Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations Department

New York
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What the team is known for Offers expert handling of complex criminal and civil investigations, including cross-border proceedings before the DOJ, the SEC, the CFTC and wider regulators. Demonstrates notable expertise in defending individuals and companies against enforcement actions, fielding particular experience in representing financial services clients. Clients benefit from its strong bench of lawyers offering notable government-side experience. Regularly called on by corporate clients to conduct sensitive internal investigations into compliance and workplace conduct.

Strengths"They are very professional and have a deep bench of knowledge across many areas," one impressed client comments.

Another source notes: "They are top-notch counsel, and I would not hesitate to have any executive represented by them."

Further interviewees highlight the strength of the firm's bench, commenting: "The white-collar folks there are extremely good - they're tremendous lawyers."

Work highlights Represented Morgan Stanley in its role as a witness in a criminal insider trading case arising out of a trader's alleged misappropriation of nonpublic information about a pending M&A transaction.

Notable practitioners


James Benjamin
draws widespread acclaim for his impressive track record of defending financial institutions and their senior employees in high-stakes investigations and criminal proceedings. Sources describe him as "just superb - a wonderful lawyer with terrific strategic judgment and a wonderful bedside manner. He's also a total pleasure to work with and really rolls up his sleeves in a case."


Katherine Goldstein
has a strong reputation among her peers for her broad criminal defense practice, which sees her frequently advising clients facing all manner of white-collar proceedings, including regulatory and internal investigations. Interviewees consider her a "really excellent lawyer - very levelheaded, so smart and really able to get into the details."

Market sources describe
Michael Asaro
as a "really smart, strategic and effective advocate" and highlight his "deep subset of knowledge on securities matters." He draws on extensive governmental experience to counsel clients facing regulatory investigations  and allegations such as criminal FCPA violations, fraud and market manipulation.

Interviewees describe
Parvin Moyne
as "extremely able, very smart and a complete pleasure to work with." She is increasingly commended for the strength of her criminal practice, and frequently defends clients from the financial services sector facing allegations of insider trading, fraud and market manipulation.