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D. Jean Veta

Covington & Burling LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Jean Veta is a partner whose litigation and regulatory practice focuses on civil and regulatory enforcement matters, government investigations, internal corporate investigations, and congressional investigations, primarily on behalf of financial institutions and their officers and directors. She is chair of the firm's Financial Institutions Group and is recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in the field of Financial Services Enforcement and Investigations. Ms. Veta also is recognized in Best Lawyers in America for banking law, is listed as one of Washington's Super Lawyers in white collar criminal defense, and is recommended by The Legal 500 for SEC investigations and enforcement actions.

Her practice includes the representation of clients on a broad array of regulatory enforcement matters, including anti-money laundering, lending discrimination, safety and soundness, and other government investigations. Prior to rejoining Covington in 2001, Ms. Veta was Deputy Associate Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice, where she was responsible for a wide range of legal and policy issues.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
  • Representing Freddie Mac in connection with establishment of Federal government conservatorship.
  • Representing the former CEO of IndyMac Bancorp in matters arising out of the failure of IndyMac Bank, including SEC and other governmental inquiries, purported securities class action lawsuits, and purported ERISA class action lawsuits.
  • Representing former directors and officers of threeaffiliated failed banks against FDIC claims.
  • Representing the former Sterling Financial Corporation (now a part of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.) in consolidated securities class action litigation, as well as inquiries by the SEC and the U.S. Attorney's Office, concerning a massive fraud at a Sterling subsidiary that resulted in the restatement of Sterling's financial statements.
  • Representing Freddie Mac in SEC and OFHEOgovernment inquiries and civil litigation related to its $5 billion restatement of earnings.
  • Representing financial institutions and their officers anddirectors in defending against proposed and/or actual civil money penalties, prohibition orders, consent orders, and formal agreements concerning such issues as alleged call report violations, violations of fiduciary duties, consumer compliance issues, brokered deposit issues, loan loss reserves, and other safety and soundness issues.
  • Representing financial institutions in conducting internal investigations on compliance with domestic and foreign anti-money laundering laws, internal controls, and safety and soundness issues.
  • Representing financial institutions in enforcement inquiries regarding lending discrimination issues brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and the federal bank regulators.
  • Representing a client in inquiries by the Federal Trade Commission and various state attorneys general regarding one of the five largest data security breaches reported in the world in 2007.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
  • Deputy Associate Attorney General, United States Department of Justice (2000-2001)
  • Deputy General Counsel, United States Department of Education (1998-2000)
Education
  • Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 1981
    •  magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Tulane Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1977
    • summa cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • honors in Political Science
    • President of the student body
    • Thomas J. Watson
    • Fellowship, 1977 (England, Sweden, and Denmark)
Judicial Clerkship
  • Hon. Harold H. Greene, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1981-1982
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
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