Special Matters – White Collar Defense & Government Investigations

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Formidable Experience and Deep Bench-Strength. With more than 100 lawyers, King & Spalding’s government investigations practice is anchored by our large Special Matters Team, which is made up of lawyers dedicated full- time to white-collar criminal defense, civil and regulatory investigations, and corporate internal investigations. Led by the former Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division—the practice includes more than 40 former federal prosecutors and other enforcement officials, as well as lawyers who have devoted their entire careers to white-collar criminal defense. 

Highlighting our Firm's overall depth of experience in this area, we count among our government investigations experts not just dozens of former federal prosecutors and enforcement officials with combined decades of front-line experience, but also numerous lawyers who served at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and elsewhere. This includes former Assistant Attorney Generals in charge of both the Criminal and Civil Divisions, the acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General, a Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, a former Regional Director of the SEC’s Northeast Regional Office, an Assistant Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the former United States Attorneys from four different districts, supervisors from multiple U.S. Attorneys’ Offices including both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and numerous former Deputy Assistant Attorneys General from DOJ’s Criminal, Civil, and Antitrust Divisions.

Broad Geographic Reach. With attorneys throughout the United States—New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco, Charlotte, Austin, and Silicon Valley—and across the globe—London, Paris, Moscow, and Singapore – our government investigations practice’s experience is far-reaching and exceptional. Recognized as a “major player in the market” (Legal 500) and “the premier firm in this practice area” (U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers), we have handled investigations before 73 of the 93 U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the United States and every litigating division of the Justice Department. We have likewise appeared before the SEC in every one of its 12 offices and have represented client in matters conducted in all of the SEC's specialized enforcement units. And we have conducted multinational investigations on every continent but Antarctica, including: Angola, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kazakhstan, Liberia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, South Sudan, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the UAE, the UK, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Western Sahara.

Strategic and Seasoned Approach to Government Investigations. Building on our experience both inside the government and as seasoned defense counsel, we have a well-earned reputation for “excellent credibility before the agencies across a broad swathe of white-collar matters.” (Legal 500). Recognized as “very strategic” (Chambers USA), we have leveraged this credibility and experience to a strong track record for resolving government investigations on favorable terms for our clients. With that said, we are fully prepared to fight where necessary and strategically sensible, and we regularly engage in criminal and civil litigation at the appellate, trial, and administrative levels.

Representative Clients.

  • Allergan

  • Amedisys

  • Bank of America

  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals

  • Credit Suisse

  • CVS Caremark

  • DaVita

  • Deutsche Bank

  • Eisai

  • Estate of Joe Paterno

  • Halliburton

  • Huntington Ingalls

  • Ipsen Pharmaceuticals

  • Johnson & Johnson

  • Medtronic

  • PNC Bank

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • Sears Holdings Corp.

  • UPS

  • Wells Fargo

Representative Matters.

  • King & Spalding represented Credit Suisse with respect to DOJ’s multi-year investigation of U.S. tax and securities law violations through the Swiss banking industry’s assistance to U.S. tax evaders, which resulted in a historic global settlement. King & Spalding also represented Credit Suisse with respect to the parallel investigations (now resolved) by the SEC, the Federal Reserve, the New York State Department of Financial Services, and the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

  • King & Spalding represented medical device manufacturer Medtronic in an industry-wide global Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation, which involved several non-U.S. countries. King & Spalding conducted the internal investigations necessary to respond and dealt closely with DOJ and the SEC. In 2013, the SEC and DOJ both informed Medtronic that they would be closing their investigations of the Company without pursuing any enforcement action, charges or sanctions against the Company.

  • King & Spalding is representing a major national financial institution in connection with subpoenas issued to multiple banks by DOJ (pursuant to FIRREA) concerning residential mortgage-backed securities. Separately, King & Spalding represented that institution in responding to first a criminal, then a civil FIRREA investigation, securing first a criminal declination, then a termination of the civil investigation as well. Finally, King & Spalding has represented the same client in extensive False Claims Act litigation stemming from its home mortgage lending program.

  • King & Spalding represented Allergan, Inc., in a civil and criminal investigation concerning sale of Allergan’s flagship product Botox® for therapeutic indications not approved at the time by the FDA. This matter involved then-novel First Amendment challenges to the government’s off-label enforcement regime. While this matter was globally settled in 2010, the First Amendment arguments developed in the case have since been adopted by other pharmaceutical companies seeking to challenge the government’s controversial enforcement regime.

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Christopher A Wray (Chris) 
T: +1 202 626 5570 WASHINGTON, D.C.
T: +1 404 572 3544 ATLANTA
T: +1 212 556 2163 NEW YORK

Special Matters – Our Partners

"Very strategic," "tremendously professional in every respect," "seamless" and "terrific - very collaborative and politically savvy." – Chambers USA

"Major player in the market," "experienced roster of former government lawyers," "excellent credibility before the agencies across a broad swathe of white-collar matters," and "ideally placed to take on high-stakes criminal cases and parallel civil litigation." – Legal 500

"White Collar Practice Group
of the Year" – Law360

"The premier firm in this practice area." – U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers