Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense in United States
The 'respected' Miami-based team at Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP is noted for its 'excellent knowledge of domestic and international law', providing 'excellent customer service' to a broad base of clients across Latin America. Key areas of expertise include matters pertaining to national security, public corruption, human rights violations, asset recovery, OFAC, homeland security, specially designated nationals and the recovery of visas. The group is defending former Honduran Presidential candidate, Yani Rosenthal, in federal court in the Southern District of New York, where he has been charged with various counts of money laundering. It is also representing the Central Bank of Venezuela in all of its US compliance issues and sanctions matters. Founding partners Michael Diaz and Robert Targ lead a team which includes Marta Colomar-Garcia and of counsel Juan Vargas. Fausto Sanchez left the firm in January 2019 to co-found Sanchez Fischer, LLP.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's team (which is 'always professional and personable') displays real aptitude for handling individual representations for clients in a variety of white-collar matters. It is chaired by James Wareham in Washington DC and Steven Witzel in New York. As an example of the group's capabilities, Witzel successfully represented William Tirrell, managing director and former head of regulatory reporting at Bank of America, in a four-year SEC investigation and active litigation relating to alleged securities law violations; Witzel achieved a settled order for the client. He also represents former New York City Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte in connection with investigations by the New York City Department of Investigation and other government entities, concerning the alleged personal use of City vehicles and illegal monitoring of telephone calls between inmates and the Department of Investigation. Other recommended practitioners include New York's Evan Barr (whose 'vast experience and understanding of securities law puts clients at ease'), Lawrence Gerschwer, Stephen Juris and Una Dean.
'A pleasure to work with', the lawyers at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP have a real focus on representing financial services industry clients in both criminal and regulatory matters. According to one client, the team's 'strength in depth is remarkable and its ability to soak a case with talented resource is a standout feature'. The group is jointly led from New York by Edward Little (who 'engenders huge confidence in his clients and is trusted and feared by opponents') and 'creative-thinker' Marc Weinstein, whom clients praise as 'a strong courtroom advocate'. In one highlight, the duo represented former JP Morgan junior banker Julien Grout in connection with criminal and civil charges arising out of the London Whale scandal; a case that was dismissed by the DOJ and SEC. Weinstein is also representing Juan Angel Napout, former president of the South American Football Confederation and vice president of Fifa, in the sentencing phase of criminal proceedings in federal court in New York, and in an appeal at the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, arising from charges of bribery. Another key figure in the Washington DC office is John Wood. Further, the DC office was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Ryan Fayhee from Baker McKenzie LLP and Laura Perkins from the DOJ.
KaiserDillon PLLC is a Washington DC-based white-collar and government investigations boutique, which really stands out for handling high-stakes and often politically sensitive matters for individuals. Co-founder Matthew Kaiser represented delegate for Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention Caleb Bailey in sentencing for charges of illegal possession of unregistered machine guns, rifles, destructive devices and child pornography. William Pittard represented Deborah Ramirez, a former Yale University classmate of the now confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, before the Senate and in an FBI interview regarding misconduct allegations made about Kavanaugh. Other key figures include co-founding partner Justin Dillon and Jonathan Jeffress.
Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP
According to one client, New York advocacy boutique Levine Lee LLP 'punches above its weight' with a team that 'isn't afraid to try cases and challenge government where appropriate'. With 'a terrific client touch', co-founding partner Seth Levine (who is 'a fabulous trial lawyer') is representing former Deutsche Bank employee, Gavin Black, in the DOJ's investigation and prosecution of the client following allegations that he engaged in a scheme to manipulate Libor. The other co-founding partner, Kenneth Lee, is engaged by the special committee of the Xerox Corporation board of directors to assist it in connection with its evaluation and investigation into allegedly false and misleading statements regarding the financial impact of the company's acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services in 2010. Noted as 'the genius behind the firm's strategy and advocacy', 'strategic-thinker and wonderful writer' Scott Klugman is also recommended alongside Jillian Berman, who is 'an all-round great lawyer who handles clients and prosecutors beautifully'.
MoloLamken LLP is a complex litigation boutique with a real niche in representing individuals in high-profile criminal investigations and at trial. The group is led by founding partner Steven Molo in New York; Molo recently represented former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, on charges of public corruption, successfully appealing a guilty verdict on all counts in the Second Circuit. In another exemplary matter, Washington DC's Justin Shur conducted an internal investigation for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), following the discovery that KPMG had obtained a confidential list of audits the regulator planned to inspect; Shur's investigation uncovered the source of the leak, leading to the prosecution of several KPMG partners and PCAOB inspectors. Shur also represented a former US Secretary of Veterans Affairs in connection with an Inspector General investigation into an international trip paid for on expenses; Shur's work included providing strategic advice for responding to inquiries from the White House and media. New York's Jessica Ortiz is recommended alongside new-joiners Megan Cunniff Church (who previously served as deputy chief of the Financial Crimes Section in the Norther District of Illinois) and counsel Eric Posner, who is a professor in the University of Chicago Law School.
'Industrious' and 'great to work with', Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is noted for its representation of global financial institutions and multinational corporations in a range of criminal and regulatory matters. Led by Lev Dassin and David Brodsky in New York, it draws on a presence in the world's major financial centers to provide a strong service across borders. The group continues to represent Robert Bosch, as the supplier of auto parts to Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and Fiat Chrysler, in connection with DOJ and state attorneys general investigations and civil litigation in the US; and separately in an internal investigation and self-remediation efforts. It also represented Goldman Sachs in investigations instigated by regulators, including the DOJ and Federal Reserve Board of New York, relating to forex trading and sales practices, successfully negotiating a resolution with a substantially reduced settlement. The team has an able Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) practice, and significant experience representing corporations and individuals in government and internal investigations as well as conducting risk assessments and due diligence on clients' operations. Other key practitioners in New York include 'tough' Abena Mainoo, Victor Hou, Jonathan Kolodner, Jennifer Kennedy Park, Breon Peace, 'rising superstar' Joon Kim (who re-joined the firm in February 2018 after serving as the acting US attorney general for the Southern District of New York) and Latin America expert Lisa Vicens. Washington DC's Robin Bergen and Giovanni Prezioso are also recommended.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP's team is led from New York by Angela Burgess and Neil MacBride and is noted for its ability to handle enforcement and investigation matters across the US and around the globe. Alongside James Haldin, Burgess secured a global foreign bribery resolution for Telia Company and its Uzbek subsidiary, following parallel DOJ and SEC investigation, resulting in a deferred prosecution agreement with the former and a civil cease-and-desist order by the latter, and a significantly reduced financial penalty. MacBride and Washington DC's Paul Nathanson represented ExxonMobil in a case seeking to overturn an unlawful penalty levied by the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) under Ukraine-related sanctions regulations. On the individual representation side, Washington DC's Kenneth Wainstein is representing James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, in connection with the ongoing congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. Denis McInerney in Washington DC and New York's Linda Chatman Thomsen, Martine Beamon and Avi Gesser are also recommended. Tatiana Martins re-joined the group in September 2018, after serving as chief of the the Public Corruption Unit for the Southern District of New York.
Bruce Yannett in New York leads Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's 'smart, pragmatic and responsive' team. The group is renowned for representing multinationals in the spectrum of matters involving internal and public investigations by regulators and prosecutors, but it is also adept in representing individuals. Alongside London's Karolos Seeger, Yannett represented Rolls-Royce in parallel global investigation concerning allegations of bribery and corruption in overseas markets, leading to deferred prosecution agreements with the DOJ and the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and a leniency agreement with federal prosecutors in Brazil. Washington DC's David O’Neil is representing Twitter in DOJ and congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election; this included preparing the client's general counsel for congressional hearings before three committees in October and November 2017. Mary Jo White, Mary Beth Hogan and Helen Cantwell are representing the non-management members of the board of directors of CBS Corporation in an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against the CEO and senior news personnel. New York-based Andrew Ceresney and Matthew Biben and Washington DC's Kara Brockmeyer are also recommended. In June 2018, the team lost Sean Hecker, who left to co-found Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's team comprises numerous former government lawyers, including assistant US attorneys and DOJ staff. Areas of expertise include Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIERRA) matters, anti-money laundering (AML), FCPA issues, trade sanctions, and issues relating to the False Claims Act (FCA). The group is chaired by New York's Joel Cohen, San Francisco's Charles Stevens and Joseph Warin in Washington DC. Recent highlights included guiding Petrobras in its settlement with the SEC and DOJ, resolving allegations of various FCPA issues and securities violations, with no prosecution by the DOJ and no monitorship. In Los Angeles, Debra Wong Yang was engaged by the University of Southern California on an internal investigation into the conduct of the former dean of the medical school. Individual representations included acting as counsel to Evan Greebel in connection with his indictment by the Eastern District of New York's Attorney's Office on federal criminal and civil wire fraud and securities fraud charges, and to the CEO of a major alternative energy industry company in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations into allegations of financial reporting fraud. In San Francisco, in July 2018, the team welcomed securities litigation expert Michael Celio from Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, and in April 2018, M. Kendall Day joined the Washington DC after serving as deputy assistant attorney general in the DOJ's Criminal Division. Other key figures include New York's Randy Mastro and Patrick Stokes in Washington DC.
Based in New York, the team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP handles investigations and corporate criminal matters for global financial institutions, corporations and their executives. In an example of the team's pedigree, Daniel Kramer and Gregory Laufer were called upon to represent the independent board members of Tesla in the SEC's investigation into Elon Musk's statements on Twitter regarding taking the company private in August 2018. In another highlight, Joe Bial, Roberto Finzi, Rick Rule and Theodore Wells defended Nippon Chemi-Con in connection with a DOJ indictment, following an investigation into alleged price fixing of metal capacitors - a matter in which the team discovered an ethical issue with the DOJ's conduct. Wells, alongside Richard Tarlowe, represented former US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, in a DOJ review into the FBI and DOJ's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Lorin Reisner, Jessica Carey and chair of the firm, Brad Karp, are also recommended. Kannon Shanmugam became managing partner of the Washington DC office, after joining the firm from Williams & Connolly LLP in January 2019; he now chairs the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice group.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's team comprises white-collar and regulatory specialists, many of whom have senior government experience. It is also able to draw on investigations expertise from across the firm's global office network, including London, Paris, Frankfurt, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and São Paulo. Washington DC's Charles Walker successfully assisted Société Générale with resolving DOJ and CFTC investigations into inter-bank rate submissions as well as a separate DOJ investigation, in cooperation with French authorities, into alleged violation of FCPA and French anti-corruption laws; the result was a highly unusual deferred prosecution combining both matters. New York's Steven Glaser successfully represented Barclays Bank in litigation with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), following charges against four former traders relating to the manipulation of energy markets, resulting in a $105m settlement. Also in New York, David Zornow represents a former senior executive at Rolls-Royce, James Finley, in connection with his guilty plea to violations of the FCPA. Boris Bershteyn, Jocelyn Strauber and Lawrence Spiegel are also key figures in the group. Richard Marmaro retired in 2018.
The group at Dechert LLP, which is chaired by Chicago-based David Kistenbroker and New York-based David Kelley, specializes in securities matters, as well as corporate governance and FCPA issues, congressional and internal investigations, US export controls and economic sanctions. Andrew Levander and Benjamin Rosenberg in New York are defending the director of a Hong Kong-based NGO, Dr Chi Ping Patrick Ho, in a criminal prosecution for alleged violations of the FCPA and money laundering charges relating to the bribery of Chadian and Senegalese government officials for the benefit of a Chinese energy company. Alongside Neil Steiner, Levander and a number of associated entities in multiple government agency investigations concerning the purchase of two not-for-profit nursing homes, which were promptly closed and sold to a luxury real estate developer, allegedly removing a deed restriction on the property; ultimately the client was cleared of any wrongdoing. Cathy Botticelli, Vincent Cohen are the names to note in Washington DC, and New York-based Jonathan Streeter is also recommended. In Philadelphia, the bench was greatly strengthened by the arrival of Michael McGinley, who joined the firm in April 2018 after serving as special assistant and associate counsel to President Trump.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Led by Adam Siegel in New York, the team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP stands out for its capacity to handle major global investigations for financial institutions and multinationals across multiple jurisdictions. In a demonstration of its capabilities, the group is acting as as global coordinating counsel to Volkswagen Group in connection with criminal and civil environmental charges related to the diesel emissions scandal. It also handles a number of monitorships, including for MoneyGram International, which is being overseen by New York's Aaron Marcu. New York's Olivia Radin is representing eight banks in connection with their participation in the DOJ's Swiss Bank Program. Also in New York, Kimberly Zelnick has an impressive roster of financial institution clients. The Washington DC office, which houses Daniel Braun, welcomed Eric Mahr in March 2018 from the DOJ, where he had served as director of litigation for the Antitrust Division.
In May 2018, in a major development, King & Spalding LLP welcomed former US acting attorney general Sally Yates to its Atlanta office. Yates is among a number of new recruits, which also includes former associate director for enforcement at the SEC Aaron Lipson, who joined in Atlanta in January 2019, and former senior vice president and deputy enforcement chief at FINRA Russell Ryan, who joined in Washington DC in September 2018. The 'hard-charging' team, led by Washington DC's Wick Sollers, is best known for handling multi-jurisdictional matters, including relating to potential violations of economic sanctions, the FCPA, the FCA, securities law and healthcare regulation. Key matters for Sollers included the successful representation, alongside Mark Jensen, of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals in an investigation, led by a consortium of state attorneys general representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, into alleged off-label promotion of four products, and violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute; the case was settled for $13.5m. Chicago's Zachary Fardon represents Equifax in an investigation initiated by 48 state attorneys general into a major cybersecurity incident. Individual clients include an array of high-profile politicians and C-suite executives; as an example, the firm represented Michael Babich, the former president and CEO of Insys Therapeutics, in criminal case regarding the sale of opioids. Other key practitioners include Jason Jones and John Richter in Washington DC.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP's group is led by veteran Washington DC- and Chicago-based white-collar lawyer Mark Filip, who represents corporates, financial institutions and individuals in the gamut of sensitive investigations and criminal prosecutions. Filip and Chicago-based Mark Schneider are representing Allergan in various state and federal government investigations, congressional inquiries and civil suits related to its sale and marketing of opioid painkillers. The duo are also representing Teva Pharmaceuticals together with Houston's Brigham Cannon and New York's Henry DePippo in related DOJ and SEC investigations into alleged FCPA violations; they secured a civil settlement with the latter and a deferred prosecution agreement with the former. In terms of individuals, Mark Holscher, Jeff Sinek and Michael Shipley (all in Los Angeles) successfully defended, as co-counsel with a team from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Eric Pulier against criminal proceedings initiated by the DOJ arising from fraud allegations relating to the sale of his company, ServiceMesh, to Computer Science Corporation; all charges were dropped. Other key team members include Chicago's Asheesh Goel, Kim Nemirow and Elizabeth Hess and Washington DC's Erica Williams. In 2018-2019, the team lost a number of individuals to the administration, including Robert Khuzami, Brian Benczkowski, John Lausch, and also William Barr, who was confirmed as US Attorney General in February 2019.
Latham & Watkins LLP has an impressive record in domestic and multi-jurisdictional investigations and white-collar criminal defense. The group is jointly chaired by Steven Bauer in San Francisco, Kathryn Ruemmler in Washington DC and New York's Benjamin Naftalis. Alongside Alice Fisher and Anne Robinson (both in Washington DC), Bauer represented Dow Chemical in a multibillion-dollar FCA suit, successfully obtaining a motion to dismiss from the District Court for the District of Columbia. In another highlight, Ruemmler is representing Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications in a New York Attorney General investigation into its alleged misrepresentation of broadband performance to consumers. In terms of individual representations, New York's Chris Clark was retained by Elon Musk, following fraud charges filed by the SEC in relation to the client's misleading tweet about taking Tesla private; the matter culminated in a quick settlement, which involved improvements to corporate governance and the payment of a monetary penalty. White-collar defense and securities litigator Eric Swibel and former federal prosecutor and white-collar specialist Terra Reynolds were appointed joint heads of litigation for the Chicago office in early 2019. Also of note, Elizabeth Prewitt, who focuses on international cartel matters, investigations and litigation, joined the team from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.
The team at Morrison & Foerster LLP is called upon to represent corporate and individual clients in a range of investigations and criminal matters - particularly those with cross-border elements. In 2018-2019, the group benefited from the arrival of a number of former government lawyers, including former senior trial lawyer at the SEC Michael Birnbaum in New York; former DOJ assistant attorney general John Carlin, former senior sanctions policy adviser at OFAC Michael Dobson and former general counsel for the director of national intelligence Robert Litt in Washington DC; and, in San Francisco, former SEC regional director Jina Choi. Exemplifying the group's capabilities, Charles Duross in Washington DC and New York's Ruti Smithline were appointed to the Odebrecht monitorship by the DOJ, following a coordinated action by US, Brazilian and Swiss law enforcement agencies in relation to corrupt practices. Other key names include FCPA experts James Koukios (DC) and Amanda Aikman (New York), and Demme Doufekias (DC), who specializes in FCA and other healthcare-related cases.
The 'talented lawyers' at Paul Hastings LLP stand out for their experience in dealing with complex international corporate investigations, and are particularly commended by clients for their teamwork under the 'impressive' stewardship of New York's Kenneth Breen. Alongside Phara Guberman and Jane Yoon, Breen is representing former supervisor of the money market desk at Deutsche Bank in a DOJ prosecution pending in the Southern District of New York relating to allegations of Libor manipulation. 'A most remarkable practitioner', Washington DC-based Robert Luskin (who 'combines the skills of a scholar and a street-wise fighter') is, alongside Kwame Manley, assisting SAP with a number of matters, including an internal investigation related to US sanctions in Iran. Having represented the client throughout its corruption investigation and resolution with the DOJ, Luskin and John Darden continue to represent Braskem through its monitorship. 'Smart, strategic and tireless' Michael Levy is also recommended in Washington DC.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP's group is chaired by Washington DC-based William Burck and Juan Morillo, Los Angeles' James Asperger and John Potter, who is based in San Francisco. The group is noted for its ability to handle major cross-border and domestic investigations and criminal litigation. Together with New York's Michael Carlinsky and Washington DC's Ben O’Neil, Burck is representing JBS, J&F Investimentos and its ultimate shareholders Joesley and Wesley Batista, in ongoing criminal investigations and civil suits arising out of numerous corruption scandals around the world. Other recent highlights for the trio included the representation of Odebrecht Group in criminal and civil actions arising out of its involvement in Operation Carwash, which resulted in a substantially reduced fine by US authorities and the successful defense of the civil cases. Other star clients include Fifa, Trafigura and Julius Baer Group.
Praised by one client as 'trusted advisers to senior management and boards of directors all around the world', the group at WilmerHale is 'coherent and in sync' and exhibits 'accurate and up-to-date' expertise. In addition to traditional white-collar cases, the group also has significant experience in congressional investigations. In a standout matter, Washington DC's Ronald Machen and Kimberly Parker and New York's Erin Sloane represented Panasonic Corporation after the client was charged by the DOJ and SEC with FCPA offences; the matter was successfully resolved with both agencies. In another highlight, Arjan Sahni in New York and Heather Tewksbury in Palo Alto successfully defended former Citigroup foreign exchange currency trader Rohan Ramchandani against forex market manipulation charges, leading to an acquittal at trial in the Southern District of New York. Other names to note are Jay Holtmeier in New York and Lorraine Echavarria in Los Angeles.
Winston & Strawn LLP is noted for the 'effectiveness' of its team 'in dealing with all aspects of exceptionally complex matters'. The group's Washington DC office was greatly boosted in 2018 by the arrival of a team from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, including Abbe Lowell, Michael Loesch and Christopher Man, as well as Eric Meiring, who joined the group from the DOJ's Criminal Section. Lowell is noted for handling top-drawer individual representations; recently he has advised Jared Kushner on the congressional and special counsel inquiries into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 'Bright and sophisticated in her approach', New York-based Suzanne Jaffe Bloom defended AIG in an FCA case before the Second Circuit, successfully dismissing a qui tam relator's complaint with prejudice. On account of his 'honesty, integrity and perseverance', Thomas Buchanan is described by one client as 'an Abraham Lincoln of the modern era'; he represented Transport Logistics International in a DOJ FCPA investigation into a kickback scheme involving Russian officials, leading to a deferred prosecution agreement and a drastically reduced fine. Chicago's Dan Webb is representing Ukrainian businessman Dmitry Firtash in an FCPA case pending in the Northern District of Illinois. Other key practitioners include San Francisco's Robb Adkins and New York's Seth Farber, who jointly chair the group alongside Lowell. 'Top-of-the-market' Tom Melsheimer in Dallas and 'accessible' Steven Grimes (who splits his time between Chicago and Hong Kong) are also recommended.
Arnold & Porter benefited from a number of significant hires in 2018, including Paul Fishman and John Fietkiewicz, who established the Newark office after serving as US attorney general for New Jersey and counsel to the attorney general for New Jersey, respectively. In Washington DC, Tirzah Lollar and Craig Margolis joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP and John Tan joined from Reed Smith LLP. Highlights for New York's Michael Rogoff and Manvin Mayell included defending Novartis Pharmaceuticals in several pieces of FCA litigation filed in New York and Massachusetts. The group has also achieved several successful individual representations. These include Washington DC's John Nassikas defending former Embraer executive Colin Steven, who received a non-incarceratory sentence following a DOJ investigation into a corporate bribery scheme related to the $93m sale of airplanes to a Saudi oil company. Amy Jeffress in Washington DC is recommended for national and international security matters, while Marcus Asner focuses on AML.
Clifford Chance's team (which is 'fantastic to work with') is well placed to handle cross-border matters, drawing on its strong global network. The group is led from Washington DC by David DiBari, and, together with Wendy Wysong, who splits her time between Washington DC and Hong Kong, is representing Chinese telecoms giant ZTE through the settlement of the concurrent DOJ, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and OFAC investigations into unauthorized exports of US-origin equipment to Iran and other embargoed countries; the has significant repercussions for US-China relations. In another highlight, New York's Robert Houck advised Royal Bank of Scotland on numerous class actions and regulatory investigations by the CFTC, DOJ and UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) into alleged manipulation of Libor and other benchmarks, and continues to assist the client with the implementation of settlement undertakings. Joshua Berman, who joined the Washington DC office from the US Department of Commerce, is representing Bruce and Nellie Ohr, as independent contractors for Fusion GPS, in congressional and senatorial investigations into President Trump's alleged collusion with the Russian government. Also in New York, Christopher Morvillo is advising Mike Lynch, founder of Autonomy, on DOJ, SEC and SFO investigations into allegations of accounting improprieties. Significant hires to the Washington DC office in 2018 included Glen Donath from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Robert Rice from Ropes & Gray LLP, Celeste Koeleveld from the New York State Department of Financial Services, and Daniel Silver from the Eastern District of New York.
The 'extremely service-minded' team at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has 'great expertise in relation to FCPA investigations, particularly related to the SEC'. David Stuart (who is 'always calm in stressful situations') and Daniel Slifkin are representing Insys Therapeutics in an SEC investigation into the company's financial restatement and disclosures, sales and marketing practices and compliance program. In another key matter, David Greenwald is representing two Swiss banks in connection with DOJ and IRS investigations into their provision of banking services to US taxpayers. 'Always firm and to the point', Rachel Skaistis is recommended alongside Benjamin Gruenstein and 'first-tier lawyer' John Buretta, who commands 'great respect from prosecutors'.
Hogan Lovells US LLP has 'a great team of lawyers', who 'always deliver a great work product'. From Washington DC, Peter Spivack (who leads the team with 'a calm and reasoned presence') and Katie Hellings are handling Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras' internal investigation connected to its exposure in Operation Carwash. Also in Washington DC, Evans Rice, Stephen Propst and Beth Peters represented ZTE in parallel DOJ, BIS and OFAC investigations arising from the client's violation of US export controls and economic sanctions law, guiding the client through a plea agreement; the subsequent settlement was handled by Clifford Chance. Jim McGovern and Robert Buehler in New York, as well as San Francisco's Michael Shepard are recommended for individual representations. In Miami, clients note 'great lawyer' Rafael Ribeiro (fluent in French, Portuguese and Spanish) and 'super-intelligent' senior associate Gabriella Morello. In 2018, Brooks Hanner left to serve as assistant general counsel to the House of Representatives, while Robert Bennett and Hilary LoCicero joined Schertler & Onorato LLP.
Leveraging its global office network, Jones Day stands out for handling multi-jurisdictional and cross-border matters on behalf of corporate clients. Criminal fraud and corruption expert Hank Walther leads the group from Washington DC and has experience coordinating investigations in the US and abroad. Other key figures include Karen Hewitt in San Diego, Roman Darmer in Irvine, Pete Romatowski in Washington DC and Chicago's Theodore Chung and Dan Reidy. Henry Asbill joined Buckley LLP's Washington DC office in May 2018.
The team at K&L Gates stands out for its ability to handle cross-border investigations and enforcement actions, leveraging the firm's presence in a number of the world's major markets. Pittsburgh-based Thomas Ryan assisted Westinghouse Electric with a cross-border investigation, in coordination with the audit committee of its parent company, Toshiba Group, into allegations of a management override of the company's internal controls and accounting practices in relation to a multibillion-dollar overrun on the US construction of nuclear reactors. In a pro bono case in Boston, Christopher Nasson represented Fred Weichel, who had wrongfully been convicted of murder and spent 36 years behind bars, successfully arguing before trial court and state supreme court that all charges should be dismissed. Pittsburgh's Mark Rush and Brian Saulnier are also recommended.
Clients praise the 'experienced' team at McGuireWoods LLP for its 'trustworthiness' and the 'exceptional' quality of its leadership, service and advice. In a significant individual representation, Washington DC's George Terwilliger and Benjamin Hatch represented former US Representative Aaron Schock following a 24-count DOJ indictment on fraud and false statement charges arising from his official expense reimbursements and subsequent reports to the Federal Election Committee; following motions to dismiss, two counts were removed from the indictment, while the team continues to represent the client in a preliminary criminal investigation launched by the DOJ. In Richmond, Richard Cullen and Patrick Rowan are also handling a number of representations on behalf of public figures in high-stakes investigations. The group also represents several multinationals, including corporations and financial institutions, in state, federal and cross-border investigations. Charlotte's Kenneth Bell, Richmond's John Adams and practice chair Todd Steggerda in Washington DC are also names to note. In a major hire, Emily Gordy joined the Washington DC office from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, where she managed enforcement operations.
Milbank's team comprises numerous former federal prosecutors and SEC attorneys, and has a strong focus on the financial services industry. New York-based global chair George Canellos has significant experience in investigations and at trial and, together with Katherine Goldstein, defended Benjamin Chow, founder and managing partner of Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, against a 14-count indictment, including securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud, in the Southern District of New York; the client was found not guilty on six counts after a two-week jury trial. In another highlight, the group led all aspects of a multi-jurisdictional investigation into potential manipulation of Libor and Euribor for Rabobank Coöperatieve, advising the client on remedial measures, communications strategy and representation before global regulators. New York's Daniel Perry, Scott Edelman and Antonia Apps are also names to note.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's group stands out for its ability to bring together individual partners with 'unique strengths and expertise', who 'work together effectively to deliver great results'. The global practice handles matters throughout the US and around the world, including the full spectrum of investigations and criminal proceedings. Philadelphia's Eric Sitarchuk leads the white-collar litigation and government investigations team, while Boston's Timothy Burke heads the securities enforcement and litigation group. Together with Steven Reed (also in Philadelphia), Sitarchuk is defending Teva USA and Cephalon in a major multi-district litigation concerning allegations of false and misleading opioid medicine marketing. Acting as co-counsel with a team from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Century City's Nathan Hochman successfully defended Eric Pulier in his federal criminal prosecution involving allegations of fraud arising from the sale of ServiceMesh to Corporation Service Company; charges were dismissed in the Central District of California. Other names to note include Susan Resley in San Francisco, Tinos Diamantatos in Chicago and New York's David Miller, who is praised for his 'sharp mind, strategic thinking and client-focused advice'.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP has 'a truly exceptional team', which is praised for its 'singular focus on delivering the best representation for clients'. In Los Angeles, Steven Olson and Apalla Chopra are representing the board of trustees of the University of Southern California in multiple investigations and corporate governance issues, including an internal investigation into the conduct of the university's gynecologist, George Tyndall. Alongside Margaret Carter (Los Angeles), Olson also secured the settlement of a licensing matter for Bird Rides with the City of Santa Monica, which included the dismissal of misdemeanor criminal charges relating to the company's dockless scooter services. Los Angeles' Jim Bowman and David Leviss in Washington DC are noted for their expertise in healthcare matters, including FCA and Anti-Kickback Statute claims. Other recommended names are the 'highly responsive' David Deaton in Newport Beach and 'brilliant and experienced lawyer' Jeremy Maltby in Washington DC.
As reported last year, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's merger with Morvillo LLP in January 2018 greatly boosted the team's profile on the East Coast, adding, among others, Amy Walsh, Scott Morvillo and Gregory Morvillo in New York as well as Richard Morvillo in Washington DC. Highlights included the DOJ and SEC appointment of Washington DC's Billy Jacobson and Guy Singer to the Braskem monitorship, a role the duo were also awarded separately by the Brazilian federal prosecutor, following the company's FCPA settlement concerning its involvement in Operation Carwash. From the San Francisco office, Walter Brown and Melinda Haag are representing Travis Kalanick, founder and former CEO of Uber, in various civil and investigatory matters. In San Francisco, Pamela Davis and practice group chair Kenneth Herzinger are also recommended.
The team at Ropes & Gray LLP is chaired jointly by Jane Willis (who splits her time between Boston and Washington DC), Josh Levy in Boston and New York's Gregg Weiner. The group has real expertise in criminal and investigatory matters arising from the healthcare and life sciences sector, while it also handles issues for individuals and institutions relating to financial services. Anti-corruption work is another key area, a capability boosted by the arrival of Ama Adams from Baker Botts L.L.P. to the Washington DC office in November 2017. Other key members of the team include Brien O’Connor and Aaron Katz in Boston, Michael McGovern in New York and Laura Hoey in Chicago.
Matters pertaining to the financial services industry constitute the core competency of the group at Shearman & Sterling LLP, which has substantial expertise in financial, securities and antitrust regulation. In a particular highlight, New York's Stuart Baskin and San Francisco's Patrick Robbins are acting as counsel to the independent directors of Wells Fargo in connection with an independent investigation into the bank's retail sales practices. In another key matter, Baskin and Stephen Fishbein (also based in New York) are assisting Citigroup with an internal investigation connected with US regulatory and enforcement inquiries into a $400m fraud perpetrated against the bank's Mexican unit. In terms of individual representations, the group is defending the former CFO of Logitech in a contested SEC enforcement action concerning alleged accounting irregularities. Adam Hakki, who jointly chairs the group alongside Fishbein and Robbins, is another practitioner to note.
New York's Paul Curnin and Mark Stein chair the group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, which is noted for handling high-profile corporate representations, including investigations and criminal prosecutions. In 2018, the group benefited from the arrival of former JPMorgan Chase general counsel Stephen Cutler and Brooke Cucinella, who joined from the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York. Jonathan Youngwood in New York and Palo Alto's James Kreissman are representing Alibaba in an SEC investigation into accounting practices. Other highlights included Washington DC-based Jeffrey Knox's representation of the former CFO and acting secretary general of Fifa in investigations initiated by the DOJ and Swiss Attorney General's Office into alleged widespread corruption in connection with World Cup hosting, media and advertising rights. New York's Joshua Levine and Nicholas Goldin are other practitioners to note.
Vinson & Elkins LLP's team, jointly led by Clifford Thau in New York, Matthew Jacobs in San Francisco and William Lawler in Washington DC, represents corporate and individual clients in government investigations, as well as handling a variety of white-collar criminal defense matters, drawing on a deep bench of former federal prosecutors. Although the team lost Craig Margolis and Tirzah Lollar to Arnold & Porter in 2018, it gained Ron Tenpas from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Jennifer Freel, who joined as counsel from Ewell, Brown, Blanke & Knight LLP. Alden Atkins in Washington DC, Lawrence Elbaum in New York, and Michael Charlson and Jessica Heim in San Francisco are also recommended.
Led jointly by Steven Tyrrell in Washington DC and Christopher Garcia in New York, the team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP represents a broad mixture of corporate and individual clients in enforcement matters and multi-agency criminal and civil investigations. Highlights for the co-chairs include the representation of Sanofi in a DOJ FCPA investigation, in which they secured a declination for the client and a successful resolution to a parallel SEC investigation. Alongside Holly Loiseau, Tyrrell also represented Vantage Drilling in an investigation into allegations relating to Operation Carwash, leading to a series of declinations and no enforcement action. Among other high-profile individual representations, Tyrrell is currently defending the head of engine development and former head of brand development at Volkswagen against criminal charges filed by the DOJ in Detroit, arising from allegations of manipulation of emissions control systems. Other key names include Sarah Coyne and Jonathan Polkes in New York and Washington DC's Adam Safwat.
The Washington DC-based group at Williams & Connolly LLP is best known for handling stellar individual representations, but it is also engaged by high-profile corporates. In a highlight, Dane Butswinkas represented former Jefferies & Co. employee Jesse Litvak, who was convicted on 15 counts of serious fraud and other offences; the pair successful appealed the conviction and in a subsequent retrial the charges were dismissed. In another standout matter, veteran trial lawyer Brendan Sullivan defended Wilmington Trust Corporation against an indictment in the District of Delaware alleging that it engaged in fraudulent loan reporting practices during the financial crisis; the case was dismissed on the first day of trial. Chaired by David Zinn and Joseph Petrosinelli, the group also includes Kevin Downey, Tobin Romero and Lance Wade. Kannon Shanmugam left the firm for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in January 2019.
Baker & Hostetler LLP's team stands out for its ability to handle parallel civil, criminal and regulatory actions for a client base that includes high-profile corporates and individuals. It is also appointed to a number of government agency monitorships. The group is jointly led from New York by John Carney and George Stamboulidis and includes Jonathan Barr in Washington DC, Lauren Resnick in New York and Carole Rendon in Cleveland. Highlights included Carney's appointment as examiner by the US trustee overseeing the bankruptcy case of Nirav Modi's jewelry company, which allegedly defrauded India's state-run Punjab National Bank out of $2bn. Barr and New York's Jonathan New are defending US Representative Chris Collins in the Southern District of New York against a criminal indictment and SEC enforcement action for alleged insider trading.
Andrew Lankler in New York chairs the 'results-oriented' team at Baker Botts L.L.P., which is made up of lawyers who combine 'substantial trial and former prosecutorial experience' with 'tremendous energy'. It is often called upon to handle internal and government investigations, as well as criminal enforcement matters. Names to note in Washington DC include Alex Bourelly and Amy Conway-Hatcher (both of whom are commended as 'outstanding'), Bridget Moore and Kyle Clark, while Lynn Neils is recommended in New York. Randall Turk retired in 2018.
Washington DC's David Krakoff leads Buckley LLP's team, which contains lawyers who are highly experienced in both investigations and at trial. A significant boost to the firm's individual representation capabilities, Henry Asbill joined the Washington DC office from Jones Day in 2018. Other names in Washington DC to note include veteran trial lawyer Preston Burton and co-managing partner Benjamin Klubes (who specializes in the representation of companies in the financial services sector in federal and state enforcement agency investigations). Klubes and Burton represent James Wolfe, 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. In Chicago, Tina Tchen's draws on litigation, counseling and crisis management expertise to represent clients including corporations, boards of directors and individuals.
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP's team, which is led from New York by Herbert Washer, assists broad variety of corporations and individuals with government investigations and enforcement matters. In Washington DC, Bradley Bondi represented Tesla in the SEC enforcement action following on from statements its CEO, Elon Musk, made on Twitter about taking the company private. Together with Bondi, New York's Nola Heller is representing Thomas Whittle, who was indicted in the Southern District of New York on fraud charges and in parallel civil charges lodged by the SEC. In another matter, New York's Brockton Bosson assisted the American Ballet Theater with an internal investigation into misconduct by its former principal dancer. Anirudh Bansal and David Wishengrad in New York are also notable practitioners.
Recent developments for New York-headquartered boutique Cohen & Gresser LLP include expanding practices in Paris and London, which better enable the group to represent clients in a variety of transatlantic investigations and criminal enforcement matters. Highlights for co-founding partner and practice head Mark Cohen included representing Vanja Baros, a former analyst for Och-Ziff Capital Management's European subsidiary, in a case brought by the SEC charging him with violations of the FCPA and Investment Adviser's Act; Cohen's work led to the dismissal of the entire complaint. Other key individuals include Jonathan Abernethy, S Gale Dick and Jason Brown.
The team at Dentons works closely with the firm's global office network to provide a full cross-border service to corporate and individual clients. It is led by Stephen Hill, who is based in the Kansas City office and is a highly experienced trial lawyer. Other individuals of note in Kansas City include Lisa Krigsten and Brian O’Bleness. Rachel Cannon in Chicago, Maxwell Carr-Howard in Washington DC and counsel Cynthia DeGabrielle in Houston are also recommended.
The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) is able to draw on the firm's global network to handle government investigations and enforcement matters involving multiple jurisdictions. In 2018, the Dallas office was joined by Jason Hopkins and Jason Lewis from Greenberg Traurig LLP, Joel Athey joined in Los Angeles from Holland & Knight LLP, Jeffrey Tsai joined in San Francisco from Alston & Bird LLP and the Chicago office welcomed Matt Hiller from the DOJ. Highlights for Washington DC's John Rah included assisting Pfizer with the negotiation of a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the DOJ to resolve allegations that donations the client made to independent charity patient assistant programs were improper. In another standout matter, New York's Karl Buch represented the Audit Committee of Cognizant Technology Solutions, successfully convincing the DOJ to decline charges following an investigation into potential FCPA violations; in a parallel case, he secured a settlement with the SEC in administrative proceedings. Gail Rodgers is engaged by GlaxoSmithKline on a number of government and internal investigations. The team is chaired by Jonathan King in Chicago and John Hillebrecht in New York; Jessica Masella in New York is also a name to note.
In 2018, the team at Goodwin was joined by former head of the office of enforcement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Anthony Alexis in Washington DC and James Gatta in New York, who served as chief of the Criminal Division in the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. Silicon Valley's Grant Fondo and New York's Richard Strassberg are representing John Stumpf, former chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo Bank, in litigation and investigations following settlements by various agencies regarding allegations the bank opened unauthorized accounts and issued unauthorized products for customers. Boston's Jennifer Chunias and Silicon Valley's Lloyd Winawer served as lead counsel for the audit committee of Celadon Group's board of directors in connection with an internal investigation into the company's previously issued financial statements. Boston's Joseph Savage and New York's Anne Railton are other key names.
Greenberg Traurig LLP's group is chaired by John Pappalardo in Boston and Washington DC's Nathan Muyskens. Muyskens represented Cambridge Analytica in relation to Mueller's special counsel and various House and Senate investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In Miami, Mark Bloom assisted Citibank with an internal investigation following an SEC action against a former customer for securities fraud. In 2018, Geoffrey Berman left the firm to serve as US attorney general for the Southern District of New York, while Jason Lewis joined DLA Piper LLP (US). Jessica Natali joined the Philadelphia office after serving as assistant US attorney general for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and brings with her substantial trial experience. John Gibbons in Chicago and David Weinstein in Tampa are also recommended. In March 2019, former department co-head Marc Mukasey left the firm to co-found Mukasey Frenchman & Sklaroff LLP.
New to the rankings this year, Los Angeles-based boutique Hueston Hennigan LLP receives praise from the market for its 'highly-specialized team', which 'provides the same or better expertise in this area as you would find at the top Big Law firms', but 'with the flexibility and close working relationship of a small firm'. Co-founding partner John Hueston acts as lead counsel for SpaceX in connection with investigations by the DOJ and SEC into statements made by Elon Musk on social media regarding the finances and project status of the client and Tesla. Co-founding partner Brian Hennigan represents the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles and the parish of St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church in several related actions brought by individuals who claim they were victims of child sexual abuse by an archdiocesan priest.
Jenner & Block LLP's team is chaired by Craig Martin and Reid Schar in Chicago, Anthony Barkow and Katya Jestin in New York, and Christine Braamskamp in London. Together, it handles the spectrum of transatlantic white-collar matters, government investigations, criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement proceedings for both corporates and individuals. In one standout matter, Barkow and Chicago's Anton Valukas assisted General Motors with an investigation into events leading up to certain recalls of faulty ignition switches; they also represented the client in a related investigation by the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, culminating in a deferred prosecution agreement. In recognition of the firm's capabilities, New York's Neil Barofsky was appointed as Credit Suisse's monitor by the New York Department of Financial Services, as part of the bank's $715m settlement with the agency. In March 2019, the New York office welcomed Charles Riely from the SEC's enforcement division.
The 'amazing attorneys' at Linklaters LLP are noted for their 'deep connections' at the DOJ and their 'understanding of how things work'. The group, led by Washington DC's Adam Lurie, utilizes the firm's global presence, which is of particular benefit to clients facing transnational investigations. Recommended lawyers include Doug Davison and Matthew Axelrod in Washington DC and New York-based Douglas Tween and James Warnot.
Mayer Brown's team, which leverages the firm's presence in London, Hong Kong and São Paulo, is co-led by Greg Deis and William Michael in Chicago, Kelly Kramer in Washington DC and Daniel Stein in New York. The group expanded in 2018, adding Audrey Harris in Washington DC, who joined from an in-house position with BHP Billiton and, in New York, Glen Kopp, who was hired from Bracewell LLP. Kramer is representing Fadi Nahas, former senior vice president of Anham, in a DOJ qui tam action alleging fraudulent inducements of the US Government to award defense contracts and the shipping of critical goods through Iran; the action was stayed pending the outcome of a parallel criminal investigation. Washington DC's Laurence Urgenson is representing Las Vegas Sands in connection with an FCPA investigation involving allegations from a former executive relating to conduct in Macau.
Miller & Chevalier Chartered
Miller & Chevalier Chartered's team is co-led by Mark Rochon, Andrew Wise and Addy Schmidt. The group handles the spectrum of white-collar investigations and enforcement matters, but it is best known for its FCPA work. Homer Moyer and Preston Pugh are defending former Armenian Ambassador to China, Azat Martirossian, who was indicted in the Southern District of Ohio for international money laundering, as one of the alleged co-conspirators in a recent DOJ FCPA prosecution of Rolls-Royce Energy Systems. William Barry and Matteson Ellis are assisting the audit committee of Ecopetrol, the national oil company of Colombia, with an internal investigation into allegations by Colombian prosecutors into $4bn in cost over-runs in connection with the construction of a refinery by one of its subsidiaries.
Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. is a New York-based boutique best known for individual representations, although it also handles significant matters for a variety of corporates. In one key matter, Robert Anello is representing a Venezuelan energy company and its co-founder in connection with an FCPA investigation by the DOJ and several US attorneys' offices. Alongside Jodi Misher Peikin, he is representing an investment adviser in an SEC and Labor investigation relating to alleged violations of fiduciary duty obligations. In another highlight, Jonathan Sack is representing an individual in a matter relating to the transfer of Facebook data to Cambridge Analytica. Elkan Abramowitz and Judith Mogul are representing the New York Governor's Office in an investigation and prosecutions in the Southern District of New York relating to charges of bribery and fraud against one of the Governor's former aides and state contractor, as well as lobbying and potential conflicts of interest in the Buffalo Billion project. Other names to note include Benjamin Fischer, Lawrence Iason and Catherine Foti.
The team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is noted for providing 'excellent advice on US enforcement proceedings', with a strength representing financial institutions and their senior executives. The team is chaired by Mark Hellerer, Maria Galeno and William Sullivan, all of whom are based in New York. Other key individuals include Carolina Fornos and the 'highly knowledgeable' Anne Lefever in New York, Thomas Hill in Washington DC and Markenzy Lapointe in Miami.
Proskauer Rose LLP's group is jointly led by New York's Robert Cleary and Dietrich Snell, who both have significant experience in government. Cleary represented The Metropolitan Opera in its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by its music director emeritus, James Levine, dispelling rumors of an institutional cover-up. Also in New York, Mark Harris is representing former Hunton & Williams partner, Robert Schulman, in an appeal of his conviction and sentencing relating to insider trading on a Pfizer deal. Joshua Newville is another key name in New York. The Washington DC team was boosted by the arrival of Samuel Waldon in April 2018, having previously served as an assistant chief counsel at the SEC.
Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP is noted for its representation of individuals and handling internal investigations. The team is led from New York by Lee Richards, an office which also includes includes David Massey and Shari Brandt. Washington DC-based Audrey Laning Ingram is another key figure in the practice group.
Joseph Walker in Washington DC leads the team at Squire Patton Boggs, which is engaged by clients on the spectrum of investigations and criminal enforcement matters across the globe, including parallel civil prosecutions. Highlights for Washington DC's Rodney Slater included his appointment as an independent monitor to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US under a consent order by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Daniel Waltz in Washington DC and Miami's Rebekah Poston are representing Alvarez & Marsal in a number of matters, including obtaining OFAC licenses for the client's Moscow branch and seeking the removal of sanctions against Russian oligarchs and their companies.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP's 'good group of team players' is noted for its significant individual representations, although it is often engaged by corporations in major cases. Alongside Michael Miller in New York, Washington DC's Reid Weingarten and Jason Weinstein are representing Fethullah Gülen in connection with a campaign by the Turkish government to obtain the client's extradition from the US to Turkey. Weingarten is representing retired judge Richard Roberts in a civil lawsuit in the District of Utah, involving historic allegations of sexual assault. Other highlights for the group included representing Volkswagen as lead counsel in the DOJ criminal investigation and prosecutions arising from the diesel emissions controversy. Other key figures in the group include Brian Heberlig in Washington DC and Chris Niewoehner in Chicago. James Brochin joined the New York office in September 2018, having previously practiced as a sole practitioner.
The lawyers at White & Case LLP are noted for their 'strategic view' when handling white-collar matters for corporates and individuals. In a demonstration of the group's global reach, New York-based Scott Hershman, Owen Pell and Nandan Nelivigi are representing the Ministry of Corporate Affairs of the Republic of India in an investigation into an alleged instance of fraud perpetrated by businessman Nirav Modi. Boston's Lauren Papenhausen and New York's Andrew Tomback advised a consortium of US-based infrastructure funds on FCPA due diligence for its acquisition of a Latin American telecoms provider. In terms of individuals, Boston's Michael Kendall is representing Donna Ackerly, who was indicted by the US Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts for fraud involving proxy-campaigning for public companies. The team is led by Washington DC's Darryl Lew and also includes New York-based Virginia Chavez Romano and 'hard-working' Daniel Fridman in Miami.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's government investigations and white-collar defense group comprises practitioners in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles and London, enabling it to handle a variety of transatlantic matters. The group is jointly led by James Benjamin and Robert Hotz in New York and Charles Connolly in Washington DC. The team regularly handles matters before the DOJ, SEC and FINRA for corporates and financial institutions, including cases relating to fraud, FCPA violations and allegations of spoofing. Highlights included New York-based Michael Asaro and Parvin Moyne's representation of Jeffrey Rogiers, who was indicted by the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York for allegedly engaging in insider trading; the pair secured a negotiated plea, culminating in a three-month prison sentence, significantly below the recommended guidelines. In 2019, the team in Washington DC welcomed former director of the division of enforcement and investigations at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, Claudius Modesti, and Karen Christian, who previously served as general counsel to the House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee.
Allen & Overy LLP
Drawing on the firm's wider expertise, Allen & Overy LLP's team, praised for its 'direct communication', is adept in handling white-collar matters in the financial services space. Standing out as 'knowledgeable and great to work with', New York's Todd Fishman is representing a European bank in a cross-border investigation by the SEC and Dutch authorities into potential corrupt practices, money laundering and failures in customer due diligence. New York-based practice head David Esseks and Bill White in Washington DC are representing a global advertising and public relations company based in Europe in joint SEC and DOJ investigations into the company's operations in Latin America. Pamela Chepiga, Eugene Ingoglia and Andrew Rhys Davies (all in New York) are also names to note.
Baker McKenzie LLP's group, which draws on the firm's global pool of white-collar lawyers, is jointly chaired by Peter Tomczak and Jerome Tomas in Chicago, William Devaney in New York and Thomas Firestone in Washington DC. It handles a wide variety of US-based and cross-border white-collar criminal defense matters for corporates and individuals before the DOJ, SEC and other domestic and international enforcement agencies. Although the New York office benefited from the arrival of Terence Gilroy, who previously served as head of financial crime for the Americas at Barclays, a number of practitioners departed in 2018, including Marc Litt, who joined Wachtel Missry, Karyn Koiffman, who joined Akerman LLP, and Ryan Fayhee, who left for Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP handles global investigations and white-collar criminal defense matters, as well as providing crisis management services. The names to note include founding partners Jonathan Schiller and David Boies, who are based in New York, as well as Harlan Levy and Alanna Rutherford. William Isaacson and Karen Dunn are recommended in Washington DC. Randall Jackson left the team for Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in November 2018.
New York's Paul Shechtman leads Bracewell LLP's team, and is noted for representing clients in federal and state criminal and regulatory matters. The team in New York also includes Thomas Kokalas and Barbara Jones, while Philip Bezanson is recommended in Seattle and Jeffery Vaden is the key practitioner in Houston.
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP's group is chaired by Washington DC's Jodi Avergun and predominantly represents corporates and financial institutions in high-stakes investigations and enforcement actions, although it is also engaged on some significant individual representations. Highlighting the group's standing with enforcement agencies, Avergun was appointed to oversee McKesson Corporation's $150m settlement and compliance agreement with the DOJ and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) following a federal probe into the company's distribution of opioid drugs. Both based in Charlotte, Anne Tompkins and Jonathan Watkins are representing former CEO of SCANA Corporation, Kevin Marsh, in connection with securities fraud litigation arising from the company's abandonment of an $11bn civil nuclear power project. Also recommended are Kyle DeYoung and Joseph Moreno in Washington DC and New York's Todd Blanche.
Cooley LLP's group is based in New York, handling white-collar matters across a range of regulated industries. Highlights for Ian Shapiro and Celia Barenholtz included representing Retrophin in the SEC and US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York investigations of its former CEO, Martin Shkreli. Alan Levine is representing Glenwood Properties in four different official corruption investigations by state and federal prosecutors' offices, involving campaign contributions and alleged payments to New York State legislative leaders. Jonathan Bach, who jointly leads the team, is representing a museum in connection with a federal grand jury investigation concerning the importation of ancient artefacts from the Middle East. Co-chair William Schwartz represented former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP associate, Alex van der Zwaan, in connection with an investigation and prosecution conducted as part of the Mueller investigation.
Foley & Lardner LLP
Foley & Lardner LLP's team is jointly chaired by Lisa Noller in Chicago and Melissa Coffey in Tallahassee. The group's main areas of expertise include matters pertaining to the FCA and FCPA, as well as international security and trade. On the corporate side, Noller secured a victory for Health Quest Systems, resolving three FCA cases together with significantly reduced settlement levels from the DOJ. She is also representing Karen Hill, a witness in the Insys prosecutions in Boston. Other key names include San Francisco-based Thomas Carlucci and Pamela Johnston in Los Angeles.
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP fields a 'powerful bench', noted for its 'deep knowledge of the subject matter'. The group is led by 'outstanding trial lawyer' Daniel Fetterman, whom clients praise as 'smart, strategic and highly ethical'. Alongside co-founding partner Marc Kasowitz, Fetterman is defending New York concert promoter Joseph Meli and his company, Advance Entertainment, in connection with an indictment in the Southern District of New York and an SEC enforcement action related to an allegedly fraudulent scheme promoting non-existent tickets for the musicals Hamilton and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He is also acting as lead defense counsel to Abraham Jose Shiera Bastidas, a former owner of multiple US-based energy companies, in an FCPA action launched in relation to contracts with Petroleos de Venezuela. Ann St. Peter-Griffith in Miami, Lyn Agre in San Francisco and New York's Edward McNally are also recommended. The team in New York also includes former senator Joseph Lieberman, whose experience gives the team an edge in political matters.
Drawing on significant trial experience, Katten is noted for its team of 'exceptional attorneys, who respond quickly' to clients, which include both corporates and individuals. In New York, Scott Resnik represented the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation in a fraud trial against the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General regarding services provided to undocumented immigrants; the client was cleared on all charges. He also defended William Scully, former president of Pharmalogical, in a 73-count indictment in the Eastern District of New York regarding allegations that the company bought unapproved pharmaceuticals in Europe to resell in the US; Resnik obtained acquittals on the 11 most serious counts and secured a relatively lenient sentence. Other important names include Alan Brudner in New York, Gil Soffer in Chicago, Nadira Clarke in Washington DC and Lily Chinn in San Francisco.
Kobre & Kim
Specialist disputes and investigations firm Kobre & Kim stands out for its East Coast practice, with offices in Washington DC and New York, as well as its expanding global network, which has coverage in major hubs including London, Seoul, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv. New York-based founding partners Steven Kobre and Michael Kim lead a team which includes Miami's Matthew Menchel and John Couriel, William McGovern in New York and Andrew Lourie in Washington DC. In December 2018, Eric Bruce left the firm to join Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
The 'deeply resourced' team at New York boutique Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is noted for its 'exceptional strength' in representing executives and other individuals in high-profile government investigations, leveraging 'skill, experience, reputation and a client touch'. It is chaired by experienced litigator Dani James and 'master of the courtroom' Barry Berke, who is the 'go-to defense lawyer for white-collar defendants going to trial'. Berke is representing Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke in matters relating to the DOJ's recent criminal charges against individuals associated with the organisation and its affiliates. Alongside the 'smart and steady' Paul Schoeman (who has 'the perfect bedside manner for engaging prosecutors and judges'), Berke is also representing professional gambler and businessman William Walters, who has been accused by federal prosecutors of participating in an insider trading team, a matter which is on appeal following a one-month jury trial. Name partner Gary Naftalis is advising the special committee of the board of directors of a major European financial institution on a review and oversight of the company's response to a federal criminal and parallel SEC investigation. Darren Laverne is another noted member of the team, which added Michael Martinez from Mayer Brown in March 2018.
Chicago's Jeremy Margolis and New York's Jay Musoff jointly chair the team at Loeb & Loeb LLP, which handles a variety of white-collar criminal cases, regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, trials and appeals for corporate clients. Recent highlights for Musoff included representing the special committee of the board of Link Motion in an independent investigation into allegations of mismanagement and corruption by the company's chairman. He is also representing Wins Finance Holdings and its chairman and CFO in SEC investigations and a securities class action concerning allegations of misrepresentation in the company's public filings. Corey Rubenstein in Chicago and Tiffany Moseley in Washington DC are also recommended.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP's team is commended for its 'high credibility with government agencies' and 'strategic approach'. David Rosenbloom chairs the global practice from Chicago, while Charles Weir leads the group in Los Angeles and 'incisive thinker' Laura McLane heads the Boston team. In a standout matter, McLane and Mark Pearlstein ('an absolute delight to work with') are representing Universal Health Services in a Supreme Court FCA case with industry-wide consequences. Gordon Greenberg, Charles Weir and Russell Hayman in Los Angeles, and Jeffrey Stone and Steven Scholes in Chicago are also recommended.
Michael Schwartz leads the group at Pepper Hamilton LLP, which has real expertise in the healthcare space. In one highlight, the group is defending Teva Pharmaceuticals against 11 qui tam complaints moved by the DOJ alleging illegal kickbacks. In another matter, Thomas Gallagher is representing Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Janssen, in a civil qui tam litigation pending in the District of New Jersey alleging that the client's off-label marketing of two products used to treat HIV/AIDS violated federal and state false claims statutes and the federal Anti-Kickback statute. Abigail Hazlett and Christen Tuttle are also names to note. In 2018, Miranda Hooker and Callan Stein joined the Boston team from the Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts and Barrett & Singal, respectively. All the lawyers mentioned are based in Philadelphia unless otherwise stated.
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP's team is jointly chaired by Washington DC's Peter White and Adam Hoffinger and New York-based Barry Bohrer. Demonstrating the group's strength with individual clients, Bohrer represented Joseph Percoco, former aide and campaign manager to Governor Andrew Cuomo, in an investigation into allegations of improper lobbying and conflicts of interest, a case in which the client was cleared of three of the six counts after a jury trial. In anther matter, Douglas Koff and Craig Warkol in New York are representing Jun Ying, the former CIO of Equifax, in two separate insider trading cases brought by the SEC and the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia.
The team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP 'consistently demonstrates its expertise and value for money' when handling a wide variety of white-collar matters. Based in Chicago, 'efficient' practice co-head Andrew Boutros serves as lead national counsel to an international telecoms company in offensive trade secrets litigation, suing a former employee and his company for matters including stealing trade secrets, conspiracy and violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act (RICO). In another matter, the team led an internal investigation for a publicly traded company into an embezzlement scheme, worth approximately $17m, perpetrated by a senior executive. Karen Bitar in New York and San Francisco's Donald Featherstun lead the team alongside Boutros.
The group at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is jointly chaired by Bryan Daly and Charles Kreindler in Los Angeles and Raymond Marshall in San Francisco. Areas of expertise include securities fraud, government procurement irregularities, public corruption, cyber crime, customs violations, healthcare fraud and abuse, and environmental crimes.
Wiley Rein LLP
The Washington DC-based group at Wiley Rein LLP is noted as 'business-focused' and contains 'strong advocates for clients'. It is chaired by 'exceptional lawyer' Ralph Caccia, whom clients commend as 'talented, thoughtful and passionate'. He is representing political fundraiser William Tierney in a DOJ criminal investigation into his political telemarketing activities. Also recommended is Mark Sweet, who defended Christopher Litchfield, one of the Inauguration Day protesters who was arrested by Washington DC police and charged with 10 criminal counts; Sweet's defense led to a full dismissal of the case days before the trial. Other recommended practitioners include Rod Thomas and of counsel Nicholas Peterson, both of whom are praised as 'outstanding'. Peter Hyun joined the team in 2018, after serving as chief counsel to senator Dianne Feinstein.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's group is chaired by Washington DC's 'stellar' William Stellmach (whom clients rate for sanctions and anti-bribery matters) and New York's Michael Schachter, noted for his 'excellent judgment' and ability to provide 'bespoke and practical legal advice'. The duo work alongside Amelia Cottrell in New York, who leads the securities enforcement group. Highlights for the group included representing Deerfield Management in DOJ and SEC insider trading investigations into the conduct of three former employees; they achieved a favorable resolution before the SEC and continue to represent the client in the DOJ investigation. Other key personnel include Martin Klotz in New York and Elizabeth Gray in Washington DC. In November 2018, the group welcomed veteran trial lawyer Randall Jackson from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.