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Michael E. Gertzman

Partner

Tel: 212-373-3281
Fax: 212-492-0281
mgertzman@paulweiss.com

New York
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064

Co-chair of the Paul, Weiss Litigation Department and a member of the firm's Management Committee, Michael E. Gertzman has deep experience handling complex criminal, regulatory and civil matters, with a particular emphasis in the white-collar, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and securities areas. Prior to joining the firm, Mike served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.

Experience

Mike has tried more than a dozen civil and criminal cases to verdict in federal and state courts around the country. But his primary focus is on keeping clients out of court. He regularly represents financial institutions, public companies, private equity funds and hedge funds in their most sensitive matters before the SEC, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal and state regulatory bodies.  His clients, which have included Citigroup, JPMorgan and SAC Capital, and major Japanese companies, look to Mike for matters involving alleged securities fraud, accounting fraud, price-fixing and insider trading. Mike also has significant experience handling FCPA, anti-money laundering and economic sanctions matters. Mike also frequently represents companies, partnerships and their executives and principals in civil litigation and arbitrations involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and other commercial claims.

Since 2014, Benchmark Litigation has named Mike a New York Litigation Star in the areas of white collar crime, securities, FCPA and enforcement, general commercial litigation and antitrust. He's also been recognized by Legal 500 for white-collar criminal defense matters and by Chambers Global for disputes. 

Mike's current and recent representations include:

  • a significant Japanese financial institution in multiple parallel federal and state regulatory proceedings;
  • a major Japanese conglomerate and its U.S. subsidiaries in multiple regulatory matters, investigations and civil litigations;
  • a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan and its U.S. subsidiaries in multiple regulatory matters and investigations and related whistleblower litigation;
  • U.S. and Japanese companies in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations;
  • U.S. and Japanese companies and their executives in criminal price-fixing investigations and related civil litigations;
  • Steven A. Cohen  and SAC Capital (now Point72 Asset Management), in criminal and regulatory proceedings and litigations arising out of claims of insider trading;
  • public companies, underwriters, executives and officers in securities class actions;
  • a large, publicly traded company based in Japan and its senior executives, including its chairman, CEO and other top officers, in a multinational criminal price-fixing investigation and related civil litigation;
  • one of the world's largest construction companies in a Department of Justice investigation of fraud allegations;
  • the former chairman, CEO and president of HBOC Corporation in defense of criminal securities fraud charges;
  • Citigroup and its executives in defense of SEC and other regulatory investigations, securities class actions and fraud allegations;
  • Swedish health care giant Gambro, AB in a civil securities fraud litigation; and
  • a large public U.S. company in a grand jury investigation by the New York Attorney General's Office.

Between 1992 and 1996, Mike served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. There, he prosecuted a broad array of criminal matters, including securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, insider trading, public corruption and others. He also taught trial litigation skills at a Department of Justice seminar and received the Attorney General's Award for Superior Performance.

Practices
Litigation
Antitrust
Anti-Corruption & FCPA
Asia
Cybersecurity & Data Protection
Financial Institutions
Securities Litigation
White Collar & Regulatory Defense

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1988

cum laude

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1985

summa cum laude
Bar Admissions

New York

Related Resources

Feb 22, 2017 | Publications

The Regulatory and Enforcement Outlook for Financial Institutions in 2017: Trends in Sanctions, Anti-Money Laundering and Cybersecurity

Feb 17, 2017 | Publications

A Flurry of FCPA Enforcement Actions Marks the End of the Obama Administration

Jan 20, 2017 | Publications

FCPA Enforcement and Anti-Corruption Developments: 2016 Year In Review

Jan 17, 2017 | Publications

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Whether Statute of Limitations Applies to SEC Disgorgement Claims

Dec 07, 2016 | Publications

Supreme Court Reaffirms Dirks, Confirms that a Gift of Information to a Trading Relative or Friend Satisfies Personal Benefit Requirement for Insider Trading

Nov 01, 2016 | Events

Michael Gertzman and Roberto Gonzalez Address NY DFS's New Sanctions/Anti-Money Laundering Rule

Nov 01, 2016 | Publications

Embraer SA Pays $205 Million to the SEC and DOJ to Settle FCPA Violations

Oct 21, 2016 | Publications

Federal Banking Agencies Issue Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Enhanced Cybersecurity Standards

Oct 13, 2016 | Publications

Recent DOJ and SEC Actions Underscore Regulators’ Pronouncements That “Vigorous Enforcement” of FCPA Violations Remains a “High Priority”

Oct 04, 2016 | Publications

What to Look for in Tomorrow’s Supreme Court Argument in Key Insider Trading Case

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$1.4 Billion Global Settlement Offer to Telia Portends Major Foreign Bribery Prosecution

Sep 15, 2016 | Publications

New York DFS Proposes New Rules on Cybersecurity

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Treasury and Federal Banking Agencies Clarify BSA/AML and Sanctions Enforcement Standards for Foreign Correspondent Banking Relationships

Jul 27, 2016 | Publications

Analogic and Johnson Controls Settlements Shed Further Light on the Implementation of DOJ’s FCPA Pilot Program

Jul 20, 2016 | Publications

OECD Criticizes Japan for Leniency in Combatting Foreign Bribery

Jul 10, 2016 | Publications

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Jul 01, 2016 | Publications

New York DFS Finalizes Stringent Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions Regulation

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Jun 28, 2016 | Publications

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Jun 20, 2016 | Publications

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May 10, 2016 | Publications

FinCEN Issues Sweeping New Requirements on Collection of Beneficial Ownership Information and Customer Due Diligence

May 09, 2016 | Publications

CFPB Proposes a Ban on Arbitration Clauses That Prevent Class Action Litigation

Apr 07, 2016 | Publications

D.C. Circuit Reverses Rejection of Deferred Prosecution Agreement
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