Practice Areas

Investigations and White Collar Defense

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  • Ranked Band 1 for Corporate Crime & Investigations

    Chambers USA 2022
  • Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year

    Global Investigations Review 2021
  • White Collar Practice Group of the Year

    Law 360, 2021 and 2022
  • Compliance Practice Group of the Year

    Law360, 2020 and 2022

Client Successes

  • Airbus – Served as lead U.S. counsel in a worldwide (26 countries) investigation conducted jointly by the DOJ, France and the UK into alleged corruption in the sale of commercial aircraft and other matters. This matter resulted in a history-making $4 billion simultaneous resolution with U.S., French and UK regulators, the largest simultaneous resolution in FCPA history. Paul Hastings is also lead counsel in another, significant export control issue in the U.S.

  • Braskem S.A. – Represented the Brazilian petrochemical company in the history-making resolution of its DOJ and SEC investigations of corruption allegations against the company, and assisted in the simultaneous resolution of the Lava Jato-era investigation by the Brazilian MPF. Following the resolution, we assisted Braskem in the construction of its current anti-corruption program and guided Braskem through its anti-corruption monitorship. On March 11, Brazil’s Federal Prosecution Office (MPF) announced the successful conclusion of Braskem’s monitorship in Brazil. Braskem is the first company in Brazil to successfully conclude an independent monitorship required as part of the settlement of corruption-related allegations.

  • Ambassador Gordon Sondland – Advised the Ambassador during the House impeachment hearings, representation which included substantial revisions of testimony previously provided to Congressional investigators.

  • British Arab Commercial Bank – Represented the U.K. financial institution as it faced an investigation into alleged breaches of U.S., U.K., EU, and U.N. sanctions laws in Iran.

  • TechnipFMC plc – Represented TechnipFMC plc to resolve charges brought by the U.S. and Brazil. The resolution included a deferred prosecution agreement, a plea to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery by a U.S. subsidiary, and a settlement with the SEC. Simultaneously, TechnipFMC entered into settlements with the Brazilian MPF and CGU/AGU, the first-ever such resolution between these two regulators. None of these resolutions included a criminal guilty plea, and no third-party monitor was imposed. We continue to represent the company in meeting its obligations under the DPA.

  • Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile – Assisting the Chilean mining company with the successful completion of its two-year monitorship.

  • Panasonic Avionics Corporation (PAC) – Kwame Manley was appointed the independent monitor and compliance consultant in connection with PAC’s resolution of its FCPA matter, which included a $137 million criminal penalty. Paul Hastings has been tasked with assessing PAC’s compliance with the terms of its DPA and evaluating PAC’s anti-corruption compliance program and related controls, in terms of both design and effectiveness, in order to address the risk of recurrence of FCPA-related misconduct.

A Leader in High-Stakes Government Investigations, Litigation, and Compliance

We help secure successful outcomes in high-stakes government investigations, litigation, and corporate compliance, including anti-corruption and FCPA, global trade controls, privacy and data security, securities enforcement, and white collar matters. We lead the way in our respective areas of law, from developing innovative compliance programs and measures to conducting complex, sensitive internal investigations.

Our team includes lawyers with extensive in-house experience effectively handling investigations and compliance programs, as well as DOJ prosecutors, former SEC enforcement attorneys, and federal and state prosecutors and regulators.

  • Handled 3 of the 6 largest FCPA matters ever resolved by the DOJ

Skilled Trial Lawyers, Effective Business Counsel

  • Our lawyers have first-hand knowledge of the way government investigators, regulators, and prosecutors build cases.

  • We work closely with our clients to develop and implement litigation strategies that align with their business goals.

  • Our litigators have extensive experience defending clients who do business across borders—helping them manage their exposure to simultaneous U.S. and multi-jurisdictional enforcement actions.

  • We have played leading roles in major investigations in countries around the world.

  • Represented Airbus in the largest simultaneous FCPA resolution in history

Recognition for our Investigations Practice

  • Named Most Impressive Investigations Practice 2021 and 2017 by Global Investigations Review and also ranked in the top 20 of the GIR 100

  • Ranked Band 1 for Nationwide FCPA by Chambers USA

  • Selected as White Collar Practice Group of the Year 2022 and 2021 by Law360

  • Selected as Compliance Practice Group of the Year 2022 and 2020 by Law360

  • Ranked Band 3 for District of Columbia Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations by Chambers USA

  • Ranked Tier 2 for Dispute Resolution: Corporate investigations & white-collar criminal defense by Legal 500 US

  • Recognized as a top firm for Investigations and White Collar Defense, Legal 500 US

  • Ranked Band 1 for New York Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations: Highly Regarded by Chambers USA

  • Ranked Band 1 for Nationwide Corporate Crime & Investigations: Highly Regarded by Chambers USA

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