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Claudius O. Sokenu

Claudius O. Sokenu

Shearman & Sterling LLP

New York, NY, USA


Claudius Sokenu, a former federal regulator with the Securities and Exchange Commission, is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group where his practice focuses on representing financial institutions, public and private companies, accounting firms, and their Boards of Directors, Audit Committees, directors, officers, and employees in securities  enforcement actions and litigations, white collar criminal defense, derivative actions, internal investigations and crisis management, congressional investigations, and complex commercial litigations in state and federal courts. Claudius has extensive experience in handling delicate high-profile matters that require concurrent representation in the civil,  criminal,  and political spheres.

Earlier in his career, Claudius served in the Washington, DC office of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, on the Honors Program, first as a Staff Attorney and later as Senior Counsel, where he was responsible for handling a  broad range of domestic and international enforcement matters, including investigations involving accounting fraud, insider trading, initial public offerings, illicit payments under the FCPA, investment companies and investment advisers, market manipulation, and broker-dealer misconduct. He was also a member of the Enforcement Division’s  FCPA Working Group, which is now known as the FCPA Unit.

Consistently ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global for his investigative, regulatory, and securities enforcement practice, named a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2015), named a rising star by Ethisphere in its national annual rankings of “Attorneys Who Matter” (2012), named a “Top Lawyer” by The Network Journal (2011), recognized by Securities Law 360 as one of its 10 under 40 (2007), and named by Main Justice as one of the Best FCPA Lawyers Outside the Beltway (2011), Claudius has represented major companies and/or their officers and directors, including Allianz SE, Bank of New York, CIBC World Markets, GlaxoSmithKline, Bank of America, Ernst & Young Global, Avon Products, CVS Caremark, Arthur Andersen LLP, Amgen, Walmart, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kraft Foods, Embraer, Cardinal Health, and TV Azteca before prosecutors and regulators in the United States and abroad and in federal and state courts on bet- the-farm matters.

Claudius Sokenu, a former federal regulator with the Securities and Exchange Commission, is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group where his practice focuses on representing financial institutions, public and private companies, accounting firms, and their Boards of Directors, Audit Committees, directors, officers, and employees in securities  enforcement actions and litigations, white collar criminal defense, derivative actions, internal investigations and crisis management, congressional investigations, and complex commercial litigations in state and federal courts. Claudius has extensive experience in handling delicate high-profile matters that require concurrent representation in the civil,  criminal,  and political spheres.

Earlier in his career, Claudius served in the Washington, DC office of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, on the Honors Program, first as a Staff Attorney and later as Senior Counsel, where he was responsible for handling a  broad range of domestic and international enforcement matters, including investigations involving accounting fraud, insider trading, initial public offerings, illicit payments under the FCPA, investment companies and investment advisers, market manipulation, and broker-dealer misconduct. He was also a member of the Enforcement Division’s  FCPA Working Group, which is now known as the FCPA Unit.

Consistently ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global for his investigative, regulatory, and securities enforcement practice, named a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2015), named a rising star by Ethisphere in its national annual rankings of “Attorneys Who Matter” (2012), named a “Top Lawyer” by The Network Journal (2011), recognized by Securities Law 360 as one of its 10 under 40 (2007), and named by Main Justice as one of the Best FCPA Lawyers Outside the Beltway (2011), Claudius has represented major companies and/or their officers and directors, including Allianz SE, Bank of New York, CIBC World Markets, GlaxoSmithKline, Bank of America, Ernst & Young Global, Avon Products, CVS Caremark, Arthur Andersen LLP, Amgen, Walmart, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kraft Foods, Embraer, Cardinal Health, and TV Azteca before prosecutors and regulators in the United States and abroad and in federal and state courts on bet- the-farm matters.

Bar Admissions

New York

District  of Columbia

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, LLM in Securities  and Financial Regulation

London School of Economics  and King’s College London, University of London, LLM in Commercial  and Corporate Law

South Bank University, London, LLB, Upper Class  Honors

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