Alexandre H. Rene

Partner

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  • JD, University of Maryland School of Law, 1995
  • BA (Criminal Justice), University of Maryland, 1991

Qualifications

  • District of Columbia, 2005
  • Florida, 1996

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Haitian Creole
  • Washingtonian “Top Lawyer” (2017)
  • Chambers Latin America (Firm award)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2017)
  • BTI Client Service All-Stars (2015)
  • The International Who's Who of Investigations (2014-2015)
  • Winner of 2015 Burton Awards for Legal Achievement in legal writing: Co-author, “Trade Secret Traps for the Unwary: Potential Corporate Criminal Liability as U.S. Trade Secrets Enforcement Accelerates,” Bloomberg BNA Corporate Law & Accountability Report (September 12, 2014)
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers (2013-2016)

Alexandre H. Rene

Partner

Alex is the office managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s Washington, D.C. office, serves as co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s award-winning global anti-corruption and international risks practice and is a member of the government enforcement practice group. Alex has extensive experience representing corporate entities and their executives in connection with litigation and investigations arising out of white collar criminal prosecutions, grand jury investigations, criminal antitrust investigations, and corporate compliance matters. A seasoned litigator who has successfully handled numerous cases in federal and state courts, Alex has also represented his clients in civil matters such as breach of contract, tortious interference, business conspiracy, fraud, criminal conversion, and forum non conveniens. Alex also spent two years on secondment in London advising primarily on anti-bribery issues.

Prior to entering private practice, Alex was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division, Fraud Section. While in the Fraud Section, Alex served as a member of the DOJ’s Corporate Fraud Task Force and prosecuted matters involving mail, wire and procurement fraud, campaign finance and securities fraud, obstruction of justice, money laundering, and violations of the Travel Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), among other offenses.

Experience

  • Appointed by the DOJ and the SEC to be an Independent Compliance Monitor pursuant to DPA settlement.
  • Represented multinational energy sector company before the DOJ and SEC in the “Lava Jato” investigation in Brazil.
  • Represented a senior executive in the Unaoil Investigation before the DOJ and SEC.   
  • Represented multinational energy sector companies before the DOJ and SEC in investigations related to allegations of FCPA violations.
  • Represented senior executives of another multinational energy sector company in a DOJ and SEC investigation into alleged FCPA violations.
  • Represented multinational corporation in internal investigation into alleged violations of domestic and international antibribery laws in Asia. 
  • Represented an executive before the DOJ Antitrust Division on charges related to allegations of price fixing and cartel activity in the Marine Hose investigation. 
  • Represented a senior executive of an international company against allegations of misconduct under the FCPA. The investigation involved both U.S. and foreign authorities. 
  • Obtained a declination from the DOJ Antitrust Division in relation to an investigation of criminal antitrust violations by a food industry executive.

Publications

Presentations

  • Speaker, “A Compliance Monitor’s Mandate,” Roundtable Event with Ropes & Gray, Mattos Filho and FTI Consulting, São Paulo, Brazil (June 28, 2017)
  • Presenter, “Tendencias de FCPA en América Latina para Empresas Farmacéuticas,” Cámara Argentina de Especialidades Medicinales, Buenos Aires, Argentina (May 27, 2016)
  • Panelist, “Lava Jato Investigation and the U.S. Perspective,” Demarest Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil (May 23, 2016)
  • Host, “Best Practices in Anti-corruption and Compliance,” Roundtable Discussion, Washington D.C. (May 2015)
  • Speaker, “Risk Management Strategies for joint Ventures and Alliances,” Trace Forum, Washington DC, October 2011
  • Moderator, “Government and Internal Investigations: Be Prepared When the Government Comes Knocking,” Association of Corporate Counsel Europe, Paris and London, November 2008
  • Co-panelist, “Compliance Challenges: the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” Trace International Seminar, Denver, Colorado, February 2008