Clifford Chance has four DC-based partners who advise on FCPA matters: managing partner David DiBari, Steven Cottreau, George Kleinfeld, and Wendy Wysong – who splits her time between Washington and Hong Kong.
DC-based partners are involved in two matters related to the alleged Fifa corruption scandal and two matters related to the investigation in Brazil of corruption surrounding the state-owned Petrobras oil company. The DC partners also work financial fraud and money-laundering cases. They investigate often in China, Southeast Asia and South America.
Although the firm is experienced in FCPA matters, its DC office considers sanctions its speciality. DiBari, Wysong and a New York partner represented Dutch aerospace company Fokker in a sanctions case that helped clarify the authority of federal judges to oversee deferred prosecution agreements.
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 2016 ruled that Washington, DC federal district court Judge Richard Leon improperly rejected a proposed DPA between Fokker and the DOJ. Leon should have limited his supervisory role to ensuring compliance with the Speedy Trial Act, the appeals court said.