Larry Byrne is a litigation partner in the New York office. Previously, he served as the head of the U.S. litigation practice from 2006 to 2011, co-managing partner of the New York office from 2007 to 2011 and co-head of the global U.S. practice from 2009 to 2011. Larry handles complex white-collar criminal, government regulatory and civil litigation matters. He has particular experience in antitrust, securities, class action defense, commercial, bankruptcy, and First Amendment and media litigation. He also has extensive experience representing clients involved in all types of government and internal investigations, as well as related trial and appellate matters. Larry is also a former federal prosecutor who previously served with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan and the Criminal Division of U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
Recent experience includes representation of:
- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, a global pharmaceutical company involved in the largest criminal antitrust matter ever prosecuted criminally by the U.S. Department of Justice and also handled the related civil class action litigations, all involving the worldwide vitamins industry
- Royal Ahold, the international food provider, in its historic, precedent-setting settlements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice (through the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan), where no monetary fines were imposed
- Deutsche Bank in all of its Enron-related litigations in the United States
- a global defense company in a U.S. Department of Justice investigation involving possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues and in a related civil derivative lawsuit which won dismissal in the federal district court
- The Royal Bank of Scotland in lawsuits arising out of the Clear Channel Communications transaction
- the joint administrators of Lehman European Group Administration Companies in U.S. Chapter 11 cases of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and related debtors and Securities Investor Protection Act proceeding of Lehman Brothers Inc.
- Lloyds TSB in their settlements with U.S. federal and state criminal and regulatory authorities related to U.S. sanctions programs that are administered by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control
- a director of a major financial company in an investigation for alleged breaches of U.S. securities laws in the context of the proposed acquisition of two large corporations
- Aibel Group Ltd. in their plea agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges
Larry has been recognized in Legal 500 USA, Benchmark Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America (White-Collar Criminal Defense Leaders), New York Super Lawyers and is named a leading individual in Chambers USA. He was featured in Irish America's The Legal 100 and was named an honoree in The Irish Echo's The Irish Law and Order 50.
Larry received the Burton Award for legal writing excellence for his "Executives Confront New Extradition Threat" article (International Financial Law Review, September 2005), the Director's Award for Superior Performance from the Attorney General in 1990, the Special Achievement Award from the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division in 1993, and was honored with the Robert M. Morgenthau Award by the Police Athletic League of New York in recognition for his distinguished legal career in 2012.
Larry has a distinguished record of pro bono service, including representing and advancing the rights of crime victims in New York State, serving as Village Attorney to the Village of Pelham, New York from 2002 to 2003, and serving as a member of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Police Athletic League of New York City since 2008 and a member of the editorial board of Securities Litigation Report.