King & Spalding
With more than half of its white-collar investigations lawyers located in DC, King & Spalding has a substantial presence in the nation’s capital. Founded in Atlanta in 1885, the global firm primarily acts for companies in the life sciences, energy and financial industries — and its representations of corporations and financial institutions significantly outnumber its representations of individual defendants.
Anti-corruption work is a big part of King & Spalding’s white-collar practice. In October 2015, the firm had four ongoing FCPA investigations. DC-based partners Chris Wray and Zack Harmon previously conducted internal investigations for Medtronic, the Minnesota medical device maker which moved its headquarters to Ireland in 2014 for tax reasons. Following a global FCPA sweep of the life sciences industries, the DOJ and the SEC in 2013 declined to prosecute Medtronic after probing the company for six years.
Wray, an assistant attorney general for the criminal division during the George W Bush administration; and partner Michael Pauze represented Credit Suisse in the DOJ’s investigation of Swiss banks’ aiding US tax evaders. Credit Suisse pleaded guilty and agreed to pay US$2.6 billion in November 2014. King & Spalding continues to represent the bank during its ongoing monitorship imposed by New York’s Department of Financial Services.
Partner Gary Grindler, who served as acting deputy attorney general during the Obama administration, is a highly experienced and respected member of the white-collar bar also based in Washington. Another prominent member of the DC FCPA practice is Jason Jones – a member of the DOJ’s foreign bribery unit until 2015.