Roger A. Burlingame


Roger A. Burlingame


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


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. Mr. Burlingame also advises companies in EMEA and elsewhere on corporate governance and compliance matters.

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 UK as "the go-to guy for any case with a U.S. angle". Chambers UK 2020 notes that he “maintains a stellar reputation for his expertise in cross-border white-collar matters with a U.S. dimension”. The Legal 500 UK 2020 describes him as “a seasoned and very experienced litigator in financial crime cases”, with “superb client skills and is excellent on extradition”.

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 (as 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 bribery/FCPA investigations, securities, corporate, tax, healthcare and accounting frauds, and collusive market practices cases. 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 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, the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s “Investigator of the Year” award and the Council of Inspectors General “Excellence in Investigation” award.

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 at New York University School of Law.


  • The owners of global oil services company in investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.K. Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Australia’s Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) and other countries’ criminal authorities into the company's advisory business.
  • UK-based futures trader Navinder Sarao in U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) civil enforcement and 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 Global Head of Trading and Investment Banking at a German-based global investment bank in a DOJ investigation of an alleged US$10 billion fraud and money laundering scheme.
  • The regional head of Financial Crime and Compliance and several team members at a UK-based global bank pursuant to an investigation by several U.S. authorities into possible sanctions violations and money laundering related transaction monitoring issues. 
  • 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 Head of Treasury for a French global bank in a DOJ investigation into LIBOR manipulation.
  • A former sales representative for an Eastern European bank in investigations by U.S., U.K., Spanish and Portugese criminal authorities into an alleged US$1.2 billion money laundering scheme.
  • The former regional CEO of a UK-based global bank in a joint DOJ and U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into potential FCPA violations stemming from the bank's Asia-Pacific hiring practices.
  • The Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at a French global investment bank in a DOJ investigation into alleged FCPA violations in securing investments from North African sovereign investment authority.  
  • A UK-based commodities 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.
  • 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.
  • The Hong Kong-based former CEO of Wealth and Investment at a global UK-based bank in a U.S. government investigation into money laundering and FCPA violations.
  • Numerous Dubai-based individuals at a UK-based global bank pursuant to an investigation by several U.S. authorities into violations of the Iranian sanctions regime. 
  • A UK-based precious metal futures trader in inquiries by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the CFTC into allegedly disruptive and manipulative trading. 
  • The head of UK-based precious metal futures trading desk in inquiries by the DOJ, CFTC and CME into alleged spoofing and market manipulation. 
  • 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.
  • The Board of Directors of a Swiss bank in conducting an internal investigation into tax evasion. 
  • A U.S.-based stock trader against federal criminal market manipulation, money laundering and tax evasion charges, as well as parallel asset forfeiture and SEC enforcement actions based on the use of novel liquidity arbitrage strategies in U.S. securities markets.
  • Numerous complex derivatives brokers in investigations by the SFO, the New York Attorney General and the CFTC of fraud and market manipulation.
  • 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.
  • The Dubai-based owner of one of Africa’s largest trading companies in a DOJ investigation into alleged sanctions and Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) violations.
  • Several index derivative traders for global investment banks in DOJ and SFO investigations into alleged collusion, market manipulation and fraud.
  • Numerous London-based foreign exchange traders at global investment banks in response to a DOJ investigation into alleged market manipulation.
  • Multiple derivative traders for French global investment banks in DOJ investigations into market manipulation allegations.
  • The Dubai-based owners of multinational mining, media, technology and other companies in investigations by U.S., South African and other criminal authorities into alleged corruption. 
  • 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.
  • The head of private wealth management for a global investment bank in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority inquiry into insider trading.
  • A former officer of a global mining and exploration company in an investigation being conducted by the DOJ, SFO and the SEC into possible FCPA violations arising out of certain Southeast Asian projects.  
  •  A senior sales executive at a global waste management company in investigations by DOJ and Ecuadorian authorities into money laundering and corruption.
  • A senior executive of a global UK engineering company in response to allegations of bribery relating to the procurement of overseas contracts.
  • 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 London-based hedge fund founder targeted in an SEC insider trading investigation.
  • The majority shareholder of a privately held international offshore oil services company in conducting an internal investigation of business operations in connection with FCPA inquiries.
  • 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.
  • The head of a European asset management company charged with tax evasion.
Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, B.A.
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • European Criminal Bar Association
  • Society of English & American Lawyers
  • Extradition Lawyers' Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • International Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • International Bar Association, Business Crime Committee, Regional Representative Europe
  • JUSTICE, Executive Board Member
Speaking Engagements
  • Extradition in Business Crime Cases, 4th Annual 33 Chancery Lane Business Crime Conference – London (November, 2019)
  • Money Laundering: Has the US Hammer Gone Global?, ABA White Collar Crime Institute – London (October, 2019)
  • Financial Institutions Enforcement, Cambridge Forums – New York (May 2019)
  • Chair, Global Forum on Protecting the Wealthy, Their Assets & Advisors, Cambridge Forums - Surrey (February, 2019)
  • Expert Testimony – House of Lords' Select Committee on Bribery Act, Palace of Westminster – London (November, 2018)
  • The Special Relationship with the USA: An Extradition Case Study, Annual DELF Conference – London (September, 2018)
  • Corporate Crime: Educating the Board; Defending the Company & Its Directors, Company Secretary Forum – London (November, 2017)
  • Outward View on International Corruption, Transatlantic General Counsel Summit – London (June, 2017)
  • Combating Market Misconduct – What Needs to be Done?, ABA White Collar Crime Institute – London (October, 2016)
  • Navigating Cross-border Investigations – UK and U.S. Perspectives, Webinar - London (June, 2016)
  • Financial Institutions Enforcement, Cambridge Forums – Connecticut (May, 2016)
  • Conflicting Compliance: When Foreign Laws Are at Odds with Anti-Corruption Compliance under the FCPA and UK Bribery Act, SCCE European Compliance & Ethics Institute – Prague (March, 2016)
  • The Art of Conducting Effective Investigations in High Risk Markets, C5 Anti-Corruption Conference – London, (June, 2015)
  • An International Conundrum: Conducting an Internal Investigation on Behalf of a Multinational Organization, New York Law Journal Webinar – New-York (November, 2014)
  • Collateral Consequences – It's Not Over When You Think It’s Over, ABA White Collar Crime Institute – London (October, 2014)
  • Expert Testimony – House of Lord’s Select Committee on UK/US Extradition, Palace of Westminster – London (July, 2014)
  • Responding to the New Corruption Landscape, C5 Anti-Corruption Conference – London (June, 2014)• US-UK Extradition - An Inside Perspective, Extradition Lawyers Association – London (June, 2014)
  • Deferred Prosecution Agreements in Practice, Fraud Lawyers Association – London (June, 2014)
  • Deferred Prosecution Agreements, QEB Hollis Whiteman – London (January, 2014)
  • Theft of Identity and Impersonation – Who are You Dealing With?, Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime – Cambridge (September, 2013)
  • Cross Border Jurisdictional Fraud, The Fraud Lawyers Association – London (July, 2013)