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Brian F. Saulnier

Brian Saulnier is a partner in the firm’s global investigations, enforcement and white collar practice group, resident in K&L Gates’ London and Pittsburgh offices. He is a US-qualified lawyer and a registered foreign lawyer with the Solicitors Regulation Authority in England and Wales.

Brian advises boards, audit committees, special committees, and management on investigation into and defense of bribery- and corruption-related matters, including with respect to voluntary disclosure. More specifically, his practice focuses on corruption-related matters and internal corporate investigations, including matters involving the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act of 2010. Brian has conducted internal investigations in the United States, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. In connection with this aspect of Brian’s practice, he conducts investigations into alleged corruption, fraud, and other misconduct. He represents clients in anti-corruption and fraud matters before the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as before various authorities outside of the US.

Brian counsels clients regarding anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance and best practices, including on how to develop and implement an effective anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance program, as well as with respect to how to address compliance problems when they arise.

Among his most notable successes, Brian led a team that conducted an internal investigation and secured a rare SEC non-prosecution agreement and DOJ declination to prosecute Nortek, Inc.

Brian is recognized in Chambers USA for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations in Pennsylvania (2020). He has also been named in Who's Who Legal: Investigations 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, as a leading practitioner in cross-border internal investigations and related advice and counseling.

  • Recognized in Chambers USA for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations in Pennsylvania, 2020
  • Named in Global Investigations Review (GIR) and Who's Who Legal for Investigations in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, and recognized in “Thought Leaders 2020,” as a leading practitioner in cross-border internal investigations and related advice and counseling.
  • International Bar Association
    • Anti-Corruption Committee
    • Business Crime Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • “Privilege in International Investigations,” Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association, London, England, September 13, 2018.
  • “Organisational Risk and Crisis Management; How prepared are you?,” ACC Europe, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 15, 2018.
  • “Organisational Risk and Crisis Management; How prepared are you?,” ACC Europe, Milan, Italy, February 1, 2018.
  • “Organisational Risk and Crisis Management; How prepared are you?,” ACC Europe, Zurich, Switzerland, November 9, 2017.
  • “Organisational Risk and Crisis Management; How prepared are you?,” ACC Europe, Geneva, Switzerland, November 8, 2017.
  • “Sapin II - Organisational Risk and Crisis Management,” K&L Gates LLP Webinar, June 15, 2017.
  • “Organisational Risk and Crisis Management; How prepared are you?,” ACC Europe, Madrid, Spain, April 5, 2017.
  • “Organisational Risk and Crisis Management; How prepared are you?,” ACC Europe, Lugano, Switzerland, March 22, 2017.
  • "Corporate Responses to Investigative Requests by the Federal Government", ACC Lunch & Learn Series, November 1, 2016.
  • "Best Practices for Mergers & Acquisitions FCPA Due Diligence and the FCPA Pilot Program", Association of Corporate Counsel, May 19, 2016.
  • C5 Global Anti-Corruption Regulatory & Enforcement Update for UAE, London, February 24, 2016.
  • Case Studies on "Recent High Profile Investigations: How They Will Affect Business Dealings in the Middle East", ACI 6th Middle East Summit on Anti-Corruption, Dubai, UAE, February 25-26, 2015.
  • "Middle East Update", ACI Global Anti-Corruption Regulatory and Enforcement Update, Washington, DC, November 20, 2014.
  • "Increased Legislative Activity in the UAE and Saudi Arabia: How to be Proactive amid Evolving Regulatory Changes", ACI Global Anti-Corruption Regulatory and Enforcement Update, Washington, DC, July 14, 2014.
  • "MENA Case Review: What High Profile Enforcement Investigations in the Region Reveal About What Your Anti-Corruption Compliance Program Needs to Accomplish", ACI 5th Middle East Summit on Anti-Corruption, Dubai, UAE, February 26-27, 2014.
  • "Screening and Vetting Agents, Consultants and Other Intermediaries: What Your Due Diligence Needs to Accomplish to Minimize Your Risks", ACI 4th Middle East Summit on Anti-Corruption, Dubai, UAE, February 25-26, 2013.
  • "Facilitating Payments, “Baksheesh,” and Small Bribes: How to Distinguish and Manage Them", ACI 1st Middle East Summit on Anti-Corruption, Dubai, UAE, October 2009.
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • "Madison Construction Co. v. Harleysville Mutual Insurance Co.: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Takes Its First Look at the Absolute Pollution Exclusion," Journal of Insurance Coverage, Winter 2000
Additional News & Event Pages
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