Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Orrick, founded in San Francisco, has a well-established West Coast white-collar practice. The East Coast practice is less established, but has been bolstered by the introduction since 2013 of a strong trio of former criminal division fraud section lawyers: Guy Singer, Jonathan Lopez and Billy Jacobson. Experienced FCPA practitioner Anne Elkins Murray made partner at the firm in 2015.
Jacobson was at the fraud section for six years during the 2000s. He then spent five-and-a-half years as chief compliance officer and co-general counsel at oil services company Weatherford International, joining in 2009. There he oversaw the FCPA investigation at the company into charges it had authorised bribes and improper travel and entertainment for foreign officials in the Middle East and Africa to win business, including kickbacks in Iraq to obtain United Nations Oil-for-Food contracts. In November 2013, the company agreed to pay US$152.6 million to the DOJ and SEC.
Guy Singer, during his time at the Justice Department, was a lead prosecutor on the lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s political corruption case, which resulted in multiple convictions against a congressman and other high-level officials. While at the fraud section, Jonathan Lopez tried and in September 2009 successfully convicted owners of Los-Angeles-based Film Festival Management on FCPA charges. The US alleged that the owners paid government officials in Thailand to secure film festival contracts in the country. Lopez worked on the case with Bruce Searby, who was recently hired into the FCPA unit after a stint in private practice.
Guy Singer has been representing medical device manufacturer Biomet, which was accused by the Justice Department in June of breaching the terms of its 2012 deferred prosecution agreement for FCPA violations.
Partners in the DC office have represented individuals at JP Morgan, Alstom, Teva Pharmaceuticals and BNP Paribas on FCPA matters.