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Nicole W. Friedlander

Nicole W. Friedlander

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

New York, NY, USA


Nicole Friedlander is a member of the Firm’s Criminal Defense and Investigations Group and serves as co-coordinator of the Firm’s Cybersecurity Group. Ms. Friedlander’s practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. She has particular expertise in fraud, anti-money laundering, tax and cybercrime matters.

Ms. Friedlander joined the Firm in 2016 following eight years of service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. She was Chief of the Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit, where she oversaw the investigation and prosecution of sophisticated financial frauds, cybercrimes, money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act offenses, FCPA violations, criminal tax offenses and health care frauds. Ms. Friedlander personally led the successful investigation of the cyber intrusion, and largest-ever theft of customer data, at a U.S. financial institution. Ms. Friedlander also oversaw numerous investigations of offshore banks for assisting U.S. taxpayers in evading income taxes; the indictment of seven Iranians for engaging in coordinated cyberattacks on 46 financial institutions and hacking into the control systems of a New York dam, on behalf of groups sponsored by the Government of Iran; and the racketeering indictment of the owner of multibillion-dollar internet payday lending companies for usurious lending practices. In recognition of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit’s consumer protection work during her tenure, the FTC awarded the group its Criminal Liaison Unit Award in 2016.

During her tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Friedlander also successfully tried numerous federal criminal cases and briefed and argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
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