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David Peet

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David Peet is an associate at the firm’s Research Triangle Park office, where he is a member of the investigations, enforcement, and white-collar practice group. His practice focuses on government investigations, securities enforcement, internal investigations, and white-collar defense. In particular, he has extensive experience conducting cross-border investigations involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption laws in Latin America, Asia, and Europe.

Mr. Peet counsels corporations and individuals across a variety of industries in a wide range of criminal and civil matters, including investigations conducted by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), as well as other federal and state criminal and civil regulatory authorities in the United States and abroad. He is also well-versed in the function and impact of post-settlement compliance obligations through his experience both in support of a government-appointed Independent Compliance Monitor following an FCPA settlement and in representing a multinational medical device company during the fulfillment of its monitorship obligations.

Among his recent successes, Mr. Peet led an internal investigation into allegations of bribery and improper promotion in Brazil and secured an SEC declination on behalf of a multinational biopharmaceutical company following a nearly five-year government inquiry.

A Spanish and Portuguese speaker with broad experience living and working in Latin America, Mr. Peet regularly publishes and advises clients regarding enforcement trends in the region. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, which includes assisting asylum-seekers in immigration proceedings.

Finally, Mr. Peet also has extensive experience representing and counseling universities, coaches, and other collegiate sports stakeholders in connection with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) investigations and compliance matters.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Peet served as an associate at an international law firm where he represented individuals, corporations, and institutional clients facing potential exposure under a variety of civil and criminal laws. He also regularly supervised anti-corruption due diligence efforts in the context of mergers and acquisitions, and provided proactive guidance to clients regarding how to address compliance problems when they arise.

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, Conducting an Internal Investigation, Seton Hall University Latin America Healthcare Compliance Certificate Program, Bogotá, Colombia (September 2019)
  • Presenter, Answering the Call: Student-Athlete Misconduct, Considerations for Coaches, and the Meaning of Culture, National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention, Houston, Texas (April 2016)

Additional Information

  • Co-Author, Mexico Moves Forward: Sweeping Anti-Corruption Regime, Presidential Apology, The FCPA Blog (August 30, 2016)
  • Co-Author, What Happens in Latin America No Longer Stays in Latin America, Law360 (November 30, 2015)

Investigations & Enforcement Experience
  • Secured SEC declination on behalf of US-based biopharmaceutical company following multiyear inquiry into company’s sales and promotional practices in Brazil.
  • Supported appointed Independent Compliance Monitor of a Brazilian multinational company in connection with three-year monitorship term that formed part of the company’s settlement with US and Brazilian authorities.
  • Represented multinational medical device client under corporate monitorship in connection with US authorities’ investigation of alleged FCPA violations in Mexico and Brazil.
  • Served as US counsel for a multinational oil and gas client in connection with a wide-ranging, cross-border corruption investigation in Brazil.
  • Conducted internal investigation of multinational pharmaceutical company’s operations in Colombia following complaints regarding noncompliance with adverse event reporting responsibilities.
  • Conducted more than 40 other internal and government-facing investigations for clients across a variety of industries allegations of various criminal and civil violations, including corruption, accounting fraud, and customs violations at clients’ affiliates in Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Honduras, Mexico, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Diligence, Risk Assessment & Compliance Program Development
  • Conducted wide-ranging, proactive compliance risk assessments for pharmaceutical company’s high-risk operations in China, Mexico, and the Middle East region.
  • Conducted diagnostic compliance assessments of pharmaceutical client’s international interactions with patient assistance organizations.
  • Led anti-corruption and compliance diligence efforts in connection with potential private equity acquisitions in Brazil and Colombia.
  • Led and coordinated anti-corruption and economic sanctions compliance program development projects and trainings for portfolio companies in Latin America and Europe affiliated with private equity clients.
  • Drafted and implemented compliance policies and procedures for clients across a variety of industries, including biopharmaceutical companies, professional sports leagues, and energy companies.
Collegiate Sports Experience
  • Negotiated successful admission of NCAA member institution into the Football Bowl Championship subdivision (FBS) as an independent member for first time in NCAA’s history.
  • Successfully assisted Division I and Division II collegiate institutions in navigating the academic eligibility waiver process under NCAA regulations.
  • Represented head football coach at NCAA Division I institution in connection with NCAA investigation into alleged recruiting violations.
  • Represented men’s basketball coaches at NCAA Division I institutions in connection with NCAA investigations into the alleged delivery of improper benefits to student-athletes and their families.
  • Advised the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) regarding governance matters and the potential impact of the Commission on College Basketball on day-to-day program operations and recruiting.
  • Advised multinational apparel company regarding the impact of NCAA regulations on proposed promotional campaign targeting high school student-athletes.