Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

The New York-based firm has three partners in Washington working with clients on issues relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – all of whom have served in senior government enforcement positions.

Peter Bresnan was for 12 years the deputy director of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, before joining the firm in 2007.

Jeffrey Knox is the former chief of the DOJ’s criminal division fraud section, where he supervised nearly 100 prosecutors on white-collar cases, including the department's probes of alleged Libor and forex manipulation. He had also been a supervisor in the section’s FCPA unit. Knox joined the firm in 2014.

Meanwhile, Cheryl Scarboro was head of the SEC’s FCPA unit. Scarboro led the SEC’s investigation of German conglomerate Siemens, which resulted in an historic US$1.6 billion settlement with US and German authorities. She also led investigations that resulted in actions against 15 companies and three individuals charged with making illicit payments to the Iraqi government to win contracts under the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program.

The firm in Washington predominantly represents companies on internal investigations and government inquiries into potential FCPA violations, as well as providing advice on compliance. Sometimes the partners provide diligence support for transactions.

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