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Cross-Border Investigations: Evolving Challenges and Risks


Speaker(s): Brian K. O'Bleness, Matthew A. Lafferman
Recorded on: Mar. 31, 2021
PLI Program #: 321498

Matthew Lafferman is a managing associate based out of the Washington, D.C. office of Dentons US LLP and a member of the firm’s White Collar and Government Investigations practice group.

Matt has substantial experience representing companies and individuals in investigations by U.S. government agencies—including the US Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission—into range of legal matters, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, securities fraud, and US sanctions laws. In these representations, he has advised clients on collateral issues that often arise in cross-border matters, such as data privacy laws, the Stored Communication Act and the related CLOUD Act, and the use of ephemeral and end-to-end encryption messaging applications. Matt’s experience also covers a variety of other areas, including criminal defense and civil litigation, in addition to congressional investigations.

Prior to joining Dentons, Matt served as a judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.


Brian O'Bleness is a member of Dentons' White Collar and Government Investigations practice, focusing on global internal investigations and defending clients against government enforcement actions. He assists companies with identifying global legal risks and mitigating those risks. Brian also has deep experience in legal issues facing the pharmaceutical industry, particularly competition and antitrust. He combines his industry knowledge—as a lawyer, a former sales representative and a former hospital pharmacy technician—with considerable experience in litigation, investigation, defense and counseling.