Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

FCPA Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Accomplished FCPA group, which combines notable investigations experience with a deep bench of white-collar attorneys and former federal prosecutors. Acts across wide-ranging global industries including construction, energy, investment banking and consumer goods. Covers the full gamut of anticorruption and antibribery matters, from providing M&A due diligence advice through to defense during major government investigations. Regularly acts for clients in complex settlement negotiations involving government agencies in the US and around the world, fielding substantial expertise in matters relating to Latin America.

Strengths"They're excellent," says an interviewee, explaining: "They're exceptionally knowledgeable about the law and they bring a good amount of thoughtfulness and industry knowledge."

One client notes that "they have very deep relations with the SEC. They really understand and are knowledgeable about the SEC process. Their expertise is fairly unique and their relationships are a powerful tool."

Another comments: "They're client-focused, well respected and very talented in the FCPA area."

Work highlights Represented Société Générale in relation to investigations by the DOJ and French PNF into alleged corruption of Libyan officials, securing a deferred prosecution agreement and a penalty of $585 million.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Levine focuses on FCPA compliance and investigations, offering particular expertise in matters relating to Latin America. "He is excellent," reports an impressed client, adding that "he is exceptionally able and capable." Another interviewee says: "He's very pragmatic and hands-on. He's able to conceptualize and simplify quite quickly complex considerations and situations."

Bruce Yannett maintains a standout reputation for his expertise in FCPA matters. He regularly assists clients facing government investigations, as well as providing ongoing compliance advice. His enviable client roster includes market leaders from sectors such as the financial services, oil and automotive industries.