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Lisa Vicens

Lisa Vicens

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

New York, NY, USA

Lisa Vicens’ practice focuses on a broad spectrum of securities enforcement and investigations, as well as securities litigation, with a concentration in complex, cross-border issues. She frequently works on matters in Latin America, particularly enforcement matters involving clients in the region. Lisa’s litigation practice includes many notable securities actions and high-profile civil cases.

Among others, Lisa’s notable experience includes representing, among others, Petrobras, PGF and current and former officers and directors in securities fraud class action litigation and 29 individual actions in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in connection with Operation Carwash — reportedly the largest corruption scandal in Latin American history; Bank of America Merrill Lynch in numerous ongoing individual securities actions filed across the country in connection with the issuance and underwriting of mortgage-backed securities; CARBO Ceramics in a federal securities class action litigation in securing dismissal of the complaint; Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) in civil class action litigation and SEC enforcement matters involving international tax issues; and various entities within the Crédit Agricole group in litigation arising from the Madoff Ponzi scheme.

Lisa has also advised on a number of governmental and internal investigations, including for leading financial institutions, including, among others, representing GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. in an FCPA investigation before the SEC and DOJ and IMAX Corporation in SEC and Ontario Securities Commission investigations into alleged accounting fraud.

Lisa regularly writes about issues relating to FCPA and enforcement matters. Her recent publications include “Making Disclosures To Auditors Without Waiving Privilege” in Law360, “District Judge Rules That Dodd-Frank Allows SEC to Bring Securities Fraud Claims Over Certain Foreign Transactions” in Oxford Business Law Blog, “Acting SEC Chair’s Steps to Centralize the Process of Issuing Formal Orders—Are Commentators Drawing the Right Lessons?” in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, “Department of Justice Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Initiatives” in Cleary Gottlieb’s Selected Issues for Boards of Directors in 2017, “Cleary Explores Appeals Court Split Over SEC Administrative Cases” in Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets and “The Future of SEC Administrative Proceedings” in Law360 and Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.

In addition to her various publications and speaking engagements, Lisa serves on the Diversity Steering Committee for the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Community and the Courts Initiative of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lisa served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kenneth Karas of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from 2008–2009. She received a J.D. from New York University School of Law, a M.A. from Georgetown University and a B.S. from Georgetown University.

She joined the firm in 2005 and became a partner in 2015.


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