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Skadden’s Washington office is an important part of the firm’s global FCPA practice. The DC office hosts eight experienced partners and a team of associates and counsel, with around 20 lawyers busy with FCPA work. Mitch Ettinger, a former Air Force judge advocate who prosecuted cases on US bases in England, leads the firm’s DC office. Skadden’s FCPA work covers investigations, compliance and merger due diligence.
Skadden works with clients in many industries affected by FCPA enforcement, including financial services, the energy sector, defence, and manufacturing. The firm is currently representing clients involved in the bribery investigation tied to Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petrobras, and a European client involved in the corruption probe into world soccer governing body Fifa.
In 2013, former SEC enforcement division assistant director Eric Schwartz, who joined the firm 15 years ago, successfully defended former Siemens executive Herbert Steffen from civil foreign bribery-related charges brought by the securities regulator in New York.
Partners in the DC office including Gary DiBianco, Colleen Mahoney and Ettinger have worked on several public representations, including the 2010 Daimler deferred prosecution agreement over FCPA violations.
Ettinger also represented Parker Drilling, which entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ in 2013 over FCPA violations.