Government Enforcement / White Collar Crime

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Companies and individuals worldwide turn to Ropes & Gray’s leading government enforcement practice to guide them through all manner of investigations, enforcement actions, and compliance issues. Our attorneys understand business and regulation and help our clients pre-empt, resolve or mitigate the impact of government investigations and enforcement actions.

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“This well-established firm houses a top-rated litigation group with a presence on the national stage and the capacity to handle the most complex of disputes. Its lawyers are respected throughout the market for their expertise and the quality of their service, which takes in a variety of industries and the key areas of securities and white-collar litigation.” Chambers USA
“Ropes & Gray have a very good white collar team…I would refer work to them.” Independent Survey by Chambers & Partners
“Among the best teams that I have worked with.” Independent Survey by Chambers & Partners

Overview

Consistently recognized as a leading enforcement defense practice, Ropes & Gray has a long and successful track record of representing clients on the full spectrum of internal investigations and government enforcement matters.

We have represented clients on matters relating to:

  • The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA)
  • The federal Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law
  • Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse and pricing issues 
  • The False Claims Act (FCA) and whistleblower or qui tam litigation
  • Consumer protection issues
  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the U.K. Bribery Act
  • Securities law enforcement
  • Financial crimes
  • Antitrust enforcement issues
  • Economic sanctions and export control issues
  • Anti-money laundering issues
  • Privacy and data security issues
  • Intellectual property crime 
  • Public corruption and campaign finance enforcement issues

Clients rely on us to be their trusted partner both before and after the commencement of enforcement activity, and also look to us to conduct sensitive internal investigations and to provide counseling on risk assessment, prevention and compliance. If the best course of action is trial, we assemble accomplished trial teams that achieve outstanding results for clients.

Leaders in the Field

Named a “White Collar Practice Group of the Year” by Law360 in both 2011 and 2012, Ropes & Gray has also been ranked in U.S. News & World Report— Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”  as a top firm for criminal defense: white collar government investigations and white collar litigation and securities regulation. Many of our attorneys have also been recognized as leaders in their field in publications including: Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Super Lawyers, International Who's Who of Business Crime Defense Lawyers, Euromoney's Expert Guides of White Collar Crime Lawyers and LMG Life Sciences. 

Our team of enforcement defense lawyers—including partners who excelled as federal prosecutors and enforcement attorneys at U.S. Attorney’s offices, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)— understands the complexities of the global regulatory and enforcement environment and of working with the government.

In addition, some of the nation’s leading corporate and regulatory lawyers, including those in Ropes & Gray’s investment management, private equity, life sciences and health care practice groups, work hand-in-hand with our enforcement attorneys. Clients understand that our ready access to these lawyers means efficient, cutting-edge advocacy when they are facing government investigation and enforcement proceedings.

Comprehensive Capabilities

Our enforcement lawyers aggressively stay at the cutting edge of emerging enforcement and regulatory developments that impact our clients and the risks they face. We also have an in-depth understanding of our clients’ business needs. Clients regularly look to us for guidance with respect to:

  • Criminal, civil and administrative investigations and enforcement actions conducted by federal and state law enforcement
  • Handling complex parallel proceedings involving simultaneous civil and criminal actions
  • Internal investigations
  • Establishment and implementation of compliance programs
  • Analysis of risk involved in corporate transactions

Experience

Clients from public and privately held companies, to private equity firms and hedge funds, to hospitals and academic medical centers, have turned to us to assist them with many of the most time and resource-intensive investigations conducted by state and federal authorities over the past several years. We also advise individuals, including top officers and directors of corporate clients, in a broad array of industries and professions. 

Recent highlights include representation of:

  • A major medical device manufacturer in a closely watched trial involving alleged off-label marketing of a bone growth product. We secured the dismissal of all 13 felony charges against the company following opening statements in exchange for a fine and a plea to a single misdemeanor count.
  • Several individuals in connection with investigations by the SEC, CFTC, DOJ, U.K Financial Conduct Authority and Serious Fraud Office, and the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority regarding the alleged manipulation of the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and other benchmark rates.
  • A leading owner and operator of medium-sized acute care facilities, negotiating a no-cost resolution to a six-year qui tam lawsuit brought by a former employee, following two previous with-prejudice dismissals. We also obtained sanctions against opposing counsel for ethical misconduct.
  • An international financial services firm in an SEC investigation into the sale of certain structured products to retail customers.
  • A major medical device manufacturer in two separate joint criminal and civil investigations conducted by the DOJ and the FDA that spanned several years. Both investigations involved the alleged off-label promotion of two distinct medical devices. We persuaded the DOJ to close the investigations without taking any adverse action against the Company or any associated individuals, as well as obtaining the dismissal and disposition of two related qui tam actions.
  • A number of hedge funds and related individuals involved in the highly publicized investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York into the use of expert networks and consultants and other means of company research used by hedge fund analysts and portfolio managers.
  • Several executives associated with a number of different foreign companies that are the subject of pending criminal investigations being conducted by the Antitrust Division of the DOJ, working in coordination with the Canadian Competition Bureau, the European Commission, and the Japan Fair Trade Commission. The investigations concern alleged international price-fixing cartels among various Japanese, U.S., and European entities. 
  • The former associate general counsel of a multinational pharmaceutical company, winning a judgment of acquittal at the close of the government’s case for the former executive who had been charged with obstruction of justice and making false statements to a federal agency based on involvement in responding to an FDA inquiry.
  • A former BP PLC drilling engineer and the first individual to be indicted in connection with the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
  • Numerous bulge-bracket private equity/institutional investment advisers in evaluating and addressing FCPA risks at both the enterprise and portfolio company levels, in connection with the SEC’s first-ever FCPA sweep of private equity and investment advisers related to their relationships with Sovereign Wealth Funds.
  • A Korea-based company in connection with a government investigation into possible alleged violations of U.S. trade secrets laws.