Irene Gutierrez

A senior counsel in the SEC’s FCPA unit in Washington, DC, Gutierrez previously handled fraud and insider trading cases for the agency before turning to foreign bribery enforcement.

She graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1992 and received her undergraduate degree from St John's University. 

In 2005, Gutierrez worked on an insider trading case against an employee of Cisco Systems, and in 2004, she went after Bear Stearns brokers for fraud. Gutierrez also worked in the SEC's office of internet enforcement, which combats securities fraud online.

Gutierrez’s SEC email account was hacked in 2009 – an incident that caught the attention of the press. When Gutierrez was senior counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission's enforcement division, a scathing email was sent from her account to her boss, the then SEC chair Mary Schapiro, other SEC officials and several reporters. The letter, which called on Schapiro to fire the agency's inspector general, was sent by an SEC outsider posing as Gutierrez, the SEC later said. Gutierrez replied to the email within hours, saying her BlackBerry had been stolen, though she realised later that day that she'd actually misplaced it. The SEC looked into the spurious email, but it is unclear whether the identity of the email's author was ever discovered. 

While in the FCPA unit, Gutierrez investigated German insurance and asset-management company Allianz’s government contracts in Indonesia. The company agreed in December 2012 to pay US$12.4 million to settle charges that it violated the FCPA's books and records and internal controls provisions in nearly 300 insurance contracts with the Indonesian government.

The settlement came roughly 10 months after the Justice Department dropped its investigation of the Munich-based company. Tracy Price and former SEC attorney Jennifer Baskin, now a partner at EY, also worked on the Allianz investigation.

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