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Bruce Yannett

Bruce Yannett

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Rye, NY, USA


Bruce Yannett is Deputy Presiding Partner of the firm and Chair of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Practice Group. He focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations. He represents a broad range of companies, financial institutions and their executives in matters involving securities fraud, accounting fraud, foreign bribery, cybersecurity, insider trading, and money laundering. He has extensive experience representing corporations and individuals outside the United States in responding to inquiries and investigations.

Chambers Global 2016 recognizes Mr. Yannett as a Band 1 practitioner for FCPA matters, and Chambers USA 2015 recognizes Mr. Yannett as a Band 1 practitioner for both white collar criminal defense and FCPA matters. Clients praise his work as “excellent” and describe him as a “leading light in the field,” noting that “he has real gravitas about him,” giving him the “immediate respect of everybody in the room.” In a similar vein, The Legal 500 US calls him a “superstar,” Lawdragon recognizes him as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America, and Benchmark Litigation names him a “Litigation Star.” Further, in selecting Debevoise as “Litigation Department of the Year” in 2014, The American Lawyer stated that Mr. Yannett’s work on the groundbreaking Siemens FCPA internal investigation, which spanned 34 countries, and settlement with U.S. and German authorities, “cemented his credibility with regulators” on subsequent matters.

He is a member of the American Law Institute. Mr. Yannett is on the Board of Advisors for the New York University Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement.

Early in his career, Mr. Yannett served in the Office of Independent Counsel: Iran/Contra and as an assistant United States attorney.


Bruce E. Yannett's Select Representations:

Defending Companies and Executives

A Fortune 100 company in civil and criminal investigations regarding possible FCPA violations, resulting in both the DOJ and SEC closing their investigations without bringing any charges or seeking any penalties.

Large financial services company in New York Attorney General investigation of possible securities laws and Martin Act violations.

Siemens AG’s Audit Committee in connection with a world-wide investigation into possible corrupt payments to government officials leading to an early settlement with the U.S. and German authorities.

Lead trial counsel in multi-billion dollar securities fraud class action resulting in very favorable settlement for client on eve of trial.

Global manufacturing company in an SEC investigation into possible FCPA violations.

A foreign engagement partner of a Big Four auditing firm in a two-week Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) disciplinary hearing, trial and appellate proceeding.

Conducting Internal Investigations

Major US retail chain in connection with cyber-attack resulting in the theft of millions of credit card numbers.

Internal investigation of senior management on behalf of a special committee of a public company board of directors.

Large financial services company in investigation by DOJ of mail fraud violations.

Senior finance officers of four different public companies in SEC and DOJ investigations into accounting issues.


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