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Angela T. Burgess

Davis Polk & Wardwell

New York, NY, USA


Davis Polk litigation partner Angela T. Burgess has represented leading clients in some of the most high-profile and complex white collar and regulatory matters in recent years. Her global practice focuses on representing companies and individuals in matters involving allegations of insider trading, violations of anti-bribery laws, money laundering, criminal tax fraud, antitrust, fraud and other financial crimes. She also routinely advises Boards of Directors, Audit Committees and companies on corporate governance and compliance matters, including the design of strategies, policies and procedures to mitigate risk.

Ms. Burgess played a lead role in representing Siemens AG in the resolution of what has been recognized as one of the largest SEC and DOJ FCPA investigations in history, coordinating the company's defense of multiple and simultaneous international investigations and leading the effort to assist the company in the creation of a state-of-the-art FCPA compliance program. She advised McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. and Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC in connection with landmark settlement agreements with the DOJ, SEC and the Attorneys General of 21 states and the District of Columbia to resolve several lawsuits concerning S&P’s ratings of residential mortgage-backed securities. She also represented Smith & Nephew in connection with a joint SEC and DOJ investigation into practices in the medical-device industry, where she negotiated a deferred-prosecution agreement with the first-ever hybrid corporate-compliance monitorship. She currently represents a number of clients in a variety of industries in internal investigations and joint SEC and DOJ anti-corruption investigations, some of which involve other international enforcement authorities and multilateral development banks. In addition, she has recently worked with several Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, and industrial and mineral companies to revise their anti-corruption programs.

Her other significant criminal and regulatory enforcement representations have included one of the world’s largest mining companies in connection with a joint SEC and DOJ anti-corruption investigation; a global financial institution in connection with DOJ, IRS and foreign regulators’ inquiries into alleged assistance to U.S. taxpayers in evading U.S. taxes obligations; and a major financial institution in parallel investigations brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the SEC, the NASD, the U.S. Congress and multiple banking regulators involving money-laundering and tax-shelter allegations. 

Ms. Burgess was named to Ethisphere’s 2014 list of “Attorneys Who Matter” and named the 2014 International Law Office Client Choice Award Winner in White Collar Crime for New York. She is recognized as a New York Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation.

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