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Ms. Beguiristain is a Partner in the Firm's Global White Collar Practice. She focuses on white-collar criminal defense and complex commercial litigation, including appeals. She assists clients in navigating internal investigations, government inquiries and civil litigation affecting multiple jurisdictions. She counsels foreign and domestic corporations and individuals in a broad range of subject areas, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), accounting fraud and other cross-border implications associated with white-collar issues.
Fluent in English, Spanish and French and conversational in Portuguese, Maria specializes in global investigations with a focus on Latin America. Clients benefit from her understanding of local markets, cultures and regulatory requirements and her ability to communicate in the native language. Recognized for her work across Latin America, Maria was named in Global Investigations Review's (GIR) 100 "Women in Investigations 2015" report.
Prior to joining White & Case, Maria was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida for five years. She also taught in the LLM program at the University of Miami School of Law.
Maria previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable K. Michael Moore, Chief United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.
Conducted an internal investigation of the Brazilian subsidiary of a company that is traded on a United States stock exchange. The investigation involved allegations of accounting fraud and misconduct by senior company executives. Maria coordinated a large international team of lawyers and forensic accountants.
Represented a parent company during an investigation of potential corrupt payments or other illicit activity in the procurement and/or execution of a project in Latin America.
Represented a global manufacturer and distributor during its first internal anti-corruption investigation, which involved one of its Latin American subsidiaries.