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Jennifer Gillian Newstead

Jennifer Gillian Newstead

Davis Polk & Wardwell
New York, NY, USA

Ms. Newstead is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, concentrating in regulatory enforcement investigations, white collar criminal defense and internal investigations.  She represents leading global corporations and financial institutions in high-profile investigations involving allegations of foreign bribery, economic sanctions violations, money laundering, market manipulation, securities and accounting fraud, and other financial crimes.  Ms. Newstead also regularly represents Boards of Directors, Audit committees and management teams on corporate governance matters, and advises on the design and implementation of compliance programs.

Ms. Newstead’s global practice has included numerous anti-corruption investigations for Fortune 100 companies in the technology/media, life sciences, hospitality, consumer products and other industries. She regularly appears before the Department of Justice, SEC, and other law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad, and is a frequent speaker on anti-corruption enforcement and policy issues.  Recent representations include a Fortune 50 company and a leading global pharmaceutical company in industry-wide FCPA investigations by the DOJ and SEC involving allegations in numerous countries; three global public companies in corruption investigations in China, greater Asia and Latin America; and two global corporations in Board-level FCPA investigations and compliance program reviews.

Ms. Newstead regularly represents global financial institutions in regulatory enforcement matters involving the DOJ, Treasury, Federal Reserve, OCC, CFBP and DFS. She currently represents one of the world’s largest global commercial banks in investigations relating to sanctions and anti-money laundering; a global securities custody and settlement system in a criminal investigation relating to U.S. economic sanctions; and a global financial institution in an investigation of alleged market manipulation involving currency trading.  Previously, Ms. Newstead led the successful criminal defense of the largest commercial bank in Italy, in a high-profile sanctions investigation by DOJ, OFAC, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the Fed which resulted in a rare public decision by U.S. authorities to decline criminal charges.

From 2001-2005, Ms. Newstead served in senior government positions at the Justice Department and the White House, including as a Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy and  General Counsel of the White House Office of Management and Budget.  In those roles, she helped create the first interagency Corporate Fraud Task Force and played a key role developing legal policy initiatives to combat terrorism and financial crime, including the USA Patriot Act.  At DOJ she received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Department’s highest honor.

Ms. Newstead clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and for D.C. Circuit Judge Laurence H,. Silberman.  She received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her A.B. from Harvard University.


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