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Winston M. Paes

Winston M. Paes

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York City, NY, USA


Winston M. Paes is a member of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations.  In this capacity, Mr. Paes has represented large financial institutions, corporate executives and traders in investigations by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.

Prior to joining Debevoise in 2017, Mr. Paes served for nine years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, the final two years of which he spent as Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section.  As Section Chief, Mr. Paes supervised a team of 20 experienced federal prosecutors focused on white collar matters. Under his leadership, the EDNY significantly expanded its white collar practice and prosecuted a number of the Department of Justice’s most high-profile matters. Before his appointment as a Section Chief, Mr. Paes also served as the Deputy Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section and Supervisor of its Medicare Fraud Task Force.

During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Paes investigated and prosecuted a number of notable criminal matters, primarily related to securities and accounting fraud, insider trading, cybercrime, kickback schemes, money laundering, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Bank Secrecy Act and Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. In his leadership position, Mr. Paes worked closely with senior officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and other foreign and local regulators. He successfully tried 10 jury trials, including six white collar trials, and argued 12 appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is also a recipient of the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance and the Inspectors General Council’s Excellence in Litigation Award.

Mr. Paes earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2003, and received his B.A. magna cum laude from the State University of New York, Stony Brook in 1998.

Mr. Paes is also a member of the Board of Advisors of New York University Law School’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement, a member of Board of Directors of Brooklyn Law School’s Alumni Association, and a member of the White Collar Criminal Law Committee for the New York City Bar Association.

Winston M. Paes is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Winston M. Paes and Katie Aber, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Expert Witness Disclosures and the Limits of “Reasonable Elaboration” (March 26, 2018) - Expert Witness 2018, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Expert Disclosures, Depositions and the Expert’s Perspective - Expert Witness 2018, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Expert Disclosures, Depositions and the Expert’s Perspective - Expert Disclosures, Depositions and the Expert’s Perspective, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
The Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations - The Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations, Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Expert Disclosures, Depositions and the Expert’s Perspective - Expert Disclosures, Depositions and the Expert’s Perspective, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Expert Disclosures, Depositions and the Expert’s Perspective - Expert Disclosures, Depositions and the Expert’s Perspective, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
The Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations - The Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations, Wednesday, August 08, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Expert Witness 2018, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, New York, NY
The Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations 2018, Tuesday, August 14, 2018, New York, NY
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