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White Collar Crime 2018: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak


Speaker(s): Alicyn Cooley, Alixandra Smith, Andrea M. Griswold, Angela T. Burgess, Dani R. James, Helen V. Cantwell, Hon. Richard J. Sullivan, Ian McGinley, James J. Benjamin, Jr., James M. McDonald, Jason Cowley, Katya Jestin, Keith D. Krakaur, Lara Shalov Mehraban, Lisa Zornberg, Marc P. Berger, Martine M. Beamon, Maureen F. Lewis, Nicolas Bourtin, Parvin Daphne Moyne, Robert A. Cohen, Sarah Coyne, Seth D. DuCharme, Steven R. Peikin, Susan E. Brune, Tai H. Park, Theresa Trzaskoma
Recorded on: Oct. 3, 2018
PLI Program #: 220650

Alicyn Cooley is a Deputy Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.  Alicyn leads and supervises investigations and prosecutions of securities fraud, investment adviser fraud, money laundering, tax crimes, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Among other significant white collar criminal matters, Alicyn has led investigations and prosecutions involving: a $1 billion hedge fund investment fraud and a related $95 million scheme to defraud holders of publicly traded bonds; multimillion-dollar market manipulation schemes involving the stock of publicly traded companies, including a 16-defendant, $147 million scheme targeting elderly investors nationwide; multimillion-dollar money laundering schemes involving the use of offshore and nominee bank and brokerage accounts; insider trading; and foreign corruption.  Before her appointment to the Business and Securities Fraud Section, Alicyn prosecuted and tried multiple cases involving organized and violent criminal enterprises, resulting in several defendants’ convictions of murder, racketeering, and firearm- and narcotics-related offenses.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office in August 2012, Alicyn was a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, and clerked for Judge Barrington D. Parker, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge John Gleeson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  Alicyn received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a Comments Editor of the Yale Law Journal.  She obtained her B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale University. 

Alicyn is also a co-author of the treatise Federal Criminal Practice: A Second Circuit Handbook.   


Alixandra Smith joined the United States Attorney’s Office in July 2012, and was appointed to the Business and Securities Fraud Section in December 2014.  She has investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of criminal matters against both individuals and entities, including fraud involving publicly-traded companies, market manipulation, insider trading, healthcare fraud, tax crimes, money laundering and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”).    

During her time in the Office, Alix has worked on significant white collar cases.  For example, Alix was the co-lead prosecutor on the case United States v. Martin Shkreli and Evan Greebel, in which a pharmaceutical executive and his attorney were charged with securities fraud, wire fraud conspiracy and securities fraud conspiracy in connection with four complex fraud schemes.  Both defendants were tried and convicted in separate trials lasting a combined total of 17 weeks in 2017.  Alix was also the lead prosecutor on the case United States v. AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group, in which a major pharmaceutical company paid a combined total of $885 million to resolve civil and criminal liability stemming from its distribution of misbranded oncology drugs; the criminal case was resolved with a $260 million penalty, and a subsidiary of the company pled guilty to a criminal violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act.

Alix has also worked on a number of FCPA matters.  She was part of the team that investigated and prosecuted Brazilian-based companies Odebrecht and Braskem, which resulted in the largest foreign bribery resolution in history.  In that case, both companies pled guilty to violations of the FCPA for their roles in a bribery scheme that involved payments of close to a billion dollars over a 15-year period to foreign government officials in Brazil and twelve other countries in order to obtain and retain business in those countries.  Alix has also prosecuted other recent FCPA cases, including a case involving Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd., a Singapore-based company that operates shipyards and repairs and upgrades shipping vessels, as well as its U.S.-based subsidiary, for bribes paid to Brazilian officials, resulting in a deferred prosecution agreement for Keppel Offshore, and a guilty plea by its U.S. subsidiary, and the payment of over $420 million in criminal fines to authorities in the United States, Brazil, and Singapore; and a case involving a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Credit Suisse for offering employment to friends and family of Chinese officials in exchange for winning business with Chinese state-owned entities, resulting in a non-prosecution agreement and the payment of $47 million in criminal penalties.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Alix was an associate in the White Collar and Investigations Practice at Jenner & Block, LLC, in New York; completed clerkships with the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Honorable Faith S. Hochberg, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; and was also an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP, in New York.  She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and cum laude from Harvard Law School.


Andrea M. Griswold has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York since 2013. Since April 2018, Ms. Griswold has been a member of the Public Corruption Unit. Ms. Griswold previously served for nearly three years as a senior Member of the Securities and Commodities Task Force and then as the Acting Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Unit. Ms. Griswold has investigated, prosecuted and supervised a variety of white collar cases including, among others, leading the investigation and indictment of three individuals for hacking prominent New York law firms in order to commit insider trading.  Ms. Griswold has also successfully prosecuted several securities fraud trials, including, most recently, the December 2017 conviction of Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, the CEO of a publicly traded company, and Omar Amanat, an entrepreneur, for market manipulation, accounting fraud, and investment advisor fraud. During that trial, Ms. Griswold uncovered and introduced evidence that one of the defendants had fabricated and introduced fake emails into evidence at the jury trial.

Ms. Griswold graduated cum laude from Georgetown University and earned her law degree from New York University in 2007. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Ms. Griswold began her legal career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she worked from 2007 to 2013, primarily on matters in the firm’s White Collar and Government Investigations group.


Dani R. James, co-chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations group of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, represents executives, directors and officers, and other individuals, as well as companies, in sensitive, complicated and often high-profile criminal and regulatory trials, investigations and other proceedings conducted by federal and state agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, among other agencies. A former federal prosecutor, Dani defends clients in a broad range of white collar criminal and regulatory matters, including allegations of insider trading, market manipulation, public corruption, bid-rigging, tax fraud and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

In addition to criminal matters, Dani handles complex civil litigation on behalf of corporations, directors and officers, and others, representing them in securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits and civil racketeering cases, as well as complex business disputes. She also conducts corporate internal investigations and provides counsel to audit committees and special litigation committees on compliance matters.

Dani’s most recent notable work includes the successful representation of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in federal and criminal investigations and a former Barclays banker in a civil fraud suit brought by the Department of Justice relating to mortgage-backed securities.

From 1999 to 2003, Dani served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, representing the United States as lead counsel in a wide variety of federal criminal cases involving securities fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, international narcotics trafficking, racketeering and violent offenses, as well as appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Dani served as assistant visiting professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she taught courses on criminal law and conducted extensive research on federal sentencing issues.


Helen V. Cantwell is a litigation partner with extensive trial experience. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement actions and internal investigations for a wide variety of corporations and financial institutions. In addition to advising clients on their responses to state and federal investigations, she also advises these clients on their compliance obligations.

Ms. Cantwell also has deep experience in conducting sensitive investigations involving allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment, dating back to her service as a prosecutor in the Manhattan DA’s Sex Crimes Unit.

Chambers USA (2018) recognizes Ms. Cantwell as a leading practitioner in white collar criminal defense and investigations matters. She is described as “incredibly bright and sharp” by fellow practitioners, who praise her ability to “get up to speed lightning fast.” Clients note that Ms. Cantwell is a “very confident advocate” and commend her “standout judgment and attention to detail.”

While much of Ms. Cantwell’s work is not public, some of her representative white collar and regulatory matters include:

  • Toyota Motor Corporation in connection with various state and federal investigations;
  • A leading fintech company in multiple matters, including the successful resolution of an anti-money laundering investigation by the DOJ;
  • A top national bank in an investigation by the DOJ, the District Attorney for New York County, and various banking regulators into allegations of money laundering;
  • A top national bank in an investigation by the DOJ into mortgage-related matters;
  • An individual in connection with an insider trading investigation;
  • A global insurer in inquiries conducted by the NY Department of Financial Services and NY Attorney General relating to alleged unlicensed sales of life insurance in New York;
  • A leading consulting firm in allegations investigated by the DOJ, which resulted in the exoneration of the firm;
  • Various bank executives in investigations related to LIBOR and other potential securities fraud by the SEC, CFTC and DOJ;
  • The Chief Risk Officer of a hedge fund in civil litigation and investigations relating to the Bernard L. Madoff matter;
  • Private equity clients in governmental investigations and litigations relating to fallout from the financial crisis and the collapse of MF Global;
  • Ongoing compliance advice to clients regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, various banking regulators, and anti-money laundering;
  • Current and former corporate executives in DOJ, SEC and CFTC investigations involving allegations of securities fraud, theft of trade secrets and other matters;

    Her sensitive investigations experience includes:

  • The Board of Directors of CBS Corporation in an investigation of sexual harassment allegations against the CEO, senior CBS News personnel, as well as allegations about the corporate culture;
  • The Board of the Cleveland Orchestra in an independent investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct by two musicians;
  • Syracuse University in investigations by the United States Attorney’s Office and the Special Committee of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees, which arose as a result of allegations of sexual abuse made against Bernie Fine, former Associate Head Coach of the University’s men’s basketball team.  These investigations ended without any charges being brought;
  • The National Football League in an investigation into allegation of workplace misconduct involving a team owner;
  • Save the Children, an international NGO, in an investigation of alleged improper conduct by a past employee; and
  • Multiple secondary schools in such investigations, including The Ramaz School, The Potomac School, and The Laurel School, among others.

    Her civil and trial experience includes:

  • Aleading insurance company in the successful settlement after jury selection of a securities litigation arising from its demutualization;
  • Metromedia International Group in a trial in Delaware Chancery Court (In re Appraisal of Metromedia); and
  • Syracuse University in a defamation suit arising out of comments made by the basketball coach during an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cantwell served for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. During her tenure in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and worked closely with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Ms. Cantwell joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2000, after four years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. She is a recipient of the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance as a Federal Prosecutor.

Before the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Cantwell spent a year working in Malaysia with the International Women’s Rights Action Watch, under a fellowship grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Ms. Cantwell joined Debevoise in 2008. She earned her J.D. cum laude in 1995 from Harvard Law School, where she was President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 1992.


Ian McGinley has been with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York since 2011 and has served as Chief of the Office’s Narcotics Unit since October 2017.  Prior to assuming that position, he served as a senior member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and of the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit.  Mr. McGinley has significant trial experience, including, among others, the convictions of four defendants, including two partners at Deerfield Management Company, a healthcare focused hedge fund, for stealing confidential government information and using it to engage in illegal trading; the conviction of Stefan Lumiere, a former portfolio manager at Visium Asset Management, for engaging in a multimillion dollar mismarking scheme; and the conviction of Abu Hamza al-Masri, a former terrorist leader operating as a cleric in London, for various terrorism related offenses

Mr. McGinley graduated from New York University School of Law in 2006, and began his legal career at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he worked from 2006 to 2009.  From 2009 to 2010, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 


Katya Jestin is co-chair of the firm’s Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice and counsels companies and executives in criminal, regulatory, and congressional investigations, including representing clients before the United States Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. She also conducts internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients, provides counsel to senior management on FCPA and other compliance issues, and served as counsel to the Examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy examination.

Ms. Jestin’s recent engagements have included:

  • Representing a global airline in connection with a Department of Justice fraud investigation resulting in a non-prosecution agreement.
  • Representing an international law firm in a government investigation resulting in no charges.
  • Served as part of the team representing General Motors in an investigation by the US Attorney’s Office of the S.D.N.Y, culminating in the resolution of the matter with a deferred prosecution agreement.
  • Representing an originator in a Department of Justice FIRREA investigation.
  • Serving as a national counsel to a group of consumer installment lenders and loan servicers facing civil litigation and regulatory enforcement actions throughout the country, including a first-of-its-kind lawsuit brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
  • Representing executives of global financial institutions in connection with multiple money laundering and OFAC investigations by banking regulators, the Department of Justice and the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Defending a hedge fund CFO in the Southern District of New York and before the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Representing executives before the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in a money laundering and terrorist financing investigation.
  • Defending financial institution executives in connection with a Department of Justice probe into municipal bond bid rigging practices.
  • Pro bono representation of indicted individuals in the S.D.N.Y., including obtaining a complete dismissal of all charges against one defendant.

Ms. Jestin joined Jenner & Block after serving as an Assistant United States Attorney and a supervisor in the Criminal Division of the Eastern District of New  York, where she was involved in investigations, prosecutions and trials involving fraud, money laundering, and other white collar offenses. She also successfully prosecuted the leadership of three of the five Las Cosa Nostra organized crime families. She was co-counsel in the RICO prosecution of Gambino boss Peter Gotti and 16 co-defendant for labor racketeering, fraud and corruption, resulting in the conviction of all defendants.


Keith D. Krakaur is head of the firm's European Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime Group. With over 30 years of experience, he represents corporations, their board committees, directors, officers and employees in criminal and regulatory investigations and at trial.

Mr. Krakaur has represented numerous institutions and individuals in cross-border investigations, including those relating to economic sanctions, corrupt practices, money laundering and tax fraud. He also has defended clients in matters involving allegations of accounting fraud, securities fraud, bank and insurance fraud, health care fraud, consumer fraud, customs fraud, public corruption and conflicts of interest. He assists boards of directors and management in conducting internal investigations, and often advises clients about preventive and remedial measures relating to compliance and internal controls.

Mr. Krakaur has argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, Ninth and Federal Circuits. He has spoken frequently before various bar associations and trade groups, including the American Bar Association's White Collar and International Law Sections, the Practising Law Institute, the American Law Institute, the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Banking Department and the Association of Life Insurance Counsel. He also has been a guest lecturer at the NYU School of Law and the Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris.

Mr. Krakaur is a former chair of the New York State Second Department Judicial Screening Committee and former member of the New York State Judicial Screening Committee (2007-2010). He is a former chair of the Executive Committee of the Lawyers Division of UJA-Federation of New York, and is a recipient of its James H. Fogelson Award.

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Mr. Krakaur conducted and supervised numerous grand jury investigations and trials. He focused on prosecuting individuals and companies for tax fraud, money laundering and public corruption.

Prior to relocating to London in 2016, Mr. Krakaur was based in Skadden's New York office. One of the top government enforcement and white collar crime lawyers in London and New York, he is recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers UK (previously recognized in Band 1 of Chambers USA). Mr. Krakaur also has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America; is listed in Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defense 2015, Euromoney's White Collar Crime Expert Guide 2016 and Who's Who Legal: Investigations 2017 and 2016; and was selected by Benchmark Litigation as a 2016 Benchmark Litigation Star.


Lisa Zornberg is the Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Ms. Zornberg first joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in 1998, where, over the next 13 years, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions, rising to supervisory ranks in each division.  From 2004 to 2005, she was Deputy Chief of Appeals in the Civil Division.  From 2011 to 2012, Ms. Zornberg was chief of the Complex Frauds Unit in the Criminal Division.  From 2012 to 2016, Ms. Zornberg was a partner at Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP, where she represented individuals and entities in white collar criminal, complex civil, and regulatory matters.

Ms. Zornberg graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1991 and cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1994.  Ms. Zornberg previously served as a law clerk to then United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York and now United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.


Marc P. Berger was named Director of the New York Regional Office in December 2017.  The New York office has responsibility for the largest concentration of SEC-registered financial institutions, including more than 4,000 investment banks, investment advisers, broker-dealers, mutual funds, and hedge funds.

Before serving at the Commission, Mr. Berger was global co-head of Ropes & Gray LLP’s Securities and Futures Enforcement Practice.  His practice focused on white-collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement, and internal investigations. 

From 2002 to 2014, Mr. Berger served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, including serving as Chief of that office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force.  In that role, he supervised the investigation and prosecution of some of the nation’s highest profile financial and investment fraud cases, including the largest crackdown on hedge fund insider trading in U.S. history.  As a prosecutor, Mr. Berger also personally investigated and tried a wide variety of cases involving securities and commodities fraud, as well as other crimes.

Mr. Berger earned his bachelor’s degree with distinction from Cornell University in 1996 and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1999.  Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard M. Berman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.


Maureen F. Lewis is the Co-Head of HSBC's Global Internal Investigations Group, which is responsible for the oversight and coordination of the highest risk government-facing and internal investigations across HSBC's four global lines of business (Global Banking and Markets, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking and Global Private Banking).  Prior to joining HSBC, Ms. Lewis was a member of Deutsche Bank's Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Group, working in both London and New York.  She previously spent more than seven years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement, where she ultimately served as an Assistant Regional Director in the Market Abuse Unit.  Before joining the SEC, Ms. Lewis worked as a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell.  She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and clerked for the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


Nicolas Bourtin is a litigation partner and the Managing Partner of Sullivan & Cromwell’s Criminal Defense and Investigations Group. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and internal investigations, regulatory enforcement matters, and securities and complex civil litigation. He is one of the coordinators of S&C’s FCPA and Anti-Corruption practice group.

Mr. Bourtin has represented individuals, corporations and financial institutions in numerous high-profile matters involving accounting fraud, antitrust, FIRREA, the FCPA, insider trading, money laundering, mortgage orientation and servicing, OFAC sanctions, securities fraud, tax fraud, and trading. He has extensive experience representing financial institutions in parallel regulatory and criminal investigations and representing non-U.S. companies and individuals in connection with U.S. investigations.

Mr. Bourtin has conducted numerous jury trials and has argued frequently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

He is frequently recognized as a leading practitioner in the area of white collar criminal defense.

Mr. Bourtin also serves, on a pro bono basis, on the Criminal Justice Act panel for the Eastern District of New York, representing indigent defendants in federal criminal proceedings.

Prior to joining S&C, Mr. Bourtin served for four years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where he was involved in investigations, prosecutions and trials involving fraud, corruption, money laundering and other white collar offenses.

In addition, Mr. Bourtin successfully prosecuted the bosses and senior leadership of three of the five New York City-based Italian mafia families for crimes such as murder, racketeering, extortion, loansharking and narcotics trafficking. In total, Mr. Bourtin convicted over 75 members and associates of La Cosa Nostra and was involved in several historic prosecutions, including the first death penalty-eligible murder indictments of Italian mafia bosses in modern history.

Mr. Bourtin also coordinated the Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s Office’s cooperation with the Italian government on matters involving organized crime and led several successful collaborative efforts with the Italian Ministry of Justice, National Antimafia Bureau, National Police, Carabinieri and Guardia di Finanza.


Parvin Daphne Moyne represents individuals and corporations in a wide variety of government and regulatory investigations, as well as in white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation matters.

Ms. Moyne has extensive experience representing corporations and their key executives in matters arising from allegations of securities and commodities fraud, such as market manipulation, insider trading, investment advisor fraud, accounting fraud, wire and mail fraud and tax fraud, and from allegations of public corruption, money laundering, mortgage fraud, and violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), consumer privacy statutes, and sanctions laws. Many of her clients are based outside of the United States. 

Prior to joining Akin Gump in 2015, Ms. Moyne had a nearly decade-long tenure as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York in the elite Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. During her tenure there, Ms. Moyne was lead counsel in more than 100 investigations and prosecutions, tried 10 federal criminal jury trials in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and briefed and argued more than 10 appeals before the 2nd Circuit. She also supervised junior prosecutors in four federal criminal trials. Additionally, she coordinated investigations and prosecutions with numerous law enforcement and regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, New York State Attorney General’s Office and the Manhattan and Bronx District Attorney’s Offices.

Prior to her tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Moyne was law clerk to the Honorable Dennis Jacobs, then the Chief Judge of the 2nd Circuit, for whom she drafted bench memoranda, judicial opinions and summary orders.

Ms. Moyne received her J.D. magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law, where she earned membership in the Order of the Coif and served as editor-in-chief of the New York University Law Review.


Robert A. Cohen is the first Chief of the SEC Division of Enforcement’s Cyber Unit, which was created in September 2017.  Mr. Cohen supervises investigations concerning cyber-related securities law violations, including initial coin offerings and other cryptocurrency-related conduct, hacking to obtain nonpublic information, brokerage account takeovers, and cyber-related market manipulations.

From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Cohen was Co-Chief of the SEC’s Market Abuse Unit.  Mr. Cohen supervised investigations of large-scale market conduct, including:  violations by national securities exchanges; the largest-ever penalty in a case involving a dark pool; manipulation cases involving fake SEC filings; and complex insider trading cases, including a case involving a government employee, a political intelligence consultant, and hedge fund analysts, and also a case involving a managing clerk of a national law firm whose tips were passed at Grand Central Terminal. 

Prior to joining the Commission in 2004, Mr. Cohen was in private practice and served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  He received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he served on the Law Review, and received a B.S. from Cornell University.   


Sarah Coyne is a partner in Weil’s Litigation Department and a member of the Firm’s global White Collar Defense, Regulatory and Investigations practice. She handles a wide range of civil and criminal white collar matters, as well as internal investigations, and has experience across industry sectors, with an emphasis on financial institutions.

Ms. Coyne is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where she was Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section. In 2018, she was featured by Global Investigations Review as one of the top 100 “Women in Investigations” worldwide. Since 2017, Ms. Coyne has been recognized nationally by Legal 500 for Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense, including as a “Next Generation” lawyer, and she is currently recognized as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation.

Prior to joining Weil, Ms. Coyne was a federal prosecutor for 14 years, first in the District of New Jersey, then moving to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, where she worked for 11 years. In these roles, Ms. Coyne prosecuted or supervised a number of high-profile matters, including those involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities and investment fraud, and off-label promotion in the healthcare space. She also tried 14 jury trials and argued seven successful appeals before the Second Circuit, and one before the Third Circuit. As Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section, Ms. Coyne supervised 15 prosecutors working on white collar criminal matters.

Recent notable experience includes representing:

  • US Ski & Snowboard sports association in connection with various congressional inquiries.
  • a major financial institution in connection with investigations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the SEC into a purported theft by a former employee of millions of dollars from client accounts.
  • a senior banker at a financial institution in connection with an SEC investigation into failed Puerto Rico municipal government bonds.
  • a New York police union in connection with an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York into alleged corruption in a county police force.
  • a global payment provider with respect to a U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation into allegations of overbilling and a related class action filed in the Eastern District of New York, as well as an internal investigation regarding alleged fraud by an employee accused of embezzlement.
  • an executive at a life sciences laboratory in connection with an investigation by the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York into allegations of improper Medicare billing.
  • a former executive at a life sciences laboratory in connection with an investigation by the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York into allegations of improper Medicare billing.
  • a global investment management firm with respect to an investigation brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey in connection with allegations of insider trading.
  • a former hedge fund founder with respect to an investigation by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York for securities fraud.
  • a foreign individual in connection with the investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York into the FIFA corruption scandal.
  • §numerous executives of financial institutions in securities fraud investigations.

Ms. Coyne is a frequent speaker on white collar and related topics such as the FCPA, and currently serves as a Lecturer of Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she teaches a course on white collar crime.

Upon graduating from law school, Ms. Coyne clerked for two years for the Hon. Maryanne Trump Barry, both at the District Court level and at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She earned her J.D. in 1998 from New York University School of Law, and received her B.A. from Georgetown University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1993.


Seth D. DuCharme supervises the investigations and prosecutions by the U.S. Attorney’s Office across a wide range of practice areas, which include corporate and securities fraud, terrorism, cybercrime, public corruption, international narcotics trafficking, civil rights violations, and violent and organized crime. Seth joined the Office in March 2008 and has served in the General Crimes, Violent Crimes and Terrorism, and National Security and Cybercrime Sections. Seth has held several senior supervisory positions with the Office prior to his current appointment, including Chief of the National Security and Cybercrime Section. He also has served as the Office’s National Security Cyber Specialist and representative on the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2018 EOUSA Director’s Award for his innovative work in developing an early engagement program to disrupt and redirect potential extremists. Before joining the Office, Seth served as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Brooklyn, clerked for the late Honorable Richard Owen in the Southern District of New York and was employed as an associate at the law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, LLP. Seth is a 2003 graduate of Fordham University School of Law, where he was selected as a Stein Scholar and also as an editor on the Fordham Law Review.  Seth received his B.A. from Hamilton College. 


Steven Peikin was named Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in June 2017.

Before serving at the Commission, Mr. Peikin was Managing Partner of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Criminal Defense and Investigations Group. His practice focused on white-collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement, and internal investigations.

From 1996 to 2004, Mr. Peikin served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. He was Chief of the Office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, where he supervised some of the nation’s highest profile prosecutions of accounting fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, and abuses in the foreign exchange market. As a prosecutor, Mr. Peikin also personally investigated and tried a wide variety of cases involving securities and commodities fraud, as well as other crimes.

Mr. Peikin received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a law degree from Harvard Law School, both magna cum laude. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Edward Lumbard, United States Circuit Judge, Second Circuit, and the Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr., United States District Judge, Southern District of New York.

Mr. Peikin is Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU Law School. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Center For Hearing and Communication, a non-profit health and human services agency that serves the deaf and hard of hearing.


Susan E. Brune has been consistently recognized for excellence in the practice of law.  Susan focuses her practice on white collar matters, helping individuals and entities through investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the SEC, FINRA and other criminal and regulatory bodies.

Susan has repeatedly warded off indictment and regulatory charges through sound strategic choices, meticulous preparation and forceful advocacy. When cases are brought, she is equally effective. A seasoned trial lawyer, she obtained the acquittal of a Bear Stearns hedge fund manager in a federal jury trial.

In 2010, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers conferred upon her the Hon. Thurgood S. Marshall Award for Outstanding Criminal Practitioner, an award conferred annually on one practitioner in New York.

After leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office and before founding Brune Law P.C., Susan founded and for 18 years led Brune & Richard LLP, a firm that The New York Times described as “a top-flight New York litigation boutique.”

Susan is a graduate of Harvard Law School.


Tai H. Park is co-founding partner of a boutique white collar law firm, Park Jensen Bennett LLP.  His practice focuses on white collar criminal and regulatory defense, related securities class action litigation and other complex litigation. Mr. Park served for ten years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he served in various positions, including Senior Trial Counsel in the Securities Fraud Unit and Chief of the Narcotics Unit.  During that time, he received multiple awards, including the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.  He then spent ten years as a Litigation Partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP, where he principally represented companies, including commercial and investment banks, three of the Big Four accounting firms, and investment funds and their advisers, in a wide variety of criminal, regulatory and civil matters.  In connection with this work, Mr. Park led  dozens of internal corporate investigations. Over the past nine years, at Park Jensen Bennett, Mr. Park’s white collar practice has focused more on representations of individual executives and employees of companies in investigations and trials.  Mr. Park is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. 


Theresa Trzaskoma is an experienced trial lawyer with more than two decades of experience representing clients in a wide variety of civil and white collar criminal matters. She defends individual and corporate clients in criminal investigations and prosecutions, and in proceedings before regulatory agencies, including the SEC, FINRA, and the CFTC. Her white collar cases have involved allegations of securities fraud, cryptocurrency fraud, corruption, money laundering, accounting fraud, insurance fraud, antitrust violations, OFAC violations, improper trading practices, embezzlement, insider trading, market manipulation and tax-related fraud. She has also conducted internal investigations on behalf of companies and municipalities.

Ms. Trzaskoma attended the Honors College at the University of Michigan and graduated with a degree in Classical Archaeology. She attended the University of Texas School of Law as a prestigious Townes-Rice Scholar, and received numerous academic awards, including being inducted into the Chancellors honors society. She served as Articles Editor on the Texas Law Review. She graduated from Texas with honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Thereafter, Ms. Trzaskoma clerked for the Honorable Stephen R. Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


As co-chair of Davis Polk’s Global Enforcement and Investigations Group, Angela Burgess’s practice focuses on representing companies as well as individuals in matters involving allegations of violations of anti-bribery laws, insider trading, money laundering, criminal tax fraud, antitrust, fraud and other financial crimes. She also routinely advises boards of directors, audit committees and companies on corporate governance and compliance matters, including designing strategies, policies and procedures to mitigate risk.

Ms. Burgess has built a reputation for representing companies in connection with some of the largest SEC and DOJ FCPA investigations in recent years, including Telia Company AB and Siemens.

Many of Ms. Burgess’s most successful matters have not resulted in public charges, though, and therefore remain confidential.

Ms. Burgess also serves, on a pro bono basis, as Counsel to the NY State Justice Task Force. 

Ms. Burgess received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Georgetown University.


Lara Shalov Mehraban is an Associate Director for Enforcement in the New York Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  She joined the SEC in 2007 and has served as an Assistant Regional Director, a member of the SEC’s Asset Management Unit, and a senior counsel.  Before joining the SEC, she was a litigation associate at for seven years, first at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and then at Stillman, Friedman & Shechtman, P.C.  Prior to her law firm practice, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael Daly Hawkins on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. from Duke University.


Ms. Beamon, a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department and a former federal prosecutor, has successfully represented individuals and institutions in their most critical situations.

Her matters have included grand jury, regulatory and independent investigations, representing companies, board of directors and individuals in connection with allegations of foreign corrupt practices, sexual misconduct, securities fraud, criminal tax violations, anti-money laundering and pharmaceutical marketing violations, among other areas. Her complex civil matters have involved allegations under the False Claims Act, consumer protection and whistleblower provisions, and other state and federal statutes. Ms. Beamon also has participated in a number of confidential internal investigations on behalf of clients and has advised corporations and boards of directors on matters of corporate governance and compliance.

Ms. Beamon served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, where she conducted numerous investigations and criminal trials. She received her J.D., summa cum laude, from University of Pittsburgh School of Law and her B.A., with honors, from University of Notre Dame.


James J. Benjamin Jr., a leader of Akin Gump’s securities enforcement and litigation practice group, represents institutional and individual clients in a wide variety of government and regulatory investigations and litigation. He has served as lead counsel in numerous internal investigations and has conducted numerous jury trials. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of white-collar crime and government investigations.  Before joining Akin Gump, Mr. Benjamin served for more than five years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he served as deputy chief appellate attorney and as a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. Mr. Benjamin previously served as a law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justices Lewis F. Powell Jr. and John Paul Stevens. He received his A.B. magna cum laude in 1987 from Dartmouth College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and he earned his J.D. with honors in 1990 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was the research and projects editor of the Virginia Law Review.


James McDonald joined the CFTC from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Earlier in his career, Mr. McDonald served as a law clerk to the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, and, before that, as a law clerk to the Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton, Jr., on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. A graduate of Harvard College and University of Virginia School of Law, Mr. McDonald previously served in the Office of White House Counsel under President George W. Bush, and he worked at the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. McDonald has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law, where he taught Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Foreign Relations Law, and Supreme Court Decision-making.


Jason Cowley has been with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York since 2011 and has served as Co-Chief of the Office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force since January 2017.  Prior to assuming that position, he served as Chief of the Office’s Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Unit.  Mr. Cowley has prosecuted a number of individuals and entities for a wide array of white-collar offenses including securities fraud, money laundering, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (“FCPA”), tax evasion and related violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.  As a prosecutor, Mr. Cowley has tried over a dozen federal criminal jury trials.


Richard J. Sullivan was sworn in as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York in August 2007.  Prior to becoming a judge, he served as the General Counsel and Managing Director of Marsh Inc., the world's leading risk management and insurance brokerage firm.  From 1994 to 2005, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was Chief of the International Narcotics Trafficking Unit and Director of the New York/New Jersey Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.  In 2003, he was awarded the Henry L. Stimson Medal from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  In 1998, he was named the Federal Law Enforcement Association’s Prosecutor of the Year.  Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he was a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York and a law clerk to the Honorable David M. Ebel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.  He is a graduate of Yale Law School, the College of William & Mary, and Chaminade High School on Long Island.  From 1986 to 1987, he served as a New York City Urban Fellow under New York City Police Commissioner Benjamin Ward.  Judge Sullivan is on the executive board of the New York American Inn of Court and the Center for Law and Religion at St. John’s University School of Law.  He is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches courses on sentencing and jurisprudence, and he previously served as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where he taught courses on white collar crime and trial advocacy and was named Adjunct Professor of the Year.