Roberto Finzi is a partner in the Litigation Department, co-chair of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group and a former federal prosecutor. His practice focuses on white collar matters, including grand jury and regulatory investigations, enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. Since his return from government service in 2006, he has represented individuals and organizations a variety of law enforcement initiatives, including prosecutions and investigations involving insider trading, accounting fraud, criminal anti-trust, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and health care fraud. His practice also includes providing counsel to clients on all areas of criminal and regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. He regularly represents indigent defendants in pro bono criminal matters.
- The representation of an investment advisor in connection with criminal insider-trading charges in the Southern District of New York;
- The representation of an international financial institution in connection with the settlement of a global multi-jurisdictional criminal and regulatory investigation;
- Winning an acquittal for an indigent defendant wrongly accused of murder in a 2017 jury trial in New York State Court;
- The representation of an individual in connection with DOJ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges;
- The representation of an executive in connection with a DOJ criminal antitrust investigation;
- The representation of members of an audit committee of a public company in connection with an S.E.C. options-backdating investigation; and
- The representation of major pharmaceutical corporations in separate Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Offices investigations of alleged off-label marketing in violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Between February of 1999 and his return to Paul, Weiss in January of 2006, Roberto was an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. In his seven years as a federal prosecutor, Roberto handled a wide variety of criminal investigations and prosecutions, conducting numerous jury trials in the district court and briefing and arguing numerous appeals before the Second Circuit. In 2003, Roberto became a member of the Southern District’s Securities & Commodities Frauds Task Force. In that role, he investigated and tried a variety of cases involving, among other things, accounting fraud, investment advisor fraud and market manipulation. Roberto has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations. Roberto has also been recognized by Legal 500 in Litigation: White-Collar Criminal Defense and is currently recognized in the Antitrust-Cartels category. In 2014, Roberto was named a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation.
Roberto served as an articles editor for the Cornell Law Review and as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph L. Tauro, United States District Judge in Boston, Massachusetts.