G. William Currier | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
G. William Currier
G. William Currier

G. William Currier

Partner Of Counsel, Washington, DC

Former assistant director at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), William Currier has deep insight into SEC investigations, as well as considerable trial experience in securities enforcement matters, federal criminal investigations and civil actions.

Overview

William Currier offers clients the benefit of his extensive trial experience in securities enforcement matters, federal criminal investigations and proceedings, and related civil actions. His hands-on knowledge of this area is enhanced by his previous work at the SEC, and as an assistant US attorney (AUSA –DC).

His track record and reputation in civil and criminal defense have made him a valued resource for US and non-US issuers listed on US stock exchanges, hedge funds, investment advisors, and financial institutions, as well as their boards of directors, audit committees, officers, directors, and employees.

Clients seek William's representation regarding matters involving US securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), Sarbanes-Oxley, money laundering, RICO, accounting and financial fraud, insider trading, and other related white collar criminal matters, anti-trust investigations and proceedings, and related civil matters. This experience also makes him ideally placed to advise on clients' compliance programs and corporate governance protocols.

In addition, William has conducted corporate cross-border internal investigations for US and non-US issuers in Asia, Europe and South America. The international range of his work is matched by the breadth of his industry knowledge, working for clients in sectors including telecoms, oil and gas, engineering and infrastructure, finance, commodities, aviation and defense.

William also represents clients in international arbitration proceedings before the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second, Eleventh and the District of Columbia Circuits
  • US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • US District Court for the District of Columbia

Education

  • JD, Antioch School of Law
  • BA, Wesleyan University

Languages

  • English
  • French

Experience

Transnational cyberfraud investigation

Represented an individual cooperating defendant in a transnational investigation of cyberfraud conducted by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the US Attorney's Offices in several jurisdictions.

OFAC investigation

Representing a global financial institution based in the EU in an OFAC investigation conducted by the DOJ, DANY, DFS, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Southern District US Attorney's Office. This investigation is ongoing.

OFAC investigation

Represented senior level management and compliance officials of a global financial institution based in the EU in an OFAC investigation conducted by the DOJ, DANY, DFS, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Southern District of US Attorney's Office.

FCPA violation investigations

Acted for a multinational electronics company involved in an SEC and DOJ investigation concerning possible FCPA violations. Allegations included improper payments and control and accounting issues relating to imports in emerging markets.

Telecommunications company investigated for FCPA and securities violations

Acting for an Eastern European telecommunications company in joint DOJ/SEC investigations of potential FCPA and securities violations in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. William conducted internal investigations at certain subsidiaries, as well as an analysis of an anti-corruption compliance program, corporate governance, key policies, procedures and Code of Ethics. He is representing the Audit Committee before the DOJ and the SEC in ongoing proceedings.

SEC investigation at US speciality products company

Conducted internal investigations and represented the board of directors at a US speciality products company before the SEC, in an investigation concerning public disclosures, potential Regulation Fair Disclosure (Reg FD) violations and related insider-trading matters.

Investigation into FCPA and securities violations

Acted for the board of directors at a US commodities company facing a joint DOJ and SEC investigation into FCPA and securities violations into its operations in the Far East.

DOJ and SEC investigation at European oil and gas business

Assisted a European oil and gas infrastructure and engineering company faced with a joint DOJ/SEC investigation of potential FCPA and securities violations in its foreign operations, by undertaking internal investigations of the relevant operations and representing the board of directors before the DOJ and the SEC.

Global investigation into potential FCPA and securities infringements

Assisted an international US-listed industrial manufacturer, healthcare, water advisory and services conglomerate which was faced with a joint DOJ/SEC investigation into potential FCPA and securities violations in its operations in the Far East and South America, Central and Eastern Europe. He conducted internal investigations into the business' foreign business operations and represented the company and senior management before the DOJ and the SEC.

Hedge fund investigation by the SEC

Represented a hedge fund involved in an SEC investigation of disclosures and public statements made to investors, regarding investments made in third parties involved in litigation, including bankruptcy.

FCPA violations by Singapore-based holding company

Supporting a Singapore-based investment holding company, which is facing an ongoing investigation into possible FCPA violations at certain of its operations in China.

Governance improvements at US oil and gas conglomerate

Working with a US oil and gas conglomerate, William is analyzing its worldwide anti-corruption compliance program and recommending corporate governance enhancements, as well as modifications to key policies, procedures and its Code of Ethics. He presented recommendations for changes to the Executive Committee, General Counsel and senior management.

Speaking Engagements

"What Every Emerging Market PE House Should Know", March 29, 2012: Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, Anti-Corruption Webcast, (panelist)

"New SEC Guidance on Cybersecurity Teleconference", December 15, 2011: (moderator)

"Panalpina – The SEC Takes the Reins to Examine Risky Corporate Conduct", June 2011: George Washington University Business School, (lecturer with Professor Bonnie Pierce)

"Taking Stock" with Pimm Fox, December 2, 2010: Bloomberg News, (interview)

"Countdown to the Closing Bell", May 11, 2010: Fox Business Cable News, (interview)

"FCPA and the Siemens Settlement", 2009 – 2010: George Washington University Business School, (lecturer with Professor Bonnie Pierce)

"Sarbanes-Oxley and Internal Investigations", June 18, 2009: CLE Presentation,
New York City
, (presenter)