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Helen V. Cantwell

Helen V. Cantwell

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York, NY, USA


Helen V. Cantwell is a litigation partner with extensive trial experience. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement actions, and internal investigations. Ms. Cantwell represents a wide range of individuals, companies, schools, and nonprofits, and she frequently advises clients on their compliance obligations.

Chambers USA (2014) recognizes Ms. Cantwell as a leading practitioner in white collar criminal defense and investigations matters. Clients note that she is a “very confident advocate” and commend her “standout judgment and attention to detail.”

While much of Ms. Cantwell’s work is not public, some of her representative white collar and regulatory matters include:

  • Toyota Motor Corporation in connection with various state and federal investigations;
  • A top national bank in an investigation by the District Attorney for New York County into allegations of money laundering and fraud;
  • A top national bank in an investigation by the DOJ into mortgage-related matters;
  • A major U.S. bank in various investigations regarding subprime auto lending;
  • A bank executive responsible for the setting of LIBOR in investigations by the SEC, CFTC, and DOJ;
  • The Chief Risk Officer of a hedge fund in civil litigation and investigations relating to the Bernard L. Madoff matter;
  • A payments processing company in an internal investigation regarding accounting fraud and embezzlement;
  • Private equity clients in governmental investigations and litigations relating to fallout from the financial crisis and the collapse of MF Global;
  • Ongoing compliance advice to clients regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB, consumer finance, and anti-money laundering;
  • Current and former corporate executives in DOJ, SEC, and CFTC investigations involving allegations of securities fraud, theft of trade secrets, and other matters;
  • Various matters before the District Attorneys in New York, the New York State Attorney General, the New York State Department of Financial Services, and other state attorneys general; and
  • Ongoing advice and counseling to schools and other educational institutions in sensitive sexual abuse investigations.

Her civil experience includes:

  • Representation of a leading insurance company in the successful settlement after jury selection of a securities litigation arising from its demutualization;
  • Representation of Metromedia International Group in a trial in Delaware Chancery Court (In re Appraisal of Metromedia); and
  • Representation of Syracuse University in a defamation suit arising out of comments made by the basketball coach during an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cantwell served for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. During her tenure in the US Attorney’s Office, she was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and worked closely with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Ms. Cantwell joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2000, after four years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. She is a recipient of the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance as a Federal Prosecutor.

Before the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Cantwell spent a year working in Malaysia with the International Women’s Rights Action Watch, under a fellowship grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Ms. Cantwell joined Debevoise in 2008. She earned her J.D. cum laude in 1995 from Harvard Law School, where she was President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 1992.

Helen V. Cantwell is associated with the following items:
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Ethics for Commercial Litigators, Monday, February 27, 2017
The Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations 2017, Thursday, August 10, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Ethics for Commercial Litigators, Monday, February 27, 2017
The Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations 2017, Thursday, August 10, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Ethics for Commercial Litigators 2017, Wednesday, March 01, 2017, New York, NY
The Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations 2017, Thursday, August 10, 2017, New York, NY
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Ethics in Context: August 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP, Client Update: D.C. Circuit Upholds Privilege Protections in Compliance Investigations (July 3, 2014) - Ethics in Context: August 2017, Friday, August 11, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Ethics for Commercial Litigators 2018, Friday, February 23, 2018, New York, NY
The Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations 2018, Tuesday, August 07, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Ethics for Commercial Litigators 2018, Friday, February 23, 2018, New York, NY
The Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations 2018, Tuesday, August 07, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Ethics for Commercial Litigators 2018, Friday, February 23, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Ethics for Commercial Litigators 2018, Friday, February 23, 2018, Nashville, TN
Ethics for Commercial Litigators 2018, Friday, February 23, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
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