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David Fein Hosts United for Wildlife’s North American Chapter Launch at Paul, Weiss New York Office
- November 18, 2022
On November 17, litigation special counsel David Fein hosted the launch of the North America Regional Chapter of The Royal Foundation’s United for Wildlife (UfW) at the firm’s New York office.
The event highlighted the leadership role that the U.S. authorities, supported by financial institutions, transport firms, and other corporate and nonprofit organizations, are playing in detecting, disrupting and preventing the global trafficking of wildlife. The event paid tribute to wildlife rangers, who are on the frontline against commercial poachers targeting the world’s most iconic species. Approximately 60 people attended the launch, including representatives from some of the largest financial institutions and transport companies, as well as the U.S. Treasury, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY).
Following David’s opening remarks, the meeting featured several speakers, including the Executive Director of the Wildlife Justice Commission, a leading conservation NGO based in The Hague; a prosecutor from the SDNY, who led a major transnational organized crime prosecution involving elephant ivory, rhino horn, heroin and money laundering; and a documentary filmmaker and conservationist, who showed scenes from their upcoming film Rhino Man, focused on the role of wildlife rangers.
United for Wildlife was founded by Prince William and is led by Lord William Hague as Chair and David as Vice Chair. UfW brings together leaders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to collaborate in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. The group is comprised of a Transport Taskforce (with leading air, land and sea transport firms), a Financial Taskforce (with over fifty financial institutions from across the globe), and Partners (with corporate entities, government agencies, intergovernmental agencies, consulting and law firms, universities and NGOs).