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Fiona R. Moran


Fiona R. Moran

White Collar Defense & Investigations
Washington DC

Focuses on government investigations and enforcement actions, internal investigations and compliance advice.

Fiona’s practice focuses on highly sensitive government investigations and enforcement actions. She also represents clients in connection with confidential internal investigations and advises companies on corporate governance and compliance matters, including the design of strategies, policies and procedures to mitigate risk.

Her matters have involved allegations of securities fraud, insider trading, foreign corrupt practices, money laundering, antitrust and other financial crimes. Her clients have included major financial institutions, regulated entities, cryptocurrency developers, public companies, senior executives and former government officials. Fiona actively advises a number of entities in the digital asset space in connection with various government investigations.

Fiona is recognized by Chambers FinTech as Up and Coming in crypto-asset disputes and by Benchmark Litigation as a District of Columbia Future Star. The National Law Journal named Fiona one of its “D.C. Rising Stars” for 2021.

Experience highlights

Cryptocurrency & Digital Assets
  • A cryptocurrency financial services firm and several individuals in multiple federal and state investigations.
  • Multiple developers of cryptocurrency platforms in SEC investigations and related compliance advice, including in several SEC investigations concerning decentralized finance (DeFi). 
  • An NFT creator in an SEC investigation.
  • A cryptocurrency asset manager in an SEC investigation.
  • Multiple cryptocurrency services providers in SEC investigations and related litigation.
Government and Internal Investigations
  • A major financial institution in connection with an insider trading inquiry by the SEC.
  • A multinational technology company in connection with allegations of potential improper payments to government officials in China, including related advising on the company’s compliance program.
  • A senior executive from a global automotive company in connection with an industrywide inquiry involving allegations regarding U.S. emissions tests.
  • A private investment firm in connection with sensitive allegations of sexual misconduct.
  • A multinational consumer goods company in connection with a post-acquisition compliance assessment and integration.
  • An American bank in connection with an SEC investigation into Regulation SHO compliance.
  • A major medical device manufacturer in parallel criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations of potential adulteration, misbranding, and sales and marketing issues.
  • A global financial institution in connection with SEC and Federal Reserve FCPA investigations into hiring practices in Asia, included related advising on the company’s compliance program.
  • The former Director of National Intelligence and the former Director and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in Congressional inquiries into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
  • A multimedia right licensing firm in a DOJ criminal antitrust investigation.
  • A luxury vehicle manufacturer in an internal investigation involving allegations of criminal tax evasion.
  • A multinational oil and gas corporation in an internal anti-bribery investigation.
  • The CFO of a multinational oil and gas corporation in connection with an SEC and DOJ anti-bribery inquiry.
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Benchmark Litigation – District of Columbia, Future Star

Chambers FinTech – Crypto-Asset Disputes, USA, Up and Coming

National Law Journal – “D.C. Rising Star,” 2021

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
  • Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review
B.S.B.A., Economics, University of Richmond
  • summa cum laude
Law Clerk, Hon. James C. Cacheris, U.S. District Court, E.D. Virginia, 2011-2012
Professional history
  • Partner, 2019-present
  • Davis Polk since 2010
Qualifications and admissions
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Virginia
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