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Peter B. Clark

Peter B. Clark

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Peter Clark is senior counsel in the White Collar Defense and Investigation and Complex Litigation Practices, resident in the Washington D.C. office.

Prior to joining Cadwalader, Peter served as Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, where he had previously held the position of Senior Litigation Counsel. Before his tenure at the DOJ, he was Special Counsel in the Division of Enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which he joined at the request of William Casey, then Chairman of the SEC.

Prior to his government service, Peter was with New York's Hall, Casey, Dickler & Howley, where he worked on securities, real estate, and tax litigation matters.

Among his many accomplishments, Peter has handled hundreds of voluntary disclosures of illicit corporate payments and securities enforcement matters both at the SEC and the DOJ, and successfully prosecuted the first transnational bribery cases brought by the Department. He played an important role in the enactment and subsequent amendments to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and was the Department's principal negotiator of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) anti-bribery convention and the Council of Europe Criminal Law Convention. He has worked closely with The World Bank and other international organizations in their implementation of anti-corruption compliance programs. Peter was a founder of the Justice Department's Securities and Commodities Fraud Working Group. As Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section, Peter was responsible for all of the Department's FCPA investigations and prosecutions, and for the FCPA Opinion Procedure. 

Peter was presented with the 1998 Award for Outstanding Government Lawyer by the American Bar Association Section of International Law and Practice for his role in enforcing the FCPA and in negotiating the OECD Convention. Most recently, he was recognized as an “FCPA Master” by Main Justice for his record of achievement in anti-corruption defense work.  Ethisphere Institute honored Peter in their 2012 Attorneys Who Matter Hall of Fame, Ethisphere's highest honor given to a practicing attorney, and named him a "Top Gun" lawyer in its 2011 Attorneys Who Matter.  Peter was also recognized by Who's Who Legal's The International Who's Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers in 2014 and 2012, and by Benchmark Litigation.   Peter has been a member of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy of the U.S. Department of State. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Transparency International-USA.

Peter is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has lectured extensively before professional associations both domestically and internationally. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the State of New York.

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