Miller & Chevalier
If any firm’s DC office can claim to be specialised in FCPA defence, it’s Miller & Chevalier. In total, no fewer than 35 lawyers from the firm in DC work on foreign bribery cases – 13 of them are partners.
The firm claims long-time lawyer Homer Moyer, who is considered one of the deans of the FCPA bar. Other partners with significant FCPA experience include Mark Rochon, Kathryn Atkinson, Andrew Wise and James Tillen.
Recently, they have been busy with some matters in Eastern Europe and others related to the alleged corruption scheme tied to state-controlled oil company Petrobras in Brazil. In September 2015, for example, Miller & Chevalier’s DC office was working on 10 FCPA investigations, some of which were government-led and others of which were internal.
One of those cases has since been resolved – Amsterdam-based telecoms company VimpelCom’s US$795 million settlement with US and Dutch authorities over charges it bribed an Uzbek official to gain access to the country’s telecommunications market.
The case gained particular attention in the US white-collar community after the company received a 45 per cent fine reduction off the bottom end of the sentencing guidelines despite failing to self-report the misconduct. VimpelCom was able to secure the deal after it was quick to acknowledge responsibility and expedite the process towards a resolution. Rochon was the lead lawyer on the case.
DC partners Richard Hibey and Andrew Wise previously represented several defendants – including top Donald Trump presidential campaign aide Paul Manafort – in a RICO case by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko against oligarch Dmitry Firtash and his alleged shell companies. The case in Manhattan federal court was dismissed in September 2015.
Other lawyers in Miller & Chevalier’s DC FCPA practice include Matt Ellis, Matt Reinhard, Barry Pollack, John Davis and Kirby Behre.