Sung-Hee Suh, a partner in the New York office of Schulte Roth & Zabel, practices in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, securities regulatory enforcement, internal investigations, anti-money laundering (AML) compliance and complex commercial litigation. Her recent white-collar criminal and regulatory matters include conducting an internal investigation into AML issues raised by certain international private banking transactions; representing an interdealer brokerage firm in DOJ and CFTC investigations into the setting of LIBOR and other benchmark interest rates; conducting an internal review of a global financial institution’s AML program in the aftermath of a Ponzi scheme involving numerous bank and brokerage accounts; representing a fund manager in pension fund-related “pay-to-play” investigations by the New York Attorney General’s Office and the SEC; defending a leading clearing firm in a FINRA investigation into the firm’s AML policies, procedures and controls with respect to its introducing firms; conducting an internal investigation for a global telecommunications company into possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations; and defending a former in-house attorney at Hollinger International Inc. against federal criminal fraud charges based on an “honest services” theory that was ultimately rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
A frequent speaker and writer, Sung-Hee has spoken regularly at PLI’s annual “Financial Services Industry Regulatory Compliance & Ethics Forum,” as well as at PLI’s annual programs on “Internal Investigations” and “Bet the Company Litigation.” She also authored the “Use of Paid Consultants” chapter in the Insider Trading Law and Compliance Answer Book published by Practising Law Institute, and co-authored “Recent FCPA Developments Highlight Risk of Individual Liability” and “Government Launches FCPA Inquiry into Investments by Sovereign Wealth Funds in U.S. Banks and Private Equity Firms,” both of which appeared in the Financial Fraud Law Report.
Prior to joining SRZ, Sung-Hee served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York, including as Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. She currently serves on the Federal Bar Council’s Program Committee and on the New York City Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee and is also a member of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. Sung-Hee received her A.B., cum laude, from Harvard / Radcliffe College and her A.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, after which she was a law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Carter, U.S. District Judge of the Southern District of New York.
Sung-Hee was recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s inaugural edition of the Top 250 Women in Litigation (2012) and was also honored by the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women with its annual Women of Power & Influence Award (2011).