White Collar Defense

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White Collar Defense

Ellerman Enzinna Levy attorneys have represented individuals and some of the world’s largest corporations in investigations conducted by the United States Departments of Justice, Treasury, Defense, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Transportation, Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Internal Revenue Service, Office of Special Counsel,  International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Inter American Development Bank, and state and local prosecutors.  These matters have involved alleged violations of fraud, securities, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, illegal bribery and gratuities, healthcare, government contracts, international trade, antitrust, tax, environmental, false statements, obstruction of justice, export controls, and other statues, and have taken place across the United States and around the world. We have tried dozens of cases, but often the most important work we do takes place before any charges have been filed.  Conducting internal investigations, responding to government subpoenas and search warrants, and engaging in productive discussions with prosecutors and regulators are often steps in achieving a successful outcome.  If necessary, skilled advocacy at sentencing and on appeal can minimize the effect of criminal charges.

Representative Matters:

  • Representation of former CEO and Chairman of the Board of an international corporation in connection with multiple criminal and civil investigations related to a failed multibillion-dollar energy project.  Our client, who was initially a target of DOJ’s investigation, was ultimately not charged criminally and not liable in any civil suit.

  • Representation of numerous current and former executives of a large government-sponsored enterprise and financial institution in several different investigations by DOJ, the SEC and FHFA.

  • Representation of a major fintech company in a grand jury investigation by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York of alleged anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act offenses. 

  • Representation of a major global financial institution before the Department of Justice in connection with the use by US clients of offshore accounts in Switzerland to avoid taxes. 

  • Representation of a global, multibillion-dollar manufacturing company in investigations conducted by the DOJ, SEC, and foreign authorities into allegations of defrauding customers and end-users.

  • Representation of the former CFO of MF Global, Inc. in investigations by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Southern District of New York and the Northern District of Illinois, SEC, CFTC, and multiple congressional committees involving the alleged misuse of approximately $1.6 billion in customer segregated funds.

  • Representation of a former Cabinet Secretary in connection with congressional investigations relating to alleged violations of the Hatch Act.

  • Representation of key bankers and other professionals employed both in the US and abroad by a major US financial institution in separate government investigations into a multibillion-dollar derivatives trading loss in Europe and the alleged hiring of the children of foreign government officials in Asia.

  • Representation of a member of the Board of Directors of General Motors in connection with investigations and litigation related to GM’s ignition switch recall scandal.

  • Representation of a multibillion-dollar hedge fund in an investigation by the Senate PSI relating to the tax treatment of certain complex financial instruments.

  • Representation of the financial arm of a Fortune 10 company, one of the industry’s largest institutional asset management companies, and current and former executives from a major Wall Street investment bank and another of the country’s largest financial institutions in investigations by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

  • Representation of a partner in KPMG’s National Tax practice group in a grand jury investigation by the DOJ Tax Division into alleged tax fraud relating to sale-leaseback transactions for tenant leasehold improvements to accelerate depreciation deductions.

  • Representation of a former congressman in a two-year grand jury investigation conducted by the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice.  

  • Representation of a major international financial services company in a federal grand jury investigation in the Eastern District of New York relating to mortgage fraud allegations.

  • Representation of a US subsidiary of a major international investment bank in a federal grand jury investigation of alleged corruption in the stock lending industry.

  • Representation of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of a Fortune 100 company in an internal investigation of a whistleblower complaint alleging improper accounting treatment.

  • Representation of executives of a large financial institution in criminal and civil False Claims Act investigations by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, the DOJ, and an Inspector General.

  • Representation of a C-suite executive of a Fortune 500 company in a prominent SEC investigation related to ESG and other disclosures.

  • Representation of the former President of a financial institution in DOJ and OCC investigations related to alleged fraud in the bank’s origination of mortgages.

  • Counseling the Board of one of the largest enterprises in the United States in connection with a DOJ criminal investigation of prior conduct by its current CEO.

  • Representation of one of the country’s largest government contractors in an investigation by the House Oversight and Reform Committee into a multibillion-dollar sustainment contract with the Department of Defense.

  • Representation of a senior executive of Japanese auto manufacturer in congressional and other government criminal and civil investigations into the unintended acceleration of Toyota vehicles.

  • Representation of numerous high-ranking Enron executives in connection with the multiple prosecutions and investigations related to that company. Our work included representing clients in investigations conducted by more than a dozen different congressional committees, including in several heavily-publicized hearings before committees of both the Senate and the House.

  • Representation of a Fortune 50 energy company in connection with grand jury investigations relating to violations of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.

  • Multiple representations relating to accusations of insider trading. 

  • Representation of significant witness/potential target in connection with criminal and civil investigations into the BP-Deepwater Gulf oil spill.

  • Representation of oil and gas services company in connection with a criminal matter relating to an offshore drilling platform explosion, which involved multiple fatalities.

  • Representation of a California-based electric utility company in connection with a grand jury investigation regarding alleged Clean Water Act violations.

  • Representation of an executive of an energy company in connection with a DOJ criminal matter relating to the Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster in West Virginia, which involved multiple fatalities.

  • Representation of one of the largest privately held companies in the United States in a major environmental criminal case in Corpus Christi, Texas, alleging violations of the Clean Air Act. 

  • Representation of senior executives of a Japanese auto parts company in connection with investigation by the Department of Justice into alleged criminal violations of antitrust laws.

  • Representation of a major US corporation in a two-year grand jury investigation of alleged cartel activity in Europe by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division.

  • Representation of a Switzerland-based employee of an international pharmaceutical company in connection with a grand jury investigation into alleged violations of trade sanctions against Iran involving the sale of unlicensed medical products and devices.

  • Representation of a number of senior leaders in a wide variety of investigations conducted by the Office of the Inspector General for a range of government entities.

  • Representation of a large Scandinavian construction company accused of violating the FCPA in connection with a significant infrastructure project in Africa.  The matter involved several government authorities, including the DOJ, the World Bank and the IMF.

  • Representation of an acting CFO of a global manufacturer of engineered products in a wide-ranging FCPA case involving more than 30 different countries, including China and several others in Asia.

  • Representation of two executives of a large facility management provider in a DOJ-FCPA investigation relating to alleged bribes paid in connection with a significant facility services contract in the Middle East.

  • Representation of former CEO of a subsidiary of a multibillion-dollar global energy services company in a far-reaching FCPA investigation by the DOJ and the SEC into alleged corruption regarding liquid natural gas contracts in Nigeria.

  • Representation of US and non-US executives and board members of multiple public companies being investigated by the DOJ, SEC, and foreign law enforcement agencies for alleged improper payments made to foreign officials in Asia, South America, Europe, and Africa in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Ellerman Enzinna
is now
Ellerman Enzinna Levy

Ellerman Enzinna is pleased to announce that on February 1, 2022, Michael N. Levy has joined the firm as a partner.

The firm’s name is now Ellerman Enzinna Levy PLLC.