Compliance and Enforcement
With leading compliance and enforcement practitioners on both sides of the Atlantic, Willkie offers clients operating locally and internationally a cohesive approach to complex regulatory matters. We represent companies, officers and directors, and accounting and other professional firms in the full range of compliance and enforcement, investigatory, regulatory and litigation matters. We have particular expertise in matters relating to international business practices, including the FCPA, the U.K. Bribery Act, anti-money laundering, export controls, and trade sanctions.
We advise U.S., U.K., and multinational corporations based around the world on a wide range of domestic and international compliance issues. We also represent companies and individuals in U.S. civil and criminal enforcement matters before federal agencies and congressional committees and in judicial and administrative proceedings, in particular those brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as U.K. civil and criminal enforcement matters before the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Services Authority, and other U.K. law enforcement and regulatory agencies. We have particular expertise in compliance and enforcement matters relating to domestic and international business practices such as those involving anti-corruption laws, particularly the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"), and the U.K. Bribery Act, as well as U.S. and U.K. export controls, trade sanctions, money laundering laws and regulations and securities enforcement.
The compliance and enforcement team is uniquely placed to handle any compliance matter–contentious or otherwise–from start to finish. We have substantial expertise in conducting internal investigations, advising on business transactions, and counseling companies and individuals on compliance and corporate governance matters. We have defended civil and criminal enforcement matters involving securities fraud, the FCPA, U.K. anti-bribery laws, trade sanctions, federal procurement fraud and qui tam litigation, healthcare fraud, economic espionage, money laundering, and Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower allegations. We have represented companies, officers and directors, and accounting firms in numerous investigations by securities regulators, including the SEC and the U.K.’s Financial Services Authority, as well as regulatory authorities from more than a dozen other countries around the world. We also have significant experience assisting clients in drafting and benchmarking corporate compliance programs of all types.
Willkie’s globally recognized Compliance and Enforcement practice consists of former federal prosecutors and former SEC attorneys. The lead attorney in the group, Martin J. Weinstein, was ranked by Chambers USA (2011) and Chambers Global (2012) in the number 1 tier for FCPA experts in the United States. Mr. Weinstein was also named by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the "Attorneys Who Matter" in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and as one of the "100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics" in 2007. Mr. Weinstein also has ranked annually in Chambers USA among the leading individuals practicing in the areas of white-collar crime and government investigations. Gregory S. Bruch is recognized as a leading attorney in the area of securities law regulation in the 2007–2011 editions of The Best Lawyers in America and the 2006–2011 editions of Chambers USA. Mr. Bruch was also named by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the "2009 Attorneys Who Matter." Peter Burrell, the head of our London compliance and enforcement practice, is recognized by Chambers UK and Legal 500 UK as a leading practitioner in all aspects of investigations, corporate crime, and civil fraud.
Our clients include Fortune 500 companies and other leading businesses and individuals in the aerospace/defense, airline, automobile, engineering, financial services, infrastructure, insurance, manufacturing, media, oil and gas, oilfield services, petrochemical, pharmaceutical/medical devices, retail, and telecommunications industries.