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Former White Collar Prosecutor Avi Perry Joins Quinn Emanuel

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Expert in handling financial prosecutions, Perry joins Quinn Emanuel from the U.S. Department of Justice

CHICAGO – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP announced today that Avi Perry has joined the firm as a partner in Washington, D.C., deepening the firm’s bench of experienced white collar and securities, crypto and commodities litigation lawyers who can try complex, high-stakes financial cases. Perry will be Co-Chair of Quinn Emanuel’s Securities Litigation Group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Commodities and Derivatives Group, as well as a member of its elite Investigations, Government Enforcement & White Collar Criminal Defense Group.

Perry served in the U.S. Department of Justice for the past nine years, most recently as Chief of the Market Integrity and Major Frauds (MIMF) Unit in the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, where he supervised 45 white collar prosecutors in hundreds of criminal cases pending in federal district courts across the United States. Perry built the Fraud Section’s cryptocurrency and commodities enforcement programs, spearheading the use of data to identify and prosecute financial fraud. As Unit Chief, he oversaw all the Fraud Section’s corporate and individual investigations and prosecutions involving securities, commodities, digital assets, government procurement, and federal program fraud. Perry also led a series of high-profile prosecutions resulting in the convictions of 12 bankers at Wall Street financial institutions on spoofing, fraud, and market manipulation charges.

“As the chief of the arm of Main Justice that investigates and prosecutes securities, commodities and crypto cases, Avi has been at the center of the development of this area of the law in recent years,” said William Burck, Global Co-Managing Partner of the firm and Co-Chair of its Investigations, Government Enforcement and White Collar Criminal Defense Group. “No one knows more about it and can counsel clients better than he can.”

“Avi’s trial experience and his deep knowledge of financial markets are a perfect fit for the high stakes matters we specialize in,” added Burck. “He is a key addition to our already-stellar white collar and securities, crypto and commodities litigation practices.”

Prior to joining the Fraud Section in 2018, Perry served for four years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Haven, Conn., specializing in financial fraud and public corruption cases. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Perry has also worked as a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell and served as adjunct faculty at Yale Law School and the University of Maine School of Law.

“Quinn Emanuel is the go-to firm for high-stakes litigation. It’s the best place for me with my background, experience and approach to litigation. I am excited to be joining this team and to be expanding the firm’s work in the securities, crypto, commodities, and derivatives markets,” Perry said.