Raquel Kellert is counsel in Weil’s White Collar Defense, Regulatory and Investigations and Securities Litigation practices. Ms. Kellert focuses her practice on conducting internal investigations on behalf of companies and board committees and defending individuals and companies in criminal and regulatory enforcement matters. Ms. Kellert also counsels boards, board committees, and senior management on corporate governance, disclosure, and regulatory issues. In addition, Ms. Kellert has worked on a variety of shareholder class actions in federal and state courts, as well as in private arbitrations and mediations.
Recent representations include:
- The Audit Committee of American Realty Capital Properties in connection with an internal investigation into purported accounting irregularities and subsequent DOJ and SEC proceedings.
- The audit committee of an oil company in connection with an internal investigation into allegations of insider trading and conflicted conduct by a senior executive and two directors.
- A media company in connection with a DOJ investigation and prosecution of a former employee for securities and wire fraud.
- A multinational corporation in connection with an internal investigation into the root cause of a cyber incident.
- A public company board in connection with an internal investigation into allegations made by a senior executive that the CEO made false and misleading statements.
- A multinational pharmaceutical company in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations into insider trading by a former senior executive.
- A senior executive in connection with a DOJ grand jury investigation of his alleged multi-decade tax fraud.
- ABRAAJ Investment Management Limited in connection with allegations of investment advisor fraud by the US government.
- News and publishing company in connection with SEC investigation into whether certain statements misled the market.
- A retail foreign exchange dealer and its executives in connection with CFTC and NFA investigations.
- A media company in connection with a special committee’s investigation of honest services fraud.
- A manufacturing company in connection with an internal investigation of allegations of commercial bribery.
- A private equity firm in connection with an internal investigation of purported securities fraud.
- A pharmaceutical company in connection with a DOJ investigation into Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- Two retail companies in connection with internal investigations of employee misconduct.
- Directors of a media company in connection with the DOJ’s FIFA soccer investigation.
- A former CFO of a publicly-traded company in connection with various accounting-related inquiries.
- Multiple bond traders in connection with criminal and civil enforcement actions related to trading conduct.
- Five senior executives in connection with a special committee, DOJ, and SEC investigations and ongoing civil litigations regarding alleged securities fraud.
Ms. Kellert also devotes time to pro bono matters, including conducting an internal investigation on behalf of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Ms. Kellert holds a B.A. in history and philosophy from Yale University, graduating cum laude and with distinction in both majors. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.