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Bill Johnson focuses on white-collar criminal and regulatory matters, including government investigations. Bill is a former federal prosecutor and Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and a former Enforcement Division attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Bill represents corporations, institutions and individuals in a variety of investigations and litigation.  Bill also represents clients in data, privacy and security matters.

Bill represents clients in investigations and litigation involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as well as other federal, state and local agencies. He also conducts internal investigations and advises clients on anti-corruption matters.

Previously, Bill was Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. In this role, he led a unit of prosecutors and law enforcement agents in investigations, trials, appeals and other litigation related to insider trading, fraudulent investment schemes, corporate financial fraud and options backdating. As Chief and Deputy Chief, Bill oversaw the investigation and prosecution of many notable cases, including Bernard Madoff, Galleon Group/Raj Rajaratnam, Marc Dreier, Refco and Adelphia. Before that, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Bill investigated and prosecuted some of the nation's highest-profile securities fraud cases, including former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers and CFO Scott Sullivan, Steven Madden and Michael Milken.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Bill served as Senior Counsel in the SEC's Division of Enforcement, leading investigations and litigation, and in the Office of the General Counsel, Appellate Litigation Group.

Bill also served as an Independent Monitor for the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department, where Bill led a team of police practices experts evaluating the department's compliance with a federal consent decree mandating policy and procedure improvements regarding the use of excessive force.

Bill has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a 2017 U.S. Litigation Star and by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Litigation—White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations. He has also been recognized by Legal 500 in Litigation—White-Collar Criminal Defense and in Financial Services Litigation.

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Credentials

J.D., Washington College of Law

B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, cum laude

Connecticut

District of Columbia

New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Director's Award for his extensive work on the WorldCom case


U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Litigation Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2017

Leading individual in Litigation—White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations


Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Litigation—White-Collar Criminal Defense and in Financial Services Litigation


Legal 500

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Recognition

Director's Award for his extensive work on the WorldCom case


U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Litigation Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2017

Leading individual in Litigation—White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations


Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Litigation—White-Collar Criminal Defense and in Financial Services Litigation


Legal 500

Matters

Equifax, Inc. in various government investigations arising out of the 2017 cybersecurity incident.

Forex Capital Markets LLC in CFTC investigation and litigation in SDNY alleging capitalization, reporting, and marketing violations. Negotiated settlement resolving these claims in February 2017.

Credit Suisse AG in DOJ’s multiyear tax and securities investigation of the Swiss banking industry. Helped negotiate historic global settlement in 2014. Representing Credit Suisse during the multiyear monitorship that followed settlement with the New York DFS.

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Matters

Equifax, Inc. in various government investigations arising out of the 2017 cybersecurity incident.

Forex Capital Markets LLC in CFTC investigation and litigation in SDNY alleging capitalization, reporting, and marketing violations. Negotiated settlement resolving these claims in February 2017.

Credit Suisse AG in DOJ’s multiyear tax and securities investigation of the Swiss banking industry. Helped negotiate historic global settlement in 2014. Representing Credit Suisse during the multiyear monitorship that followed settlement with the New York DFS.

Deutsche Bank in a multiyear SEC investigation involving credit derivatives trading, risk management, and valuation practices. Negotiated settlement resolving the matter on a no-admit/no-deny basis.

Multiple traders in connection with DOJ, CFTC and Federal Reserve investigations of foreign exchange trading.

A broker in connection with DOJ, CFTC and international investigations involving LIBOR rates.

High-level executives and other employees of global investment banks in connection with DOJ and CFTC investigations of ISDAFIX benchmarks.

Individual employees of a global investment bank in connection with DOJ and SEC, and NYAG investigations involving residential mortgage-backed securities.

An accounting firm in connection with investigations by DOJ and SEC concerning a pharmaceutical company’s financial reporting.

Wells Fargo Bank in SDNY civil action alleging FIRREA violations in connection with the bank’s participation in FHA lending program. Negotiated settlement resolving claims in April 2016.

A major bank in DOJ criminal investigation regarding anti-money- laundering and other issues related to allegations of fraud by a customer.

A global investment bank in SEC and FINRA investigations involving a high-profile investment. The investigation was terminated favorably to the bank.

A global investment bank in SEC and DOJ investigations involving a high-profile investment manager. The investigation was terminated favorably to the bank.

Individual employees of an investment advisor in an SEC investigation relating to collateralized debt obligations. The investigation was terminated favorably as to all clients.

Individuals in DOJ and SEC investigations into alleged insider trading. The investigation was terminated favorably as to all clients.

Insights

Article · Source: New York Law Journal

July 9, 2019
Mueller Report: A Path to Full Disclosure

Article · Source: The Banking Law Journal

June 1, 2019
NY DFS Cybersecurity Regulation, Two Years In—What Comes Next?

Article · Source: The Banking Law Journal

June 1, 2019
NY DFS Cybersecurity Regulation, Two Years In—What Comes Next?

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Matters

Equifax, Inc. in various government investigations arising out of the 2017 cybersecurity incident.

Forex Capital Markets LLC in CFTC investigation and litigation in SDNY alleging capitalization, reporting, and marketing violations. Negotiated settlement resolving these claims in February 2017.

Credit Suisse AG in DOJ’s multiyear tax and securities investigation of the Swiss banking industry. Helped negotiate historic global settlement in 2014. Representing Credit Suisse during the multiyear monitorship that followed settlement with the New York DFS.

See more
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Matters

Equifax, Inc. in various government investigations arising out of the 2017 cybersecurity incident.

Forex Capital Markets LLC in CFTC investigation and litigation in SDNY alleging capitalization, reporting, and marketing violations. Negotiated settlement resolving these claims in February 2017.

Credit Suisse AG in DOJ’s multiyear tax and securities investigation of the Swiss banking industry. Helped negotiate historic global settlement in 2014. Representing Credit Suisse during the multiyear monitorship that followed settlement with the New York DFS.

Deutsche Bank in a multiyear SEC investigation involving credit derivatives trading, risk management, and valuation practices. Negotiated settlement resolving the matter on a no-admit/no-deny basis.

Multiple traders in connection with DOJ, CFTC and Federal Reserve investigations of foreign exchange trading.

A broker in connection with DOJ, CFTC and international investigations involving LIBOR rates.

High-level executives and other employees of global investment banks in connection with DOJ and CFTC investigations of ISDAFIX benchmarks.

Individual employees of a global investment bank in connection with DOJ and SEC, and NYAG investigations involving residential mortgage-backed securities.

An accounting firm in connection with investigations by DOJ and SEC concerning a pharmaceutical company’s financial reporting.

Wells Fargo Bank in SDNY civil action alleging FIRREA violations in connection with the bank’s participation in FHA lending program. Negotiated settlement resolving claims in April 2016.

A major bank in DOJ criminal investigation regarding anti-money- laundering and other issues related to allegations of fraud by a customer.

A global investment bank in SEC and FINRA investigations involving a high-profile investment. The investigation was terminated favorably to the bank.

A global investment bank in SEC and DOJ investigations involving a high-profile investment manager. The investigation was terminated favorably to the bank.

Individual employees of an investment advisor in an SEC investigation relating to collateralized debt obligations. The investigation was terminated favorably as to all clients.

Individuals in DOJ and SEC investigations into alleged insider trading. The investigation was terminated favorably as to all clients.

Insights

Article · Source: New York Law Journal

July 9, 2019
Mueller Report: A Path to Full Disclosure

Article · Source: The Banking Law Journal

June 1, 2019
NY DFS Cybersecurity Regulation, Two Years In—What Comes Next?

Article · Source: The Banking Law Journal

June 1, 2019
NY DFS Cybersecurity Regulation, Two Years In—What Comes Next?

View all

Credentials

J.D., Washington College of Law

B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, cum laude

Connecticut

District of Columbia

New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Director's Award for his extensive work on the WorldCom case


U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Litigation Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2017

Leading individual in Litigation—White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations


Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Litigation—White-Collar Criminal Defense and in Financial Services Litigation


Legal 500

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Recognition

Director's Award for his extensive work on the WorldCom case


U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Litigation Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2017

Leading individual in Litigation—White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations


Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Litigation—White-Collar Criminal Defense and in Financial Services Litigation


Legal 500