Our White Collar & Regulatory Defense group has unparalleled experience and expertise, and is among the most respected and successful in the United States. We regularly defend Fortune 500 companies and their executives and boards before every major federal and state regulatory enforcement authority and in courtrooms nationwide. We excel at developing creative and successful strategies for responding to and, where possible, preventing government investigations and enforcement proceedings.

Our Practice

Our team defends clients in government investigations and enforcement proceedings initiated by the full array of criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement authorities, including the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and other federal and state agencies, including state attorneys general. We also are routinely called upon to conduct sensitive internal investigations for clients across virtually every major industry.

Broad Expertise: We handle all aspects of white collar and regulatory enforcement matters, including  investigations and proceedings involving allegations of financial and accounting fraud, insider trading and other forms of securities fraud; corruption and United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations; money laundering and violation of the Bank Secrecy Act; matters related to OFAC and national security; and allegations of misconduct involving government contracts, antitrust, environmental, healthcare and tax laws.

Internal Investigations: Paul, Weiss has a long history of counseling companies and their boards in their most sensitive and important internal investigations. Our work in this area has helped our clients avoid full-scale regulatory proceedings and enforcement actions and significantly limited exposure to lawsuits and regulatory settlements.  These internal investigations enable senior management or the board of directors to take informed and effective action to address critical matters, often in crisis situations.



 Unreal depth and ability to handle the most complicated, unwieldy matters 
– client quote, Chambers USA, White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Band 1


Parallel Proceedings: We are experienced and adept at responding to the multiple parallel regulatory and civil proceedings that frequently occur in connection with criminal investigations. Our lawyers have represented clients before an array of government and regulatory agencies, including the SEC, the DOJ, United States Attorney’s Offices, OFAC, the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the New York State Department of Financial Services, self-regulatory organizations, state attorneys general, district attorneys and others.

Members of our broader litigation practice—recognized as among the world’s best—also routinely team up with our white collar lawyers to tackle the substantial civil litigation risks that often accompany criminal and regulatory issues.

High-Level Government Experience: Our team includes an extraordinary number of former federal prosecutors, including the former Chief of the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York, Assistant United States Attorneys from the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and lawyers who previously held senior positions at the DOJ, the SEC, including two former Deputy Directors of the Enforcement Division, the United States Department of the Treasury, the New York Attorney General’s Office, and the Department of Homeland Security, including the former Secretary of Homeland Security.

Individual Defense: Our lawyers have defended some of the nation’s highest-profile senior executives and public officials in complex white-collar criminal litigation, including trials and appeals; government investigations, including grand jury, congressional and inspector general investigations; and related administrative and civil proceedings.

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