Bruce Yannett is deputy presiding partner of the firm and chair of the white-collar and regulatory defence practice at Debevoise & Plimpton. He focuses on white-collar criminal defence, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations. He represents a broad range of companies, financial institutions and their executives in matters involving securities fraud, accounting fraud, foreign bribery, cybersecurity, insider trading and money laundering. He has extensive experience representing corporations and individuals outside the United States in responding to inquiries and investigations.
Chambers Global 2016 recognises Mr Yannett as a Band 1 practitioner for FCPA matters, and Chambers USA 2015 recognises Mr Yannett as a Band 1 practitioner for both white-collar criminal defence and FCPA matters. Clients praise his work as ‘excellent’ and describe him as a ‘leading light in the field’, noting that ‘he has real gravitas about him’, giving him the ‘immediate respect of everybody in the room’. In a similar vein, The Legal 500 US calls him a ‘superstar’, Lawdragon recognises him as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America, and Benchmark Litigation names him a ‘Litigation Star’. Further, in selecting Debevoise as ‘Litigation Department of the Year’ in 2014, The American Lawyer stated that Mr Yannett’s work on the groundbreaking Siemens FCPA internal investigation, which spanned 34 countries, and settlement with US and German authorities, ‘cemented his credibility with regulators’ on subsequent matters.
He is a member of the American Law Institute. Mr Yannett is on the board of advisers for the New York University programme on corporate compliance and enforcement.
Early in his career, Mr Yannett served in the Office of Independent Counsel: Iran/Contra and as an Assistant United States Attorney.