Regularly highly ranked in Chambers USA™, The Best Lawyers in America™, Benchmark Litigation™ Global Investigations Review, Who’s Who Legal and other peer-reviewed professional sources, the Firm’s lawyers represent individuals and for-profit and nonprofit entity clients in a wide range of government enforcement matters. Many of these engagements are in parallel proceedings, where the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) investigates in conjunction with or at the same time as other enforcement arms of the government. The Firm has substantial experience representing clients in such matters involving the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Reserve and Comptroller of the Currency enforcement units, and the Food and Drug Administration, among others. The Firm’s engagements in parallel proceedings also frequently involve simultaneous representation of the client in both government investigations and private civil litigation, including class action and derivative litigation, where the Firm’s lawyers have extensive experience representing officers and directors. We are well versed in the strategic decisionmaking required in these complex settings.
Clients in our practice include C-suite corporate officers, bank officers and directors, public company directors, accountants, lawyers, investment bankers, traders, asset managers, investment fund executives, compliance professionals, managers across numerous industries, Native American governments and related entities, and non-profit boards. The core enforcement work of the Firm includes practicing both before all units of DOJ, including the Antitrust Division, Fraud and Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Section and the Environmental Crimes Section, and the criminal and civil divisions of the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and New York State enforcement offices, including the New York Attorney General, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the New York Department of Financial Services and New York City’s enforcement offices such as the Department of Investigation and Conflicts of Interest Board.
In addition, because of the national profile of many Firm matters, we have represented clients in numerous congressional investigations and before special national investigative bodies, such as the Financial Crisis Investigation Commission and more recent Special Counsel Investigation.
In the realm of securities markets enforcement and related investigations, the Firm regularly represents clients before the SEC, CFTC and FINRA across the full spectrum of matters investigated by these agencies, including inquiries concerning financial statement and accounting disclosures, insider trading, investment advisor duties, futures markets trading, initial public and exempt offerings, secondary market trading practices, broker-dealer regulation, ratings agency matters, and FCPA investigations, as well as matters regarding compliance, bank secrecy and anti-money laundering policies, among others.
In the past decade, the Firm has also accumulated extensive experience working in parallel with enforcement counsel in non-U.S. jurisdictions including Europe (Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg), the United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, China, Japan, Korea and others. Our experience in such cross-border enforcement matters well positions the Firm’s lawyers to advise clients facing simultaneous investigations in the United States and abroad.