Paul Bennetch is an associate in Ropes & Gray's litigation department. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation, civil and criminal government enforcement matters, internal investigations, and corporate compliance controls. Paul regularly advises multinational companies on mitigating anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and trade compliance risks. He maintains an active pro bono practice, which includes representing victims of human trafficking, asylum seekers, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
During law school, Paul interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California and at The Center for Justice and Accountability, a human rights law firm in San Francisco. He was also co-Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Law & Policy Review, and was a member of Stanford’s Youth and Education Law Program clinic.
Prior to law school, Paul taught middle school English in Denver, Colorado. He grew up in Brussels, Belgium.
- Regularly conducts pre-acquisition anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and sanctions due diligence for large private equity firms and other clients in high-risk jurisdictions.
- Supported Independent Compliance Monitor appointed by DOJ and SEC pursuant to an FCPA deferred prosecution agreement.
- Won dismissal of shareholder derivative and contract claims against mutual fund client in state, federal district, and federal appeals courts.
- Represented client in merger review proceeding before the FTC.
- Represented client in federal criminal fraud and tax evasion proceedings, including through trial. [Pro bono]
- Advised clients regarding best practices in anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and sanctions compliance programs.
- Conducted internal investigations for medical device and pharmaceutical companies in response to alleged violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute.
- JD, Stanford Law School, 2017
- BA (Government and Latin), Cornell University, 2012