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Weil Adds Sarah Coyne, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of Business and Securities Fraud Section in the EDNY, As Partner in New York

International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that Sarah Coyne has joined the Firm as a partner in the White Collar Defense, Regulatory and Investigations practice. She is based in New York. Ms. Coyne joins Weil from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she was a partner in the Litigation Department and a member of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group.

“Sarah is a tremendous addition to Weil,” said the Firm’s Executive Partner Barry Wolf. “She has significant experience handling a wide range of white collar matters and has tried numerous cases to verdict. Her trial expertise will further strengthen our superb White Collar Defense, Regulatory and Investigations practice and our ability to see a matter through to trial if and when necessary.”

Ms. Coyne has nearly a decade and a half of experience as a top federal prosecutor. Prior to Debevoise, she served for 11 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where she was Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section, and for three years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of New Jersey. During this time, she tried numerous cases to verdict and prosecuted and supervised a number of high-profile matters, including those involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and securities fraud and investment fraud. She personally tried 14 jury trials and argued seven successful appeals before the Second Circuit. She also clerked for two years for the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry, both at the district court level and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

“Sarah’s skills as both an investigations and trial lawyer are exceptional and we are thrilled she is joining us,” said Jonathan Polkes, Co-Chair of Weil’s global Litigation Department. “She is a great fit for our White Collar Defense, Regulatory and Investigations practice, which includes a number of former federal prosecutors. Her deep expertise and insight into governmental investigations and related litigation will be a great asset to our clients.”

Ms. Coyne commented: “I am very excited to be joining Weil. I look forward to advising the Firm’s global clients on a wide range of white collar matters and helping to expand Weil’s stellar White Collar Defense, Regulatory and Investigations practice.”

About Weil’s White Collar Defense, Regulatory and Investigations Practice

The practice’s deep criminal and regulatory expertise, coupled with its core strengths in securities litigation and corporate governance, enables our lawyers to handle investigations quickly, efficiently and thoroughly, with due regard for how the investigation will affect subsequent criminal, civil or regulatory litigation. We have particular skill in defending clients embroiled in parallel criminal and civil actions. Our attorneys have a sophisticated understanding of these simultaneous proceedings, enabling our clients to manage their legal risk more effectively. In addition, our lawyers counsel clients on how to establish and implement corporate governance programs, and how to improve business ethics compliance programs to avoid future risks.

About Weil

Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 80 years. With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices on three continents, Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business. The Firm's four departments, Corporate, Litigation, Business Finance & Restructuring, and Tax, Executive Compensation & Benefits, and more than two dozen practice groups are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields.  

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