Practice Areas & Industries: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP


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Cadwalader's business fraud lawyers exhibit "professional competence, hard work and creativity" and "focus on solving problems"
- The Legal 500 2008

Cadwalader’s Business Fraud and Complex Litigation Group is staffed by nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field who are supported by a talented group of over 30 associates, many of whom are former prosecutors and have clerked for distinguished federal trial and appellate judges.


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The group represents corporations, their boards, audit committees, directors and senior officers, law firms, international bodies and individuals in federal and state criminal, civil and administrative proceedings and litigation, as well as in congressional investigations and hearings.

With extensive expertise in the areas of corporate compliance and governance, the team has represented major international corporations, banks, brokerage firms and investment banks. They have drafted, implemented and audited numerous compliance programs covering all areas of the law (including Sarbanes-Oxley) for such clients, conducted internal investigations and audits of U.S. and foreign operations of businesses, advised with and defended a large number of enforcement actions before all federal and many state agencies and regulatory bodies, and handled related criminal and civil fraud litigation.

The specific substantive areas in which the group has developed wide expertise include securities, commodities and accounting fraud, antitrust and environmental enforcement, bank and tax fraud, government (including defense) contracting, health care fraud and abuse, U.S. and international money laundering, asset forfeiture, foreign bank secrecy and confidentiality laws. Attorneys in the group are experienced in defending cases (including class actions) involving the RICO, mail and wire fraud statutes as well as whistleblower actions under the Federal False Claims Act. They regularly advise corporate clients with respect to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the various economic sanctions, export control, technology transfer, anti-boycott and federal election laws and regulations.

The group regularly defends enforcement investigations and actions before the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country, the divisions of enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission enforcement staff, the Treasury Department, OFAC and FinCEN, the Internal Revenue Service, the various Inspectors General, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Federal Election Commission, the Department of Defense and its various agencies, and U.S. Congressional Committees.

Recognized as national experts on the critical USA PATRIOT Act, the most sweeping reform in money laundering since the mid-1980s, Cadwalader’s lawyers are well-versed in the legislation and regulations issued on a regular basis that impose new compliance, reporting and due diligence obligations on a vast array of businesses, including banks, securities brokers and dealers, commodities traders, investment companies, onshore and offshore mutual and hedge funds and insurance companies. The Act will soon be expanded to cover individuals involved in real estate transactions and closings and other professionals.