Covington & Burling
Covington’s DC office stands out for its deep bench of high-level former prosecutors, including Eric Holder, the former attorney general; Lanny Breuer, a former assistant attorney general for the criminal division; Mythili Raman, who was Breuer’s top deputy at DOJ and his acting successor as criminal division chief; and Steven Fagell, Breuer’s former deputy chief of staff.
Including these big names, the firm’s DC office has about 35 lawyers exclusively doing white-collar work. Breuer and two New York-based partners acted for Hyperdynamics during the DOJ’s and SEC’s probes into the US oil exploration company for potential FCPA violations in Guinea. The DOJ declined to prosecute, and Hyperdynamics agreed to pay US$75,000 to settle charges with the SEC.
Also in the FCPA sphere, Fagell represented technology company Hewlett-Packard in its US$77 million settlement with the DOJ and its US$31 million settlement with the SEC. Bruce Baird and Jim Garland, also partners in Covington’s DC office, represent Roger Darin, a former UBS trader fighting Libor charges in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Also in the FCPA practice are Donald Ridings, Stephen Anthony and Elaine Stone.
The firm is advising Millicom, a Swedish telecom company that provides mobile phone and other media services to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa, on its response to potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations by its joint venture in Guatemala.