Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Corporate Crime & Investigations Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Distinguished history of resolving matters for major corporations facing investigation by the DOJ and SEC, among other domestic and international enforcement agencies. Strong bench of seasoned white-collar litigators and former prosecutors with extensive experience in handling criminal and civil proceedings along with internal corporate investigations. Deep understanding of matters concerning anticorruption and money-laundering laws in the US and abroad. Noted for representing major clients in the automotive, financial services and pharmaceutical sectors. Also assists clients with wide-ranging internal investigations following allegations of sexual abuse and harassment.

Strengths One interviewee reports: "They have terrific legal skills and talent - they identify all the right issues, give us great advice and counsel, and they have great relationships with the government regulators on the other side of the table," and goes on to say: "They are our one of our go-to firms on our most sensitive matters."

One client says: "I've found them to be incredibly thorough, wise, experienced and hard-working."

Another source compliments the team's "ability to anticipate issues at each step of the way, and provide us with a clear road map to dealing with these issues," adding that "their methodical approach was key to helping us navigate a complex environment."

Work highlights Represented Société Générale in connection with an investigation by the DOJ and France's Parquet National Financier into the potential corruption of foreign officials in Libya.

Notable practitioners

New York-based Bruce Yannett leads the firm's white-collar and regulatory defense practice, and has vast expertise in FCPA and securities matters. Former head of the SEC Mary Jo White is senior chair of the firm and also heads the strategic crisis response and solutions group from New York.