Notable Representations, Key Contacts
Weil’s global White Collar Defense, Regulatory and Investigations practice includes a number of former federal prosecutors and senior Department of Justice officials. While in government service, lawyers in our practice led the oversight of a wide range of investigations, including more than 50 DOJ prosecutions of FCPA matters and more than 60 prosecutions of insider trading matters, among others. We draw on this impressive substantive and case management experience to provide clients with effective, efficient, and discrete counsel.
We partner with clients to address and mitigate risks associated with a broad range of substantive issues and areas of the law, including:
- Securities Fraud
- Accounting issues
- Financial disclosures
- The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
- Antitrust and Competition law issues
- Healthcare Fraud
- Tax Fraud
- Insider Trading
- Environmental regulations
- Qui tam/whistleblower complaints
- The False Claims Act
- Anti-Money Laundering and other economic crimes
In addition, working closely with lawyers across the Firm, we assist our clients at all phases of their compliance efforts, including review of compliance programs, development and implementation of compliance programs and audits, and coordination of internal and governmental investigations.
Weil represents a former senior trader at a major financial institution in connection with the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal investigation into alleged manipulation of LIBOR.
Weil served as lead counsel overseeing the defense of Toyobo, a major Japanese fiber manufacturer, in connection with False Claims Act litigation brought by the U.S. DOJ, class action litigation, multiple personal injury suits, and claims by multiple state attorneys general and foreign states, among others, relating to the performance of Toyobo’s Zylon fiber in bullet-resistant vests used by thousands of law enforcement agencies worldwide. In 2018, Weil negotiated a settlement of all remaining claims after securing a number of successful outcomes in the various lawsuits.
- An SEC investigation into a failed IPO of an electronic trading platform
- An SEC investigation and related class action litigation involving the underwriting of a SaaS provider
- A CFTC investigation into a conspiracy to manipulate the ISDAFix, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s benchmark rate for the swaps market
Weil is advising a global pharmaceutical company in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations of alleged violations of the FCPA involving the company’s subsidiaries in a number of countries in emerging markets. In 2018, Weil secured a declination when the DOJ closed its investigation without bringing an enforcement action.
Weil’s White Collar team members are “top-notch attorneys” with “terrific communication and ability to spot issues rapidly," according to client commentators in Chambers USA, which currently recognizes us among the leading firms in New York for White Collar Crime and Government Investigations.
Chambers USA 2020
In June 2018, Weil was recognized by Global Investigations Review as a market-leader in FCPA enforcement, owing to the Firm successfully securing four declinations under the DOJ’s FCPA corporate enforcement policy over the prior two-year period.
Weil “has a strong track record in the white-collar space” and “is clearly among the world’s top firms for investigations and corporate defence.”
Global Investigations Review’s GIR 100 2015, 2017
Weil is recognized among the leading firms in the U.S. for Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense, with commentators noting that we are “excellent on all levels” and offer “exceptional litigators with incredible bench strength and expertise.”
Legal 500 US 2017, 2018