Greg Andres and Martine Beamon discuss white collar trends in National Law Journal
Davis Polk White Collar Defense & Investigations co-heads Greg Andres and Martine Beamon were featured in the National Law Journal’s “Compliance Hot Spots” column, discussing topics ranging from their career paths and leading Davis Polk’s white collar team, to enforcement trends from the DOJ and SEC, to how the pandemic impacted white collar work.
Commenting on the Biden administration’s call for stricter corporate scrutiny, Martine said, “I think there’s a tonal change. The change was intended to embolden line prosecutors to let them know that there’s a new sheriff in town, and that they should be seeking to be aggressive on corporate prosecutions and white-collar prosecutions. Certainly we are hearing about aggressive and searching inquiries in any number of cases—new tactics and a new attitude already.”
Martine and Greg discussed how Davis Polk’s white collar team is particularly well positioned to manage the change, pointing to the team’s balance of lawyers with significant government experience and those who have spent the majority of their career on the defense side. The article highlighted several of the group’s most recent high-profile additions from government, including partners Dan Kahn, Rob Cohen, Tatiana Martins and Uzo Asonye. Greg noted, “We have the ability to represent our clients in different forums in a way that doesn’t require somebody to hire two or three law firms to cover the civil issues, the criminal issues and the congressional issues or the regulatory issues. We can cover all of those in a really efficient way.”
“Compliance Hot Spots: Catching Up with Davis Polk White-Collar Leaders + Ex-Goldman Banker Finally Heads to Trial + Who’s Representing Crypto Couple Accused of Money Laundering?” Law.com (February 9, 2022) (subscription required)