Covington & Burling LLP

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations Department

New York
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What the team is known for Go-to practice for life science companies under investigation by domestic and international regulatory bodies, routinely advising clients on areas including financial crime, international trade issues and tax fraud matters. Its client base also includes high-profile political figures, technology companies and financial institutions. Highlighted for its extensive courtroom experience, as well as its strong bench of former government attorneys with notable experience handling complex cross-border mandates.

Strengths One interviewee comments: "It's a good firm with a very robust practice."

An impressed client praises the firm's "consistency of offering across its offices," adding: "It's the best firm I have ever worked with."

Work highlights Represented Valeant Pharmaceuticals in connection with DOJ and Congressional investigations relating to price increases for certain of the company's products.

Notable practitioners

The "phenomenal"
Alan Vinegrad
draws praise as as an "incredibly smart attorney who is able to strike the right balance with regulators." He undertakes a broad caseload of white-collar defense work, regularly acting for both individuals and institutions in connection with regulatory investigations and allegations including fraud and insider trading.


Nancy Kestenbaum
is widely acknowledged as a market-leading lawyer in white-collar cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct. Her broader practice also includes regulatory investigations and matters relating to potential FCPA violations. Interviewees describe her as "a true subject matter expert with tremendous relationships within the DOJ," adding: "She's very well respected, has great instincts and offers sensitivity towards the client."