Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Talk to any white-collar defence lawyer about which firm has the best reputation in the FCPA arena and they’ll probably tell you Gibson Dunn - and with good reason. The firm regularly advises on the biggest cases.
DC-based partner F Joseph Warin, who is widely considered one of the deans of the FCPA bar, was hired by Brazil’s beleaguered state-controlled oil company Petrobras to handle its response to US investigations into corruption - one of the biggest jobs in town.
Warin also represented Bristol-Myers Squibb in the pharmaceutical company’s October 2015 FCPA settlement with the SEC for US$14 million and its parallel declination from the DOJ.
Warin and fellow DC partner Michael Diamant acted for Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, which settled FCPA charges with the SEC for US$12 million in July 2015 and received a declination from the DOJ.
In 2014, Warin and John Chesley advised technology company Hewlett Packard on its US$108 million settlement with the DOJ and SEC to resolve bribery charges concerning conduct in Russia, Mexico and Poland.
Warin and Daniel Chung represented a former executive of Swiss oil company Noble Corp, James Ruehlen, who settled civil FCPA charges in July 2014 without any meaningful punishment.
In November 2013, Warin led Swiss oil services company Weatherford to a US$252.7 million settlement with the DOJ and the SEC to resolve FCPA and sanctions-related charges.
Gibson Dunn's FCPA practice in Washington, DC, received a signicant boost in July 2016 when the DOJ's former FCPA unit chief, Patrick Stokes, agreed to join the firm.
Gibson Dunn aslo boasts well-known defence lawyer Richard Grime. Meanwhile, David Burns is another respected partner in Gibson Dunn’s white-collar practice. He advised Swiss bank UBS on the fallout from the Libor and Forex scandals.
The firm is advising hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management on its response to a US foreign bribery investigation.