María González Calvet


María González Calvet
  • JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2003
  • MA, Pennsylvania State University, 1999
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1997


  • District of Columbia, 2019
  • Pennsylvania, 2004
  • Honorable Legrome D. Davis, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2003 - 2004)
  • Spanish (native, fluent)
  • Portuguese (advanced)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association 
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Chambers Latin America-wide: Corporate Crime and Investigations – Notable Practitioner (2020)
  • Latinvex - Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers (2019)
  • Legal Intelligencer Women of Distinction Award (2010)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award (2008)

María González Calvet


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María González Calvet serves as co-chair of the firm’s award-winning global anti-corruption and international risk practice and Latin America initiative, and is a former U.S. federal prosecutor and former in-house executive counsel of a Fortune 500 company. With a practice that spans two decades, María is recognized for her significant experience in anti-corruption and other investigative matters in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe, and in every significant business sector.  

Recognized for her deep understanding and experience in the application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery statutes, María has worked with leaders in government, business and finance to conduct a wide variety of investigations and risk assessments. She has also represented companies, portfolio companies and individuals concerning multijurisdictional matters involving corruption, money laundering and other forms of financial fraud. More recently, María has been helping clients navigate the increased corruption and bribery risks posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic crisis. 

María has conducted internal and government investigations in more than 30 countries around the globe and draws on her past work in government and the corporate sector to help clients across industries, including private equity and other investors, and geographies to identify and mitigate corruption risks and implement effective compliance programs. 

She has particular experience in the following areas:

  • Pre- and post-acquisition due diligence in high-risk markets; including for private equity investors
  • International white collar fraud investigations
  • Jurisdictional questions and challenges that arise from coordinated prosecution by multiple enforcement authorities
  • Transactions and business dealings with government entities and financial institutions
  • Risks associated with consortia and other partnerships 

María is widely recognized as a thought leader in anti-corruption, particularly in Latin America, and has written a number of articles for well-known publications on risks and enforcement trends in the region. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray in 2018, María served as Executive Counsel, Global Investigations for General Electric, where she led and managed government, regulatory and internal investigations for the company’s business in Latin America. Earlier in her career, she was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Fraud Section, and was a member of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit, where she led some of the Department’s most important investigations involving allegations of corruption and other white collar offenses.   

María is a fluent, native Spanish speaker and an advanced Portuguese speaker. Before becoming a lawyer, she worked in education, focusing on adult literacy and bilingual education. 


  • Representing the second largest airline in South America, and flag carrier in Colombia, with respect to an FCPA investigation into its business practices.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a Chilean salmon farming company following accusations that it had been reporting false mortality figures and had caused environmental damage.
  • Advising an Argentinian portfolio company of a global advisory firm with restructuring its anti-corruption compliance program, including review and analysis of applicable compliance policies and procedures in both English and Spanish, on-site compliance training, monitoring, and transaction testing.
  • Representing a global pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer in relation to an ongoing cross-border investigation into bidding practices at government-operated healthcare institutions in Brazil.
  • Conducts pre-acquisition anti-corruption diligence for large private equity firms and other clients in high-risk jurisdictions, including assisting with post-acquisition implementation of enhanced compliance controls, as well as effective and efficient portfolio company monitoring while preserving company independence.
  • Conducting an internal investigation related to “Operazione Conquibus,” the Italian authorities’ criminal investigation of alleged pharmaceutical manufacturer bribes to Italian doctors on behalf of a multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer.



  • Co-panelist, “The Anti-Corruption Revolution in Latin America: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?” 2020 American Bar Association International Law Section Virtual Annual Meeting (June 2020)
  • Co-panelist, “Data Privacy Concerns for Latin American Businesses,” Cafecito con Ropes & Gray Virtual Roundtable Series (June 2020)
  • Co-panelist, “Sanctions and Export Considerations for Suppliers of COVID-19 Relief Items to Latin American Jurisdictions,” Cafecito con Ropes & Gray Virtual Roundtable Series (May 2020)
  • Co-panelist, “Not Business as Usual, but Compliance as Usual in Latin America,” Cafecito con Ropes & Gray Virtual Roundtable Series (April 2020)
  • Co-panelist, “Crisis Management: Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Concerns for Latin America Businesses,” Cafecito con Ropes & Gray Virtual Roundtable Series (April 2020)
  • Co-panelist, “The Impact of a Global Crisis on Anti-Bribery Compliance,” TRACE Webinar (April 2020)
  • Panelist, “Key Considerations when Conducting Internal Investigations in Mexico: Attorney-Client Privilege, Access to Data and Acting on Findings,” TRACE International Anti-Bribery Workshop, Mexico City (February 27, 2020) 
  • Panelist, “Recent FCPA Investigations and Enforcement Actions Involving Conduct in Mexico,” TRACE International Anti-Bribery Workshop, Mexico City (February 27, 2020) 
  • Panelist, “Risk & Compliance Exchange – Latin America Interactive Session,” ACI 36th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (December 5, 2019)  
  • Panelist, “The Era of Corporate Governance,” Latin Lawyer – GIR 7th Annual Anti-Corruption & Investigations Brazil (October 17, 2019) 
  • Moderator, Ropes & Gray and FTI Consulting São Paulo Women’s Event (October 16, 2019)
  • Panelist, “Recent FCPA Actions in Latin America: Compliance Lessons from Companies Operating in Mexico,” TRACE International Anti-Bribery Workshop, Mexico City (June 18, 2019)
  • Moderator, Global Forum on Corporate Criminal Liability, Chantilly, France (March 7, 2019)
  • Panelist, “New Trends in the Fight Against Corruption Through Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement,” Mexico International Chamber of Commerce Session of the Anticorruption Commission (February 13, 2019)
  • Panelist, “What to Do If Your Third Parties Are Under Suspicion: How Multinationals are Responding in Real Time to More Regional Developments,” ACI’s 35th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (November 28, 2018) 
  • Panelist, “Internal investigations of All Shapes and Sizes,” Latin Lawyer – GIR 6th Annual Anti-Corruption & Investigations Brazil (October 18, 2018) 
  • Panelist, Ropes & Gray and FTI Consulting São Paulo Women’s Event (October 17, 2018)
  • Panelist, “How to be on the safe side: new compliance challenges for clients and law firms,” IBA Annual Conference Rome (October 11, 2018)
  • Speaker, “Internal Investigations in Latin America,” TRACE International Webinar (October 10, 2018)
  • Panelist, “Creating an Internal Culture of Risk Management,” Bloomberg Law: In-House Forum East (October 4, 2018)
  • Moderator, “Managing Overlapping Exposure from Anti-Corruption, Economic Sanctions, AML & Cybercrime,” ACI Financial Crime Executive Roundtable (September 26, 2018)
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