Overview

When corporations or individuals face sensitive, complex, and often high-profile regulatory or criminal investigations, our lawyers step in quickly to address immediate issues while preserving options for what may lie ahead. Drawing on our deep experience and established track record, we organize teams to manage every aspect of our clients’ most difficult challenges to produce the best possible results.

Our Global Investigations and White Collar Defense group includes 19 former federal prosecutors, as well as former officials from the SEC, the FTC, the FDA, several state Attorneys General offices, the White House, and Congress. We use our government experience running investigations and prosecuting matters both to strategize on behalf of our clients and to credibly negotiate with our former government peers.

Because we are, first and foremost, trial lawyers, we consider how each engagement would play out in a courtroom – even though most don’t. Our approach empowers us to negotiate favorable outcomes on behalf of our clients; and when a decision is made to initiate civil or criminal proceedings, we are highly effective advocates at the pre-trial, trial, and appellate stages. Collectively, our lawyers have conducted more than 150 criminal trials.

We have achieved positive outcomes for clients ranging from global financial institutions and multinational corporations to well-capitalized startups and high-net-worth individuals. We have been involved in virtually every major white collar matter in the last several years, representing clients in investigations concerning mortgage backed securities, LIBOR and other benchmark rates, anti-money laundering and sanctions violations, insider trading, and global corruption matters.  Team members work seamlessly to leverage the firm’s broad international network, including its Crisis Management and Government Response group, to provide clients with comprehensive global representation.

Our team also regularly conducts independent internal investigations on behalf of the firm’s corporate clients and their boards, developing investigations that are credible, thorough, and minimally disruptive to our clients’ business. We also work closely with clients to establish and maintain effective compliance programs, including corporate reform and remedial compliance programs. We regularly provide counsel on appropriate responsive actions, including compliance or governance reforms, personnel action, and, when necessary, referral to regulators, law enforcement, or public disclosure.  

In addition to representing clients in the courtroom, we appear before the DOJ, the SEC, the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), state and federal banking regulators, state Attorneys General, Congress, foreign regulators such as the UK Financial Conduct Authority, and numerous other state and federal agencies, including FinCEN, OFAC, the IRS, the Federal Trade Commission, and the New York Department of Financial Services.

We regularly represent clients in matters regarding securities and commodities law, including insider trading and market manipulation, criminal antitrust violations, Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering violations, FIRREA, export control and sanctions violations, data privacy and cybersecurity, anti-corruption laws, including the FCPA and UK Bribery Act, accounting fraud, criminal tax offenses, False Claims Act, forfeiture, national security issues, and health care fraud.