Francesca Erts is a Senior Associate in the Investigations and White Collar Defense practice at Paul Hastings in Washington, D.C. The practice was awarded Global Investigations Review's (GIR) "Most Impressive Investigations Practice" in 2017, ranked in the Top 10 of Global Investigations Review's GIR 100 in 2020, and named Washington D.C.'s White Collar Litigation Department of the Year in 2020 by The National Law Journal.
Ms. Erts' practice is focused on white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, compliance with government enforcement initiatives, and complex civil litigation. She represents individuals and corporations in investigations and enforcement matters brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Attorneys' Offices, U.S. Department of Treasury, and other federal and state investigative agencies related to matters involving alleged corruption and fraud, financial irregularities, U.S. sanctions violations, and investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Ms. Erts additionally advises multinational clients regarding compliance enhancements, risk assessments, and due diligence on third parties, and has successfully represented clients in international arbitration.
The University of Chicago Law School, J.D. 2011
Boston College, B.A. 2008
Represents a publicly traded Fortune 500 provider of business software and services in global investigation of potential FCPA and economic sanctions exposure, including evaluations of actions of executives, channel partners, and foreign sales offices.
Represented a European aerospace company before the U.S. Department of Justice with respect to allegations of bribery and export control violations that resulted in the largest coordinated anti-corruption resolution with U.S., UK, and French criminal enforcement authorities.
Defended government investigations relating to use of a private email server by a former U.S. Cabinet member.
Represented a global, multi-billion dollar manufacturing company in investigations conducted by the DOJ, SEC, and foreign authorities into allegations of defrauding customers and end-users.
Represented a U.S. company under the FCPA pilot program, resulting in a DOJ declination with disgorgement and conditional non-Debarment from the World Bank.
Represented a multinational Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company with Latin America anti-corruption / FCPA due diligence in connection with its acquisition of another pharmaceutical and medical device company.
Conducted an internal investigation of distributors in Latin America on behalf of a global medical imaging company.
Represented an oil and gas services company in an investigation and multijurisdictional enforcement matter of alleged FCPA violations, resulting in the largest DOJ resolution not involving the appointment of a compliance monitor.
Represented the manager of an Asian integrated casino resort in a Singapore-seated UNCITRAL arbitration involving breach of contract issues in excess of US$600 million.
Served as counsel for a Mexican corporation in an ICC arbitration seated in New York regarding a shareholder dispute. Successfully defeated a request for injunctive relief brought by the claimant shareholder.