Roger A. Burlingame

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Roger A. Burlingame

Partner

London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7333 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Roger A. Burlingame focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, regulatory enforcement matters and related civil litigation. A former high-ranking prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice and seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Burlingame defends individual and corporate clients in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) from cross-border U.S. government investigations and related civil litigation. He routinely serves as lead defense counsel in high-profile investigations relating to fraud, collusion, manipulation and abuse in the financial markets, Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) violations, money laundering, asset forfeiture and tax evasion.

Leveraging his knowledge on national security law, Mr. Burlingame also represents companies and individuals facing U.S. sanctions violations, import/export controls, as well as issues involving the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by EMEA-based clients facing U.S. government criminal and regulatory investigations, Mr. Burlingame is described by Chambers & Partners UK as "the go-to guy for any case with a US angle" and by The Legal 500 UK as “the go-to guy for European targets of high-profile US-facing investigations.”

As a prosecutor, Mr. Burlingame served as Chief of the Public Integrity Section and Senior Trial Counsel in the Business and Securities Fraud Section at the U.S. Department of Justice and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. In these roles, he led and supervised scores of white-collar criminal matters, including securities, corporate, tax, healthcare and accounting frauds, collusive market practices and bribery/FCPA investigations. Mr. Burlingame also led and oversaw mutual legal assistance treaty requests and extraditions.

For his work at the Department of Justice, Mr. Burlingame won numerous awards, including the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s “Investigator of the Year” award, the Council of Inspectors General “Excellence in Investigation” award and the New York City Bar Association’s Henry L. Stimson Medal, presented annually to the top federal prosecutor in each of New York’s two U.S. Attorney’s Offices.

Mr. Burlingame is an active contributor to the legal community, frequently speaking at conferences and authoring articles on defending clients from cross-border government investigations. His writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Law Journal; Global Investigations Review; Law 360; The European, Middle Eastern and African Investigations Review; Fraud Intelligence and Bloomberg BNA. For many years, Mr. Burlingame also taught a seminar in U.S. federal prosecution as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Burlingame was a partner at a well-known disputes and investigations firm.

Experience
  • Navinder Sarao, the UK-based futures trader, facing U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) civil enforcement and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal actions in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for commodities manipulation, fraud and spoofing, alleged to have contributed to the 2010 “flash crash".
  • The former regional CEO of a global UK-based bank in a joint DOJ and U.S Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations stemming from the bank’s Asia-Pacific hiring practices.
  • The former EMEA Head of the Portfolio Solutions Group for State Street bank, charged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts with a US$15 million wire and securities fraud.
  • A UK-based precious metals futures trader against federal criminal charges of spoofing, wire and commodities fraud in the Northern District of Illinois, and a parallel CFTC enforcement action in the same district.
  • Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at a global investment bank in a DOJ investigation into alleged FCPA violations in securing investments from North African sovereign investment authority.
  • Global Head of Trading and Investment Banking at a global investment bank in a DOJ investigation of an alleged US$10 billion fraud and money laundering scheme.
  • The CEO of an asset management company with US$50 billion under management in a DOJ asset forfeiture action relating to a US$630 million embezzlement scheme.
  • The director the UK-based affiliate of the largest internet prescription drug distributor to the U.S., charged with felony misbranding, money laundering and smuggling in the District of Montana.
  • Numerous London-based foreign exchange traders at global investment banks in response to a DOJ investigation into alleged market manipulation.
  • The former deputy CEO and head of Eurasia for a multinational telecommunications company in a DOJ FCPA investigation into bribery in Uzbekistan.
  • A London-based hedge fund founder targeted in an SEC insider trading investigation.
  • The London-based head of a global sales desk for a multinational bank in a DOJ investigation into fraud and market manipulation concerning the alleged leak of confidential information to a major hedge fund.
  • Numerous complex derivatives brokers in investigations by the New York Attorney General and CFTC of fraud and market manipulation.
  • The former chief executive of wealth and investment at a global bank in a U.S. government investigation into money laundering and FCPA violations.
  • A London-based trader in an investigation by the DOJ’s fraud and antitrust sections and the SEC into collusion in the Sub-Sovereign and Agency bond market.
  • A former officer of a global mining and exploration company in an investigation being conducted by the SEC and DOJ into possible FCPA violations arising out of certain Southeast Asian projects.
  • Several index derivative traders for global investment banks in DOJ investigations into alleged collusion, market manipulation and fraud.
  • The audit committee of a European company in conducting an internal investigation into operations in Eastern Europe, in connection with alleged FCPA, accounting and antitrust violations.
  • Several employees of investment banks in response to an investigation by the DOJ, SEC and CFTC into alleged LIBOR manipulation in relation to the U.S. dollar and other currencies.
  • Numerous individuals pursuant to an investigation by several U.S. authorities into violations of the Iranian sanctions regime.
  • A senior executive of a global UK engineering company in response to allegations of bribery relating to the procurement of overseas contracts.
  • The head of a European asset management company charged with tax evasion.
  • The head of private wealth management for a global investment bank in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority inquiry into insider trading.
  • Majority shareholder of West African offshore oil services companies in conducting an internal review of business operations in connection with FCPA inquiries.
  • A senior sales executive at a global waste management company in a DOJ money laundering investigation.
  • The owners of global oil services company in a DOJ FCPA investigation into the company’s advisory business.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

Education
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, B.A.
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
Admissions
  • Admitted in New York
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales