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Maria E. Douvas

Maria E. Douvas

Royal Bank of Canada
Managing Director, Assistant General Counsel
Jersey City, NJ, USA

Maria Douvas is a partner in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings and vice chair of the Investigations and White Collar Defense practice. She is a former federal prosecutor with more than fifteen years of experience in a wide variety of criminal and civil enforcement matters. Ms. Douvas’s practice focuses on representing entities and individuals in connection with regulatory, white-collar criminal, and securities litigation matters. She also advises clients on compliance matters and internal investigations. Ms. Douvas has in-depth experience representing domestic and foreign companies (as well as their directors, officers and employees) in investigations involving allegations of securities fraud, accounting fraud, mail and wire fraud, theft of trade secrets, price-fixing, and money laundering. She has also represented clients in securities and other complex commercial litigation.

Recent Representations

  • A large Korean conglomerate in an internal investigation into the misappropriation of trade secrets
  • A former portfolio manager of the hedge fund division of a U.K. alternative investment management company in an SEC and FCA investigation
  • An options trader in connection with the investigation by the CFTC for alleged price-manipulation of ISDAfix
  • A foreign exchange trader in connection with the investigation by the FCA and DOJ into alleged currency market manipulation
  • An officer of a public company against SEC allegations of accounting fraud
  • A chief compliance officer of a registered broker dealer in connection with an investigation by the SEC regarding compliance issues around dark pools
  • A foreign bank in litigation involving structured asset-backed securities
  • A bank in connection with allegations of money laundering and internal control deficiencies by banking regulators and the DOJ
  • A foreign bank in connection with a FINRA investigation involving allegations of mismarking
  • An individual against allegations of price-fixing and bid rigging in an investigation conducted by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Individuals in insider trading cases conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Recognized by Chambers USA
  • Recognized by New York Super Lawyers as a leading attorney in Manhattan
  • Recognized as one of New York Law Journal's 2014 Rising Stars

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Spoken before various bar associations and trade groups, including the Practicing Law Institute, the American College of Investment Counsel, the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, and Lawline
  • Co-Chair, "From the Trenches: High Profile Trials 2013," PLI, New York, NY, December 2013
  • Moderator, “The Law of Insider Trading In Today’s Regulatory Environment,” ACIC 2011 Annual Meeting and Education Conference, New York, NY, October 2011
  • Panelist, “Parallel Investigations and Proceedings by the SEC and the DOJ,” Lawline.com, New York, NY, October 2011
  • Panelist, “Compliance Challenges with the New and Current Anti-Corruption Legislation,” 2011 AML Compliance Conference, New York, NY, June 2011

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force
  • Served in the Southern District of New York’s Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property group
  • Member of the American Bar Association and its FCPA Subcommittee of the ABA Business Law Section’s White-Collar Crime Committee
  • Member of the New York City Bar Association
  • Member of the Federal Bar Council
  • Admitted to practice in New York and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1998
  • Columbia University, B.A., 1995

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