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White Collar Defense and Investigations

Our global White Collar Defense and Investigations group represents public companies, boards of directors, audit committees, corporate executives, and public officials in the full range of internal and government investigations, regulatory proceedings, congressional oversight, and other matters that present complex reputational, financial, and operational risk. With a deep bench of experienced practitioners throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia, our legal team has earned a reputation for advising clients in the most sensitive and high-visibility enforcement and regulatory matters worldwide.

We offer our clients comprehensive, multijurisdictional legal advice in matters involving: 

  • Accounting fraud 
  • Anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABC) compliance
  • Anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)
  • Antitrust and price fixing
  • Consumer product safety investigations
  • Corporate fraud
  • Cyber investigations 
  • Digital currency and crypto investigations
  • Economic sanctions
  • Environmental crimes 
  • Extradition 
  • Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) 
  • Health care fraud and anti-kickback matters 
  • Internal investigations
  • Market manipulation and insider trading
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigations 
  • Securities enforcement and financial regulatory enforcement 
  • State attorney general investigations 
  • Tax crimes 
  • Trade secrets and economic espionage
  • Trademark and intellectual property infringement
  • UK Bribery Act 
  • UK health and safety investigations
  • US False Claims Act 
  • US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Foreign Extortion Prevention Act (FEPA) 
White Collar Defense and Investigations Legal Services in the United States

We have deep and diverse experience representing clients in enforcement matters and criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations involving the: 

  • US Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • US Attorney’s Offices 
  • US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • State attorneys general
  • Other federal and state regulators  
First-Hand Government Enforcement Experience

Our US-based team is comprised of former senior officials from the DOJ’s Criminal Division and Civil Division, the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, the White House Counsel’s Office, as well as two former US Attorneys, a former member of DOJ’s FCPA Unit, and nearly a dozen former federal prosecutors and supervisors from US Attorney’s Offices and state attorney general offices nationwide. 

We have represented clients in nearly every significant US government investigative and enforcement initiative in the last 50 years. Recent examples include the FTX investigation, Operation Kleptocapture, the January 6 Committee investigation, multiple Office of Special Counsel investigations, the global auto emissions scandal, Brazil’s Operation Carwash, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the subprime mortgage crisis, the Unaoil investigations, Petrofac, Rio Tinto, the Madoff investments Ponzi scheme, Enron, WorldCom, and many more. Collectively, our White Collar Defense and Investigations team has litigated hundreds of criminal matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Our decades of government experience give us deep, first-hand insight into how enforcement agencies and regulators operate, enabling us to pursue an advocacy strategy designed to minimize our clients’ reputational, financial, and liability exposure. 

White Collar Defense and Investigations Legal Services Across Europe and Asia

We assist clients with matters involving the:

  • UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC)
  • Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • BaFin
  • Other regulators throughout Europe and Asia
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The K&L Gates team is incredibly effective, practical, and efficient. They are a great resource in connection with some of our most sensitive and challenging matters.

Best Law Firms® 2024

National Tier 1 – Criminal Defense: White-Collar

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Ranked Nationwide for Government Relations: Federal

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Recognized for Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime (Advice to Corporates)

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Recognized for Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense (Advice to Corporates)

The Legal 500 United States 2023

Named to the GIR 100 2023

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