Keith D. Krakaur
Keith D. Krakaur is head of the firm’s European Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime Group. With over 30 years of experience, he represents corporations, their board committees, directors, officers and employees in criminal and regulatory investigations and at trial.

Bio

Mr. Krakaur has represented numerous institutions and individuals in cross-border investigations, including those 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 and the Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris.

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.  One of the top government enforcement and white collar crime lawyers in London and New York, he is recognized in Band 1 of Chambers UK and was previously recognized in Band 1 of Chambers USA. Mr. Krakaur also has been selected 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 and Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2017 and 2016; and was selected by Benchmark Litigation as a 2016 Benchmark Litigation Star.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1984
  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 1981

Experience

  • 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)

Keith D. Krakaur

Partner, Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime
kkrakaur@skadden.com