Nicholas M. Berg

Partner

  • JD, cum laude , Dean's List, Georgetown University Law Center, 2005; American Criminal Law Review
  • BS (Political Science), Dean's List, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000

Qualifications

  • Illinois, 2005

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2005
  • Auxiliary Board, Art Institute of Chicago (Present)
  • Member, Securities Editorial Board, Law360 (2015 – 2017)
  • Member, White Collar Editorial Board, Law360 (2018)
  • Steering Group, American Bar Association, Section of International Law’s International Anti-Corruption Committee (Present)
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of International Law’s International Anti-Corruption Committee (Present)
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation’s Securities Litigation Committee (Present) 
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, C&L Counsel: Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
  • Member, FIA: Law & Compliance Division – Division Member
  • Chicago Bar Committees: Commercial Litigation, Federal Civil Practice, Securities Law
  • Represented, pro bono, minor clients in Chicago public school expulsion proceedings and asylum seekers in federal immigration proceedings.
  • The Legal 500 Private Practice Powerlist: Mexico Specialists (2018)
  • Illinois Rising Star (2017)
  • The Legal 500 Latin America (2016)
  • Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyers (2015)

Nicholas M. Berg

Partner

A creative and accomplished litigator, Nick Berg focuses his practice on anti-corruption investigations and other international risk issues, SEC enforcement matters, and complex litigation in state and federal courts around the country. Clients rely on Nick for his innovative, efficient, tireless advocacy and, as they tell The Legal 500, his “outstanding understanding of the complexities of investigations spanning multiple jurisdictions.”

Nick has substantial experience advising clients in a broad array of industries in connection with government and internal investigations involving the FCPA, the U.K. Bribery Act, export control and economic sanctions laws and regulations, and other international risk issues. He has also spent well more than a decade representing clients in federal securities fraud and consumer class actions, private equity disputes, and transaction-related litigation and arbitrations.

In addition, Nick routinely advises clients in connection with SEC and Special Committee investigations involving allegations of accounting errors and misstatements, insider trading, fraud, embezzlement, and bribery.

Beyond his commercial practice, Nick is deeply committed to pro bono work, having litigated the first civil rights case under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in East v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, et al.—an action that successfully addressed the disparate impact on people living with HIV from insurers’ anticipated rejection of federal Ryan White funds.

Experience

Anti-Corruption & International Risk Investigations and Compliance: 

  • Advised a U.S.-based multinational medical device company in an industry-wide FCPA investigation involving countries across Europe, Asia, and South America, as well as in connection with anti-corruption related internal investigations and compliance issues.
  • Spearheaded internal investigations for an oil & gas company regarding potential FCPA violations in the Middle East and Latin America. 
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in connection with FCPA investigations in multiple jurisdictions, including Europe and Latin America.
  • Served as anti-corruption and international risk counsel to large, publicly traded companies in the private equity, healthcare, oil & gas, and technology sectors, among others..
  • Developed and implemented anti-corruption and international risk compliance programs for multinational companies in high-risk industries.
  • Advised clients across industries regarding anti-corruption, trade sanctions, and export control due diligence in connection with joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, and other key business partner relationships around the world. 

SEC Enforcement:

  • Conducted an investigation on behalf of the Special Committee of the board of a publicly-traded Fortune 50 company related to allegations of financial fraud and improper revenue recognition.
  • Successfully represented the CFO of a publicly-traded company in connection with charges of accounting fraud.  
  • Received numerous enforcement declinations from the SEC in connection with representation of individuals and corporations under investigation for financial fraud and insider trading.

Complex Litigation: 

  • Represented a large hedge fund and several affiliated investment funds in expedited bankruptcy litigation that centered on Energy Future Holdings’ multiple attempts to sell the hedge fund’s interest in Oncor, a regulated utility company in Texas, and emerge from long-running Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Secured extremely favorable decisions in connection with two contested, multi-billion dollar transactions, which ultimately paved the way for a topping bid that provided creditors with significantly higher recoveries.
  • Successfully represented a major shareholder of a public company in shareholder litigation before the Delaware Court of Chancery. Secured an injunction for our client requiring the Company to reinstate a record date and annual meeting date and prohibiting the Company from moving forward with a strategic transaction until approved pursuant to a proper process. After our client gained control of the public company in a proxy contest, the litigation team also successfully defended the new board members from a preliminary injunction brought by a billionaire shareholder to force a new board election.
  • Secured dismissal of a federal securities fraud class action and successfully defended that dismissal on appeal on behalf of a biotechnology client related to alleged misstatements regarding its pivotal developmental product and the product’s chances of FDA approval.
  • Successfully moved to dismiss a private equity company from putative federal class action lawsuits related to the closure of a subsidiary of one of its portfolio companies, a for-profit law school. 
  • Obtained dismissal of a consumer class action against a major hospital system related to its billing and collection practices.

Publications

Presentations

  • Speaker, “FCPA Disclosures Under the New DOJ Policy: The Newest, Increased Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement Risks and Their Impact on Your Self- Disclosure Calculus,” 9th Midwest Anti-Corruption Forum (June 26, 2018)
  • Speaker, “Roundtable Discussion: Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Mexico,” Ropes & Gray, Von Wobeser y Sierra and ICC México  (September 18, 2017)  
  • Speaker, “Mexico’s New (and Unique) Anti-Corruption Regime: What’s Been Accomplished and Where Will Mexico Go From Here,”  ABA’s Section of International Law, International Anti-Corruption Committee call (June 1, 2017)
  • Speaker and Panel Chair, “Latin America’s Anti-Corruption Moment: Brazil’s Operation Car Wash and Other Legal Breakthroughs in the Region,” ABA’s International Law Spring 2017 Meeting (April 25-29, 2017)
  • Speaker, “The Shifting Anti-corruption Landscape,” Law Bulletin’s 10th annual White Collar Crime & Corporate Governance Conference (April 19, 2017) 
  • Presenter, “The Changing U.S. Political and Enforcement Environment and the Impact on Compliance,” ICC Mexico, Mexico City (November 29, 2016)
  • Presenter, “SEC Enforcement Update,” ACS Financial Accounting and Reporting Update: Chicago (November 2016) 
  • Speaker, “What You Need to Know to Protect Your Business after the Panama Papers: A Cross-Practice Discussion,” Ropes & Gray Webinar (June 29, 2016)
  • Speaker, “Midwest Anti-Corruption Compliance Forum: Latest Insights on Risk-Based Third Party Compliance Programs, Investigations and Enforcement,” American Conference Institute (June 27-28, 2016)
  • Panelist, “Lava Jato Investigation and the U.S. Perspective,” Demarest Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil (May 23, 2016) 
  • Presenter, “FTI Breakfast Roundtable,” Chediak Advogados, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (May 20, 2016)
  • Presenter, “Designing an Effective and Efficient Anti-Corruption Compliance Program,” Brazilian Institute of Petroleum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (May 20, 2016)
  • Speaker, “Financial Accounting & Reporting Update,” Accounting Conferences & Seminars (November 2015)
  • Presenter, “New Challenges Under Dodd-Frank,” ACS - Revenue Recognition Conference (September 13, 2012)
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