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Robert W. Tarun

Baker & McKenzie

San Francisco, CA, USA


Robert W. Tarun (robert.tarun@bakermckenzie.com) is a partner at Baker & McKenzie, LLP, in its San Francisco and Chicago offices. He has handled more than 100 sensitive internal investigations in the United States and in over 50 foreign countries. He regularly counsels public companies on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,  corporate governance and criminal antitrust matters. He has conducted anti-bribery training for multinational clients on five continents. Mr. Tarun represents and defends U.S. and non-U.S. corporations and executives in federal grand jury investigations, in Securities and Exchange Commission proceedings, and in trials across the country involving conspiracy, criminal antitrust (price fixing and bid rigging), export violations, financial fraud, FCPA charges, import violations, mail and wire fraud, securities fraud (accounting, insider trading, and revenue recognition), and tax fraud (U.S. and international) matters. He also represents corporations and executives in commercial litigation matters. He has tried over 50 federal jury trials across the country.

Mr. Tarun has represented multinational companies and executives in sensitive matters and foreign operations in countries including Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Lichtenstein, Macau, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Turks & Caicos, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Uruguay.

Mr. Tarun served as a federal prosecutor for 10 years in Chicago, where he was Deputy Chief of the Criminal Receiving and Appellate Division from 1979 to 1982 and the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1982 to 1985. In 1993 he co-authored and has since annually updated the treatise Corporate Internal Investigations (Law Journal Press 1993-2013). In 2010, he authored The Foreign Corrupt Practices Handbook: A Practical Handbook for Multinational General Counsel, Transactional Lawyers and White Collar Criminal Practitioners (ABA 2010). In 2010, he, along with Peter P. Tomczak, wrote the Introductory Essay for the 25th Anniversary White Collar Crime Survey-A Proposal for a United States Department of Justice Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Leniency Policy, 47 AM. CRIM. L. REV. 153 (Spring 2010).

In 1992 Mr. Tarun was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, chaired its Federal Criminal Procedure Committee from 1999 to 2002, and served on its Board of Regents from 2003 to 2008. He drafted its Report on the Proposed Codification of Disclosure of Favorable Information Under Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures 11 and 16, 41 AM. CRIM. L. REV. 93 (Winter 2003), and served as the Regent Liaison for its report Recommended Practices for Companies and Their Counsel in Conducting Internal Investigations, 46 AM. CRIM. L. REV. 73 (Winter 2009).

Mr. Tarun is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A.), DePaul University (J.D.), and the University of Chicago (M.B.A.). From 2000 to 2005, he taught the course "White Collar Criminal Practice" as a Lecturer-in-Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He has served on the planning committee, has chaired, and has been a regular panelist at the annual American Bar Association National Institute on White Collar Crime, the American Conference Institute Foreign Corrupt Practices Act programs, and the ABA/IBA International Cartel Workshops. He is a founder of the Wong Sun Society of San Francisco (1992).

Mr. Tarun has been listed in Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense), Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and White Collar Criminal Defense) , The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers-Business Crime Defense, The 100 Top Lawyers in Illinois, Who's Who Legal Illinois Leading Business Lawyers, and Who's Who Legal California Leading Business Criminal Lawyers. In 2009 the Ethisphere Institute, a leading independent think tank, named Mr. Tarun to its first annual Top Guns List, a national list of 15 white-collar criminal attorneys who are leaders in assisting corporations in effectively handling corporate compliance issues. He was the only lawyer west of Washington, D.C., so recognized. He has since been named annually to Ethisphere's Top Guns List. In 2012 he was appointed the Independent Corporate Monitor for AU Optronics Corporation and AU Optronics America, corporate defendants in United States v. AU Optronics Corp., No. CR 09-0110 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 20, 2012). Mr. Tarun is admitted to practice before the California and Illinois bars, numerous federal circuit courts of appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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