Debevoise & Plimpton

Debevoise’s DC office has bulked up in recent years with former top-level talent from the DOJ and SEC. In total, eight partners advise on FCPA matters from the DC team.

David O’Neil, who joined in January 2015, is a former acting assistant attorney general for the criminal division and deputy assistant attorney general overseeing the division’s fraud section. He now works on cybersecurity, money-laundering and sanctions cases. 

Cybersecurity expert Luke Dembosky joined the firm in March 2016 from the DOJ’s national security division, where he was a deputy assistant attorney general overseeing a range of technology-related threats, from foreign investment reviews to economic espionage. Dembosky had previously been a deputy chief in the computer crime and intellectual property section, where he managed investigations into the hacking of Sony Pictures, Target, the Office of Personnel Management and other organisations.

Debevoise’s DC partners also handle securities fraud, banking, FCPA and criminal tax matters. Robert Kaplan, the former co-chief of the SEC’s asset management unit in the division of enforcement, came to the firm in 2012 and now handles investigations into potential securities law violations by hedge fund, private equity and other financial advisers. Paul Berger, another SEC enforcement division veteran, has developed a prominent anti-corruption practice.

The firm has advised a succession of audit committees on investigations into misconduct. More specifically, two companies and an individual have hired Debevoise to advise them on the fallout from the corruption scandal engulfing world soccer governing organisation Fifa.

Debevoise also advised infrared technology company FLIR Systems on negotiations with the SEC to resolve an FCPA investigation in 2015. The company ended up paying US$9.5 million and agreed to provide the regulator updates on its compliance efforts for two years.

Other relevant partners in Debevoise’s DC office include Julie Riewe and Jonathan Tuttle.

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