ, SEC and parallel foreign enforcement agencies. The group is particularly adept in FCPA cases, although lawyers have significant experience in sanctions work, AML, rate-fixing and healthcare-related criminal defense. Among a number of new arrivals in 2019, Edward Hanover joined the Silicon Valley office from FIFA, where he was responsible for designing and implementing the organisation's successful anti-bribery compliance program. The department is co-chaired by experienced trial lawyers John Hillebrecht in New York and Courtney Saleski in Philadelphia, as well as Chicago's Jonathan King and New York's Karl Buch – both of whom are noted for their ability to coordinate defense against large-scale government investigations.
John Hillebrecht; Courtney Saleski; Jon King; Karl Buch
Other key lawyers:
Jessica Masella; Gray Stratton; Edward Hanover
A Non-US International Bank
Epic Medical Group and Prime Healthcare
A Global Pharmaceutical Company
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
“Crypto Token” Technology Company
- Represent Cognizant Technologies Solutions in the investigation of alleged improper payments to third parties in India, including allegations of improper payments to Indian government officials in connection with certain licensing requirements and customs clearances.
- A longstanding appointment to assist GlaxoSmithKline in government and internal investigations throughout the world, focusing on anti-corruption and anti-bribery matters (including under the UK Bribery Act and the FCPA), sanctions and export controls, employment, revenue recognition, securities reporting, and other fraud-related issues.
- Represented Telefonica Brasil in connection with a multi-year investigation into possible violations of the FCPA conducted by US authorities.
- Represent a non-US international bank in a wide-ranging investigation by the DOJ (including both SDNY and Main Justice), the District Attorney of New York, and OFAC into possible violations of IEEPA and US sanctions regulations in connection with the provision of routine banking transactions services to customers in connection with transactions touching various countries on the US sanctions list.
- Represent Epic Medical Group and Prime Healthcare in connection with a false claims investigation and lawsuit by the California Department of Insurance related to kickback and health care fraud allegations.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, New York's Adam Siegel, head of the US dispute resolution practice, coordinates the global investigations group. The New York office also houses seasoned white-collar defense lawyer Aaron Marcu, who has a strong track record in internal and government investigations, along with financial and securities crime experts Olivia Radin and Kimberly Zelnick.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is noted for handling large-scale investigations, in addition to its stellar individual representations. The group has particularly strong ties with the financial services industry, and has developed an active practice in cases involving FCPA violations, alleged accounting fraud, money laundering and sanctions violations. Other areas of expertise include procurement and healthcare fraud and RICO conspiracies. The white-collar group is headed by New York's Steven Witzel, who is an expert in anti-corruption compliance and enforcement, and sits within the litigation department, chaired globally by Washington DC's James Wareham, who is seasoned in global corruption investigations. Also from the New York office, Stephen Juris is a further key name for government investigations involving accounting fraud and political corruption.
James Wareham; Steven Witzel
Other key lawyers:
Stephen Juris; Evan Barr
‘Very high quality and excellent communicators‘
‘Jamie Wareheim makes the whole process work.’
‘The team is very responsive and dependable.’
‘My attorney James Wareham is truly an exceptional litigator who has a broad perspective, thinks strategically and operates on a level rarely seen in his field.‘
- Defense counsel to Sean Stewart, a former Wall Street investment banker at JP Morgan and Perella Weinberg, who was charged with insider trading for allegedly “tipping” his father with confidential information ahead of corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is notable for a deep bench spread across its multiple US offices, notably in California, New York and Washington DC, as well as strong white-collar practices in Hong Kong, the UK, France and Germany, allowing the group to handle high-stakes multi-jurisdictional investigations. The group's experience includes investigations and criminal proceedings involving FCPA, anti-money laundering, trade sanctions and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIERRA). The New York office, a centre of gravity for the department, continues to handle heavyweight government investigations for global banks and corporations in relation to financial and accounting crime; housing Reed Brodsky, who is the go-to name for crisis management. Also in New York, Randy Mastro has a formidable reputation as a trial lawyer, and has a wealth of experience in corporate representations. Associate attorney Amanda Aycock is a name to note for criminal defense matters emanating from the technology, media and entertainment industries. Denver's Robert Blume is also recommended. The team is jointly-headed by New York's Joel Cohen, San Francisco's Charles Stevens and Joseph Warin in Washington DC.
Joel Cohen; Charles Stevens; Joseph Warin
Los Angeles Opera
University of Southern California
California Legislative Counsel
Board of Directors of Ciber
KeyPoint Government Solutions
Fortune 500 Hospital Management Company
Paul Gilman; Gilman Sound, LLC
Robert Morgan, Founder of Morgan Communities
AmTrust Financial Services
Och-Ziff Capital Management Group
Global Insurance and Asset Management Company
Global Head of Treasury at Societe Generale
Former CEO of SunEdison, Ahmad Chatila
Scott Burg, Chief Investment Officer of Deer Park Road Management
Investment Banker Dan Ray and two of his LLCs
Johns Hopkins Health System
- Acting as national coordinating counsel to Juul, defending the client in multiple government investigations at a federal, state and local level, including a civil enforcement action filed by the North Carolina Attorney General
- Represents Rio Tinto plc in the SEC’s suit against the company and two of its former executives filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, relating to allegations of fraud controls and disclosure violations against the defendants.
- Successfully represented Ahmad Chatila, former CEO of SunEdison, in relation to DOJ and SEC investigations and class-action lawsuits, involving alleged financial reporting fraud, leading to a complete regulatory prosecution declination
- Representing CapSource in an ongoing investigation by the Denver office of the SEC
- Successfully represented Deloitte Canada before the Public Company Accounting oversight Board in a long-running investigation relating to allegations of auditor independence violations in connection with the client’s audits of Banro Corporation, which is publicly listed in the US and Canada, leading to a greatly reduced penalty under a negotiated settlement
Goodwin, with 'a team that has an exceptional work ethic matched by their knowledge of the law' , has developed a strong reputation for handling criminal defense matters for corporations and their executives, in enforcement and investigatory matters. It has particular experience representing educational establishments in sensitive investigations arising from staff misconduct, corporates and individuals in FCA matters, and issues arising out of emerging technologies – including in relation to cryptocurrencies. Other areas of expertise for the group include matters concerning securities fraud and insider trading allegations. The team is led from New York by Richard Strassberg whose expertise spans FCPA issues and the education sector. Boston's Joseph Savage has experience in parallel civil and criminal cases, while Silicon Valley's Grant Fondo is noted for his knowledge in digital currencies and blockchain.
‘I was impressed notably by the team’s legal expertise but also their communication and interpersonal skills to win a jury. Their compassion and sensitivity to me and my family was outstanding.’
‘The entire team had an exceptional work ethic matched by their knowledge of the law. They won the jury over with brains and a communication style that appealed to the jury. They also partnered with individuals who had similar values and strengths‘
‘I’ve worked with Grant Fondo over the years and respect his acumen. He stays on top of cutting edge issues so his advice is on point.‘
Fort Schuyler Management Corporation /
Fuller Road Management Corporation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Das Graças Silva Foster, Maria
Wang, Julia Vivi
- Represent MIT in conducting an internal investigation into Jeffrey Epstein-related contributions to MIT and MIT-related entities and individuals.
- Represent John Stumpf, the former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo, in litigation and investigations arising from allegations that it opened unauthorized accounts and issued unauthorized products for customers.
- Represent the Audit Committee of Celadon Group in connection with an internal investigation and subsequent Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, and settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Represent Fort Schuyler Management Corporation and Fuller Road Management Corporation and several of their employees in criminal investigations into possible corruption by New York State government officials in connection with economic development efforts in Upstate NY.
- Represent Maria das Graças Silva Foster, the former CEO of Petrobras in a putative securities class action and related securities cases.
The leadership of the team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP experienced significant change in 2019, with the departure of former practice head Marc Mukasey to found Mukasey Frenchman & Sklaroff LLP. The US reins were taken over by Washington DC's Nathan Muyskens, who – alongside Barry Vitou, his global co-chair in London – is creating a seamless and coordinated multi-jurisdictional practice. The team represent a mixture of corporates and individuals in government and internal investigations, and also have significant recent trial and congressional investigatory experience. Also based in Washington DC, Kyle Freeny stands out for her expertise in AML, while experienced New York trial lawyer David Miller is noted for work arising from the financial sector and sanctions-related issues. In Miami, Jed Dwyer is regularly instructed on fraud and corruption cases.
Other key lawyers:
‘Greenberg Traurig did an outstanding job as my defense attorneys.’
‘Personal attention and outstanding strategies stand out with regard to my legal team. Matt Cannon, John Gibbons and the rest of the team were all very competent.‘
1st Global Capital LLC
Arkansas Senator Jeremy Hutchinson
- Represents 1st Global Capital LLC and 1 West Capital LLC in connection with ongoing federal investigations and bankruptcy proceedings.
- Represents TracFone Wireless in an internal investigation and voluntary disclosure to the DOJ and the FCC Office of Inspector General of fraud in the Lifeline program.
- Represented Fabio Frazzetto regarding allegations of conspiracy to commit tax fraud.
- Represented Richard Boncy regarding allegations of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Travel Act; substantive violation of the Travel Act; and conspiracy to launder money.
- Represented Dmitry Makarenko regarding allegations of conspiracy to export defense equipment from the United States to Russia without US approval.
The team at Hogan Lovells US LLP is led by Peter Spivack in Washington DC, and has particular expertise representing corporations in government investigations and enforcement matters. Areas of specialism include FCPA and sanctions issues, aided in cross-border aspects of the work by a significant firm presence in London and Beijing.
Clients appreciate the team at California-based Hueston Hennigan LLP's 'incredible breadth and depth as top former federal prosecutors' and its ability to 'quickly investigate and assess complex issues and develop strong defenses that win at trial'. Founding partners Brian Hennigan in Los Angeles and John Hueston in Newport Beach are seasoned trial lawyers, with experience representing major corporations, institutions and high-profile individuals in a range of domestic white-collar government investigations and enforcement actions. Marshall Camp, who is representing various clients in the "Varisty Blues" cases, is also an experienced trial lawyer.
John Hueston; Brian Hennigan
Other key lawyers:
Vicki Chou; Marshall Camp; Brittani Jackson
‘Incredible breadth and depth as top former federal prosecutors enable the team to quickly investigate and assess complex issues and develop strong defenses that win at trial. And, with their consistent win record at trial they pose the maximum trial threat, which enables then to resolve matters more favorably than nearly any other shop in the country.‘
‘Sharpest legal minds in the business. Early instinct for the jugular. Always comfortable in the courtroom. John Hueston is quick on the uptake and his feet, cuts to the chase, never misses the bullseye.’
‘Hueston Hennigan hires the best young lawyers while the senior partners have the experience to guide the firm to a lasting and successful practice. Realizing the client is always first while at the same time aggressively advocating on their behalf sets the firm above most others.’
‘John Hueston is a brilliant lawyer and tactician. He is always thinking of ways to advance the client’s interests, communicates effectively with clients, and works tirelessly. He is an exceptional advocate in all settings, pre-trial, trial, and appeal, which is extraordinarily rare.‘
Southern California Edison
Brian Kaspar, Chief Scientific Officer
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles
County of San Bernardino
Dong Yin Development (Holdings)
- Steers Tesla’s Elon Musk in face-off with SEC after he allegedly violated a court order that he can’t tweet material information about Tesla Inc. without company approval
- Defense of Bill McGlashan, one of the highest profile criminal defendants, in “Varsity Blues” College Admissions Case
- Represents Southern California Edison in a criminal investigation by the California Attorney General into the historic California wildfires
- Represents Dr. Brian Kaspar, former Chief Scientific Officer of a subsidiary of Novartis, in connection with a high-profile investigation by the Food and Drug Administration
- Defended TAE Technologies, a leading fusion energy development company against a criminal national security and export investigation
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has built a solid practice defending individuals, along with corporates, in the financial services and banking industries during government investigations and at trial, in addition to proceedings before the SEC, CFTC and other financial regulators. The group is also well-versed in cases involving accounting fraud and FCPA violations as well as violations of US sanctions. Marc Weinstein leads the group from the New York office and has significant experience in individual representations, at trial and in appellate proceedings. Also in New York, senior counsel Edward Little regularly handles internal investigations for corporates and financial institutions. In Washington DC, Laura Perkins focuses on FCPA, securities and FCA matters, while Ryan Fayhee is an expert in sanctions, export controls and AML.
‘The team is lightning fast and provides strategic advice that reflects the legal position but also the practical and commercial position of the client’s position.’
‘Individuals facing criminal investigation require special care and attention. In addition to the usual strategic issues, they also need personal and sympathetic handling from lawyers who bring a strong degree of reassurance and calm counsel. The HHR team provides that in droves.‘
‘Marc Weinstein is an excellent and thoughtful strategist and a real pleasure to work with.’
‘Marc Weinstein is an excellent lawyer and has consistently done a terrific job for individuals in white-collar investigations and enforcement. He has special expertise in CFTC-related matters.’
Juan Angel Napout (FIFA)
- Took over representation of Juan Angel Napout, former president of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and Vice President of FIFA, in the sentencing phase of the criminal proceeding in federal court in New York and an appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- Represents trader Krishna Mohan in both the federal court enforcement brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the criminal case filed by the Department of Justice in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against charges of spoofing (bidding or offering to bid with the intent to cancel before execution) and engaging in a manipulative and deceptive scheme in the E-mini Dow ($5) futures contract market on the Chicago Board of Trade and the E-mini NASDAQ 100 futures contract market on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
- Represents Renwick Haddow, a British businessman, against charges filed by both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Securities and Exchange Commission for an alleged $37m online bitcoin scheme.
- Represents Peter Kyriacou, a former broker with English firm Beaufort Securities, in charges of securities fraud and violating the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca) brought in the Eastern District of New York.
'Well-versed in regulatory disclosure issues, and in handling complicated matters with a variety of regulators', the group at Jenner & Block LLP is active in the government and internal investigations space, but also has substantial experience in compliance matters, including in relation to court-appointed monitorships. Drawing on a solid London office, the team has a transatlantic orientation, handling investigations and enforcement actions brought by US state and federal agencies, as well as UK agencies such as the Serious Fraud Office. Chicago's Reid Schar, and New York's 'exceptionally smart' Anthony Barkow and Katya Jestin ('with good judgment and street smarts') co-chair the investigations, compliance and defense practice, all with experience in corporate and individual representations. In the Chicago office, Gayle Littleton is noted for government and internal investigations, and compliance matters involving FCPA violations. Charles Riely joined New York in March 2019, after serving as the assistant regional director of the SEC, bringing his substantial expertise in securities law with him.
Reid Schar; Anthony Barkow; Katya Jestin
‘Jenner has a deep team of lawyers, including former prosecutors, who are incredibly smart and detail oriented.‘
‘The team of lawyers is well-versed in regulatory disclosure issues, and in handling complicated matters with a variety of regulators.‘
‘Great communication, very smart but also approachable, demonstrate focus on overall strategic aims.‘
‘Katya Jestin is a very skilled, highly personable lawyer with good judgment and street smarts. Anthony Barkow is an exceptionally smart, strategic lawyer. He often works with Katya and the two are a really stellar, complementary team.‘
General Motors Company
Credit Suisse (as independent monitor appointed by the New York Department of Financial Services)
Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation
United Airlines Board of Directors
- Worked to resolve a matter for United Airlines, involving accusations that certain United executives, officers and other employees initiated a United flight between Newark, NJ and Columbia, SC at the demand of, and to personally benefit, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who had a home in South Carolina
- Appointed monitor to Credit Suisse following the bank’s US$715 million settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services.
- Conducted an internal investigation and produced an internal report to the board of directors for General Motors Company with regard to events leading up to certain recalls stemming from faulty ignition switches.
The investigations and white-collar defense group at Jones Day is led from Chicago by Theodore Chung. In addition to handling internal investigations, the group is often called upon to defend corporates and individuals in criminal and regulatory proceedings, and assist in relation to compliance programs. Lawyers are also instructed in cross-border and multijurisdictional investigations; a service made possible by the firm's strong global office network. Other key names are San Diego's Karen Hewitt, who regularly defends cases involving violations of the anti-kickback stature, FCPA and FCA, and Hank Walther in Washington DC, who specialises in fraud cases.
At K&L Gates, lawyers are regularly instructed in anti-corruption- and fraud-related matters, including internal and government investigations, proceedings before US enforcement authorities, as well as in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional investigations or enforcement actions. The group is also noted for providing corporates with due diligence and corporate governance compliance advice in relation to the FCPA, UK Bribery Act and their counterparts across the EU and Asia. The group is jointly-led by Pittsburgh's Brian Saulnier, who is dual-US and -UK qualified, and financial services industry expert Steve Topetzes in Washington DC. Thomas Ryan in Pittsburgh has developed an active practice representing healthcare providers in various qui tam actions, involving FCA and anti-kickback regulations. Boston's Christopher Nasson is a veteran trial and appellate attorney. In April 2019, the team added Andrew Wright to the Washington DC office; he served as associate counsel to president Obama before taking up a teaching position at Savannah Law School.
Stephen Topetzes; Brian Saulnier
‘The practice group is small enough to be personable and dedicated, but big enough to be flexible when it comes to providing advice from different jurisdictions.‘
‘High performing team with unquestioned professionalism, dedication and commitment to service excellence makes the K&L team stand out well above the rest.’
‘Brian Saulnier’s professionalism, collaboration and hands on approach to client service not surprisingly produced exceptional results and work product second to none‘
‘The team immediately hit the ground running and remained sensitive to cost, without having to be reminded by the client. They managed expectations and deadlines at the outset and offered creative solutions to complex scenarios.’
Gregory Kenny, former CEO of General Cable
Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
- Representing a major energy company in a Congressional investigation related to Middle Eastern energy market access in a highly regulated industry
- Representing two Presidential Inauguration Committee Members who were employed by a presidential inauguration committee which was the subject of a federal criminal investigation and potential parallel congressional investigation focusing on whether the sources of contributions to the inauguration were permissible
- Representing an opioid manufacturer in connection with a House of Representatives committee investigation into the opioid crisis. At the same time, the company was the subject of multiple federal and state criminal investigations and private law suits
- Representing Gregory Kenny, former CEO of General Cable Corporation with respect to parallel Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations related to alleged anti-corruption and accounting-related violations by the company
- Represented the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in an investigation lauched by the DOJ into the conduct of certain sitting Justices on the five-member panel of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
KaiserDillon PLLC is a Washington DC boutique with a stellar track record in politically sensitive white-collar criminal and government investigatory matters, including before congress. Clients include public officials, lobbying companies and other individuals active in Washington DC. Aside from political work, the group has experience in cases involving the anti-kickback statute, bribery, securities, health and tax fraud, and federal false statements. Co-founding partners Matthew Kaiser and Justin Dillon take the lead, with both possessing substantial crisis management, trial and investigatory experience. Jonathan Jeffress is another name to note with regular success in criminal trials.
Matthew Kaiser; Justin Dillon
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Jeffress; William Pittard; Jennifer Short
‘Many of the lawyers in the firm come from the public defenders office and prosecutors offices. They translate the ability to work with people under pressure into private investigations and other settings.’
‘They’ve got a lot of concentrated expertise in responding to investigations and work together well as a team.’
‘Matt Kaiser is articulate, practical and generous; Justin Dillon is energetic, determined and optimistic.’
Fair Fight Action
- Represented Deborah Ramirez, a former Yale University classmate of then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, during Kavanaugh’s confirmation proceedings and the continuing fall out.
- Represents William Wilson, a former US Department of Defense official and now government contractor, related to charges that he offered government contracts in exchange for personal gifts.
- Represents George Nader, an adviser to the United Arab Emirates who cooperated extensively with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
- Represents multiple federal employees in connection with US House of Representatives impeachment inquiry as to President Trump, including acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
The 'highly client-focused' team at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP has a strong pedigree in the white-collar criminal defense and corporate investigations space, counting on Senator Joseph Lieberman as member and founding partner, along with heavyweight litigator Marc Kasowitz, in its New York office. The team is primarily focused on government, internal and independent investigations, although it is often called upon in government enforcement actions. The group is led by New York's Daniel Fetterman, an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. In San Francisco, Lyn Agre utilises her knowledge in FCPA to represent corporates and executives.
‘Highly client focused.’
‘Dan Fetterman is an all star. Fetterman understands strategic thinking in a client focused way. He sees the playing field in a way few others do. He is trustworthy and has the most effective manner. He knows when to fight and when to compromise.’
Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America
ZTE Corporation – Chinese Multinational Telecommunications Equipment and Systems Company
Abraham Jose Shiera Bastidas, formerly the owner of multiple U.S.-based energy companies
Nacho Foncillas, Former Gibson Dunn and Boise Schiller Partner
Jeffrey Tucker, one of the founders of the Fairfield Greenwich Group (“FGG”)
Anheuser-Busch Companies, the world’s largest beer manufacturer.
- ZTE appointed Sen. Joseph Lieberman to conduct an independent and comprehensive assessment of national security and cybersecurity concerns related to ZTE products.
- Lead defense counsel to Abraham Shiera, formerly the owner of multiple U.S.-based energy companies, in his very high-profile indictment and ongoing investigation into corruption, wire fraud and money laundering charges relating to energy contracts from Venezuela’s state-owned energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela.
- Represents one of the founders of the Fairfield Greenwich Group (“FGG”), Jeffrey Tucker, in connection with the Trustee’s action arising out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme. Kasowitz partners Marc Kasowitz and Daniel Fetterman led Mr. Tucker’s defense in connection with more than a dozen matters, almost all of which have been resolved, except in connection with the Madoff Trustee.
- Defended a former partner of two prominent law firms in connection with a grand jury investigation being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York into potential money laundering, structuring and operating a money remittance store without a license. Following a plea to operating a money remittance store without a license (which did not require his deportation), the former partner – who was facing 37 to 46 months under the recommended federal sentencing guidelines – ultimately received no jail time.
- Counsel to Anheuser-Busch Companies, the world’s largest beer manufacturer, in an action against a former employee for breach of a confidentiality agreement and misappropriation of a trade secret. We won the appeal in the 9th Circuit. The matter is pending in Federal District Court.
Katten's attorneys represent corporates and individuals in government investigations and also at trial, where the team has significant experience on the bench. In New York, Scott Resnik is known for his acumen in healthcare-related cases, including FCA and anti-kickback. In Chicago, Gil Soffer specializes in FCPA, while Sheldon Zenner represents corporations and high-level executives across the financial services, healthcare and entertainment industries, in addition to advising on crisis management.
Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
The standalone group at King & Spalding LLP, which sits apart from the litigation department, focuses entirely on government investigations and enforcement proceedings. Washington DC's Wick Sollers, who has a strong reputation for corporate representations involving economic sanctions, FCPA and FCA issues, jointly leads the team with Michael Pauze, Andrew Hruska in New York, and Chicago's Zachary Fardon. In Atlanta, former US deputy attorney general Sally Yates brings heavyweight expertise in government enforcement, congressional investigations and crisis management, while another former US deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein joined the Washington DC team in 2020.
Wick Sollers; Michael Pauze; Drew Hruska; Zach Fardon
Johnson & Johnson
Sears Holding Company
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals (BIPI)
Allianz Global Investors
- Represents Equifax in multiple investigation and litigation matters related to the cybersecurity incident announced on September 7, 2017. The firm has represented Equifax in response to multiple congressional inquiries, including responding to more than 1,300 written questions and document requests and preparing current and former executives for seven congressional hearings. The firm also represented Equifax before the SEC, DOJ, FINRA, New York Department of Financial Services, and the New York State AG’s Office
- Represents Actelion Pharmaceuticals, subsequently acquired by Johnson & Johnson, in connection with one of the most widely publicized, ongoing industry-wide DOJ investigations into liability under the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute based on donations to charitable patient assistance foundations
- Represents Michael Babich, the former President and CEO of Insys Therapeutics, in an ongoing, unprecedented criminal case brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts regarding opioid sales and marketing using the “RICO” statute
- Represents Mueller Water Products in the wake of a mass shooting by an employee who had just been terminated at one of their facilities in Aurora, Illinois. The firm conducted a comprehensive internal investigation relating to the shooting as well as a security review of client facilities both domestically and internationally
Kirkland & Ellis LLP's team has developed a reputation for handling criminal defense for multinational corporations, financial institutions and their officers before the spectrum of US and foreign regulators, as well as enforcement authorities. In addition to criminal matters, the Washington DC office, where department head Mark Filip is based (although he also works from the Chicago office), is particularly known for handling politically sensitive issues, including in relation to congressional investigations. In New York, Henry DePippo takes the lead on FCA matters; in Washington DC, Neil Eggleston draws on significant experience in congressional investigations; Chicago's Asheesh Goel is a specialist in anti-corruption and AML issues, along with economic sanctions issues and insider trading cases; while Mark Holscher in Los Angeles is often instructed to coordinate internal investigations, and handle representations concerning insider trading, stock manipulation and criminal environmental allegations. New York's Bob Allen is the name to note for securities fraud cases and Washington DC's Brigham Cannon is an expert in FCPA. In 2019, the group in Washington DC added a team from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, including Richard Cunningham – boosting the office's ability to handle cyber-security issues – and in Chicago, the firm welcomed former Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan.
Other key lawyers:
‘As one of the best law firms in the United States, they have excellent lawyers with extensive experience.‘
‘Many experienced lawyers, including ex-DOJ executives and prosecutors.‘
The Boeing Company
Pacific Gas & Electric
- Represents Allergan in various state and federal governmental investigations, congressional inquiries, and civil suits in multiple courts related to its sale and marketing of opioid pain killers
- Represents Boeing in ongoing investigations by different US regulators, including the DOJ, in connection with questions concerning the design and testing of Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft. Specifically, U.S. regulators are investigating whether Boeing concealed defects in the 737 MAX that contributed to the recent crashes of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610
- Representing Goldman Sachs in a DOJ investigation, as well as other federal and state investigations, in connection with allegations involving Goldman’s relationship with 1MDB, a Malaysian state investment company for which the bank underwrote $6.5bn in bond issuances
- Represented Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur Eric Pulier in criminal proceedings alleging an international bribery and fraud scheme related to the sale of a technology company, in which Pulier faced the possibility of more than 20 years imprisonment. In December 2018, the government agreed to dismiss all criminal charges with prejudice “in the interests of justice.”
- Represented the former Chief Executive Officer of Westport Fuel Systems, a Canadian clean fuel technology company, in an SEC investigation into violations of the anti-bribery, books and records, and internal controls provisions of the FCPA related to conduct at a subsidiary, a Chinese state-owned entity. In September 2019 our client entered into a settlement with the SEC, without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings and paid a minor civil penalty
Kobre & Kim
Dedicated entirely to disputes and investigations, Kobre & Kim is structured to facilitate multi-jurisdictional strategies for cross-border disputes, most notably concerning international fraud and misconduct. The firm's 'understanding of international risks is unmatched' and outside of the US, it has offices in major financial centres including London, Seoul, São Paulo and Tel Aviv – allowing it to handle cross-border US government investigations and enforcement actions for both corporates and C-suite executives. Based out of New York are founding partners Michael Kim and Steven Kobre, both of whom have developed a significant reputation for matters before the CFTC, DOJ and SEC. Kim focuses on securities law and accounting fraud, while Kobre is known for cases involving FCPA violations, bribery and money laundering. Splitting his time between Miami and Buenos Aires, John Couriel is noted for investigations and enforcement related to Latin America.
Michael Kim; Steven Kobre
Other key lawyers:
William McGovern; Sean Buckley; John Couriel
‘Kobre’s international and cross-border reach and understanding of international risks is unmatched.’
Donald R. Wilson and DRW Investments, LLC
Special Investigation Committee of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico
- Litigation counsel to DRW Trading Group (DRW) and related persons (collectively the Clients) in defending an enforcement action brought in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The matter arose out of trading by DRW of certain IDEX USD 3 Month Interest Rate Swap Futures Contracts on the International Derivatives Clearinghouse from January 2011 to August 2011.
- Under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016, Kobre & Kim was chosen to serve as independent investigator to the Special Investigation Committee of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico to perform a comprehensive review of the factors contributing to Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis, Puerto Rico’s debt issuances, related disclosure and selling practices, Puerto Rico’s use of proceeds from debt offerings, and how Puerto Rico’s debt practices compare to the debt practices of states and large municipal jurisdictions.
- Acting as defense counsel to John Pacilio, a US-based options trader charged by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Northern District of Illinois with conspiring to commit wire fraud and commodities fraud, as well as substantive counts of commodities fraud and spoofing.
- Engaged to provide a multinational proprietary trading firm with advice on potential steps to take in response to an investigation being undertaken by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ investigation relates to allegations of fraudulent and manipulative trading practices, including supposed spoofing. Kobre & Kim is leveraging our team of derivatives experts and former federal prosecutors, including those that previously occupied positions of leadership within the DOJ, to respond to the DOJ’s investigation and persuade DOJ that criminal charges should not be brought against the client.
The team at New York's Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is composed of veteran trial lawyers, with exceptional experience in defending individuals, but also corporates, in government investigations and criminal enforcement. Financial criminal defense is a key area of expertise for the team, which has developed a strong reputation during insider trading cases. In February 2020, the group welcomed back the exceptional Barry Berke, who left briefly to serve as consultant to the Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives during the impeachment of Donald Trump. The group is co-chaired by Paul Schoeman and Dani James, both of whom are experts in the FCPA and insider trading. Gary Naftalis is another name to note, with a strong track record in defending clients against allegations of financial criminal conduct.
Paul Schoeman; Dani James
William “Bill” Walters
Senior executive of a foreign private bank
Edward J. DiMaria
Senior executives and traders at major investment banks
A UK broker-dealer firm
- Representing Las Vegas professional gambler, businessman and philanthropist William “Bill” Walters, who has been accused by federal prosecutors of participating in an insider-trading scheme. After the defense’s motion to dismiss the indictment based on the misconduct was denied, Kramer Levin represented Mr. Walters in a one-month jury trial, which ended in a conviction on April 7, 2017. His conviction was upheld upon appeal, but an aspect of his sentence was vacated.
- Represent Michael Cohen, formerly of Och-Ziff, in a criminal prosecution in the Eastern District of New York on charges relating to allegedly corrupt investments in Africa.
- Representing Theodore Huber, a partner and analyst at Deerfield Management, in parallel actions brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the SDNY and the SEC arising from Mr. Huber’s trading based on purportedly confidential government information relating to Medicare reimbursement for health care services.
- Represent major investment bank executives in connection with the 1MDB scandal, the fraudulent Malaysian investment fund. The representation has included appearing for clients before criminal and regulatory agencies including the DOJ, the Federal Reserve Bank and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
- Representing a broker-dealer firm based in the United Kingdom in an investigation by the SEC of alleged insider trading.
Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP is a New York-based litigation boutique, and in the white-collar space, lawyers 'specialize in individual representations and do it extremely well', demonstrating 'sophisticated, meticulous defense of the clients’ interests'. The group is able to handle internal and government investigations for corporates and individuals, with experience across financial crime, fraud, corruption, environmental law and immigration matters. Daniel Gitner is integral to the team, with one client commenting, 'if someone you love is in trouble with federal authorities, you want Dan on the case'. Helen Gredd, 'one of the best and brightest attorneys around', is another key lawyer, who focuses on defending executives and financial institutions in regulatory enforcement and white-collar criminal cases. Co-founding partners John Siffert and Frank Wohl are 'lions of the white-collar criminal defense bar', and maintain active practices, being especially noted for their caliber at trial. Gabrielle Friedman is developing a solid practice representing individuals in cross-border criminal investigations and prosecutions, and often defends citizens of foreign countries under investigation by the US authorities; in addition, she stands out for her fluency in German. In June 2019, the firm welcomed Jillian Berman from Levine Lee LLP, increasing the number of experienced litigation partners from eight to nine.
Other key lawyers:
‘Outstanding attention to the needs of individual clients. Sophisticated, meticulous defense of the clients’ interests. LS&W attracts exceptional associates.’
‘You’d be hard pressed to find a finer criminal defense lawyer in New York City than Dan Gitner. If someone you love is in trouble with federal authorities, you want Dan on the case. He is just as good as there is.’
‘LS&W is a leading boutique law firm in the white collar criminal defense space, and they’ve enjoyed that reputation for many years. They are smart, lean, and aggressive in defending their clients. They have a very strong trial practice, and their lawyers are held in high esteem by the bench and the bar.’
‘Dan Gitner is one of the best trial attorneys in the country, and he has had a remarkable string of victories while at LS&W. He gives his all to every case, and he is a pleasure to work with. John Siffert and Frank Wohl are lions of the white-collar criminal defense bar, and they exhibit tremendous judgment in representing their clients.’
‘Helen Gredd is one of the best and brightest attorneys around, and she is a superior strategist on behalf of her clients.’
‘It’s a stellar team at Lankler, with a number of former federal prosecutors leading the way. They specialize in individual representations and do it extremely well.’
The Latham & Watkins LLP team defends multinational corporations, high-net-worth individuals and government officials in a variety of high-stakes government investigations and enforcement actions. The group has a particularly strong track record in representing corporations, including Cognizant and Microsoft, in FCPA investigations. The department is jointly led by Washington DC's Kathryn Ruemmler, whose expertise spans crisis management, government and congressional investigations; Benjamin Naftalis in New York, who has an impressive client roster of financial institutions and pharmaceutical companies; and, splitting his time between London and Washington DC, Nathan Seltzer, who is developing a solid transatlantic practice. In San Francisco, Leslie Caldwell is noted for her representations of technology companies and draws on experience in matters involving fraud and FCPA violations.
Kathryn Ruemmler; Benjamin Naftalis; Nathan Seltzer
Other key lawyers:
Leslie Caldwell; Alice Fisher; Christopher Clark
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation
Time Warner Cable; and Charter Communications
Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Tom L. Ward
Elon Musk, CEO and Chairman of Tesla
Andy Intrater and Columbus Nova
- Secured a declination of prosecution from the DO) and a reasonable settlement with SEC on behalf of client Cognizant Technology Solutions regarding FCPA violations. The case involved the indictment of senior corporate officers, and the result for Cognizant reflects Latham’s ability to advocate effectively for a company before the government in even the most serious cases.
- Representing Dow Chemical in an alleged $90bn False Claims Act suit filed against the client and other chemical manufacturers.
- Secured a favorable resolution for Microsoft and its Hungarian subsidiary, bringing to a close the DOJ and SEC years-long investigations into alleged FCPA violations at several of Microsoft’s subsidiaries
- Represented Daniel Ustian, former CEO of Navistar, in an SEC enforcement action alleging violations of federal securities law.
- Represented Elon Musk in response to SEC fraud charges following a tweet in 2018 stating he was considering taking Tesla private.
New York litigation firm Levine Lee LLP handles major corporate investigations and criminal white-collar matters, drawing on the expertise of a 12-partner team jointly led by founding partners Seth Levine and Kenneth Lee. Levine is a trial and appellate lawyer whose practice focuses on government and internal investigations concerning securities and accounting fraud, insider trading, healthcare fraud and issues relating to elected officials. Lee specializes in representing corporates during internal investigations and assisting clients in crisis situations. Scott Klugman is noted for representing individuals in DOJ, SEC, FINRA and state governmental matters. In June 2019, Jillian Berman left the firm to join Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP.
Seth Levine; Kenneth Lee
Other key lawyers:
Scott Klugman; Miriam Alinikoff; Christos Papapetrou
‘Seth Levine is a tenacious and creative advocate who is 100% committed to his clients and their best interests. He is a fighter and inspires respect on the part of prosecutors and his colleagues in the defense bar. Seth is tireless and will leave no stone unturned.‘
‘Scott Klugman is very experienced and capable.‘
- Counsel for Gavin Black, in connection with the Department of Justice’s investigation and prosecution of Black and others who, while employed at Deutsche Bank, were alleged to have engaged in a scheme to manipulate LIBOR, the benchmark interest rate
- Counsel for Anthony Blumberg, the former chief executive officer of ConvergEx Global Markets Limited, in two matters concerning certain trading practices at ConvergEx wherein the government alleged that certain individuals, including Mr. Blumberg, engaged in a conspiracy to conceal trading profits in connection with orders to buy and sell securities
- Counsel for defendant Daniel Small in connection with the U.S. DOJ investigation into the hedge fund Platinum Partners, wherein a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging certain defendants affiliated with the client, including Mr. Small, with defrauding independent bondholders of a Platinum-owned company called Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations through a fraudulent offering document and subsequently diverting proceeds of Black Elk asset sales from those bondholders to Platinum
- Counsel for Ariel Quiros, lead defendant in a fraud case concerning Vermont’s participation in the EB-5 foreign investor program.
- Counsel for Robert Stewart, father of Sean Stewart, the former JP Morgan trader who was recently convicted at trial.
Linklaters LLP's team in the US is able to draw on the support of strong international offices, including in London, to handle global investigations along with cross-border criminal and regulatory matters, and crisis management mandates. Clients include a range of corporations, financial institutions, senior executives, board members and public officials, while the team has experience in bribery and corruption, fraud and sanctions issues, as well as matters arising from cyber crime. The group resides in the dispute resolution department, which is headed by Washington DC's Adam Lurie; New York's Douglas Tween leads the firm's US government enforcement and cartel practice. Also in Washington DC, Matthew Axelrod has developed a strong investigations practice, while Doug Davison focuses on securities and sanctions issues. In New York, Brenda DiLuigi is noted for defending clients against allegations of securities fraud.
Inter-American Development Bank
- The Eastern District of New York indicted a UK brokerage firm for securities fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering, and the SEC filed a parallel civil action. PwChas been appointed administrator in the UK of the brokerage firm to preserve the estate of the brokerage firm for distribution to clients and creditors in UK proceedings. The US team is representing the client in high-stakes DOJ and SEC proceedings involving the brokerage firm. The UK team is advising the client in connection with the UK proceedings
- Assisted Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with an investigation into whether Odebrecht , has engaged in official bribery and collusion and engaged in other unlawful conduct in connection with several IDB-financed and competitively-bid development projects. Following an approximately two-year investigation, the IDB announced a resolution with Odebrecht. The resolution, among other things, precludes key Odebrecht subsidiaries from bidding on IDB projects for 6 years, and requires Odebrecht to pay $50m in penalties.
- Representing one of the world’s largest telecommunications services companies, currently under a DOJ and SEC FCPA monitorship for unrelated violations,in relation to allegations of fresh FCPA violations, which were reported to the monitor. Conducting an internal investigation and defending the client before the monitor, the SEC and DOJ.
- Assisting a multinational insurance company with a joint SFO and DOJ investigation relating to potential bribery allegations. The investigation concerns certain payments made by the client to third-party introducers connected to the reinsurance brokerage market in Latin America
Loeb & Loeb LLP has built a solid white-collar criminal defense practice, representing corporates and individuals in criminal cases, regulatory enforcement, internal investigations, trials and appeals. Areas of expertise include securities, accounting and healthcare fraud, and FCPA ad money laundering, as well as environmental crimes. The group particularly stands out for handling public corruption cases, with experience defending union bosses and elected officials at state level. The department is jointly led by Chicago's Jeremy Margolis and Jay Musoff in New York. In Chicago, Joseph Duffy is a seasoned trial lawyer, while Tiffany Moseley in Washington DC is noted for internal and government investigations, as well as coordinating cross-border litigation.
Jay Musoff; Jeremy Margolis
Other key lawyers:
Joseph Duffy; Tiff Moseley; Andrew DeVooght
John Coli, former head of the Chicago Teamsters
Norwood Jewell, former Vice President of the United Auto Workers Union
Edward Burke, City of Chicago Alderman
Wins Finance Holdings
- Representing John Coli, former head of the Chicago Teamsters, who has been charged in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with criminal violations of the Taft-Hartley Act and with extortion relating to his role as the former head of the Chicago Teamsters.
- Represented Norwood Jewell, who was in charge of the “Chrysler Department” of the United Auto Workers Union (UAW), in connection with a grand jury investigation conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan into Taft-Hartley and other alleged criminal offenses arising from the alleged prohibited payments from employer to union officials.
- Representing Wins Finance, a diversified investment and asset management company headquartered in Beijing and listed on NASDAQ, and its Chairman and CFO in an SEC investigation and securities class action litigation concerning allegations of misrepresentations in the company’s public filings.
- Represented LongFin Corporation, a global financial technology company, and its Chairman, in litigation with the SEC and securities class action litigation concerning allegations of misrepresentation and market manipulation.
- Representing City of Chicago Alderman Edward Burke, who has been criminally charged in the Northern District of Illinois with extortion in connection with his alleged efforts to obtain benefits for himself and his law firm in exchange for taking official action as a City Alderman and as head of the City Council’s Finance Committee.
Clients rate the 'very smart, lean and hard working team that puts the client's interest first' at Mayer Brown, which stands out for its ability to handle parallel civil litigation and criminal investigations for a variety of corporate clients, particularly in relation to FCPA violations. The group also distinguishes itself for individual representations, an area in which Washington DC's Kelly Kramer excels, about whom one client to exclaims 'no attorney in Washington DC is as tenacious, skilled and hard working'. In Chicago, William Michael leads on anti-corruption matters, and is regularly instructed to assist with internal investigations and cross-border matters. Also in Chicago, Gregory Deis continues to represent corporates and individuals at trial. New York's Daniel Stein is a go-to name for financial institutions in regulatory difficulties. Kramer, Michael, Deis and Stein co-chair the white-collar practice. In September 2019, the group benefited from the arrival of Jason Linder and Glenn Vanzura, both based in Los Angeles, from Irell & Manella LLP.
Greg Deis; Kelly Kramer; William Michael; Daniel Stein
Other key lawyers:
Audrey Harris; Laurence Urgenson; Glen Kopp
‘Very smart, lean and hard working team that puts the client’s interest first.‘
‘Team has a deep roster of talent that stacks up well against its peers.‘
‘Greg Deis is a standout. A skilled advocate and counselor.’
‘Dan Stein is the reason we use the firm. His professional experience and him personally are the attractions.‘
‘No attorney in Washington DC is as tenacious, skilled and hard working as Kelly Kramer.‘
OTV SA and Veolia Water Technologies Brasil
Kevin Andrews, former officer of Citadel Plastics
Estate of John Chakalos
- Representing a design engineer with a major automobile manufacturer in the DOJ investigation involving US vehicle emissions.
- Representing Gregory Abbott, the chairman and founder of International Dispensing Corp., in the sweeping college admissions case brought by the Boston US Attorney’s Office.
- Secured a favorable settlement for Hanjin Transportation in connection with criminal and civil investigations by the DOJ into allegations of a bid-rigging conspiracy that targeted US military bases in South Korea
- Represented OTV SA and Veolia Water Technologies Brasil in connection with a World Bank investigation involving a project in Colombia.
- Conducting an internal investigation involving alleged FCPA violations in China for 3M.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP is known for its 'exceptional knowledge and experience, ease to work with, proactivity and aggressive representation'. Key areas include defending corporates against government investigations, enforcement actions and qui tam litigation in the healthcare sector, white-collar criminal defense, securities enforcement and anti-corruption or FCPA defense. The group is housed in the litigation department – the global head of which is Chicago-based David Rosenbloom, an experienced trial lawyer – but is often instructed on internal and government investigations. Also in Chicago, Steven Scholes is charged with running the department on a day-to-day basis, and is noted for his work before the SEC. In Boston, Laura McLane co-chairs the firm's health litigation team, and is the go-to name for FCA cases.
David Rosenbloom; Steven Scholes; Laura McLane
Other key lawyers:
Mark Pearlstein; Gordon Greenberg; Russell Hayman; Benton Curtis
‘Deep experience in sensitive investigations and the handling of the complex interfaces with forensic accountants, external auditors, the SEC.’
‘Exceptional knowledge and experience, easy to work with, proactive and aggressive representation.’
‘The lawyers that I worked with high degree of understanding the issues. They explained all aspects of my case most important great advice and I had a very high degree of confidence in their abilities. Best firm I have ever worked with.’
‘I have worked closely with partner Laura McLane. She is extremely smart, practical and thorough: she rolls up her sleeves and digs in to her cases, and has a deep knowledge of the law and the facts.’
‘Gordon Greenberg is a great strategist – accessible, candid and high ethics.’
Banner Health System
Convatec and 180 Medical
Chicago Public Schools
DaVita HealthCare Partners
Universal Health Services
HIG Growth Partners, LLC. and HIG Capital, LLC.
Roche Health Solutions, Inc.
Clark Construction Group
Global Eagle Enterprises
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles)
- Represent Universal Health Services in an FCA case pending in Massachusetts federal district court
- Act for South Bay Mental Health Center, Community Intervention Services, HIG Growth Partners and HIG Capital LLC in an ongoing defense of a qui tam lawsuit involving allegations under the federal and state False Claims Acts, pending in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- Successfully defended Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP against a federal action alleging a fraudulent transfer and other misconduct related to the Swiss transfer in the course of Akin Gump’s representation of a Korean company
McGuireWoods LLP fields a strong team of white-collar criminal defense attorneys based across the US, with major centres in Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC. Todd Steggerda chairs the department from Washington DC, an office that recently welcomed Andrew McBride from Perkins Coie LLP, who has significant experience handling cases related to the communications and new media sectors. Standing out for an exemplary track-record in individual representations, Washington DC-based seasoned litigator George Terwilliger handled a number of high-profile cases for elected officials in 2019, as well as a range of healthcare sector-related cases for a variety corporates. In Richmond, John Adams is experienced with opioid litigation cases, while in Norfolk, Benjamin Hatch is noted for handling significant government investigations for corporates. In September 2019, former senior litigation counsel in the major fraud section of the US Attorney's Office for the Central District of California Kevin Lally became a major addition to the Los Angeles office.
The Boeing Company
Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States
Family of Otto Warmbier
Eastern VA Medical School
Former CEO of USA Gymnastics
James C. Justice II, Governor of West Virginia
North Broward Hospital District
John Gore, the principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division
- Represents Boeing in its defense against a highly publicized federal criminal investigation into the crashes of two 737 Max 8 jets
- Represented vice president Mike Pence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election
- Represented the family of Otto Warmbier in a claim for damages against the North Korean government for the imprisonment and torture of their son.
- Bob Bittman advised former USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny in his appearance before a subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee. Mr. Penny was subpoenaed to testify about Larry Nassar, the former Olympic gymnastics team physician who is now serving decades in prison, after a conviction for his years of abuse of hundreds of women and girls
- Obtained victory for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, ending the highly publicized federal criminal case alleging misuse of campaign and government funds
Milbank's sweet spot is the financial services industry, although owing to its expertise in government investigations, criminal and regulatory enforcement, it is called upon to represent clients across a range of sectors. Members of the group have experience in proceedings before all the major US enforcement authorities – including the SEC, CFTC, FINRA and DOJ – as well as state regulators, such as the Massachusetts securities division and the New York Attorney General's office. The department is led by George Canellos, who has a solid practice representing financial institutions, public companies and asset management firms. Scott Edelman is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer, and also handles criminal, regulatory, public SEC and congressional investigations. Antonia Apps, another trial lawyer, has established a reputation for representing financial institutions, corporations and individuals in regulatory enforcement proceedings and government investigations.
VEREIT, formerly American Realty Capital Properties
American Renal Associates Holdings
Ernst & Young
- Representing VEREIT in ongoing investigations by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and SEC. Milbank also represented VEREIT in more than a dozen related civil actions, including a consolidated class action, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and other courts around the country, which have all been recently resolved
- Represented American Renal Associates Holdings in connection with DOJ and SEC inquiries concerning alleged health care fraud and misstatements in its financial reports in connection with enrolling patients in Affordable Care Act plans with the assistance of charitable premium payments
- Milbank represents an international law firm in connection with an investigation of the SEC concerning a client of the firm.
- Milbank is representing three of the big four accounting firms in a range of SEC investigations involving compliance with securities laws and audit standards. Milbank is also representing these firms in a range of matters regarding issues with loan rules, allegations of misconduct, as well as independence requirements, including prohibitions on lending and engaging in commercial transactions with clients.
- Represented Morgan Stanley in connection with an investigation and civil action by the Massachusetts Securities Division into the firm’s sales, marketing, and disclosure practices concerning securities based loan (“SBL”) accounts, as well as the process by which it compensates financial advisors for selling SBL products to customers
Miller & Chevalier Chartered
The entirely Washington DC-based team at Miller & Chevalier Chartered consists of experienced defense attorneys with ample trial experience. The group represents corporates and individuals in criminal cases and investigations, including in cases of political significance, although lawyers are also well-versed in more traditional white-collar areas, such as cases involving FCPA violations. The team is jointly-led by chair of the litigation department Andrew Wise and Timothy O’Toole, who heads the white-collar defense practice group.
Timothy O’Toole; Andrew Wise
Other key lawyers:
Mark Rochon; Kirby Behre; Addy Schmitt; William Barry
- Represent the Audit Committee of Ecopetrol in conducting an investigation into allegations of improper payments to government officials and corruption in connection with the construction of the Reficar petroleum refinery. The firm’s role in this matter has involved extensive interaction with the DOJ Fraud Section and the SEC.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
The team at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. is deeply knowledgeable in white-collar criminal defense, both in and out of court, particularly in matters involving reputation management. Areas where the firm stands out are AML and fraud-related matters, but lawyers also have impressive experience in congressional investigations. In the New York office, department head Peter Chavkin is known for handling politically sensitive cases and financial criminal investigations; he also has a niche in the antiquities market. The firm also has a strong presence in Boston, where key members include Mark Robinson, who leads the Boston group; Eóin Beirne, who regularly handles internal and external investigations for corporates; David Siegal, an expert in securities fraud; and Cory Flashner , who joined in June 2019 from an in-house position and significantly strengthens the firm’s AML offering.
Peter Chavkin; Mark Robinson
Dr. Emad Soliman
Multiple high-volume antiquities dealers and collectors
- Representing Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager, in connection with Mr. Lewandowski’s testimony regarding alleged Russian collusion and a potential obstruction of justice by the President.
- Representing Ruth Madoff in connection with inquiries into and lawsuits related to Bernard Madoff’s criminal conduct and recoveries from the estate of Bernard Madoff’s company
- Representing John Drago in relation to banking and tax-related charges brought by the US Attorney for Eastern District of New York.
- Represents two of the largest antiquities dealers in the world in inquiries and lawsuits centering on alleged trafficking in stolen antiquities from countries including Egypt, Greece, Italy, and India.
MoloLamken LLP is a litigation boutique with particular aptitude in white-collar criminal defense and investigations. The group has built a strong practice that includes handling cases involving insider trading, securities fraud, foreign bribery and public corruption, as well as international money laundering and insurance fraud. Alongside its litigation capabilities, the firm stands out for its crisis management services. Based in New York, founding partner Steven Molo ('a charismatic, experienced leader') heads the team and leverages significant trial experience. Also in New York, Jessica Ortiz is noted for corporate internal investigations. Washington DC's Justin Shur often represents CEOs, board members and public officials in major government investigations and at trial.
‘The team, led by Steve, is able to mobilize quickly and deliver excellent work product.’
‘Very driven and committed in a positive way – a real energy in what they do.’
‘Team is commercial and thorough.’
‘Steve Molo is a charismatic, experienced leader with a drive and commitment that is outstanding. His expertise in many related fields is so useful for an excellent overview of problems that might span over several practice areas.’
Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of Volkswagen
Alan Rizek, former Autonomy executive
Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)
Frank Armijo, Vice President at Lockheed Martin Corporation
David Shulkin, former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Muhammad Asif Hafeez a/k/a Muhammad Asif Hafiz
Lawyers at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP have developed a solid practice defending corporations and individuals in civil litigation, regulatory inquiries and criminal investigations. Key areas of expertise include matters pertaining to securities fraud, bribery violations, healthcare and tax fraud, as well as allegations of workplace misconduct. The group also benefits from the firm's presence in London, Beijing, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi, allowing it to handle cross-border cases before multiple foreign regulators. Based in Philadelphia, Eric Sitarchuk is the head of the global practice, and has particular experience in FCA and qui tam defense work. Boston's Timothy Burke heads the securities enforcement and litigation group, representing individuals and financial services firms in relation to public and private investigations. Based in the labor and employment group, Washington DC's Grace Speights takes the lead in cases involving workplace misconduct, in addition to offering crisis management expertise.
Eric Sitarchuk; Timothy Burke
Other key lawyers:
Grace Speights; Susan Resley; Alison Tanchyk; Tinos Diamantatos
United BioSource LLC
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
JPMorgan Chase Bank
UBS Financial Services
Rite Aid Corporation
- Negotiated settlement of investigation with the SEC on behalf of Merrill Lynch for $8m following an SEC investigation relating to trading and securities lending of prereleased ADR.
- Defended U-Haul of Pennsylvania in a federal criminal indictment filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The cases allege that U-Haul of Pennsylvania committed criminal violations of hazardous material handling regulations related to the filling of propane tanks.
- Represented Teva Pharmaceuticals in negotiating a confidential settlement in an FCA lawsuit.
- Achieved a complete victory for E*TRADE following a lengthy trial before Judge Joseph Huber of Santa Clara County (California) Superior Court concerning the plaintiff’s claim for an award of royalties for trade secret misappropriation.
- Represented AmerisourceBergen Corporation before the House Energy and Commerce Committee investigating the opioid epidemic.
Morrison & Foerster LLP's team is composed of former high-ranking federal prosecutors, SEC and DOJ officials, senior government regulators, White House and FBI counsel, providing clients with an impressively deep bench of expertise. The group is particularly noted for FCPA and anti-corruption work, which is jointly led by Washington DC's Charles Duross and James Koukios, both of whom are experienced trial attorneys. Other areas of expertise in the department include matters involving cybersecurity, securities, financial and accounting fraud, national security, AML and FCA. Duross co-chairs the investigations and white-collar defense group alongside Craig Martin in San Francisco and New York's Ruti Smithline, whose practice has a particular focus on issues arising out of Latin America. New York's Carrie Cohen is the go-to practitioner for c-suite workplace misconduct issues, while Amanda Aikman has notable experience handling monitorships. 2019 was a year of massive expansion for the San Francisco team, which took on, among others: former counsel to the attorney general Alex Iftimie , Bonnie Lau from Dentons and Christine Wong from an in-house position at Fujitsu and Eliot Adelson (with an impressive roster of Japanese and US clients) from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Charles Duross; Craig Martin; Ruti Smithline
Other key lawyers:
‘In house accounting expertise excellent; partner engagement excellent‘
‘The entire team, especially Craig Martin, is very knowledgeable and responsive.’
‘The team brings together an amazing group of talent, clearly cultivated and trained in this specialty.’
‘Ron White has a background of unique and unequaled experience. He is very responsive, empathetic, pro-active, tireless, and develops a strategy of defense few can match‘
Michael L. Cohen (Och Ziff Capital Management)
New York City Council
- Appointed as the US monitor of Odebrecht by the DOJ, following the largest FCPA and foreign bribery settlement in history, arising from the Operation Carwash scandal.
- Represent Michael Cohen, who headed the London office of Och-Ziff Capital Management (which entered into an FCPA settlement) in relation to a DOJ indictment pending in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, an SEC lawsuit in the Eastern District of New York and a private securities class action by the shareholders of Och-Ziff in the Southern District of New York.
- Acting as special counsel to New York City Council, investigating certain allegations of workplace and other misconduct, and providing a recommendation to the Council on whether formal charges are warranted against a Council Member.
One client notes that the New York-based team at Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. 'comprises smart, dedicated, hard-working lawyers who focus on all types of white-collar criminal and regulatory issues'. The group excels in representing individuals at trial. It has also built a significant practice in government investigations and corporate representations, including in relation to securities enforcement and regulatory matters and FCPA. 'Simply superb', Elkan Abramowitz continues to demonstrate his clout in the white-collar defense space, representing individuals at trial and in crisis management situations. Robert Anello is the face of the firm's corporate representations, and alongside Jodi Misher Peikin, is regularly instructed on government and internal investigations, most notably involving allegations of fraud and insider trading. Catherine Foti has developed a solid practice defending corporations and individuals in matters arising from employment discrimination, sexual harrassment and attorney disciplinary matters. In January 2019, Judith Mogul left to become special counsel to New York governor Andrew Cuomo; while the group was joined by FCPA regulatory expert Christopher Harwood and securities and commodities fraud specialist Telemachus Kasulis, both from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team comprises smart, dedicated, hard-working lawyers who focus on all types of white-collar criminal and regulatory issues.’
‘Elkan Abramowitz is simply superb. He knows everything and everyone and is a delight to spend time with.‘
‘Richard Albert is a great trial attorney, a tremendous legal strategist, and a very smart person. He is a pleasure to work with on joint defense matters, and his insights are always very astute.’
‘They are the go-to firm in New York in white-collar cases and SEC enforcement actions. I have worked on many cases with partners Robert Anello and Jodi Peikin. Both are outstanding lawyers.’
- Represented David Pecker, the Chief Executive Officer of American Media, Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, in connection with a high-profile Southern District of New York investigation relating to the Michael Cohen scandal.
- Represented Opko Health and its founder and Chief Executive Officer Philip Frost in connection with a high-profile criminal investigation regarding allegations of stock manipulation. This matter has been successfully settled.
- Represented Spanish media company Imagina Group, in connection with the Company’s resolution of a multi-year investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York into improper payments made by one-time managers of the Company to obtain media and marketing rights to certain World Cup soccer qualifying matches in the Central American and Caribbean regions.
- Represented Reza Zarrab, an international gold trader charged in the Southern District of New York with violations of U.S. Iranian sanctions and bank fraud, and in civil litigation.
- Represented an individual in connection with DOJ, SEC and FTC investigations in a high-profile matter regarding Facebook and the transfer of data to Cambridge Analytica.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP is noted for its strong presence on the west coast, with active offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, which compliment the firm's New York and Washington DC offering. The group comprises former assistant US attorneys, congressional investigators, and former attorneys in the department of homeland security, SEC and White House, with extensive experience in representing corporations and individuals. Areas of particular expertise include cases involving accounting fraud, AML, consumer fraud, FCA and anti-kickback, as well as FCPA matters and other cross-border investigations. The group is led from Los Angeles by veteran trial lawyer Steven Olson and includes litigator Daniel Bookin in San Francisco, former co-chair of the department based in Washington DC Mary Patrice Brown and New York's Nicole Argentieri, who has developed an active government and internal investigations practice.
‘The O’Melveny & Myers team is a great partner in any joint defense.’
‘They are strong strategic thinkers and have great experience to bring to any legal issue.‘
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Johnson & Johnson
Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California
Owners of the “Ghost Ship” Warehouse
Trevor LaRocque, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers
Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee
- Represented the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California in multiple high-profile investigations and corporate governance issues including conducting an internal investigation into the conduct of USC gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, and related reporting issues at the University.
- Represented the owners of the “Ghost Ship” warehouse in Oakland, CA in connection with investigations by the California state District Attorney (DA) related to a December 2016 fire that killed 36 people.
- Retained by the DC Council, the legislative branch of the local government of the District of Columbia, to investigate the actions of member Jack Evans as chairman of its Committee on Finance and Revenue. The firm will examine Evans’s private business dealing and relevant public actions following concerns about possible conflicts of interest.
- Continues to represent Planned Parenthood Federation of America in ongoing federal inquiries by the DOJ following multiple congressional investigations concerning allegations related to the facilitation of fetal tissue donation.
- Represents the Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee, as well as Tom Barrack and Sara Armstrong in their capacity as officers of the committee, in response to multiple inquiries from Congress and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York concerning the governance, financing and expenditures of the committee.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP fields a team about which clients note 'quickly learns a company and provides action-oriented guidance to their clients', handling global investigations, criminal defense and compliance advice to a vast array of multinationals and individuals. In addition to high-profile representations, including notable FCPA matters, the group is appointed to several DOJ- and SEC-imposed corporate compliance monitorships, demonstrating the high regard it is held by the judiciary. In New York, Gregory Morvillo has built an extensive roster of insider trading representations for both corporations and individuals. Melinda Haag in San Francisco brings to bear significant trial experience. Washington DC's 'simply the best in the compliance business', Guy Singer and Billy Jacobson are noted for their monitorship work. New York's Amy Walsh is a government investigations specialist with extensive experience in fraud cases for both corporates and individuals. The group is jointly led by San Francisco's Walter Brown, who is an experienced trial lawyer and crisis management expert, and Robert Stern in Washington DC. In October 2019, the Seattle office welcomed Jeffrey Coopersmith from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, who provides a boost for handling fraud cases.
Walter Brown; Robert Stern
Other key lawyers:
‘Beyond expertise representing companies in front of the SEC and DOJ, the Orrick team offers substantial industry expertise. From their associates to Partners, the Orrick team quickly learns a company and provides action-oriented guidance to their clients.‘
‘Top-tier talent with a practical approach that are in every respect on my side through difficult issues. Well respected by regulators and practitioners alike.‘
‘The white-collar practice group at Orrick has been on every side of every issue: the group contains a number of former prosecutors as well as attorneys with in-house experience.‘
‘Guy Singer, simply the best in the compliance business, alongside Billy Jacobson makes an incredible team.‘
‘The professionalism and availability of the professionals is unique in my experience.‘
Zimmer Biomet Holdings
The Regents of the University of California
Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corporation
Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani (Former President and COO, Theranos)
Richard Lee (Former Portfolio Manager, SAC Capital)
Manuel Henriquez (Former CEO, Hercules Capital)
David Britt (Former Executive, KPMG)
Travis Kalanick (Co-Founder and Former CEO, Uber)
Hisao Yabe (Former Executive, Olympus)
Abell Oujaddou (Celebrity Hairstylist)
Craig Lorch (Co-Chief Executive Officer, Total Reclaim)
Katherine Mogal (Former Employee, Fitbit)
Thomas Harford (Former Dean of Students, Columbia University, College of General Studies)
- A team led by Jeff Coopersmith currently Represents Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, former Theranos President and COO, in one of the most closely watched federal prosecutions in the US, set for trial next summer in San Jose federal court over alleged wire fraud and conspiracy, as well as in a related SEC case.
- Gregory Morvillo represented Richard Lee, a former portfolio manager for Sigma Capital, in successfully changing to a not guilty plea on an insider-trading charge; the client had initially pleaded guilty on advice from previous counsel but changed his plea when advised by Orrick that the standard set in US v. Newman, another case won by Morvillo, would enable him to plead not guilty – the District Court judge granted the not guilty motion in June 2019.
- Represented Zimmer Biomet Holdings, a leading medical device company, since 2008, and successfully obtained declination letters from the DOJ and SEC on the company’s behalf in the industry-wide FCPA sweep.
- Successfully represented Lumber Liquidators in settling DOJ and SEC investigations precipitated by a 60 Minutes segment alleging that Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring imported from China emitted levels of formaldehyde exceeding standards set by the California Air Resources Board.
- Siding with the arguments of an Orrick team, a federal judge has dismissed with prejudice a qui tam False Claims Act lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California, UCSF Medical Center and eight individual defendants.
Paul Hastings LLP
Lawyers at Paul Hastings LLP are well equipped to handle government investigations, litigation and corporate compliance, taking on instructions from a variety of multinationals and individual clients. Matters involving financial crime are particular areas of expertise for the group, which is knowledgeable in anti-corruption and FCPA, alongside sanctions investigations and enforcement, cybercrime, life sciences criminal regulatory issues and consumer protection. Kenneth Breen chairs the team from New York and has extensive trial experience. Also in New York, Gary Giampetruzzi is noted for his compliance and investigations work. For individual representations, Washington DC's 'incredibly valuable lawyer' Robert Luskin is 'second-to-none in court' and has experience before the DOJ, OFAC, and state, federal, and foreign regulators; and Kwame Manley has developed an active financial crime- and sanctions-related practice. Matthew Herrington, who joined the Washington DC office from Steptoe & Johnson LLP in April 2019, is noted for his 'thoughtful, highly intelligent, practical, and sound counsel'.
‘Strong understanding of FCPA and anti-corruption law. Strong background dealing with both DOJ and SEC. Practical and sensible legal advice targeted at business realities and appropriate management of compliance risk.‘
‘Matthew Herrington provides thoughtful, highly intelligent, practical, and sound counsel in considering difficult issues. His advice is always carefully tailored to the specific problem and is prompt and efficient, and appropriately delegated to more junior staff where it makes sense to do so.‘
‘Robert Luskin is an incredibly valuable lawyer, who has second-to-none experience in court and also a very good understanding of the enforcement agencies’ expectations. He is an amazing trusted advisor.‘
‘The firm gathers high-level experts in their fields of practice. Their deep knowledge of global laws and practice is outstanding.‘
‘I have noticed their deep knowledge of regulations and requirements and their best efforts to keep their clients’ interests in mind while complying with the different authorities’ requirements.‘
Matthew Connolly, the former supervisor of the Money Market Desk at Deutsche Bank
David Gibson, the former CFO of Wilmington Trust Company
David Pecker, CEO of American Media, Inc.
Sally Donnelly, former Senior Advisor to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and her company, Pallas Advisors
- Represent SAP in an internal investigation related to U.S. sanctions on Iran; in an international investigation regarding alleged violations of Iran sanctions being conducted by the US DOJ; US OFAC; and US BIS; and represent the company before DOJ and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with alleged FCPA violations in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
- Representing TechnipFMC plc, a French oil services company and global leader in oil and gas technologies, in connection with corruption investigations in the United States, Brazil, and France, interacting with the DOJ and overseeing the efforts of local counsel and other professionals in Brazil and France.
- Represents Matthew Connolly, the former supervisor of the Money Market Desk at Deutsche Bank, in a DOJ prosecution pending in the Southern District of New York.
- Representing David Pecker, CEO of American Media, which owns the National Enquirer, in connection with investigations relating to President Trump and so-called hush payments, alleged extortion of Jeff Bezos, and other matters.
- Representing Sally Donnelly, former Senior Advisor to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and her company, Pallas Advisors, in connection with allegations of involvement in a conspiracy to direct the $10bn Pentagon JEDI cloud computing contract to her former client, Amazon Web Services.
The team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is calibrated to handle criminal defense and investigatory matters for corporates and individuals, particularly in bet-the-company and politically sensitive circumstances. At the group's core is expertise in AML, FCPA, insider trading, securities and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) cases. In May 2019, adding to a bench already replete with former high-ranking government officials, Loretta Lynch joined the New York office after serving as US Attorney General during the Obama administration. In June 2019, Washington DC was joined by Jeannie Rhee, fresh from serving on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigations team. All based out of New York, the department is coordinated by firm chairman Brad Karp (noted for his representations of financial institutions); economic sanctions and AML specialist Jessica Carey; experienced trial lawyer Roberto Finzi, who whose track-record includes cases relating to FCPA, accounting practices and insider trading; Lorin Reisner (adept with SEC investigations, particularly in revenue recognition cases); Richard Tarlowe, who is noted for high-profile individual representations; and accomplished trial lawyer Theodore Wells.
Brad Karp; Jessica Carey; Roberto Finzi; Lorin Reisner; Richard Tarlowe; Theodore Wells
Standard Chartered Bank
- Won a complete defense for ExxonMobil at trial before the New York Attorney General, in a case that had potential damages of $1.6bn, alleging the company misled investors about the risks of climate change to its business.
- Represented Blackstone in the successful resolution of DOJ and SEC investigations concerning its SeaWorld investment.
- Defending Carlos Ghosn, the former Chairman and CEO of Nissan and former head of the Nissan-RenaultMitsubishi Motors Alliance, in ongoing, high-profile criminal charges and government investigations in Japan, the United States and elsewhere, as well as in related U.S. civil securities fraud class action litigation.
- Represented Nicholas Schorsch, the former chairman and CEO of a publicly-traded REIT in the favorable resolution of a high-profile SEC investigation into certain financial reporting and accounting issues, and also represents him in ongoing private litigation. The investigation was resolved in July 2019 on a neither-admit-nor-deny basis with no allegations of intentional wrongdoing against the client.
- Weiss Represented Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in a regulatory and enforcement action involving numerous U.S. and U.K. agencies, including the DOJ, the N.Y. District Attorney, the Federal Reserve Board, the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the N.Y. Department of Financial Services. On April 9, 2019, the six-year investigation into its historic sanctions violations and control deficiencies by six U.S. federal and state agencies and the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) was resolved.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP fields a team that is experienced in representing corporates, financial institutions and their executives in a range of government investigations, with a focus on cross-border work. In particular, the group has represented a number of Swiss banks participating in the DOJ Swiss Bank tax program, as well as defending corporates in numerous DOJ investigation into allegations of fraud. The department is co-chaired by New York's Mark Hellerer, who has additional expertise in sanctions matters, and Maria Galeno; and William Sullivan in Washington DC, who is an FCPA expert. 'Outstanding' Anne Lefever in New York is noted for her work concerning OFAC violations.
William Sullivan; Mark Hellerer; Maria Galeno
Other key lawyers:
Thomas Hill; Anne Lefever
‘Reliable advice in cross-border matters.‘
‘Anne Lefever is outstanding.’
‘Excellent client service.‘
Travel Centers of America
- Represent Mark Lambert, the former president of Transportation Logistics International (TLI), a nuclear material transportation company, after the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland filed a criminal indictment against Mr. Lambert alleging violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering and fraud in connection with a purported scheme to obtain contracts from a Russian company to transport uranium from Russia to the United States.
- Represent the Victaulic Company in a lawsuit involving allegations of customs fraud filed by a qui tam relator under the FCA.
- Represented Travel Centers of America, a publicly-traded company and one the country’s largest truck stop operators, in a first-of-its-kind corporate modern slavery lawsuit accusing the company as well as other major truck stop operators and international hotel chains of benefiting financially from human trafficking.
- Represent a leading provider of software development and cyber security solutions in three separate matters. A qui tam FCA case, an investigation by the FBI and U.S. Postal Inspectors into allegations of price charging fraud under a significant government contract with the Department of Defense, and a Congressional investigation into serious data breaches involving a government contract with the Office of Personnel Management.
- Represent client that is a major player in the healthcare/pharma consulting business in connection with a series of False Claims Act cases.
Proskauer Rose LLP's team is jointly led by Robert Cleary, who is regularly instructed in international criminal matters including corruption and money laundering investigations and foreign extradition proceedings, and internal investigation expert Dietrich Snell. The group is noted for defending corporates and individuals in high-stakes government investigations and assisting with internal investigations, often resolving matters before they get to trial. The group expanded in 2019, bringing on AML expert Seetha Ramachandran from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and Hadassa Waxman from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she built up prosecutorial experience in a variety of fraud, money laundering and cybercriminal cases. Lindsey Collins is developing exceptional work in the government and internal investigations space. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.
Robert Cleary; Dietrich Snell
Other key lawyers:
‘I hold Robert Cleary and Mark Davidson in the highest regard.‘
The Metropolitan Opera
- Represented The Metropolitan Opera, in its investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct by its Music Director Emeritus, James Levine. After a thorough investigation that lasted more than three months with over 70 individuals interviewed, the Metropolitan Opera terminated its relationship with James Levine as Music Director Emeritus and Artistic Director of its young artist program. The firm also represented the Met in a case filed by Levine, against the Met and its general manager for defamation. In April 2019, a New York State Supreme Court judge dismissed most of his claims.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP fields 'a very stable, highly professional and efficient, as well as successful team' that has experience handling an impressive range of cross-border representations, in cases including 1MDB, Operation Carwash, Panama Papers and the Fifa corruption scandal. The groups is also well-versed in AML and OFAC sanctions cases, representing both individuals and corporates. Out of Washington DC, William Burck (a renowned trial lawyer) and 'highly professional' Juan Morillo jointly chair the group alongside James Asperger in Los Angeles and John Potter in San Francisco.
William Burck; Juan Morillo; James Asperger; John Potter
‘We have experienced a very stable and highly professional and efficient as well as successful team for many years.’
‘In addition to top quality and practical legal advice, they also understand the specifics of the underlying issues.’
‘Juan Morillo, partner, a highly professional though easily accessible legal professional successfully leading an efficient small team of likewise highly professional lawyers.‘
Robert K. Kraft
- Defending Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, in connection with solicitation of prostitution charges brought against him by the State of Florida.
Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP
The litigation department, in which Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP's white-collar defense team sits is led by Rowan Gaither, following the departure of his former co-chair Jeffrey Lehtman to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in September 2019. The group includes distinguished founding partner Lee Richards, an experienced trial lawyer who also regularly defends individuals in government investigations. Shari Brandt is noted for matters involving the financial services, with a niche in parallel civil litigation, regulatory and white-collar criminal proceedings. David Massey stands out for individual representations, having guided senior executives and government officials through high-stakes investigations and at trial, in cases involving FCPA violations, domestic corruption, sanctions and securities law violations.
Other key lawyers:
Global Brokerage Firm
Torneos y Competencias
Bank of New York Mellon
Senior Employees of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co
Audit Committee of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC
Board of Directors of Petroleo Brasileiro
Audit Committee of Performance Sports Group
- Represent a brokerage firm in connection with an investigation by the CFTC and other government agencies into the ISDAFIX benchmark rate submission, collection and setting process.
- Represent ICAP in a settlement with U.S. and U.K. regulators over its alleged role in Yen LIBOR rate manipulation. With this settlement, ICAP became the fourth company to settle allegations that it had participated in a plan to influence the London interbank offered rate, the benchmark rate that impacts financial transactions worldwide.
- Pool counsel to more than 20 executives and managers of global bank in money laundering and sanctions investigations by the Department of Justice, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, New York Department of Financial Services, NYAG, OFAC, New York Fed, the UK Financial Conduct Authority and an independent monitor. Represented clients in numerous interviews with prosecutors and regulators.
- Represent the first individual to be incarcerated as a result of the DOJ’s investigation into diesel emissions violations by Volkswagen AG. Mr. Schmidt was arrested in January 2017 while in Miami and was charged with multiple counts alleging conspiracy, wire fraud and Clean Air Act violations. Mr. Schmidt pled guilty in 2017 and was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment.
- House of Representatives member Chris Collins of Buffalo and his son Cameron Collins were charged with insider trading by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the SEC in 2018. Our client Lauren Zarsky is the fiancée of Cameron Collins, and she was alleged to have traded with inside information as well. She was not charged criminally and settled with the SEC in a favorable “no admit no deny” resolution.
- Representing senior employees of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. with respect to an FCPA investigation conducted by DOJ and SEC into hiring practices in China.
At Ropes & Gray LLP, lawyers stand out for anti-corruption compliance work and FCPA issues, representing a diverse range of corporate clients and individuals. The group also has considerable expertise in matters pertaining to securities fraud and spoofing, as well as FCA and anti-kickback cases in the healthcare space. The team is jointly led by Michael McGovern in New York, whom clients note is 'a savvy and experienced criminal law practitioner', and Boston's James Dowden, who became co-head after Chicago's Laura Hoey stepped down from the role. Hoey is noted for her trial and investigations experience, which she predominantly applies to cases in the healthcare sector, although she is also knowledgeable in privacy and cybersecurity issues. As a veteran of the white-collar space, New York's Joan McPhee is another key member of the team, having developed an active practice representing institutions in cases involving workplace misconduct and sexual harassment.
James Dowden; Michael McGovern
‘I have worked over the past few years on a variety of matters with Michael McGovern. He is a savvy and experienced criminal law practitioner. He brings to every matter considered good judgment, honed over decades as a prosecutor and a defense lawyer‘
‘Michael McGovern is a stand-out star in this space. His decades of experience as a prosecutor and defense lawyer and his good judgment lead to tremendous results for his clients.’
U.S. Olympic Committee
Subcommittee of the Board of Trustees of New York University
Embraer (as DOJ-appointed monitor)
Former International Law Firm Co-Chair Gordon Caplan
Former Precious Metals Trader at Deutsche Bank AG: Cedric Chanu
Former Credit Suisse Banker: Detelina Subeva
Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball Team at an NCAA Division-I University: Will Wade
Trey Loughran (Equifax)
- Retained by a subcommittee of the board of directors of the United States Olympic Committee to conduct an independent investigation into the abuse of hundreds of elite and Olympic gymnasts and other children by Larry Nassar.
- Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer has engaged Alex Rene to serve as an independent corporate compliance monitor for a three-year term as part of a deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ and consent decree with the SEC.
- Represents the former co-Chair of the international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Gordon Caplan, in the college admissions case, i.e. the “Varsity Blues” case in the District of Massachusetts.
- Represents a former Deutsche Bank employee who has been charged with fraudulent and manipulative trading practices involving precious metals contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
- Represents the former Credit Suisse banker Detelina Subeva indicted in the Eastern District of New York in connection with an alleged $2bn fraud against the Mozambique government that destabilized the country’s economy.
The team at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is most noted for its defense of individuals in government investigations and enforcement actions, but it is also instructed by a range of corporates and financial institutions. On the coporate side, the group currently represents a variety of pharmaceutical companies in relation to FCA violations and cases arising from the opioid crisis. Other areas of expertise include FCPA and sanctions work, both of which are areas of expertise for New York's Gary Stein. The group is co-led by veteran trial lawyer in New York Barry Bohrer, Washington DC's Adam Hoffinger, a compliance and investigations expert, and Douglas Koff, also in New York, who focuses on representing financial institutions and broker-dealers in criminal proceedings and government investigations.
Barry Bohrer; Adam Hoffinger; Douglas Koff
Other key lawyers:
Peter White; Charles Clark; Craig Warkol
‘Adam Hoffinger and Jeff Robertson are exceptional advocates.‘
‘They are collegial, forceful, and well prepared.’
Abul Huda Farouki (former chief executive of Anham)
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Mason Capital Management
Pershing Square Capital Management
Purdue Pharma Executives
Reckitt Benckiser/Indivior Executives
Robert Jesenik (Aequitas)
Jun Ying (former Equifax executive)
Joseph Percoco (former aide to New York governor Andrew Cuomo)
Crystal Grote (Tucker payday lending companies)
Lazare Kaplan International
Ronald Ferguson (former CEO of General Reinsurance)
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Agricultural Bank of China
- Defending Jun Ying, the former chief information officer of the Americas of the large data analytics and credit reporting agency, Equifax, in respect of two high-profile insider trading cases brought by the SEC and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Georgia.
- Represented Joseph Percoco, a former senior aide and campaign manager to Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York state, in a well-publicized investigation involving improper lobbying and conflicts of interest. After a federal appeals court ordered Percoco to prison in March 2019 to serve six years, the firm continues to appeal the conviction and fight for Percoco’s release.
- Obtained an extremely favorable result for ParagonCoin after an SEC investigation, which included non-fraud charges against the ParagonCoin entity, no charges against the individuals involved, and the payment of a modest penalty. The matter involved the question of whether a cryptocurrency – issued in an initial coin offering (ICO) – was a security under the federal securities laws. Along with a similar matter filed the same day, this settlement was the first ever instance of the SEC providing a path to full securities registration by an ICO.
- The team has enjoyed a run of success in defending the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority from a series of False Claims Act suits, the federal law that aims to combat fraud against the government.
- Defending former senior executives of Purdue Pharma in cases filed throughout the United States, including in Colorado, North Carolina and New Jersey, among others, that allege that Purdue Pharma is responsible for the opioid crisis.
Seward & Kissel LLP's government enforcement and internal investigations group defends both corporations and their executives in government investigations and enforcement actions, including in relation to banking crimes, securities fraud, insider trading, FCPA violations and tax offenses. The team has particular experience handling parallel investigations brought by multiple state and federal agencies, as well as in the US aspects of cross-border investigations. The group is jointly led by veteran trial lawyer Rita M Glavin; and Michael Considine, who focuses on government investigations, but also has experience in monitorship appointments. Jack Yoskowitz is a name to note for financial services industry representations and is often instructed in SEC investigations. In February 2019, the group welcomed counsel Philip Moustakis, who was previously a senior counsel at the SEC division of enforcement. All lawyers in the editorial are in New York.
Rita Glavin; Michael Considine
- Represented Stephen DiCarmine, former executive director of the law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, in his criminal case brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the SEC civil case, which alleged that DiCarmine, firm CFO Joel Sanders, and firm Chairman Steven Davis engaged in a scheme to defraud lenders and investors about the law firm’s true financial condition from 2009 to 2012.
- Represents former KPMG partner David Britt, who was criminally charged in 2018 with conspiracy and wire fraud in the Southern District of New York as part of allegations that the audit firm KPMG improperly obtained and used confidential information obtained from the PCAOB in an effort to improve KPMG’s performance in PCAOB inspections.
- Represented Mallet in an investigation involving both the DOJ and the SEC. In this cross-border investigation, the government was investigating the UK-based client because of the acts of one of its high-level employees in the U.S.
Shearman & Sterling LLP's group excels in handling high-profile domestic and cross-border investigations and litigation, drawing on a deep bench of former enforcement attorneys and practitioners with government experience. Financial and securities regulation are particular areas of expertise, and lawyers are regularly engaged for parallel SEC and DOJ investigations and proceedings. Co-leading the department in New York are, Stephen Fishbein (experienced in fraud and insider trading cases), the firm's global managing partner Adam Hakki, who focuses on securities and corporate governance matters and securities expert John Nathanson; while Patrick Robbins co-leads from San Francisco, where he handles a wide diet of FCPA, accounting and securities fraud, insider trading and healthcare violations work. Christopher LaVigne, who is based out of Washington DC, specialises in regulatory enforcement matters and internal investigations.
Adam Hakki; Stephen Fishbein; Patrick Robbins; John Nathanson
Other key lawyers:
Bank of America
Former CFO of Logitech
Softbank Group Corporation
- Engaged as counsel to the Independent Directors in connection with an independent investigation into Wells Fargo’s retail banking sales practices and related matters by a special committee of the Board.
- Represented Citigroup in two internal investigations with respect to US regulatory and enforcement inquiries concerning a $400m fraud perpetrated against Citigroup’s Mexican unit, Banamex, by Oceanografia and its principals.
- Shearman & Sterling Represented Italian banking conglomerate UniCredit in connection with a multi-year sanctions investigation and coordinated a $1.3bn global settlement with multiple US authorities, including obtaining from the DOJ a declination to prosecute the parent entity.
- Represents Christopher Worrall, a federal government employee, in an insider trading matter. Mr. Worrall was acquitted of 14 out of the 16 counts against him, including all of the conspiracy and securities fraud counts. He was convicted of one count of conversion of government property and one count of wire fraud, both involving a single alleged disclosure in 2012. The other defendants were each convicted of multiple counts of conspiracy, securities fraud and conversion.
- Represents Sergey Pugach in an insider trading matter. The claims arise from allegations that one of the other defendants, who worked as a systems administrator in Green Mountain’s Information Technology department, accessed and shared material non-public information with our client, an alleged “tippee”.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is gaining ground in relation to both corporate and individual representations in government investigations and enforcement, regularly advising multinationals, financial institutions, private equity funds and their officers in high-profile, and often multi-jurisdictional, matters. In April 2019, New York's Stephen Cutler was appointed global head of the firm's government and internal investigations group, taking over from co-chair of the firm's litigation department Paul Curnin, who is known for his investigations work. In Washington DC, Cheryl Scarboro is a key contact for FCPA work, including compliance programs, SEC reporting, disclosure and corporate governance; while Jeffrey Knox has significant experience in FCPA, FCA, securities fraud and international AML cases. In New York, Michael Osnato is adept at representing financial institutions in regulatory and government investigations (particularly involving the SEC) and Brooke Cucinella is a specialist in cases involving securities fraud and responding to cybersecurity incidents.
Board of Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Hain Celestial Group
Valeant Pharmaceuticals (n/k/a Bausch Health Companies)
The Natural Resources Defense Council
- Former Chief Financial Officer and acting Secretary General of FIFA in the highly-publicized corruption scandal.
- Lead counsel for Ericsson in a DOJ and SEC investigation of alleged payments to government officials in violation of the FCPA.
- The Natural Resources Defense Council in connection with a congressional investigation arising out the NRDC’s China program and compliance with the Foreign Agent Registration Act.
- Valeant in SEC investigation and in high-profile securities and RICO class actions.
- Navigated high-profile regulatory inquiries related to activities in the credit default swaps (CDS) markets.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is well placed to act for corporations in major cross-border and multi-jurisdictional investigations, drawing on high-level expertise in regulatory advice, governance and litigation and a strong presence in London, Paris, Beijing, Hong Kong and São Paulo. The group is also often called upon to represent individuals in federal and state grand jury investigations, trials and appeals. The department is chaired from New York by David Zornow, whose practice covers individual and corporate representations, with experience in investigations initiated by the SEC and state attorneys general, as well as internal investigations. Also in New York, David Meister is an expert in CFTC-related matters and representing financial institutions; while Jocelyn Strauber has significant experience in matters pertaining to terrorism, national security, AML and sanctions. Based in Palo Alto, Jack DiCanio leads on West Coast financial- and healthcare-related criminal defence, and Washington DC's Charles Walker is noted for securities enforcement matters.
- Represents Chipotle Mexican Grill California, in connection with a DOJ/FDA investigation relating to the much-publicized food-borne illness outbreaks at the restaurant from 2015 to 2017.
- Represents Snap Inc in connection with a joint DOJ/SEC investigation involving allegations of alleged misstatements in the company’s S-1 disclosure and at the company’s IPO roadshows.
- Represents Deutsche Bank in an industrywide investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission concerning “pre-release” American Depositary Receipts (ADRs). Also representing the client in CFTC v. Deutsche Bank, an action filed by the CFTC in the Southern District of New York alleging violations of CFTC rules concerning swaps reporting and a violation of a previous CFTC Order.
- Acted for James Finley, a former sales executive at Rolls-Royce PLC, in connection with his guilty plea in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to violations of the FCPA and conspiracy.
- Represents current and former employees or associates of Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction company and Braskem, the affiliated Brazilian chemical company, in an FCPA investigation by the Fraud Section of the DOJ.
Corporate representations are bread and butter for the team at Squire Patton Boggs, which is well-placed to handle all phases of government investigations and subsequent congressional inquiries, civil or criminal actions. The group is able to leverage the firm's global presence in cross-border matters, and are called upon to coordinate their response to multi-jurisdictional investigations as well as comply with U.S. sanctions, money laundering and terrorism financing regulations abroad. Joseph Walker leads the department from Washington DC, with demonstrable experience in FCPA work. Based in Cleveland, Colin Jennings plays a key role in the firm's regulatory compliance practice, drawing on significant experience at trial. Miami's Rebekah Poston has a varied practice, which includes handling cases involving violations of the FCPA, OFAC sanctions, money laundering and environmental crime. In 2019, the firm's expertise in sanctions violations was expanded with the addition of Claiborne Porter to the Washington DC office, from an in-house position. The Washington DC office also welcomed Margaret Daum, former Democratic staff director of the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, adding significant expertise in congressional investigations.
Other key lawyers:
- Represented an individual in a money laundering case, involving several Venezuelans and their purchase of dollars on the parallel black market. Resulted in the declination of prosecution as to the individual and his company.
- Representing numerous non-US financial institutions, primarily in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, in connection with potential violations of US sanctions, anti-money laundering and illicit finance laws, anti-corruption laws, and the Bank Secrecy Act.
- Representing a US financial institution in connection with potential violations of US money laundering laws and the Bank Secrecy Act. Investigating historical and current transactions identified as possessing indicia of potential money laundering and assessing the bank’s detection and reporting of those transactions.
- Representing an SOE as it seeks victim status, restitution and return of US-seized assets purchased with the illegal proceeds from criminal acts of money laundering funds obtained through bribery and corruption (FCPA) violations.
- Engaged to undertake an independent review and analysis of the governance and effectiveness of a Fortune 100 global compliance program, and to provide a report and assessment to the Board of Directors.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP's team is most noted for its representations of high-profile individuals, in complex, cross-border, often politically sensitive cases. Key to the Washington DC group are seasoned trial lawyer Reid Weingarten, Jason Weinstein and Brian Heberlig and in Chicago, Chris Niewoehner is the practitioner to note.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
New York-based Nicolas Bourtin leads the criminal defense and investigations team at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, while co-heading the FCPA and anti-corruption group. Also in New York, Nicole Friedlander has developed a reputation for handling AML and cybercrime matters. In 2019, Samuel Seymour retired from the front line, becoming an of counsel.
Other key lawyers:
The team at Vinson & Elkins LLP stands out for its representations of corporates in government investigations and white-collar criminal defense matters, with recent experience in anti-corruption, FCA and securities matters, as well as cases involving government contracting. San Francisco's Matthew Jacobs regularly appears before the DOJ and SEC and leads the team. In September 2019, the department benefited from the arrival of Palmina Fava to the New York office from Paul Hastings LLP, bringing with her internal and government investigatory expertise, particularly in relation to FCPA violations, AML and anti-bribery.
Other key lawyers:
Palmina Fava; Jeffrey Johnston; Jessica Heim
‘Their team of partners and associates from their San Francisco, Washington, New York and Houston offices operated as one tightly integrated team and seamlessly brought together the right professional expertise and tech sector industry knowledge to win the confidence of the enforcement agencies and our Audit Committee.’
‘Importantly, the Vinson & Elkins-led team included 1) former federal prosecutors with both broad and deep experience, 2) technology sector experience and 3) in-house compliance experience which drove a “best practices” remediation program that all combined to gain the company a fair and favorable outcome.‘
Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas and Hitachi
Special Litigation Committee of Zynga
Maxell Corporation of America, Hitachi Maxell
Juniper Audit Committee
The white-collar team at New York-based Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is part of the litigation department. It has a strong reputation for representing multinational corporations, financial institutions and their executives in regulatory enforcement proceedings and white-collar criminal investigations, as well as in court. John Savarese is a name to note, with expertise in accounting fraud, insider trading and criminal tax. Other key practitioners include Wayne Carlin and David Anders.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's team represents multinationals, financial institutions, partnerships, and senior executives in criminal and regulatory matters, including internal investigations and related litigation. The group is regularly instructed in fraud-related cases, as well as matters arising from environmental criminal conduct, economic sanctions, the FCA and FCPA. Steven Tyrrell co-leads the group from Washington DC, where he focuses on investigations relating to healthcare fraud, anti-corruption and environmental issues; while Tyrell's co-head in New York, Christopher Garcia, is regularly engaged in fraud cases before the DOJ and SEC. Also in New York, Sarah Coyne has experience in major anti-corruption matters, as well as expertise in criminal antitrust. In June 2019, the New York office was joined by Susan Shin, who arrived from Arnold & Porter and brought with her significant expertise representing corporates in government and internal investigations.
Steven Tyrrell; Christopher Garcia
‘Communication! This team always responds, listens and provides amazing proactive advice.‘
‘Very knowledgeable, extremely responsive.‘
Abraaj Investment Management Ltd.
First Data Corporation
Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association
Senior executives at SeaWorld Entertainment
Former CFO of Hertz
Head of Trade Commodity and Finance for Societe Generale
Former Head of Trading for RBS
- Representing Sanofi in DOJ and SEC investigations into alleged violations of the FCPA in a number of countries in emerging markets; the team convinced both agencies to close their investigations without bringing an enforcement action.
- Represented Vantage Drilling in connection with parallel DOJ and SEC investigations into alleged violations of the FCPA stemming from Vantage’s dealings with Petrobras in Brazil; our team convinced both agencies to walk away from the matter without bringing an enforcement action.
- Representing Abraaj Investment Management in connection with high-profile DOJ and SEC investigations relating to an illegal misappropriation of investors’ money by the company’s principal.
- Representing BSI in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations in the U.S. and Switzerland connected to the corruption scandals surrounding FIFA and 1MDB.
- Representing VEREIT in an internal investigation and related litigations relating to allegations of accounting irregularities.
White & Case LLP's practice is defined by the firm's international presence, allowing it to handle US and cross-border investigations; in addition to the team's experience at trial. The group has particular expertise in the healthcare sector, but it also handles matters in the auto parts and financial services industries, in cases involving the FCPA, securities fraud, FCA and the anti-kickback statute. Scott Hershman in New York is the global practice head and is adept at defending companies in regulatory, white-collar criminal and parallel civil litigation. In Washington DC, Darryl Lew focuses on cross-border and domestic government investigations, while Boston's Michael Kendall is a healthcare sector expert. New York's Virginia Chavez Romano stands out for handling fraud-related matters.
Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Hungary
Ministry of Corporate Affairs of the Republic of India
MVP Imports LLC / Jeffrey Himmel
- Engaged to assist JBS with its implementation of a global compliance program. The work relates to a leniency agreement executed by JBS’s parent company following a corruption investigation involving the president of Brazil.
- Represented Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Hungary in connection with investigations undertaken by the U.S. DOJ and SEC into transactions at Microsoft Hungary. These investigations were resolved through agreed dispositions. Microsoft Hungary entered into a three-year NPA with the DOJ in connection with causing false books and records at Microsoft in violation of the FCPA and agreed to pay a penalty of $8.75m. The SEC resolved the matter through the issuance of a Cease & Desist Order on a no admit/no deny basis finding violations of books and records and internal control provisions of the FCPA; Microsoft agreed to pay $13.7M in disgorgement and $2.7M in prejudgment interest.
- Represents Nestlé USA in a putative class action that was filed in federal court. The plaintiff alleges Nestlé failed to affirmatively disclose on its product labels the risk of child and slave labor in its cocoa supply chain in violation of Massachusetts law.
- Represents Donna Ackerly, whom the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts indicted for fraud involving proxy campaigning for public companies. A four-week trial in February-March 2018 resulted in a mistrial.
- Represent Joseph Rowan, who is among five former Insys Corporation executives whom the Boston US Attorney’s Office indicted for engaging in an alleged conspiracy to provide kickbacks to physicians (e.g., through speakers’ fees) to induce prescriptions of a spray version of the opioid fentanyl intended to treat cancer pain.
Wiley Rein LLP
Wiley Rein LLP's 'smart, experienced, and highly effective' lawyers are experienced in investigations and criminal and civil government enforcement actions, as well as congressional investigations. Alongside a strong FCPA, FCA and financial sector fraud expertise, the group is also active in the transport regulatory space, and in matters relating to ethics, campaign finance and election law violations. 'An exceptional advocate and a wise counselor', Ralph Caccia heads the department and is praised by one client for being 'well-known and highly respected within the Justice Department and across the white-collar bar'. Kevin Muhlendorf handles a mixture of fraud and corruption cases, and is co-chair of the FCPA practice, while Roderick Thomas is noted for FCA and qui tam matters, as is Mark Sweet. In June 2019, Antonio Reynolds joined from Buckley LLP and focuses on the financial services industry.
Other key lawyers:
‘The white collar and internal investigations team at Wiley is smart, experienced, and highly effective. They have a number of former federal prosecutors who bring an insider’s perspective and wisdom to critical decisions. They also have deep expertise in government contracting and various regulatory areas that reinforce their DOJ expertise. They aren’t the largest firm in town, but pound for pound, they are one of the very best.‘
‘A deep bench of expertise, thoughtful but zealous advocates, universally highly regarded by peers and government prosecutors.‘
‘The group is led by former federal prosecutor Ralph Caccia, who is well-known and highly respected within the Justice Department and across the white-collar bar. Ralph is an exceptional advocate and a wise counselor. ‘
‘Ralph Caccia is an outstanding, best-in-class counselor. Strategic thinker, aggressive advocate, combines credibility with persuasion, uniquely committed to his clients.’
AECOM Technology Corporation
The Boeing Company
American Heart Association
ManTech International Corporation
National Industries for the Blind
Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC
Armed Forces Foundation
Leo A. Daly
Patrick Brunner and 1Pool
- Represented William Tierney, a political fundraising executive involved with several political action committees. Mr. Tierney was indicted in a first-of-its-kind case by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, in connection with his political telemarketing activities. The firm was able to negotiate the loss amount down to $1m from $23m and successfully argued at sentencing for a substantially below guidelines sentence.
- Defended Christopher Litchfield, one of the Inauguration Day protesters who was swept up in a mass arrest by DC police for his participation in a protest that turned violent. This was a pro bono representation. Although Mr. Litchfield did not commit any acts of violence or destruction, he was charged with ten criminal counts, including felony rioting, conspiracy, and property destruction, by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Just days before trial, the firm won sanctions against the prosecutors for failing to turn over exculpatory evidence and forced a full dismissal of the case.
- Represented, Patrick Brunner, the sole owner and president of a Bitcoin-based online trading platform, www.1broker.com, which enabled customers to transact in a financial product known as “contracts for difference”. On September 27, 2018, the SEC and the CFTC each filed lawsuits against Mr. Brunner and his company, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging, among other things, that (1) they offered the 1broker.com platform to U.S.-based customers without registering with the SEC and CFTC as a U.S. broker-dealer and futures commission merchant, and (2) they failed to implement adequate “know your customer” rules, as required by U.S. anti-money laundering regulations. On the same day, the FBI seized the 1broker.com domain. On behalf of the client the firm quickly and successfully negotiated no-admission resolutions with both regulatory agencies.
- Successfully represented Howard Janoske in a prosecution in the Eastern District of Virginia for union embezzlement. He was sentenced on July 12, 2019. Despite the government seeking a prison sentence of more than one year, Kevin Muhlendorf successfully argued that Mr. Janoske should only be sentenced to probation.
- Defending ManTech in litigation filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Plaintiffs and relators have alleged violations of the False Claims Act, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, and breach of contract.
Based in Washington DC, clients praise Williams & Connolly LLP as 'a world class white-collar criminal defense firm', and it has carved out a significant reputation for individual representations in matters involving FCPA, anti-kickback statute, AML, securities fraud and criminal antitrust. On the corporate side, the group handles notable government investigations, in addition to assisting clients with internal investigatory issues. The group is co-headed by financial criminal defense specialist David Zinn and Tobin Romero, who has a strong track-record in domestic and cross-border investigations and prosecutions relating to allegations of FCPA violations and bribery. Brendan Sullivan is a doyen of litigation, while Kevin Downey is a go-to practitioner for individual representations, both in investigations and at trial. In October 2019, the group welcomed back Emmet Flood, who had been serving as interim White House Counsel to president Trump and has vast experience in congressional investigations.
David Zinn; Tobin Romero
‘Williams & Connolly is a world class white-collar criminal defense firm.’
- Represented MoneyGram in connection with a DOJ investigation concerning MoneyGram’s anti-money-laundering controls and its alleged breach of a previously-entered deferred prosecution agreement. The firm also represented MoneyGram in connection with related matters.
- Serves as lead and national counsel for Cardinal Health in investigations, litigation, and Congressional investigations relating to the Company’s distribution of opioid medications.
- Represented CVS Pharmacy in a government investigation and qui tam litigation alleging that retail promotions run by CVS, pursuant to which certain customers could receive $25 gift cards for transferring prescriptions to CVS pharmacies, violated the False Claims Act and state law analogues as well as the Anti-Kickback Statute.
Clients appreciate that lawyers at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP 'are all highly skilled attorneys with great resumes, but that doesn't get in the way of their advice'. The group represents public companies, financial institutions and their executives in investigations and enforcement matters relating to financial crime. The team has particular expertise in parallel SEC and DOJ investigations arising from the securities and hedge fund industries, as well as in FCPA and anti-corruption cases. In New York, Randall Jackson is a veteran trial lawyer, who represents financial institutions and individuals in securities fraud and FCA litigation. The white-collar defense group is co-led by New York's Michael Schachter and Washington DC's William Stellmach, while Martin Weinstein leads the compliance, investigations and enforcement group from DC, where he regularly handles FCPA cases.
Michael Schachter; William Stellmach; Martin Weinstein
Other key lawyers:
Randall Jackson; Amelia Cottrell
‘I like the fact that the team has flexible borders. By that, I mean that the firm is managed in such a way that the barriers between practices is not hardened. So, during an investigation if an employee benefits issue arises, then it is seamless the way in which the team introduces their benefits partner into the equation, in a cost-effective way.’
‘The DC office delivered excellent service to our company in a multi-country FCPA investigation.’
‘Willkie has a culture of generating and supporting very practical, business-oriented lawyers. That is reflected in the composition of the investigations teams.’
‘The Willkie team are all highly skilled attorneys with great resumes, but that doesn’t get in the way of their advice. Bob Meyer is a prime example of that – great outside pedigree, but tailored, focused advice packaged for my business and my team.’
Jean Boustani, former Privinvest executive
Clovis Oncology and its CEO Patrick Mahaffy
Adidas employee James Gatto
Former JPMorgan trader Akshay Aiyer
Mega International Commercial Bank
- Defending Jean Boustani, a Lebanese national and former executive of Privinvest, an international shipbuilding group, in an alleged $2bn bribery and investor fraud scheme to win contracts in Mozambique.
- Defended Clovis and its CEO in SEC and DOJ investigations related to the company’s regulatory update announcement in November 2015 that the FDA requested additional clinical data on the efficacy and safety of the company’s developmental lung cancer drug rociletinib.
- Defending Adidas marketing director James Gatto in the appeal of his high-profile conviction for wire fraud and money laundering in connection with alleged payments to student-athletes to assist in college basketball recruiting efforts.
- Representing Mega International Commercial Bank in ongoing sanctions investigations involving the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS), the Federal Reserve Board of New York, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control in the U.S. Treasury Department (OFAC), arising from facilitation of financial transactions with embargoed jurisdictions and Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs).
- The Options Clearing Corporation, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, settled enforcement proceedings with the SEC and the CFTC related to untimely and incomplete implementation of policies involving information systems security, financial risk management, and operational requirements.
Clients consider the group at WilmerHale as 'the gold standard in the industry', a sentiment that was reinforced by the return of Robert Mueller in October 2019, after serving as special counsel charged with overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. Corporate representations are the bread and butter of the practice, which draws on a wider firm expertise in crisis management. The group resides in the litigation department, which is chaired by Washington DC-based experienced trial lawyer Howard Shapiro. Co-chairing the white-collar defense and investigations practice, Boston's Stephen Jonas has experience in FCA cases; Washington DC's Ronald Machen focuses on government enforcement actions, corporate and congressional investigations; and Anjan Sahni in New York specializes in financial criminal matters. Kimberly Parker is a leading light of the FCPA and anti-corruption practice and is based in Washington DC, while Los Angeles-based Alejandro Mayorkas ('the consummate trusted advisor') is the go-to contact for internal investigations and crisis management.
Howard Shapiro; Stephen Jonas; Ronald Machen; Anjan Sahni
‘Experience on both prosecution and defense, as well as with corporates and individuals. And a breadth of such experience.‘
‘Howard Shapiro is smarter than most; Michael Leotta is thorough has a deeply considered judgment.’
‘This practice is the gold standard in the industry. The team has deep subject matter expertise and extraordinary client management skills. They give me their undivided attention and never miss a deadline.’
‘The team acted professionally and each member provided us with the advice that is within its expertise and the team made sure we have a comprehensive one advice that answers our queries.’
‘Alejandro Mayorkas is the consummate trusted advisor. I value and seek his judgment on matters on which he personally works and on matters outside his scope of practice. His experience, instincts and talent have helped me navigate many legal issues.‘
Comcast Communications, LLC
Georgia Tech Athletic Association
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Reckitt Benckiser Group plc
Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Analogic and its subsidiary BK Medical
- Secured a significant victory for Comcast when Judge Bradshaw of King County Superior Court issued his ruling in State of Washington v. Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC, et al. After a six-week trial, Judge Bradshaw rejected all of the State’s original deceptive marketing case. On the remaining claims, which were added through amendment after more than a year of discovery, Judge Bradshaw awarded the state less than 5% of what it sought at the beginning of trial.
- Defended Gary Tanner in a four-week trial in the Southern District of New York in May 2018 on charges that included honest services wire fraud and money laundering.
- Represented Panasonic Corporation and its US-based subsidiary, PAC, in connection with a joint SEC and DOJ investigation regarding potential violations of the FCPA. Following an investigation in which the company was represented by another law firm, the firm was brought into the matter to lead the company’s engagement with the various government agencies, as well as with the company’s auditors.
- Represented Reckitt Benckiser Group plc and its US subsidiary Reckitt Benckiser LLC (RB) in connection with the resolution of federal criminal and civil allegations involving RB’s former U.S.-based subsidiary Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, now known as Indivior, and its marketing of the opioid treatment Suboxone.
- Represented LATAM Airlines in a DOJ/SEC FCPA investigation related to payments to a consultant that raised internal controls and books and records issues.
Clients of Winston & Strawn LLP note that 'the experience of this team makes it unique and valuable to its clients'. Under the co-leadership of Washington DC's Abbe Lowell, the group is able to handle significant individual representations, many of which are politically sensitive, spanning multiple highly publicized scandals, including FIFA, UN bribery, 1MDB and the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. From New York, joint practice head Suzanne Jaffe Bloom has built a successful practice representing corporates and individuals in fraud and FCA cases. Dan Webb is a key figure in the Chicago office. In 2019, the firm made some significant hires, taking on a group from Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington DC, including trade and sanctions expert Cari Stinebower and in San Francisco, from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, seasoned anti-corruption practitioner Pamela Davis. Robb Adkins joined Baker & Hostetler LLP in March 2020.
Suzanne Jaffe Bloom; Abbe Lowell
‘The experience of this team makes it unique and valuable to its clients.’
Zebra Technologies Corporation
Norman W. Fries
Baxter Healthcare and Baxter International Inc.
William Daniel Nicholson, M.D.
Thomas C. Davis, former Dean Foods Chairman
U.S. Senator for Puerto Rico Hector Martínez Maldonado
David Topkins, a former senior executive of Art.com
Former General Counsel of ArthroCare, Richard Rew
Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Ivanka Trump, daughter of the President of the United States and wife of Jared Kushner
Jack Evans, Washington, DC Council Member
Kathy Randall, Mike Buttram and other certain employees of Plains All American Pipeline Company
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane
Rafael Ramirez, former U.N. Ambassador to Venezuela, former Minister of Energy for Venezuela, and former head of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)
Rupert Stadler, Audi Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Gilberto Nunez
Craig Weisbruch, retired Vice President of National Gypsum
The white-collar department at Zuckerman Spaeder defends a range of corporate and individual clients in government investigations and criminal matters, drawing on a highly experienced team that includes former prosecutors. In Washington DC, Blair Brown and Eric Delinsky are important names.