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Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime

The Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime Group at Skadden is an internationally recognized leader in the representation of corporations, boards of directors, management and other individuals in connection with government investigations, enforcement actions, internal investigations, and white collar criminal prosecutions. 

Skadden is ranked as having one of the pre-eminent government enforcement and white collar crime practices in the world. For example, in 2016, for the third year in a row, we had more attorneys named in Who’s Who Legal Investigations than any other firm. Skadden was named as having one of the top three practices worldwide in Global Investigations Review’s 2016 “GIR 30,” a ranking of leading firms handling internal and government-led investigations. We received the award for “Global Dispute of the Year, Investigations” from The American Lawyer at its 2015 Global Legal Awards for our representation of 10 Swiss banks that obtained non-prosecution agreements from the U.S. Department of Justice pursuant to the DOJ Tax Division Program for Swiss banks. We also were ranked in the top tier for corporate investigations in Chambers Global 2016, Chambers USA 2016 and The Legal 500 U.K. edition in 2014, and named “Investigations Firm of the Year” at the 2015 and 2014 Who’s Who Legal Awards. Our practice comprises lawyers in key financial centers in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, and includes attorneys who formerly served as United States attorneys and assistant United States attorneys, SEC officials, and other prosecutors and regulators, as well as a former federal judge, CFTC enforcement director and state securities commissioner.

Skadden’s global resources enable our attorneys to anticipate and respond to parallel investigations and proceedings routinely pursued by federal and state criminal and civil enforcement authorities. The firm defends corporations, directors, officers and employees against allegations in various business contexts and at every stage of the enforcement process, including federal and state grand jury investigations, trials and appeals. We handle investigations and civil and administrative proceedings brought by regulatory bodies such as the DOJ, SEC, CFTC, FINRA, FTC, OFAC, IRS, federal and state banking regulators and state law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. The firm also represents companies and individuals in connection with congressional investigations and inquiries. In addition, we assist clients in dealing with investigative agencies around the world, including the Financial Conduct Authority and the Serious Fraud Office in the U.K., BaFin in Germany, the European Commission in Brussels, and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission.

There is virtually no type of case we have not handled, and our representations often concern the most significant challenges facing our clients. We have handled substantial matters involving:

  • Accounting Fraud
  • Antitrust and Cartels
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Customs and Export Controls
  • Derivatives Enforcement
  • Economic Sanctions
  • Environmental Violations and Regulatory Compliance
  • False Claims/Qui Tam Litigation
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government Procurement
  • Health Care and Fraud Abuse
  • Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Fraud

Our attorneys teach at law schools and public speak and write extensively on criminal government enforcement-related issues.