White & Case Expands Global White Collar Practice with New Partner
Firm Adds DOJ Trial Attorney Kathleen Hamann
January 13, 2014 ... Global law firm White & Case LLP has strengthened its Global White Collar Practice with the addition of Kathleen Hamann as a partner in its Washington, DC office. Hamann joins the Firm from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) where she was an anticorruption policy counsel and trial lawyer assigned to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Team in the Criminal Division's Fraud Section.
"I've known White & Case's White Collar Practice to have a stellar reputation for defending the interests of its clients when faced with civil and criminal investigations," said Hamann. "In joining the Firm, I look forward to using my DOJ experience to add further strength to the practice and to provide a unique perspective to current and prospective clients."
During her tenure at the DOJ, Hamann successfully prosecuted numerous high-profile criminal matters involving the FCPA. Hamann represented the DOJ at meetings of the 40-member country Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Group on Bribery and also played a key role in the OECD's review and evaluation of Canada's foreign bribery law and the United Kingdom's new Bribery Act. In addition, Hamann was invited to Chile to evaluate and advise the country on its new corporate criminal liability statute. For her efforts with the OECD, Hamann received the DOJ's Exceptional Service Award – the Criminal Division's highest award for employee performance.
"We are thrilled to have Kathleen join White & Case's premier disputes group in the Americas," said Scott Hershman, White & Case's Regional Section Head, Americas Disputes. "Kathleen's experience and judgment will be an enormous benefit to our clients and further enhances our efforts in the expanding practice of white collar defense and investigations."
Hamann ran multijurisdictional investigations in several industries, including medical devices, and led the negotiation and implementation of the first simultaneous resolution involving the Securities and Exchange Commission, the DOJ, the Office of Foreign Assets Control and two different parts of the UK Serious Fraud Office with an international chemicals company.
"Kathleen's experience at the DOJ gives her a strong understanding of the complexities of the FCPA and the federal government's anticorruption policies," said Darryl Lew, head of White & Case's Global White Collar Practice. "Kathleen is a wonderful addition to our global white collar team, and will further strengthen our ability to represent and defend clients around the world in all phases of investigations, and criminal and civil enforcement proceedings."
Hamann joined the DOJ in 2006 from private practice, where she represented sovereign nations in international and US litigation and negotiations, and provided counsel to clients on global risk management and international white collar matters.
Prior to private practice, Hamann worked at the US Department of State as the deputy director of anticorruption and governance initiatives in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, where she developed international policies to combat international corruption and crime. Hamann also led US efforts to develop a comprehensive anticorruption strategy for Latin America.
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