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Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime
Keith D. Krakaur is head of the firm’s European Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime practice. With over 25 years of trial and appellate experience, he represents corporations, their board committees, directors, officers and employees in federal and state criminal and regulatory investigations and at trial.
Mr. Krakaur represents numerous institutions and individuals in global investigations relating to economic sanctions, corrupt practices, money laundering and tax fraud. He also has defended clients in matters involving allegations of accounting fraud, securities fraud, bank and insurance fraud, health care fraud, consumer fraud, customs fraud, public corruption and conflicts of interest. He assists boards of directors and management in conducting internal investigations, and often advises clients about preventive and remedial measures relating to compliance and internal controls.
Mr. Krakaur has argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, Ninth and Federal Circuits. He has spoken frequently before various bar associations and trade groups, including the American Bar Association’s White Collar and International Law Sections, the Practising Law Institute, the American Law Institute, the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Banking Department and the Association of Life Insurance Counsel. He also has been a guest lecturer at the NYU School of Law.
Mr. Krakaur is a former chair of the New York State Second Department Judicial Screening Committee and former member of the New York State Judicial Screening Committee (2007-2010). He is a former chair of the Executive Committee of the Lawyers Division of UJA-Federation of New York, and is a recipient of its James H. Fogelson Award.
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Mr. Krakaur conducted and supervised numerous grand jury investigations and trials. He focused on prosecuting individuals and companies for tax fraud, money laundering and public corruption.
Prior to relocating to London in 2016, Mr. Krakaur was based in Skadden’s New York office and is ranked by Chambers USA (Band 1) as one of New York’s top white collar crime and government investigations lawyers. He has been selected repeatedly for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, is listed in Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defense 2015, Euromoney’s White Collar Crime Expert Guide 2016, Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2016 and was selected by Benchmark Litigation as a 2016 “Benchmark Litigation Star.” Mr. Krakaur won the 2013 International Law Office (ILO) Award in the white collar crime category for New York, and he also won the 2012 ILO Award for exceptional client service by a white collar crime practitioner in the United States.
J.D., New York University School of Law, 1984
B.A., Wesleyan University, 1981
Law Clerk to Hon. Irving L. Goldberg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1984-1985)
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of New York (1990-1994)