White Collar



Dechert lawyers have successfully defended clients facing government investigations, handling white collar matters in nearly all substantive areas, including accounting irregularities, antitrust, bank and financial fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, government contract fraud, insider trading, money laundering, RICO, securities fraud, stock market manipulation and tax fraud. We frequently represent clients in criminal cases brought by the Justice Department as well as defend clients in investigation and enforcement proceedings initiated by diverse federal agencies, including the SEC, CFTC and FTC, as well as by state Attorneys General, district attorneys and other government and regulatory bodies. Our global reach also enables us to represent clients facing inquiries in Asia, across Europe and in Russia. When litigation ensues, we defend our clients powerfully at trial. Collectively, we have tried hundreds of cases and have argued at least as many appeals with excellent results.

Our team of white collar defense lawyers includes many former federal prosecutors and government enforcement lawyers highly experienced in managing complex federal and state court litigation, handling simultaneous inquiries by multiple federal and state government agencies and prosecutors, and defending the companion civil cases that frequently follow. We guide our clients safely through government inquiries, often resolving government investigations discreetly, without prosecution or other public action.

Strategic Preventive Advice

Our clients include corporations, audit committees, investment management companies, brokerage firms, officers, directors and executives. We help them through the judgment calls necessary to efficiently manage risk, defend investigations and preserve their business stability and reputation. Taking a proactive approach, we offer our clients strategic preventative advice on establishing, maintaining and enforcing compliance programs and addressing corporate governance issues. While addressing immediate concerns, we also evaluate the risks posed by government agencies and an aggressive class action bar.

Credible Internal Investigations

We have directed the most complex and challenging internal investigations to successful conclusion, helping our clients resolve critical concerns such as whether to disclose findings, waive privileges or take remedial measures.

Criminal and Regulatory Defense of Securities Matters

Dechert’s white collar defense and securities enforcement lawyers partner with our top-ranked regulatory compliance groups and are thoroughly knowledgeable about the regulatory underpinnings and business operations of investment advisers, investment companies, broker-dealers, financial firms and public companies subject to SEC oversight and investigation, as well as companies operating under an array of other government or industry-driven regimes. Applying our depth of knowledge and experience, we devise sound strategies, maintain credibility with government agencies and obtain efficient resolutions for our clients.

Criminal Antitrust Investigations and Litigation

Dechert’s criminal antitrust lawyers help clients navigate the complex parallel multi-agency criminal and cartel investigations that have become commonplace in recent years. We have vast experience defending U.S. and foreign companies in grand jury investigations conducted by the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. If an investigation cannot be defused, we powerfully defend our clients at trial.

Defending Qui Tam Cases

Dechert lawyers are experienced defending False Claims Act cases brought by the government as well as qui tam suits brought by whistleblowers accusing their employers of fraud against the government. We have represented clients such as major pharmaceutical companies, defense contractors and airlines in nonpublic False Claims Act matters, including government investigations alleging improper pricing or price reporting, cost mischarging, improper sales and marketing activity, kickbacks and defective products.

Defending FCPA and Corruption Investigations

Dechert lawyers frequently defend U.S. companies, their foreign affiliates and non-U.S. entities in internal and government investigations involving allegations of corruption and bribery under the FCPA, the UK anti-bribery statute, anti-money laundering laws and on similar regulatory issues. We advise companies and senior officers on the issues that may arise in such matters, including voluntary disclosure, disciplinary and remedial measures and local law issues.