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Glen Donath

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Glen Donath is in the firm's White Collar and Regulatory practice. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, governmental enforcement actions, internal investigations, health care fraud and abuse, corporate compliance and complex civil litigation.

A highly regarded former federal prosecutor, Glen has successfully represented health care providers, financial institutions, investment funds, insurance companies and various other corporations in an array of complex civil and criminal proceedings, including matters arising under securities, tax, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), environmental, healthcare, False Claims Act, bribery, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), anti-money laundering and other criminal statutes. He also has successfully defended many prominent corporate officers and high-ranking public officials in similar matters. Additionally, he has conducted internal investigations for major corporations and their audit committees.

Glen previously served for a number of years as a Senior Assistant US Attorney in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, where he conducted grand jury investigations and prosecuted cases involving a wide variety of white collar matters, including health care fraud, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, tax offenses, bankruptcy fraud, and government corruption. During his time as a federal prosecutor, Glen first-chaired dozens of trials involving a wide range of criminal offenses to successful verdicts. He received numerous Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards for sustained superior performance.

Glen appears frequently in the media as an authority on white collar criminal defense and government investigations. Recently he has appeared on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront, and NPR's Morning Edition. He has also been quoted in various publications including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Bloomberg Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, LA Times, AP, Reuters, and many others.


University of Chicago Law School (JD) 1996, Yale University (BA) 1992

China: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Within: Leading individuals

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

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.

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