He has distinguished himself as an outstanding FCPA practitioner, . . . he has a terrific boardroom presence and a practical approach to dealing with issues and governments around the world." –Chambers Global 2015
Larry Urgenson is a co-leader of the firms' Global Anti-Corruption & FCPA practice. Larry is widely recognized as one of the preeminent FCPA authorities in the United States. He has represented corporate and individual clients in FCPA and anti-corruption matters worldwide for nearly four decades. As noted in Chambers, Larry is "a brilliant lawyer and a leading light at the FCPA Bar." (Chambers USA 2016). He "is highly esteemed for his FCPA practice, which includes advising on statutory compliance and corporate representation in government investigations" (USA 2015), is "known for his experience in high-stakes investigations" (USA 2013) and "offers incredible knowledge in the FCPA area . . . he has great judgment" (USA 2012). Clients praise Larry and state that, "There simply isn't a more client-sensitive strategist out there" (Chambers Global 2016).
Larry was named Benchmark Litigation Star in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He was also recognized nationally as one of 8 FCPA Masters at the first annual Main Justice Best FCPA Lawyers Client Service Awards in 2013. Additionally, he is a sought-after writer and speaker on white collar matters and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Editors of the Business Crimes Bulletin.
Prior to joining private practice, Larry held key leadership positions at the US Department of Justice (DOJ). As the DOJ's Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, he primarily supervised the Fraud Section, General Litigation and Legal Advice Section, and Office of Policy and Management Analysis. Additionally, he testified before various congressional committees regarding the Department's white collar crime initiatives. He also served as the DOJ's Chief of the Fraud Section for the Criminal Division, where he advised US Attorneys on white collar crime issues, supervised the prosecution of bank, securities, and defense procurement frauds, and oversaw the FCPA Unit and the Defense Procurement Fraud Unit. Earlier in his career, Larry served as a Chief Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Larry received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service and the Edmund J. Randolph award for Outstanding Service.
BEATRICE M. SCHAFFRATH is an international legal and compliance executive experienced in cross-border operational, regulatory, and crisis-management issues and challenges – particularly those encountered in Asia. Recognized by various regional and global organizations for her work in anti-corruption, corporate compliance, investigation, dispute resolution, and environmental matters, she is also a regular commentator, presenter, guest-lecturer, and interviewee on these issues.
Until recently, Ms. Schaffrath was Shanghai-based Global Ethics & Compliance Counsel – China, with United Technologies Corporation (“UTC”), a US-headquartered global company active in the aerospace and building industries. In that role, she led, advised and assisted all of the UTC business units in the China region on legal, compliance, ethics, and enforcement matters. Prior to her work with UTC, she was a Beijing-based Partner with international law firm Baker & McKenzie.
Ms. Schaffrath is multi-cultural by birth, inter-disciplinary in mindset, and cross-functional in her collaborations. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Chicago, a Master’s degree in East Asian/China Studies from the University of Washington, and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is admitted to practice law in several jurisdictions in the U.S., and is a past Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s China Law Committee. She is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin), with some capacity in Hindi and German.
Charles “Chuck” Duross is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP where he is the co-chair of the firm’s global Investigation + White Collar practice and FCPA + Global Anti-Corruption practice. Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Mr. Duross served as the Chief of the FCPA Unit of Fraud Section in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he was in charge of all of DOJ’s FCPA investigations, prosecutions and resolutions in the United States. Working closely with his counterparts at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr. Duross was also one of the principal authors of the First Edition of DOJ and SEC’s joint publication, A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which contained the first ever “Hallmarks of Effective Compliance Programs” chapter. He also served as DOJ’s principal representative to the OECD’s Working Group on Bribery for many years.
Mr. Duross counsels Fortune 500 companies, boards, and executives on FCPA/anti-corruption and other compliance issues, conducts internal investigations, represents companies and individuals before the government, and has served as an independent corporate compliance monitor appointed by DOJ in one of the largest foreign bribery matters in history. Once dubbed “Mr. FCPA,” Mr. Duross is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and he has been a lecturer on foreign corruption issues at Fordham, GW, Harvard, Michigan, and Penn law schools.
Claudius Sokenu is Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Global Head of Litigation, Global Head of Labor and Employment, and Global Head of Legal Operations at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation, a Fortune 200 technology and consulting company. Prior to joining Cognizant in March 2020, Claudius served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Global Head of Ethics and Compliance, and Global Head of Litigation and Investigations at Andeavor, a Fortune 100 energy company, where he oversaw all of Andeavor’s global litigation, internal and government investigations, and the ethics and compliance program.
Before Andeavor, Claudius was a Litigation Partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP. Before private practice, he served, on the Honors Program, as a Staff Attorney and Senior Counsel with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement. Claudius is widely recognized as a leading securities enforcement, white collar, FCPA, and commercial litigator, including by the National Bar Association, Corporate Law Section, as 2018 Corporate Lawyer of the Year, Chambers USA and Chambers Global for his investigative, regulatory, and securities enforcement practice, a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, Latin Lawyer 250 for White-Collar Crime and Compliance, a rising star by Ethisphere in “Attorneys Who Matter,” one of the Best FCPA Lawyers Outside the Beltway by Main Justice, and by Securities Law 360 as one of its 10 under 40.
Claudius was an Adjunct Professor of Securities Law at Georgetown University Law Center where he taught Securities Enforcement and Litigation. Claudius earned his LL.B (with Upper Class Honors) from London South Bank University, an LL.M in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of London’s London School of Economics and King’s College London, and an LL.M in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center.
Greta Lichtenbaum is a partner in the Washington, DC office of O’Melveny specializing in compliance with US laws that govern international business transactions and trade, including US economic sanctions, export controls, anti-corruption, foreign investment, money laundering, antiboycott, and customs laws.
In addition to advising clients on the application of these laws, Greta assists in all aspects of managing compliance with these laws, including developing corporate compliance programs, conducting internal investigations relating to potential violations of these laws, and representing companies before the relevant agencies in connection with enforcement proceedings, clearances, license requests, and government inquiries.
Greta has repeatedly been recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of export controls and economic sanctions by Chambers USA (Band 1), Chambers Global (Band 1) and The Legal 500 US. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to international trade and has written extensively on these topics.
Greta graduated from Harvard Law School in 1990. While in law school, she served as Managing Editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal and a member of the International Law Society.
Jason Jones is a partner at King & Spalding in Washington, D.C., where he is a member of the Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group. Jason has broad international experience, including recent cross-border investigations into FCPA, money laundering, racketeering, and securities violations around the world.
Jason returned to the firm in January 2015 after nearly a decade as a federal prosecutor. Most recently, he served as Assistant Chief of the FCPA Unit in the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing the investigation and prosecution of companies and their employees for bribing foreign officials around the world. Prior to his service in Washington, Jason was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York for several years, most recently serving as Chief of the Violent Crimes & Terrorism Section.
Jay Holtmeier is a partner in Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP’s Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the Investigations and Criminal Litigation Practice Group. He co-leads the firm's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Corruption Group. He joined the firm in 2004.
Mr. Holtmeier's breadth of experience as a litigator includes service as a federal prosecutor, a senior in-house attorney and a lawyer in private practice. Mr. Holtmeier represents institutions and individuals in complex government and internal investigations and matters of corporate governance and compliance. He has particular expertise in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
In FCPA matters, Mr. Holtmeier has represented clients in government and internal investigations involving conduct in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Australia. He regularly counsels clients facing difficult FCPA issues in a variety of business contexts, and he has assisted clients in numerous industries in developing and implementing FCPA compliance programs. He devotes substantial attention to advising clients on FCPA problems that arise in the context of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other corporate transactions. He writes and speaks extensively on the subject and is a co-author, with partners Roger Witten, Kimberly Parker, and Erin Sloane, of the leading treatise in the field, Complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (9th ed. 2016).
As a senior vice president and principal legal counsel with the Reuters Group, Mr. Holtmeier was responsible for all litigation and compliance matters in North and South America. As an assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, he tried several cases to verdict and led extensive grand jury investigations of various crimes, including racketeering, securities fraud, murder, narcotics and counterfeiting. Significant prosecutions included United States v. Jose Muyet, et al., and United States v. Ronald Ocasio, et al., related cases involving more than twenty murders, for which Mr. Holtmeier received the Director's Award for Superior Performance from the Executive Office for US Attorneys, and United States v. Carol Bayless, which received national attention and calls for the impeachment of the presiding US District Judge.
Karen A. Popp is the Global Co-Leader of Sidley Austin’s White Collar Practice. Karen has an expansive practice representing companies and individuals in high-profile matters with legal, political and public relations components, such as corporate criminal defense, internal investigations, SEC Enforcement, Congressional investigations, OIG and State Attorney General actions, corporate compliance, and litigation. Chambers Global and Chambers USA recognize her as a leader in the practice area of FCPA/anti-corruption.
Karen represents corporate clients across a host of industries, as well as senior executives and government officials, including a U.S. Presidential Cabinet Member. She has been retained to lead confidential worldwide internal investigations and defend numerous clients in government investigations. Karen has extensive experience in FCPA and other anti-corruption matters and has represented clients in investigations in more than 70 countries around the world.
Karen also assists clients in designing and enhancing corporate compliance and ethics programs, and currently serves as outside counsel to several corporate compliance departments. She has conducted global compliance and risk assessments for numerous U.S. and non-U.S. companies. Karen helps companies to respond to internal allegations of wrongdoing, conducts training for Boards of Directors, management, compliance departments and other company personnel, and conducts compliance due diligence regarding corporate acquisitions, joint ventures and other business transactions.
Before joining Sidley, Karen served in the government as Associate White House Counsel to President Clinton, a lawyer in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. She began her career on Wall Street as a litigator at Sullivan & Cromwell after finishing a clerkship for the Honorable Sam J. Ervin III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
In additional to Chambers, Karen has been recognized for her White Collar and FCPA practice in Legal 500 US, Benchmark Litigation Star, Global Investigation Review, Who’s Who in Business Crime Defense Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Investigations, The Best Lawyers in America, Washingtonian magazine “Top Lawyers” List, Top 250 Women in Litigation USA, Top 50 Women Lawyers in Washington, D.C., Ethisphere Attorneys Who Matter, Inside Counsel Magazine Leadership Award, and Super Lawyers magazine.
Karen Patton Seymour is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee and was formally the Co-Managing Partner of the Firm’s Litigation Group. Her practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations. She also represents clients in complex federal and state civil litigation. She has in-depth experience representing corporations and individuals outside of the United States in responding to U.S. inquiries and investigations, and assisting in complex international investigations.
From 2002-2004, Ms. Seymour served as the chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she supervised 165 federal prosecutors and oversaw all criminal investigations and prosecutions in the district, including the investigations of corporate fraud involving WorldCom, ImClone and Adelphia. She was lead trial counsel for the government in the prosecution of Martha Stewart and Peter Bacanovic. During her first tenure in the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1990 to 1996, she prosecuted a wide variety of cases and served as Chief of the General Crimes Unit.
Ms. Seymour is on the boards of various organizations including the Vera Institute of Justice, and serves as a member of the Attorney Grievance Committee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and a Panel Chair for the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court State of New York, First Department. She also serves as Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on White Collar Criminal Law, National Vice Chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section White Collar Crime Committee, is a Member of the American Law Institute and a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy for New York State.
Ms. Seymour is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas Law School, and the University of London Law School.
Kathryn Cameron Atkinson is the Chair of Miller & Chevalier. She has twice been selected as a government-appointed Independent Compliance Monitor. She currently serves as a Department of Justice/Securities and Exchange Commission (DOJ/SEC)-appointed Monitor pursuant to a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). She previously served as Monitor for KBR, Inc. in an FCPA matter settled with the DOJ and SEC.
Ms. Atkinson has served as faculty in the CEELI Institute’s Investigating and Prosecuting Official Corruption training for foreign prosecutors. She was named to Global Investigation Review's "Women in Investigations 2015," Latinvex's "Latin America's Top 100 Female Lawyers: FCPA and Fraud" (2017), and the Ethisphere Institute's "Attorneys Who Matter" list (2015, 2017). "The 'extremely knowledgeable and experienced' Kathryn Cameron Atkinson 'brings a great approach to difficult situations,'" notes Chambers USA and Chambers Global, where she is ranked Band 2 in FCPA (Nationwide).
Kelly Austin is the Partner-in-Charge of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Hong Kong office and has served as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Austin’s practice focuses on government investigations, regulatory compliance and international disputes. She has extensive expertise in government and corporate internal investigations, including those involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws, and anti-money laundering, securities, and trade control laws. Ms. Austin also regularly guides companies on creating and implementing effective compliance programs.
From 2001 to 2010, Ms. Austin served as the Compliance and Litigation Counsel for General Electric in Asia. In that role, she coordinated litigation, alternative dispute resolution proceedings, government and internal investigations, and compliance matters for the GE businesses throughout the region.
Before moving to Hong Kong in 2001, Ms. Austin practiced in Washington, DC, representing individuals and entities in a wide variety of criminal and civil matters in federal and state courts around the United States. Her practice focused on government investigations, including a host of Congressional and Independent Counsel investigations. She also served as general counsel to non-profit organizations, providing guidance on a variety of legal, regulatory, and strategic matters, and regularly counseled individuals on government ethics and regulatory issues.
From 1993 to 1994, Ms. Austin served as a law clerk for The Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr., Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In 2000, she served as Special Counsel to the Executive Office of the President, representing the White House in federal litigation.
Ms. Austin graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and received her law degree from Georgetown University. She is a member of the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice in a variety of district and appellate courts in the United States. She is also admitted to practice in Hong Kong.
Ms. Austin is ranked as a leading lawyer (top-tier) in the category “Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption: China” by Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 and Chambers Global 2018; is ranked in Tier 1 for “Regulatory: Anti-Corruption and Compliance: Hong Kong” by Asia Pacific Legal 500 2019; is ranked as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2019; was named one of the “World’s Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers” by Euromoney’s Expert Guide 2018; was awarded “The Mentor Award of the Year for Advancement of Women in Compliance” by C5 at its annual Women in Compliance Awards 2018; is ranked as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2018; was named one of the “World’s Leading Women in Business Law” in the category “White Collar: Hong Kong” by Expert Guides 2017; and was named by The Asian Lawyer as the Regulatory / Compliance Lawyer of the Year for 2016.
Lucinda Low's practice includes representing audit committees, boards of directors, and companies in internal, government, and international financial institution audits, investigations, and enforcement matters involving fraud, bribery, corruption, and other compliance issues. Lucinda is recognized by Chambers market commentators for her "incredible technical proficiency, spectacular advocacy skills, and cultural know-how." She has particular authority in matters involving the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, and other international business compliance issues. According to Chambers, clients concur that Lucinda is "very impressive" and credit her with "an attention to detail that is second to none."
In the FCPA/anti-corruption realm, Lucinda helps clients develop and implement customized compliance programs tailored to their business risks that meet regulatory expectations, assists with due diligence in M&A and other transactions, provides risk-mitigation and risk assessment strategy, conducts internal investigations, and defends clients in government investigation and enforcement matters, including multijurisdictional investigations. She also has significant experience in investment disputes between foreign investors and host governments, and commercial arbitration, including serving as counsel, arbitrator, and an expert witness.
Lucinda is the firm's International Practice Leader, overseeing its foreign offices and initiatives, and heads the firm’s FCPA/anti-corruption practice. She also co-heads the firm’s World Bank/IFI practice, which focuses on representing contractors and consultants around the world participating in IFI-financed projects in audits, investigations, sanctions proceedings, settlements, and post-sanction matters. She has served multiple terms on the firm’s Executive Committee and in other key management roles. Lucinda's FCPA/anti-corruption experience is world-wide, with a particular emphasis on developing countries.
Lucinda is the Acting Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Integrity (formerly known as Transparency International – USA), and also a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Public International Law. She is a former president of the American Society of International Law and a former chair of the ABA Section of International Law. She was the 2003 recipient of the William Ray Vallance Award presented by the Inter-American Bar Foundation, presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution toward improving the law and jurisprudence of the Western Hemisphere.
She has been a public member of U.S. delegations to the OECD Working Group on Bribery and of delegations organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. She has testified before Congress on ratification of anti-corruption treaties and related topics.
Lucinda is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and has lived in Brazil on two separate occasions.
Nathaniel Edmonds serves as the Chair of the firm’s litigation practice in Washington, D.C., which houses over 100 lawyers handling a variety of litigation matters, including internal corporate investigations, white collar criminal defense, anti-corruption compliance, sanctions and export controls, data privacy and cyber security, intellectual property and patent litigation, international arbitration, and antitrust counseling. Mr. Edmonds focuses on global internal investigations, specializing in anti-corruption matters and the challenges arising from multi-jurisdictional investigations into complex economic crime. As a former Assistant Chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit of the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Mr. Edmonds assisted in the supervision of all FCPA cases in the United States and was one of the principal drafters of the first edition of A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, published in November 2012 by the DOJ and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which has been updated in July 2020 and is available at http://www.justice.gov/criminal-fraud/fcpa-resource-guide. Mr. Edmonds also specializes in anti-corruption compliance risk assessments and due diligence, as well as developing and overseeing compliance programs. During his nearly ten years as a federal white collar prosecutor, Mr. Edmonds handled numerous complex economic criminal investigations and jury trials, including the FCPA and export control-related conviction of a major aerospace and defense contractor, the fraud and domestic corruption matters associated with lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and various accounting and securities fraud matters. During his tenure at the Department of Justice, Mr. Edmonds worked with prosecutors, law enforcement and regulators from six continents on corruption matters, including as a U.S. Delegate to the OECD’s Working Group on Bribery, with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office and as a member of the U.S.-China Joint Liaison Group’s Anti-Corruption Working Group.
Neil Smith is a partner in the firm’s Boston office, where he is member of the Investigations, Enforcement and White collar practice group. His practice focuses on government investigations, securities enforcement, internal investigations, financial regulatory enforcement, and white collar defense. In particular, he has extensive experience conducting global investigations involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws.
Mr. Smith represents corporations and individuals in a wide range of criminal and civil matters, including investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state criminal and civil regulatory authorities. His practice also involves counseling clients on best practices and risk mitigation strategies in securities regulation, anti-corruption policies, and FCPA compliance.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Smith served as senior counsel in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for more than six years, where he was a member of the SEC’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act specialized unit. He is a recognized expert in FCPA enforcement and a frequent speaker at industry conferences. His experience includes extensive collaboration with U.S. and foreign criminal and regulatory authorities in complex, cross-border investigations. While at the SEC, Mr. Smith also had extensive experience investigating financial services firms and other companies for violations including securities fraud, investor misrepresentations, and marketing violations. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Ferdinand Pecora Award for tenacity, creativity and efficiency under difficult circumstances, and the Director of Enforcement Award for outstanding service in 2016.
Mr. Smith earned his J.D. summa cum laude from Boston College Law School and B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Pedro A. Medrano is an Assistant General Counsel in the Legal Department of Warner Media, LLC (“WarnerMedia”). In this role, Mr. Medrano helps oversee the compliance function at WarnerMedia and its Divisions (HBO, Turner, Warner Bros., and Otter Media), as well as manages litigations and regulatory matters.
Prior to joining WarnerMedia, Mr. Medrano served as Senior Counsel, Managing Director in the Enforcement and Investigations Division of the Legal Department of The Bank of New York Mellon, where he was responsible for conducting internal investigations regarding significant legal, regulatory, and criminal matters, as well as responding to non-routine regulatory inquiries from various governmental and regulatory bodies. While at BNY Mellon, Mr. Medrano handled BNY Mellon’s response to the SEC’s industry-wide FCPA probe of financial firms’ interactions with sovereign wealth funds.
Mr. Medrano began his legal career at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. During his tenure at WilmerHale, Mr. Medrano represented clients in white-collar criminal matters, internal investigations, and securities enforcement matters. He also counseled clients in numerous industries on a variety of challenging anti-corruption concerns, including due diligence in cross-border mergers and acquisitions; performed internal anti-corruption compliance risk assessments; advised clients in developing effective global anti-corruption compliance programs and policies; and conducted anti-corruption training.
Mr. Medrano is also a member of the Board of Directors of the City Bar Fund, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) arm of the New York City Bar Association. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve.
Richard Levick, Esq. is Chairman & CEO of LEVICK, representing countries and companies in the highest-stakes global communications matters – the Venezuelan crisis; Qatar; the Chinese trade war; the Gulf oil spill; Guantanamo Bay, the Catholic Church and many others.
Mr. Levick was honored multiple times on the prestigious list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the Boardroom” and has been named to multiple professional Halls of Fame for lifetime achievement.
He is the co-author of four books and is a regular commentator on television and in print. Mr. Levick speaks all over the world; at West Point, The Army War College and teaches at Fordham Law School.
Richard N. Dean is the Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie LLP.
Mr. Dean specializes in the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related legislation, including U.S. money laundering laws and their application to the activities of U.S. companies in emerging markets. He advises on the structuring of foreign investment transactions to comply with U.S. laws; supervises the conduct of internal investigations and audits to determine compliance with laws and regulations, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; and advises senior management and corporate audit committees on the consequences of such investigations and audits, including the development of appropriate defenses, disclosures, disciplinary actions and compliance policies. His practice includes representing multinational companies before the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with FCPA and related matters.
Mr. Dean has conducted investigations into possible FCPA violations in a variety of high risk emerging markets, such as Russia, Ukraine and other CIS countries, West Africa, the Middle East, China, India, South America and Indonesia and has advised multinational companies on structuring transactions with distributors, dealers, joint venture partners and charitable institutions.
Richard W. Grime is a litigation partner in the Washington office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, DC office and a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group.
Richard’s practice focuses on representing companies and individuals facing government investigations relating to accounting fraud, corruption, and securities fraud. Richard also advises on compliance and corporate governance matters.
Richard spent over nine years in the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. handling a full range of enforcement matters relating to FCPA, insider trading, and accounting fraud.
Sean Hecker is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, complex civil litigation, and regulatory compliance.
Sean’s practice includes representing employees, officers, directors and corporations across various industries in grand jury and regulatory investigations, including those conducted by the DOJ, SEC, CFTC, FTC, IRS and federal and state banking regulators and state law enforcement agencies. He represents individuals on matters concerning alleged securities and commodities fraud, corruption (including the FCPA), accounting fraud, money laundering, tax fraud, and antitrust violations. He has tried numerous cases to juries in federal and state court. He also regularly advises clients on various legal and compliance issues.
Sean is nationally recognized as a go-to lawyer for corruption and other white-collar criminal defense matters. The Legal 500 US rated Sean as a leading lawyer in corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense, describing him as “thoughtful, commercial, and very experienced.” Chambers USA recognized him as one of the leading lawyers for FCPA matters and white-collar crime and government investigation matters, describing Sean as a “terrific,” “pragmatic and down-to-earth” lawyer. Clients note that “Sean is an excellent partner and a pleasure to work with. He is extremely knowledgeable about the law and applies it in a very practical way.”
Sean is a member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel in the Southern District of New York, where he represents indigent federal criminal defendants. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the Office of the Appellate Defender and of the Board of the Federal Defenders of New York, Inc., and is the Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on Mass Incarceration. He also serves as Treasurer on the board of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers.
Prior to joining Kaplan Hecker & Fink Sean was a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP and a trial lawyer with the Federal Defenders of New York. As a Federal Defender, Sean defended individuals charged in the Southern District of New York with a wide range of federal offenses and handled numerous trials and hearings. Sean was a law clerk for the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, from 1998 to 1999, and for the Honorable Sidney H. Stein, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York from 1997 to 1998.
Sean received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1997, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was the Senior Note Editor of the Law Review. He received a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1994. He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College in 1992.
Susan Ringler joined Alcoa in June 2013 as Vice President and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer. In this function, Sue leads Alcoa's global ethics and compliance programs and ensures alignment to Alcoa's Values as well as compliance with applicable regulations. She oversees Alcoa’s Anti-Corruption and Trade Compliance Programs.
Prior to joining Alcoa, she was a Deputy General Counsel at Xylem Inc., a global water technology company that was spun off from ITT Corporation in 2011. She is the former Sr. Counsel for International Compliance at ITT, where she where she created and implemented its first global anti-corruption program.
Earlier in her career, Sue served as General Counsel under Chairman Paul Volcker of the Independent Inquiry Committee investigating the United Nations Oil for Food Programme, a large international corruption investigation spanning six continents. She also investigated fraud and corruption in World Bank-financed projects, and worked on developing best practices for investigations. As part of her work with the American Bar Association's Central and East European Law Initiative, Sue developed and managed criminal justice reform assistance and training programs in Russia and the former Soviet Republics. From 1985-1998, Sue served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, where she worked in the White Collar Fraud Group prosecuting complex federal fraud and corruption cases.
Sue earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C., where she was a member of the Law Review. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Government from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.
Sue is a member of the board of directors of the CEELI Institute in the Czech Republic, a global institution dedicated to enhancing the rule of law by providing legal education to lawyers, judges, prosecutors and other reformers worldwide; a member of the Sanctions Board for the African Development Bank; serves on the American Conference Institute's Global Anti-Corruption Advisory Board; and is a member of the Franklin & Marshall College Leadership Council.
Ms. Wang heads the firm’ s complex disputes and investigations in beijing. She focuses her practice on various kinds of dispute resolution matters, through commercial litigation, arbitration and negotiation. She also has substantial experience with cross- border investigations and compliance, particularly in connection with anti- corruption, state secrecy and data privacy protection, and fraud.
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS AND CASES
Commercial Dispute Resolution
Ms. Wang used to work with a major international law firm and focuses her practice on various kinds of dispute resolution matters. She has extensive experience in successfully representing foreign corporations and their China entities in resolving their disputes through negotiations, arbitration or litigation. She also has substantial cross-border experience with investigations and compliance, particularly in connection with state secrecy and data privacy protection, anti-corruption and fraud. In particular, she has advised some of the most high- profile cases in China with respect to PRC information compliance.
Ms. Wang is a native Mandarin speaker and is fluent in English.
A partner in the Litigation Department, David Brown focuses his practice primarily on white collar criminal matters, regulatory investigations, and securities and intellectual property litigation.
David also maintains an active pro bono practice. Recently, he has represented Success Academy Charter Schools in cases where plaintiffs sought to prevent the co-location of charter schools in school buildings owned by the New York City Department of Education. Recently, David was named to The National Law Journal’s inaugural Minority “40 Under 40” list as well as the Crain's New York Business “40 Under 40” list. David currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Harlem Link Charter School, and on the Board of Directors of the Council of Urban Professionals. David served as a notes editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
General Commercial Litigation
White Collar Crime & Regulatory Defense
J.D., Harvard Law School, 2000 cum laude
A.B., Harvard University, 1997 magna cum laude
Hon. Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
Cheryl Scarboro, formerly an Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and the first Chief of the SEC’s FCPA Unit, is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a member of the Firm’s Government and Internal Investigations Practice. She represents corporations, financial institutions and individuals in government investigations and other regulatory enforcement proceedings. Cheryl handles sensitive internal investigations on behalf of management, boards, and special committees, and routinely counsels clients on compliance programs, SEC reporting, disclosure and corporate governance requirements.
Selected representations include:
She is recognized as one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law” by Law360, and is consistently listed in the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation where market commentators describe her “huge place in the FCPA world”; “She was the leader of the SEC in the FCPA field and brings a wealth of experience to the table.” Cheryl was also recently named to Savoy Magazine’s “2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers” list. In addition, Cheryl was named to the “Enforcement 40” by the Securities Enforcement Forum, she is consistently recommended by The Legal 500 in white collar, and was named a National and Washington, D.C. “Litigation Star” by Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation in white collar.
She earned her J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1989 and her B.A. from University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1986.
Daniel S. Kahn is Senior Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section. In that capacity, Mr. Kahn manages the day-to-day operations of the Fraud Section, and directly oversees all criminal investigations and prosecutions undertaken by the Section. Prior to becoming Senior Deputy Chief, Mr. Kahn was the Chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Unit of the Fraud Section from March 2016 through July 2019. Mr. Kahn joined the Fraud Section in 2010 and was an Assistant Chief of the FCPA Unit from 2013 to March 2016. Mr. Kahn earned the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service for his work on the Alstom case, and the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for his part in prosecuting a bribery scheme involving the state-owned and state-controlled telecommunications company in Haiti. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Kahn spent six years at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Mr. Kahn was twice selected by the New York Police Department Executive Development Division to present on the prevention of wrongful convictions. He also assisted the New York Justice Task Force in investigating wrongful convictions. Mr. Kahn graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University and cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Kara Novaco Brockmeyer is a litigation partner based in the firm’s Washington D.C. office. She is a member of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense and Strategic Crisis Response and Solutions Groups, where her practice focuses on representing companies and individuals in anti-corruption, fraud and related government investigations and internal investigations, as well as advising on deal due diligence and compliance matters. Ms. Brockmeyer is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA (2020) where she is praised for her “enviable experience in major anticorruption investigations” and “expertise counseling clients on FCPA compliance programs.” Ms. Brockmeyer is also recommended by The Legal 500 US (2020).
Prior to joining Debevoise in 2017, Ms. Brockmeyer served as the Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit and directed a nationwide team of attorneys and forensic accountants investigating violations of the FCPA. During her tenure as chief of the unit, she oversaw many of the agency’s largest and most complex FCPA investigations. She was also one of the principal authors of the SEC-DOJ Resource Guide to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which is widely considered the definitive government-issued guide on the FCPA.
Over a seventeen-year career at the SEC, including five years as an assistant director, Ms. Brockmeyer led and personally conducted major investigations in all areas of SEC enforcement, including financial reporting, broker-dealer and investment adviser violations, and insider trading. She was also the founder and co-head of the division’s Cross-Border Working Group, an interdisciplinary group focused on addressing accounting fraud by companies based overseas.
Ms. Brockmeyer earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, where she was also note editor of the Michigan Law Review. She received her B.A. from Williams College, cum laude.
Ms. Kennedy is the Senior Vice President for Ethics and Compliance at SAIC, and reports to the CEO and the Board of Directors. She has 33 years of experience in the compliance field, 21 of which have been in private practice in large national law firms and 12 of which have been in multinational Fortune 500 companies. She has extensive experience designing and implementing compliance programs in highly regulated industries in accordance with the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act and a range of other laws and regulations. She also has experience managing Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) programs.
Prior to joining SAIC in 2005, she was the Vice President for Global Compliance at Honeywell International Inc., where she reported to the General Counsel and was responsible for implementing compliance programs in international trade, government contracts and a number of other regulated areas. She uses technology to automate controls and institutionalize procedures to ensure consistent, effective and efficient operations throughout the enterprise. She has specific experience in the following:
Ms. Kennedy has lectured extensively on best practices in compliance programs in regulated industries. She is a two-time Chair of the Working Group of the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct (DII), serving 2014-2016 and 2008-2010. She is also an active member of the International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC). She attended Cornell Law School (J.D., 1979) and Oberlin College (B.A., 1976, Phi Beta Kappa), and is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia, Virginia and Massachusetts.
Sulaksh is a partner in PwC's Forensic Services Practice in Washington D.C. and the co-leader of their Investigations practice.
Sulaksh has approximately 16 years of public accounting experience. His practice focusses on anti-corruption/FCPA matters, including internal investigations, compliance programs, and due diligence. Sulaksh has represented clients before the United States Department of Justice as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Sulaksh has worked on anti-corruption/FCPA matters in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. In particular, he has anti-corruption/FCPA experience in pharmaceutical/medical products, manufacturing, industrial products, retail and consumer, hospitality, and the oil and gas industry.
He frequently speaks on anti-corruption/FCPA topics and has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences, including American Conference Institute events. Sulaksh has instructed at various universities, including but not limited to Georgetown Law School, University of Virginia, University of Missouri, and DePaul University.
From 1998 through 2001, Sulaksh assisted the Kuwait Public Authority for Assessment of Compensation for Damages Resulting from Iraqi Aggression (PAAC) in preparing claims for the Government of Kuwait, which arose from the Iraqi invasion, totaling to USD 131 billion for submission to the United Nations Compensation Commission.
Sulaksh is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Illinois and Virginia. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). Sulaksh is a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Mumbai, India. He is also an associate (non-lawyer) member of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice and International Law sections.
Sulaksh is also a Board Member of MATHCOUNTS, a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory.
James J. Benjamin Jr. is a leader of Akin Gump’s white-collar defense and global investigations practice group. He represents banks, public companies, private investment funds, broker-dealers, and proprietary trading firms—as well as their key executives and traders—in investigations and enforcement proceedings arising under the federal securities and commodities laws.
Jim is described by Chambers USA as a “truly outstanding” lawyer who is “smart, hard-working, compassionate, and creative” and is “sought out by clients for his ‘strong and calming influence.’” According to Chambers, Jim “draws widespread acclaim” and is "just superb - a wonderful lawyer with terrific strategic judgment and a wonderful bedside manner.”
He represents companies and individuals in complex, high-pressure investigations and enforcement proceedings related to insider trading; anti-bribery and FCPA; improper accounting and disclosure; market manipulation, disruptive trading, and other violations; anti-money laundering and the Bank Secrecy Act; and anticompetition.
Jim is a graduate of Dartmouth College, magna cum laude, and the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as the Research and Projects Editor of the Virginia Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Judge J. Frederick Motz in the District of Maryland and Justices Lewis F. Powell, Jr. and John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Before joining Akin Gump in 2001, Jim served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, including as deputy chief appellate attorney and as a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force.
Joseph Azam is Senior Vice President & Global Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer at Infor, where he heads global compliance and oversees internal investigations. Prior to his role with Infor, Joe was Group Chief Compliance Officer at News Corp in New York. Prior to that, Joe served as SVP & Associate General Counsel, Global Anti-Bribery at London-based HSBC has held similar in-house positions at Accenture and Oracle. Joe’s compliance counseling and investigations engagements have included in-country work throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He began his practice at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. Joe is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he serves on the Board of Governors, and holds an M.A. and B.A. from New York University. He has been a contributor for MTV News, Ethisphere Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle the LA Times, and Lucky Peach Magazine.
Kimberly A. Parker is a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington. Ms. Parker co-leads the firm’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Anti-Corruption Practice. She has represented companies and individuals in a variety of FCPA enforcement matters, including defense company Armor Holdings in its July 2011 FCPA settlement involving conduct related to the United Nations, oil driller Helmerich & Payne in its July 2009 FCPA involving payments to customs officials in Argentina and Venezuela, and the Titan Corporation in its landmark 2005 FCPA case. She has conducted internal investigations in the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. She regularly counsels clients on FCPA compliance, assists in developing and conducting FCPA training and compliance programs, and conducts anti-corruption due diligence and risk assessments. In addition to co-authoring several articles on the FCPA, Ms. Parker is a co-author, with Roger M. Witten, Jay Holtmeier, and Erin Sloane of the firm’s New York office, of a leading treatise in the field, Complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Ms. Parker is ranked for FCPA work in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business.
Patricia M. Byrne (“Trish”) is the VP & Associate General Counsel for International Compliance at BAE Systems, Inc., the wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, a global defense contractor.
Trish’s responsibilities include oversight of the Company’s anticorruption program and the International Trade team. Her work involves advice and guidance on international business, conducting due diligence on third party business partners, policy administration, training on FCPA and anticorruption laws, FCPA focused merger and acquisition diligence, Offsets compliance, and export controls. She manages a team of twelve people across the two functions. In 2018 her Anticorruption team was awarded the ACC Global Counsel regulatory practice Team of the Year.
Trish joined BAE Systems, Inc. as Counsel for International and Domestic Compliance in 2008. Prior to joining BAE Systems, Inc., Trish was a Counsel at WilmerHale, in Washington D.C. where her work focused primarily on FCPA investigations, and on reviewing, creating, and implementing anti-corruption compliance programs for multinational companies.
Trish received her JD from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law in 1999, and she graduated with a BA(Hons I)/LLB from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand in 1996.
Thomas J. Koffer is the Global Head of Anti-Corruption & Economic Sanctions Compliance at Credit Suisse, where he oversees Credit Suisse’s enterprise-wide compliance program addressing the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act 2010, and other similar anti-corruption laws. He also oversees compliance with economic and trade sanctions laws administered by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control and other international regulators. Previously, Thomas served as counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, and as a law clerk for judges on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before earning a law degree, Thomas investigated political corruption matters at the New York County District Attorney’s Office. He also previously served with the U.S. Vice President’s Domestic Policy Office.
John Griffith is Associate General Counsel in the Office of Global Compliance at Weatherford, a publically-traded, multi-national company in the oilfield services industry. John heads the Investigations Group responsible for internal investigations and ethics and compliance reviews designed to evaluate and mitigate FCPA exposure in high-risk markets throughout the world. Previously, John was a DOJ prosecutor for 20 years, as an Assistant United States Attorney and as a Sr. Trial Attorney, handling numerous white-collar criminal prosecutions.
Kim Nemirow is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s Chicago and Hong Kong office. She has extensive experience advising multinational organizations and individuals in a wide variety of U.S. DOJ and SEC investigations, internal investigations, and compliance matters. As a Chambers-ranked expert and Ropes & Gray’s first government enforcement partner resident in Hong Kong, Kim is widely recognized as having particular expertise advising clients on anti-corruption and other investigations arising out of conduct in China and throughout Asia.
Kim has led many investigations for private equity, pharmaceutical, medical device, technology and other clients into potential violations of the FCPA, securities laws, and various health care fraud statutes. She is also regularly called upon by clients to advise regarding anti-corruption, sanctions and anti-money laundering risk assessments and due diligence matters throughout Asia, and to conduct compliance trainings of personnel around the world.
Rob deButts is a Vice President in the Goldman, Sachs & Co. Financial Crime Compliance group, engaged principally on anti-bribery matters. He also has worked in the firm’s Business Intelligence Group. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he practiced law in the corporate, banking and business department at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., most recently as senior counsel. Rob earned a B.A. in History from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.
William Stuckwisch is a partner in Kirkland’s Washington, D.C. office. Bill focuses his practice on government and internal investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement and compliance matters, and white collar criminal defense.
Prior to joining Kirkland, Bill served as a federal prosecutor for eight years in several positions in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. As Assistant Chief in the Fraud Section’s FCPA Unit for two years, he supervised approximately half of the department’s FCPA matters, as well as assisted in the development and implementation of FCPA enforcement policy, strategy and initiatives. Previously, Bill served as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General and as a senior trial attorney in the Fraud Section. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Bill was with O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Washington, D.C.
He has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; a leading investigations lawyer by Global Investigations Review; and in The Legal 500 U.S.
Prior to joining MasterCard in 2014, Karen served as senior vice president and chief compliance officer for Visa Inc. where she was responsible for the development and execution of the enterprise-wide ethics and compliance system when the company went public in 2008. Karen also served as vice president of the Office of Business Conduct at Alcatel-Lucent from 2006 to 2008 after the company merged with Lucent Technologies where she served as the vice president of Corporate Compliance and held the role of vice president of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities in parallel with the compliance position from 2004 to 2006. Prior to this role, Karen was the head of Global Quality and held various leadership positions in supply chain management from 1996 to 2003. Prior to Lucent's IPO in 1996, Karen worked at AT&T moving through roles of increasing responsibility in engineering, project management and customer satisfaction.
Karen earned her Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Mr. Rowsey is the Chief Executive Officer of Compatriot Capital, Inc., a real estate investment company based in Dallas, Texas. Prior to joining Compatriot, he was a founder and the managing partner of E2M Partners, LLC, a sponsor and manager of private real estate equity funds, and an affiliate of Compatriot. Mr. Rowsey continues to serve as Chairman of E2M. He previously served as a member of the Board of Trust Managers of Crescent Real Estate Equities Company, a real estate investment trust, and as currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee of Ensco plc, (NYSE: ESV), an international offshore oil field service and drilling company based in London. Mr. Rowsey is a member of the Board of Directors of Powdr Corporation, one of the largest alpine resort and outdoor sports companies in the United States, KDC Holdings, a national real estate investment and commercial development firm, Village Green Holding, a multi-family housing management and investment firm, JLB Partners, a national multi-family development and construction firm, and Amicus Investors, an investment firm focused on higher education infrastructure. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Highland Park Independent School District and is past Chairman of The Real Estate Council. Mr. Rowsey is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University and a cum laude graduate of the Southern Methodist University School of Law.