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Dechert LLP

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Roger Burlingame

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Dechert LLP

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White Collar Defense and Investigations; Private Equity Litigation and Enforcement; Trials; Regulatory Compliance




Roger A. Burlingame represents individuals and corporations in white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, regulatory enforcement matters and civil litigation. A former high-ranking and decorated prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice and seasoned trial lawyer now based in London, Mr. Burlingame defends clients throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa in cross-border U.S. government investigations and related civil litigation. He serves as lead defense counsel in high-profile investigations involving fraud, collusion, manipulation and abuse in financial markets, FCPA violations, money laundering, asset forfeiture and tax evasion. He also advises on U.S. sanctions, import/export control, IEEPA and CFIUS issues.

Lauded as "the go-to guy for European targets of high-profile U.S.-facing investigations," Mr. Burlingame is recommended by The Legal 500 UK in both Fraud: White-Collar Crime & Regulatory Investigations and Fraud: Corporate Crime. Chambers & Partners similarly acknowledges Mr. Burlingame as a "go-to lawyer for US law issues,” with a "fantastic knowledge and understanding of U.S. criminal law" (Chambers UK, 2019).
As a prosecutor, Mr. Burlingame served as Chief of the Public Integrity Section and Senior Trial Counsel in the Business and Securities Fraud Section at the U.S. Department of Justice and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. In these roles, he led/supervised scores of white-collar criminal matters, including securities, corporate, tax, healthcare and accounting frauds, collusive market practices and bribery/FCPA investigations. Mr. Burlingame also led/oversaw mutual legal assistance treaty requests and extraditions.
Before joining Dechert, Mr. Burlingame was a partner at a well-known disputes and investigations firm.



London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Innovative, effective and highly strategicDechert LLP is adept at representing individuals in relation to regulatory investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, HMRC, Department of Justice (DOJ), FCA and the Office of Fair Trading. The firm continues to act for a former employee of Alstom in relation to a conspiracy to pay bribes to win contracts for the supply of trains to the Budapest Metro, the matter is valued at €229m. Neil Gerrard  heads the team, he is ‘a highly experienced and effective litigator, well respected by law enforcement and regulators alike’. Matthew Cowie has ‘an excellent grasp of the law’ and is ‘passionate about his clients’. Caroline Black has ‘the ability to keep cool in complex and stressful situations’. Roger Burlingame joined from Kobre & Kim LLP.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Dechert LLP has ‘a professional and experienced team composed of really nice lawyers’. It advises corporate clients on fraud, bribery, money laundering, international trade, export control and sanctions issues. It is adept at handling investigations by the National Crime Agency (NCA), SFO, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and various European Union (EU) institutions. Neil Gerrard heads the team and is ‘in the first rank of practitioners in the field’. Matthew Cowie  has ‘an excellent grasp of the law along with the ability to ensure that involved parties work together in a collaborative way when possible’. Caroline Black ‘keeps cool in complex and stressful situations with senior decision makers’, Miriam Gonzalez is also recommended. Roger Burlingame joined as partner from Kobre & Kim LLP. David Hughes left for Stewarts Law LLP.

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