Dechert has recently bolstered its white-collar ranks with two high-profile additions. In October, the firm recruited Michael Barta, an experienced litigator and the former chair of Baker Botts’s white-collar and corporate investigations practice. Just two months later, the firm nabbed Vincent Cohen, who had served as acting US attorney in the District of Columbia following the departure of Ron Machen in March 2015.
Cohen was Machen’s right-hand man at the DC US attorney’s office during a formative era of national security-related enforcement. Barta is a veteran of the FCPA, having represented oil field services company Halliburton in a government probe that was settled with the SEC and DOJ in 2009 for US$579 million.
At Dechert, Barta and Machen joined Jeremy Zucker, a long-time FCPA practitioner and four-year member of the firm’s international trade and government regulation practice. As with the very best firms, the vast majority of Dechert’s FCPA work is on matters that have not been publicly disclosed. Barta currently represents an individual in the Magyar Telekom bribery case.