Ropes & Gray

Ropes & Gray has three strong defence partners based in Washington, DC.

GIR Women in Investigations nominee Colleen Conry travels the world from the DC office, representing companies involved in matters ranging from Brazil to China. Conry, a former DOJ criminal division prosecutor, was involved in Ropes’s initial investigation of UK pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline’s bribery allegations in China, and co-leads the law firm’s government enforcement group.

Who’s Who Legal Investigations nominee Alexandre Rene works with Conry in Washington. A former assistant US attorney in DC, Rene has conducted internal investigations into Fortune 100 companies over allegations of bribery and fraud.

Veteran FCPA lawyer Asheesh Goel splits his time between Washington and the firm’s Boston headquarters, conducting investigations in East Asia. 

The firm has been advising Aegerion Pharmaceuticals on investigations by the DOJ and SEC into possible violations of US drug marketing laws, the False Claims Act and the FCPA. The company recently set aside US$40 million to resolve the healthcare and fraud violations, but the outcome of the FCPA matter remains unclear. 

Separate from the DC office, the firm hired former FCPA unit prosecutor Ryan Rohlfsen in Chicago, where already he has been working on some notable FCPA cases. He advised Akamai Technologies on its non-prosecution agreement with the SEC, as well as its declination from the DOJ – one of the first issued by the department since the introduction of the 2016 FCPA pilot programme. He’s also begun advising medical device company Biomet, which the DOJ found had breached the terms of its 2012 FCPA deferred prosecution agreement.

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