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Katya Jestin

Katya Jestin

Jenner & Block LLP

New York City, NY, USA


Katya Jestin is co-chair of the firm’s Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice and counsels companies and executives in criminal, regulatory, and congressional investigations, including representing clients before the United States Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. She also conducts internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients, provides counsel to senior management on FCPA and other compliance issues, and served as counsel to the Examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy examination.

Ms. Jestin’s recent engagements have included:

  • Representing a global airline in connection with a Department of Justice fraud investigation resulting in a non-prosecution agreement.
  • Representing an international law firm in a government investigation resulting in no charges.
  • Served as part of the team representing General Motors in an investigation by the US Attorney’s Office of the S.D.N.Y, culminating in the resolution of the matter with a deferred prosecution agreement.
  • Representing an originator in a Department of Justice FIRREA investigation.
  • Serving as a national counsel to a group of consumer installment lenders and loan servicers facing civil litigation and regulatory enforcement actions throughout the country, including a first-of-its-kind lawsuit brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
  • Representing executives of global financial institutions in connection with multiple money laundering and OFAC investigations by banking regulators, the Department of Justice and the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Defending a hedge fund CFO in the Southern District of New York and before the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Representing executives before the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in a money laundering and terrorist financing investigation.
  • Defending financial institution executives in connection with a Department of Justice probe into municipal bond bid rigging practices.
  • Pro bono representation of indicted individuals in the S.D.N.Y., including obtaining a complete dismissal of all charges against one defendant.

Ms. Jestin joined Jenner & Block after serving as an Assistant United States Attorney and a supervisor in the Criminal Division of the Eastern District of New  York, where she was involved in investigations, prosecutions and trials involving fraud, money laundering, and other white collar offenses. She also successfully prosecuted the leadership of three of the five Las Cosa Nostra organized crime families. She was co-counsel in the RICO prosecution of Gambino boss Peter Gotti and 16 co-defendant for labor racketeering, fraud and corruption, resulting in the conviction of all defendants.

Katya Jestin is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Kelly Hagedorn, Tracey Lattimer, Emily A. Bruemmer and Jennifer J. Yun, Jenner & Block LLP, Investigations, Compliance and Defense, Deliberate Data Breaches: Consequences for Companies Just Got Even Tougher (February 5, 2018) - White Collar Crime 2018: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak, Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Gayle E. Littleton, David Bitkower, Coral A. Negron and Molly J. Davis, Jenner & Block LLP, Investigations, Compliance and Defense, Panasonic and Subsidiary Panasonic Avionics Corporation Pay Over $280 Million in Penalties and Disgorgement to Resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Accounting Fraud Violations (May 14, 2018) - White Collar Crime 2018: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak, Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Nicholas R. Barnaby, Katya Jestin, Anne Cortina Perry and Ravi Ramanathan, Jenner & Block LLP, Investigations, Compliance and Defense, DOJ Announces New Policy to Avoid “Piling On” of Duplicative Corporate Penalties (May 5, 2018) - White Collar Crime 2018: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak, Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Gayle E. Littleton, David Bitkower and Justin C. Steffen, FinTech Weekly, Navigating Cryptocurrency Regulation: Common Sense in an Uncommon Industry (January 15, 2018) - White Collar Crime 2018: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak, Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Katya Jestin, Reid J. Schar, Wade A. Thomson, Sarah F. Weiss and Emily K. McWilliams, Jenner & Block LLP, Investigations, Compliance and Defense, Update: Sports Betting and AML Compliance (May 17, 2018) - White Collar Crime 2018: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak, Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Victoria C. Fitzpatrick, Jenner & Block LLP, Investigations, Compliance and Defense, UK Serious Fraud Office Told Not to Take “No” for an Answer When Attempting to Obtain First Account Interview Notes to Ensure Fair Trial for Individuals (April 30, 2018) - White Collar Crime 2018: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak, Wednesday, October 03, 2018
David Bitkower and Natalie K. Orpett, Jenner & Block LLP, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, Congress Passes CLOUD Act Governing Cross-Border Law Enforcement Access to Data (March 23, 2018) - White Collar Crime 2018: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak, Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Victoria C. Fitzpatrick and Kelly Hagedorn, Jenner & Block London LLP, Investigations, Compliance and Defense, UK’s First Contested Failure to Prevent Bribery Conviction—A Clue as to What Does Not Constitute “Adequate Procedures” (March 12, 2018) - White Collar Crime 2018: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak, Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Policing the Markets: Updates on Securities Investigations and Enforcement - White Collar Crime 2018: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak, Tuesday, October 09, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Policing the Markets: Updates on Securities Investigations and Enforcement - Policing the Markets: Updates on Securities Investigations and Enforcement, Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Policing the Markets: Updates on Securities Investigations and Enforcement - Policing the Markets: Updates on Securities Investigations and Enforcement, Tuesday, October 09, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Policing the Markets: Updates on Securities Investigations and Enforcement - Policing the Markets: Updates on Securities Investigations and Enforcement, Tuesday, October 09, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs White Collar Crime 2018: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak, Wednesday, October 10, 2018, New York, NY
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