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Daniel S. Kahn

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Daniel S. Kahn

Partner
White Collar Defense & Investigations
Washington DC

Former senior DOJ official with more than a decade of experience in criminal and regulatory investigations. Headed DOJ’s Fraud Section and FCPA Unit.

Dan represents companies and individuals in government enforcement matters, conducting internal investigations and in compliance matters. A former prosecutor, he served for 11 years in senior roles at the Department of Justice.

The Wall Street Journal described Dan as DOJ’s “most recognizable expert on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.” At DOJ, Dan was acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, Chief of the Fraud Section, and Chief of the FCPA Unit. He supervised matters involving the FCPA, money laundering, and fraud related to digital currency, fintechs, commodities, securities, healthcare and procurement.

At DOJ, Dan played a central role in developing enforcement policies on the FCPA, corporate enforcement, compliance and monitors. He worked with authorities in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America, and tried a number of cases to verdict.

Dan teaches Corporate Criminal Investigations at Harvard Law School and Global Anti-Corruption at Georgetown Law Center.

Experience highlights

  • Serving as a testifying anti-corruption expert witness for a multinational energy company in connection with an arbitration against a Latin American government
  • Successfully represented a global fiber optic cable company in an FCPA matter with DOJ involving demands for potentially improper payments in Southeast Asia
  • A multinational company in an internal investigation of third-party practices in Asia
  • A global consulting firm in connection with potential FCPA violations
  • A multinational chemical company in an internal investigation of potential fraud and corruption
  • A global defense company in an FCPA investigation by DOJ and SEC
  • A multinational communications company for compliance and data management issues
  • A global financial institution in connection with consent order by the Fed
  • A global financial institution in investigations by multiple U.S. regulators for potential anti-money laundering violations
  • A global communications company in an internal investigation into allegations related to governance and revenue recognition issues

Insights

Credentials

Recognition

CFTC Chairman’s Award for Regulatory Excellence, 2020

FBI Outstanding Service Award, 2019

Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, 2017 and 2015

Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, 2012

Member of Law360’s 2022 White Collar Editorial Advisory Board

Education
J.D., Harvard Law School
  • cum laude
B.S., Cornell University
  • summa cum laude
Professional history
  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2021-present
  • Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 2021
  • Acting Chief, Fraud Section, U.S. Department of Justice, 2020-2021
  • Senior Deputy Chief, Fraud Section, U.S. Department of Justice, 2019-2020
  • Chief, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit, U.S. Department of Justice, 2016-2019
  • Assistant Chief, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit, U.S. Department of Justice, 2013-2016
  • Trial Attorney, Fraud Section, U.S. Department of Justice, 2010-2013
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 2003-2010
Qualifications and admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • State of New York
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