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White Collar and Corporate Investigations

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Quinn Emanuel has one of the premier white collar and corporate investigation practices in the world.  Our partners have repeatedly been recognized as among the very best white collar defense lawyers by numerous legal publications including Chambers USA, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Legal 500, The Expert’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers, Law360, and Best Lawyers.  Recently, Quinn Emanuel was named one of the two go-to firms for corporate investigations in Brazil by Financial Times, “White Collar Group of the Year” by Law360, and “Most Important Investigations Practice of the Year” by Global Investigations Review, the most prestigious legal periodical covering cross-border white collar investigations.

Our white collar and corporate investigations practice is diverse.  We have successfully represented corporations and individuals in congressional investigations, grand jury investigations, at trial and on appeal.  We have conducted sensitive internal investigations for Audit Committees and Special Committees.  We have defended clients against allegations of health care, securities, and government contract fraud; violations of money laundering and trade sanctions statutes; violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA”); Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act; environmental violations; and criminal antitrust price fixing.  We have litigated against virtually every enforcement agency including the Department of Justice (the “DOJ”), the Department of Treasury, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as Attorney Generals and District Attorneys in numerous states.  Much of that work has been done on behalf of  foreign companies whose activities have drawn the attention of U.S. regulators and prosecutors.

Of course, the best resolution of a criminal matter is achieved when no charges are ever brought.  The mere filing of a criminal charge can ruin a client’s reputation and trigger catastrophic financial losses.  While Quinn Emanuel has regularly represented clients in high-profile matters covered on the front pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and other  publications, our best results have often been obtained quietly, outside the public glare, by persuading government lawyers to refrain from filing charges.  To effectively conduct these negotiations, it is critical that the lawyer has earned the respect of the prosecutors which requires mastery of the process.  Experience as a prosecutor is helpful.  Over 20 of our partners were lawyers for the DOJ or Assistant United States Attorneys.  A number of them held high-ranking positions. They understand the dynamics of a prosecutor’s charging decision.  We have considerable expertise in designing and implementing strategies that are utilized during grand jury investigations to avert indictments. 

Unfortunately, not all matters can be resolved quickly. Some must be tried. No firm tries more cases than ours. Our lawyers have tried literally hundreds of criminal cases to verdict. Our track record of taking difficult cases to trial—and winning them—also plays an important role in obtaining favorable resolutions for our clients. If a Quinn Emanuel partner tells a prosecutor that he or she is going to take a case to trial, the threat will be taken seriously. We cannot overstate the importance of being able to convey a credible threat that our firm will proceed to trial rather than take an unacceptable resolution. Most prosecutors are very protective of their reputations. They do not want an embarrassment at trial on their record. Our trial prowess facilitates better resolutions.

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Recent Representations Print

I. Recent Victories

A. CORRUPTION

  • We were trial counsel to Joseph Sigelman, the co-founder and former co-CEO of a Colombian oil services company, in one of the most closely watched FCPA prosecutions in several years. Mr. Sigelman faced over 20 years in prison and tens of millions of dollars in fines. After less than six trial days, the Government offered Mr. Sigelman a plea agreement for one half of one count (out of six in the indictment), resulting in three years of probation with no jail time and a fine just a fraction of the millions the Government originally sought. Bloomberg called this a “striking victory” for Mr. Sigelman.
  • We represented Brian Mosehla, an outside director of the South African technology company Net 1 UEPS Technologies, a publicly traded company listed on NASDAQ, in connection with an investigation by the SEC and the DOJ. The SEC and DOJ alleged that Mr. Mosehla used his ties to leading South African politicians to help Net 1’s business. This is one of the largest corruption investigations ever conducted by the SEC against South African executives. Our practice successfully extricated Mr. Mosehla from the SEC enforcement action. On June 8, 2015, the SEC announced that it had closed its investigation against our client without filing charges or taking any action.
  • We represented James J. Ruehlen, an executive of Noble Corporation, in an SEC lawsuit alleging FCPA violations in Nigeria. The case settled before trial for no admission of liability, no fine, and no employment bar.

B. MONEY LAUNDERING AND TRADE SANCTIONS

  • We represented Saurav "Raj" Sharma, an entrepreneur in Texas in the perfume business who was indicted on charges that he accepted illegal money in a perfume transaction.  We obtained dismissal before trial on all charges.
  • We obtained an unprecedented preliminary injunction that prevents the U.S. Treasury Department and its Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or “FinCEN,” bureau from enforcing a final rule that otherwise would have cut our client bank, FBME, off from US dollars (and thus from the global financial system) to devastating effect. This is the first successful stand a bank has made against FinCEN’s implementation of this deadly sanction, which reflects a determination by FinCEN under Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act that a foreign bank is an institution of “primary money laundering concern” and should be cut off from the U.S. financial system. Quinn Emanuel persuaded the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that our client faced irreparable harm from implementation of the rule and was likely to prevail on the merits on the grounds that FinCEN’s ruling was procedurally defective and arbitrary and capricious. We succeeded despite being up against classified evidence submitted ex parte and in camera that allegedly established FBME’s involvement in money laundering and terrorist financing, as well as the heightened deference that courts accord Executive agencies whenever concerns about national security and foreign policy are invoked, as they were here.
  • We successfully reversed the conviction against Mahmoud Reza Banki, an international consultant, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (the appellate court over the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York). Our client had been convicted and sentenced to several years in prison and ordered to pay a multimillion dollar fine for allegedly violating the Iranian trade embargo. After we got his conviction reversed, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York could have sought a new trial. We convinced them, however, to dismiss the remaining charges.

C. ECONOMIC ESPIONAGE AND TRADE SECRETS

  • We represented Dr. Qun Chen, a senior executive of Shanghai United Imaging Healthcare Co. Ltd., a leading Chinese medical imaging company, in a criminal economic espionage investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York that resulted in the indictment of three NYU scientists. We successfully extricated Dr. Chen from the Southern District’s investigation.
  • In Koninklijke Philips N.V. et al. v. Elec-Tech International Co., Ltd. et al. (N.D. Cal.), we successfully obtained a dismissal of a high-stakes trade secret misappropriation claim brought in federal court by one of the world’s largest producers of light-emitting diodes and related products against Chinese competitor Elec-Tech International Co., Ltd. (ETI), several of its subsidiaries, and three of its officers.
  • We represent the Pangang Group and three of its subsidiaries. These Chinese companies—large metal manufacturers—were indicted in a closely watched criminal case brought under the Economic Espionage Act. The government attempted to serve the indictment on our clients by delivery and mailing of a summons on an uncharged U.S. corporation that it alleged acted as an “agent” of the defendants. Our motion to quash the government’s attempted service was granted.

D. TAX EVASION

  • We represented BSI SA (“BSI”), one of the world’s largest private banks, in the unprecedented program between the United States and Switzerland to resolve the criminal liability of Swiss banks that helped Americans evade taxes (“Swiss Bank Program”). BSI was the first, out of approximately 100 banks participating in the Swiss Bank Program, to obtain a non-prosecution agreement.
  • We represented EFG Bank (“EFG”), one of the largest banks in Switzerland, in connection with DOJ’s Swiss Bank Program to resolve the criminal liability of Swiss banks that helped Americans evade taxes. We obtained a non-prosecution agreement for EFG, which was one of the largest banks in the Program. In contrast to other banks in the Program, this penalty is 1.9% of the Bank’s peak U.S. assets under management. This is less than half the penalty that other banks in the Program have had to pay.
  • We represented Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd. (“Julius Baer”), the largest pure private bank in the world, in connection with resolving criminal liability related to its historical U.S. private banking business. In 2016, Julius Baer entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, becoming one of the first Swiss banks to reach a resolution with U.S. authorities outside of the Swiss Bank Program. Julius Baer reached this relatively early result despite being considerably larger than any of the other Category 1 banks simultaneously vying for resolutions. In addition, the penalty component of Julius Baer’s settlement amount represented a departure of approximately 85% below the bottom end of the recommended sentence range under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual (i.e., a lower boundary of approximately $541 million). Julius Baer’s resolution stands as the largest percentage downward departure DOJ has publicly reported in any context.

E. FRAUD

  • We represented Trafigura, one of the world’s largest commodity trading companies, in a major class action lawsuit alleging that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) and some of the world’s largest oil suppliers perpetuated a massive fuel oil fraud. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico, alleges that officials at PREPA, Puerto Rico’s government-owned power utility, accepted bribes and kickbacks from fuel oil suppliers in exchange for PREPA’s agreement to accept and pay for millions of barrels of fuel oil that did not meet contract specifications.  The complaint further alleges that the defendants conspired with a number of laboratories in order to falsify test results and fraudulently certify the fuel oil as compliant.  Plaintiffs are seeking billions in compensatory and punitive damages.  We obtained a full dismissal at the pleading stage, saving our client from costly litigation and bringing its liability to zero.
  • We obtained a complete dismissal, with prejudice, of a major False Claims Act case against AIG that alleged AIG defrauded the Federal Reserve Bank of New York by hundreds of millions of dollars during the financial crisis. The case, brought by a former AIG human resources executive-turned-whistleblower, alleged that two insurance subsidiaries that AIG sold to the Federal Reserve in exchange for $25 billion in debt reduction had, for decades, engaged in unlicensed insurance business in New York. The plaintiff alleged that AIG was complicit in the illegal insurance activity, concealed it from regulators, and deliberately misled the Fed during the negotiations in order to consummate the transaction. This case posed a potential $2.5 billion liability for AIG under the False Claims Act’s treble damages provision. We previously convinced the Justice Department to decline to intervene in the suit, and after a three-hour long oral argument on our motion to dismiss, we have now obtained a complete dismissal, with prejudice, in an opinion that adopted nearly every one of our arguments and found that any attempt by the plaintiff to supplement his complaint would be futile.
  • Martin Diaz-Alvarez is one of Mexico’s most prominent bankers. In 2014, the Mexican government falsely accused Mr. Diaz of a $500 million fraud involving the collapse of Oceanografia S.A. de C.V. (“Oceanografia”), Mexico’s largest oil services company. This is the largest financial fraud case in the history of Latin America. We successfully extricated Mr. Diaz from parallel DOJ and SEC investigations.
  • We obtained a sentence of “time served” (only 4 months) for client Isidoro Garbarino. Garbarino had been indicted for defrauding customs out of millions of dollars of duties for Russian and Iranian caviar and then fled the U.S. for more than 20 years.

F. ASSET FORFEITURE

  • We successfully represented the Vice President of Equatorial Guinea in a precedent-setting civil forfeiture proceeding brought by the DOJ that raised novel issues regarding the role of foreign law under the U.S. money laundering statutes. We successfully resolved the case.
  • We represented Megaupload Limited in the largest copyright case in U.S. history in connection with criminal charges brought by the DOJ and successfully set aside a restraint order that had frozen the client’s assets located in Hong Kong.

G. EMPLOYMENT/IMMIGRATION 

  • We represented IFCO executives charged with immigration violations after the government detected undocumented workers at the company’s factories.  We won dismissal of all felony charges, and the case settled for a misdemeanor fine of less than $10,000.

H. ENVIRONMENTAL 

  • We represented the BP engineer accused of negligent homicide and oil pollution in the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.  We won dismissal of all 22 homicide counts before trial and acquittal on the oil pollution charge at jury trial. 

II. ONGOING NOTABLE REPRESENTATIONS

A. FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING

  • We represent a stability operations company in a False Claims Act case based on alleged frauds in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • We represent a major international logistics company in parallel civil and criminal actions stemming from allegations of fraud in connection with a $10 billion set of contracts with the federal government for the provision of food to U.S. troops during the Iraq war.   The civil case involves allegations of violations of the False Claims Act, breach of contract, and fraud, while the parallel criminal action is the largest government contracting fraud case ever brought by the U.S. government.
  • We represent a stability operations company in an action alleging violations of the False Claims Act, breach of contract and fraud. We successfully obtained dismissal of all claims, including government-intervened FCA allegations, with ongoing appeals and remands.
  • We represent two major international banks in connection with the parallel FIFA investigations by the DOJ and Swiss authorities.
  • We represent a large consortium of plaintiffs comprising banks, investment funds, and shipping companies in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States in connection with a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against a major U.S. bank and an international accounting firm for their involvement in one of the largest frauds in Latin America history.
  • We represent one of Mexico’s largest private equity funds in a complex shareholder dispute involving a Mexican oil services company.
  • We represent a prominent Venezuelan engineer and manager of several construction joint ventures in Venezuela in connection with a cross-border, high-profile criminal investigation conducted by the DOJ and the Drug Enforcement Agency. The investigation concerns money laundering of bribe payments to officials at a Venezuelan state-owned company.
  • We are counsel to Yani Rosenthal, the former chief of staff for the President of Honduras, and his father Jaime Rosenthal, the former Vice President of Honduras, in a high-profile criminal case led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, alleging that the Rosenthals engaged in a conspiracy to launder the proceeds of drug trafficking and bribes paid to foreign officials. We are also representing the Rosenthal family in connection with their and their companies’ designation by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers under the Kingpin Act. We recently successfully obtained written guidance from OFAC that a company owned by a member of the Rosenthal family was not a blocked entity under OFAC guidelines, thereby correcting the widespread misunderstanding in the market that the company was blocked and that U.S. persons were not permitted to enter into transactions with it.
  • We are advising the trustee of a Caribbean investment fund and the Colombian government in connection with U.S. criminal and civil actions against the individuals and companies responsible for the fraud that led to the collapse of one of the largest financial conglomerates in Colombia.
  • We are counsel to Axis, one of the largest Mexican asset management firms, and its owners in connection with a billion-dollar dispute with its international partners in a Mexican oil services company.

B. CORRUPTION

  • We represent the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (“FIFA”) in connection with U.S. criminal investigations and prosecutions into allegations of bribery and corruption in the international soccer world. We are advising FIFA on the investigations and conducting an internal investigation on behalf of the organization. On May 27, 2015, the United States unsealed a 47-count criminal indictment in the Eastern District of New York, charging 14 defendants with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses, in connection with the defendants’ alleged participation in a long running scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer. The criminal indictment alleges that high-level soccer officials, including officials from the South American confederation, CONMEBOL, abused their positions to solicit bribes from sports marketing companies. Several of the alleged schemes relate to the solicitation and receipt of bribes and kickbacks by soccer officials from sports marketing executives in connection with the commercialization of the media and marketing rights associated with various South American soccer matches and tournaments, including the jointly organized CONMEBOL/CONCACAF Copa América Centenario, the CONMEBOL Copa América, the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores and the Copa do Brasil, which is organized by the Brazilian soccer federation. The indictment also alleges a scheme related to the payment and receipt of bribes and kickbacks in connection with the sponsorship of the Brazilian soccer federation by a major U.S. sportswear company. The Department of Justice announced a superseding indictment on December 3, 2015, which charged 16 additional defendants, including several past and current CONMEBOL officials. Among the additional charges in the superseding indictment are a bribery scheme implicating many top CONMEBOL officials relating to the sale of broadcasting rights to the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores, and a scheme by an Argentinian sports marketing company to obtain various rights properties by paying bribes to three Central American soccer officials to cause them to exert their influence in favor of the company.
  • We represent the Odebrecht Group in connection with civil and criminal investigations flowing from the Lava Jato scandal, the largest corruption scandal in the history of Latin America.  We helped secure a global resolution of Odebrecht’s criminal liability in the United States, Brazil, and Switzerland which allowed the company to continue operating despite allegations which constituted an existential threat.
  • We have been retained by multiple plaintiffs to bring U.S. federal securities claims in connection with the multi-billion dollar kickback and bribery scandal involving Petrobras and its affiliates that is alleged to have caused $30 billion in damage to Petrobras and its securities holders. We have filed one such action in the Southern District of New York and are preparing others.
  • We represent a special committee formed by the Boards of Directors of Banco BTG Pactual S.A. (“BTG Pactual”), the largest investment bank in Latin America, and BTG Pactual Participations, Ltd. (“BTG Participations”), in an internal investigation regarding money laundering and bribery allegations against its former CEO André dos Santos Esteves.
  • We represent the South American Football (Soccer) Confederation in criminal proceedings and investigations by DOJ of allegations of corruption in the international soccer world. 
  • We represent the third largest mining company in the world in a bribery-related civil action under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) against Brazil’s largest mining company.
  • We represent the former general manager of a major Latin American power company in potential U.S. FCPA criminal investigations and related extradition proceedings involving the largest corruption scandal in that country’s history. Our client is facing serious criminal allegations in that country, whose government recently obtained an arrest warrant against him.
  • We are advising one of the largest private companies in Southeast Asia on designing and implementing a global compliance program including to prevent corruption, fraud, money laundering, and violations of trade sanctions laws.
  • We represent a major Latin American oil company and its owner in connection with the high-profile DOJ and SEC investigation involving alleged FCPA violations by one of its joint ventures. This is one of the most significant current FCPA investigations involving Latin America.
  • We represent a high-ranking Mexican judicial officer in connection with an ongoing multibillion dollar lawsuit alleging bribery.
  • We represent one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of paints and coatings in connection with the FCPA investigation of one of its recent acquisitions.
  • We represent a Wal-Mart senior executive in connection with the high-profile DOJ and SEC FCPA investigations.
  • We are defending Maureen McDonnell, the former First Lady of Virginia, in a high-profile federal corruption prosecution against Mrs. McDonnell and her husband, the former Governor of Virginia.

C. OFAC AND TERRORISM FINANCING  

  • We are lead counsel to a Dubai-based food distribution company in Africa, which is one of the largest packaged food distributors in Africa, in connection with a DOJ criminal investigation into the company’s relationships with Middle Eastern and African entities sanctioned by OFAC for financing Hezbollah.
  • We are co-counsel to Dubai Islamic Bank, the world’s largest Islamic bank, in MDL proceedings involving claims arising from the September 11 terrorist attacks, including class actions filed against the Bank on behalf of victims and the owners and insurers of property destroyed or damaged in the attacks.

D. CAMPAIGN FINANCING

  • We represent the CEO and board member of a large U.S. medical institution in connection with allegations of illegal campaign contributions and potential DOJ and SEC investigations.  Our practice is conducting a nationwide investigation on his behalf.

E. Trade Sanctions

  • We represent a U.S.-Iranian dual citizen in connection with an indictment relating to activities in Iran.

III. OTHER NOTABLE CASES

  • We represent All-Star Major League Baseball Players Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies and Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals in defamation lawsuits filed against Al Jazeera news network which published a report alleging that the players used performance enhancing drugs.  We also represent the players in related investigations of the allegations by Major League Baseball. 
  • We represented one of the largest auto parts distributors in Latin America in connection with OFAC proceedings involving the Belarus sanctions program.
  • We represented Actelion Pharmaceuticals in a three year DOJ investigation into marketing practices related to the drug Tracleer. The investigation concluded without any criminal charges being filed and with the dismissal of the related qui tam action.
  • We represented the Home Depot in a hotly contested lawsuit alleging violations of air quality control laws and regulations for volatile organic compounds. This action was filed by brought by a consortium of California district attorney’s offices, the L.A. City Attorney’s Office, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
  • Several of our partners represented the former Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service in connection with congressional inquiries into the treatment of advocacy organizations seeking tax exempt status.
  • One of our partners represented Bernard Kerik, the former Police Commissioner of New York City, on appeal from his sentence for criminal tax fraud and false statements.
  • We served as counsel to the Board of Supreme Audit in Iraq in investigating fraud in the Oil for Food program.
  • We represented Coca-Cola and several of its foreign affiliates in several high-profile lawsuits brought pursuant to the Alien Tort Claims Act and Torture Victim Protection Act. In one case, union members formerly employed by an independent Coca-Cola bottler in Turkey, brought suit in federal district court in New York, alleging that Coca-Cola and its bottler were liable for abuses suffered by the union members at the hands of the Turkish police. The Court dismissed the claims against Coca-Cola and its independent bottler on forum non conveniens grounds. The Court first found that there was an available and adequate alternative forum where the dispute could be adjudicated — namely, Turkey. Second, the Court found that, on balance, the links with the plaintiff’s chosen forum were minimal compared to those with Turkey, and that the central dispute concerned Turkey more than the United States. The dismissal was subsequently affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • One of our partners represented the International Olympic Committee in the DOJ investigation and congressional hearings arising from the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics bribery scandal.
  • We defended an executive of a Japanese rubber products manufacturer in antitrust and foreign corruption investigations being conducted by the DOJ, the Japanese Public Prosecutors Office, the European Union and Brazil regarding alleged price fixing and corrupt payments to officials in South America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
  • We obtained complete dismissal of all claims in a qui tam/False Claims Act case on behalf of Northrop Grumman. Relator sought over $1 billion arising out of alleged wrongful billings in connection with $4.5 billion satellite project for the U.S. government. After a complete internal investigation and subsequent presentation to the government, we persuaded the DOJ to decline to intervene and the relator to voluntarily dismiss.
  • We obtained a partial summary judgment and settled the rest for $0 for Lockheed Martin in a qui tam case alleging mischarging for security costs relating to a facility that provided support and maintenance for the F-117A stealth fighter and the U-2 reconnaissance plane.
  • We were substituted in as counsel for Charles Schwab & Co. in January 2010 in a high-profile SEC investigation. We successfully negotiated a settlement with the SEC that was much more favorable than had been attained by prior counsel. In addition, we negotiated away various inflammatory allegations from the prior agreed upon SEC order, and persuaded the SEC to drop a books and records count against the company.
  • We served as counsel to AOL Time Warner in the Homestore.com investigation of “roundtrip” and barter accounting practices and securities litigation.
  • We are representing a Korean company in a federal criminal indictment in Cleveland, Ohio, charging the company and three former corporate officers with violations of United States export control laws in connection with the shipment of military technology from the United States to Korea.
  • We are defending one of the world’s largest insurance companies in a criminal investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for allegedly making false submissions to regulators.
  • We are defending a former senior campaign official in an investigation of political corruption in New York City by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • We are representing the Chief Financial Officer and other members of management in DOJ, SEC, and Audit Committee investigations into alleged FCPA violations relating to a publicly-traded company’s operations in China.
  • We successfully convinced the DOJ to refrain from bringing charges against our client, a large multinational transportation and logistics company based in Europe, in connection with an investigation in which our client was accused of conspiring with US companies to bribe foreign officials.
  • We are currently conducting multiple internal investigations on behalf of one of the world’s largest technology companies concerning its operations in Europe.
  • We are advising one of the world’s largest mineral resource companies on its negotiations with foreign governments and compliance with U.S. regulatory requirements.
  • We are advising one the world’s largest defense contractors on its sales practices to foreign governments.
  • We served as counsel to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of one of Europe’s largest engineering and construction firms concerning violations of the FCPA relating to government procurement contracts in Africa and elsewhere.
  • We served as counsel to the Special Committee of Independent Directors of a major clothing manufacturer in response to allegations of customs violations, kickbacks, and commercial bribery in its Hong Kong and Singapore operations.
  • We served as counsel to a former CEO of a leasing company of a large US bank in a DOJ investigation into FCPA issues relating to its aircraft leasing business.
  • One of our partners defended a Fortune 200 company in one of the few FCPA prosecutions actually tried, resulting in a acquittal on all counts.
  • One of our partners was specially recommended by the DOJ and selected by Schnitzer Steel Company to serve as the compliance monitor for Schnitzer in connection with a deferred prosecution agreement and SEC settlement for violations by Schnitzer of the FCPA. He conducted a top-to-bottom review of Schnitzer’s anticorruption compliance programs for its worldwide operations and prepared annual reports for DOJ and the SEC on these issues.
  • One of our partners represented Diagnostic Products Corporation in obtaining a favorable DOJ and SEC settlement for alleged FCPA violations in China.
  • One of our partners represented a large multinational health products distribution company in an Audit Committee investigation of alleged FCPA violations in China.
  • One of our partners defended the U.S. military’s largest suppliers of jet fuel to troops in Afghanistan in a Congressional investigation of alleged corruption in Central Asia and follow-on investigations conducted by foreign authorities.
  • One of our partners defended a multinational airline services company based in Europe in an investigation of alleged fraud in Asia and Europe by the DOJ.
  • One of our partners represented a multinational technology and manufacturing company before the SEC and the DOJ in an investigation of alleged corruption in its operations in India, China, and Southeast Asia.
  • One of our partners represented one of the largest U.S. defense contractors in a grand jury investigation relating to sales of C-130 and F-16 aircraft to Korea.
  • One of our partners represented one of the largest US defense contractors in a grand jury investigation of radar sales to Taiwan.
  • We represented a multinational commodities trading company in investigations of alleged market manipulation in the energy market.
  • We represent the senior executive of a leading Chinese medical equipment company in a high-profile economic espionage criminal matter.
  • We are defense counsel for a multinational mining conglomerate and its senior executives in parallel investigations by the DOJ and the UK Serious Fraud Office of alleged FCPA and UK Bribery Act violations in Central Asia and Africa.
  • One of our partners represented executives of companies in FCPA investigations concerning Nigeria, Russia, China, and other countries, with no charges filed.
  • One of our partners defended an international company in the Iraq “Oil for Food” program scandal.
  • One of our partners represented executives at many oil service companies in DOJ investigations of transactions in Iran, Sudan, and other sanctioned countries. In all cases, we avoided prosecution of the executive.
  • One of our partners represented Enron CFO Andy Fastow in criminal, Congressional, SEC, civil, and media crises following the company’s collapse.
  • One of our partners represented Dynegy Corporation Vice President Jamie Olis on charges of accounting fraud, on appeal and after reversal. The representation established that “loss causation” applies to criminal securities cases and obtained an 18-year reduction in sentence after appellate victory.
  • One of our partners represented Manuli Rubber Industries of Italy executive Francesco Scaglia in the “Marine Hose Price Fixing Cartel” trial in West Palm Beach, Florida. The jury returned its “not guilty” verdict within hours after a month-long trial.
  • One of our partners represented BP energy trader Carrie Kienenberger and won dismissal of all charges in a federal indictment alleging “manipulation” of the propane market. The court found that the manipulation statute was unconstitutionally vague as applied to this case, and that the particular commodities trades alleged by the government were exempt from regulation.
  • One of our partners represented companies and executives in FCPA investigations concerning China, Russia, Mexico, Nigeria, and other countries.
  • One of our partners successfully argued a leading Clean Water Act case on appeal in the Fifth Circuit. The case established that water pollution is not a “strict liability” or “public welfare” offense, reversing all convictions under the Clean Water Act.
  • One of our partners represented ICGS, the joint Northrop Grumman Lockheed Martin entity formed to rebuild the U.S. Coast Guard through the Deepwater program, involving a $25 billion series of contracts. Various government investigations, fraud and False Claims Act subpoenas, and qui tam investigations successfully defended after foreign whistleblower initiated action.
  • One of our partners was lead investigations counsel on an investigation conducted in Kampala, Baghdad, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi concerning allegations of fraud and False Claims Act violations. Our partner led a follow-up Uganda investigation conducted by lawyers from New York and Washington, D.C. and by lawyers from Uganda, involving over 200 interviews of Ugandan citizens conducted in Kampala. 
  • One of our partners was lead trial counsel defending David Painter, a UK citizen and one of 22 defendants charged in a widely reported FCPA sting involving FBI agents posed as government officials from Gabon. Our partner obtained total acquittal on behalf of client. 
  • One of our partners represented a stability operations contractor facing a FCPA subpoena concerning allegations of improper payments overseas. Our partner successfully advocated for the client and convinced the U.S. government to drop its investigation.
  • One of our partners represented a defense contractor facing a congressional investigation into FCPA and corruption issues in Afghanistan. Our partner successfully advised the client regarding disclosure requirements and procedures.
  • One of our partners served as acting general counsel for a stability operations contractor during a wide-reaching fraud and corruption based government investigation into the company's activities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • One of our partners was internal investigation counsel for a government contractor facing allegations of mistreatment of local nationals and third country nationals, including human trafficking allegations, in Iraq.
  • One of our partners was lead investigations counsel representing a foreign based food industry client in multiple jurisdiction FCPA/UKBA bribery investigation spanning Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Mozambique. 
  • One of our partners was lead investigations counsel on an investigation into bribery/FCPA violation allegations, which involved 65 interviews conducted in multiple locations in Iraq and several million documents reviewed involving potential civil and criminal claims and a presentation to U.S. government. No action was taken by U.S. government authorities after the presentation to U.S. government.
  • One of our partners was lead investigations counsel for an investigation into human trafficking allegations. The case involved 135 interviews conducted in Baghdad, Iraq and an additional 25 interviews in multiple locations in the U.S. The client was fully absolved of any wrongdoing after the presentation to U.S. government. 
  • One of our partners was lead investigations counsel into multiple shooting deaths, (criminal investigation to and civil claims related to) and involving 40+ interviews conducted in multiple locations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States. The investigation was conducted immediately after the shooting incident.
  • One of our partners was lead investigations counsel investigating kidnapping in Sudan, regarding allegations that the “K & R” company (kidnap and rescue negotiators) acted negligently. This involved interviews conducted in multiple locations throughout Africa, including Sudan and South Africa, and additional interviews in London, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. 
  • One of our partners was lead investigations counsel representing a contractor in an investigation of issues related to a decedent killed in Afghanistan in targeted killing by insurgent forces. Interviews were conducted in multiple locations around Afghanistan. 
  • One of our partners was lead investigations counsel representing a U.S.-based non profit operating in Iraq investigating potential claims based on multiple U.S., Australian, and South African citizens murdered on client’s compound in Iraq, post incident evidence collection and interviews were conducted at scene of murders in Iraq.
  • One of our partners was lead investigations counsel representing a contractor in a government investigation of claims related to shower electrocution in Iraq. This involved over 50 post-incident interviews conducted in Baghdad.
  • One of our partners was lead investigations counsel into allegations of human trafficking in Iraq and conducted over 30 interviews at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq and at multiple locations outside Green Zone.
  • One of our partners was the lead U.S. member of the investigation team responding to a government investigation and claims based on injuries to civilians as a result of shots fired by a UK contractor in Kirkuk, Iraq.  
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