ProfessionalsChristopher D. Frey
Christopher D. Frey, a former federal prosecutor and a partner in the Litigation Department, focuses his practice on white-collar and regulatory defense, government and internal investigations, and high-stakes litigation.
Chris regularly advises major Japanese and other global financial institutions and companies in their most sensitive matters, and has significant experience in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-money laundering, and economic sanctions areas. Chris also routinely provides strategic counseling on compliance issues and crisis management.
Chris’s current and recent representations include:
- A significant Japanese financial institution in U.S. regulatory proceedings;
- A Japanese company in connection with an investigation conducted by a multilateral development bank of potential corruption issues;
- Japanese companies in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations;
- A major Japanese conglomerate and its U.S. subsidiary in a U.S. regulatory investigation;
- Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn in high profile criminal charges and civil claims in the United States and Japan, including a civil settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission;
- An Asia-based manufacturing company in a sanctions, money laundering, and bank fraud investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice; and
- Several non-U.S. financial institutions in Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering matters, including advising on remedial measures and compliance program enhancements.
Chris previously served for over six and a half years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. There, he was a member of the Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force and the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit. Chris investigated and prosecuted a wide array of complex white-collar matters, including FCPA violations, insider trading, accounting fraud, market manipulation, investment advisor fraud, money laundering, intellectual property and cybercrimes, and criminal tax offenses. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Chris was the lead trial lawyer in numerous jury trials, and he has substantial appellate experience, having briefed and/or argued over a dozen appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Chris is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement.
From 2014 to 2015, Chris served as Associate Counsel in the Office of the White House Counsel under President Barack Obama. In that capacity, Chris helped develop and execute the White House’s response to various Congressional investigations, and provided legal and strategic advice to White House staff and Executive Branch officials on compliance, oversight, and risk management issues.
Chris has previously served on both the New York City Bar Association’s Criminal Advocacy Committee and its Judiciary Committee, which reviews and evaluates all judicial candidates for the federal and state courts in New York City.
Chris served as a notes editor for the Stanford Law Review. He is registered as a gaikokuho jimu bengoshi in Japan.