Cadwalader Expands Global Litigation Group in New York with Cybersecurity and Financial Crime Specialist Joseph Facciponti

Oct 25, 2016


Kimberly Brooks
New York
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Cadwalader today announced that Joseph Facciponti has joined the firm’s New York office as Special Counsel. Facciponti, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York with significant experience in the banking industry, will join the firm’s Global Litigation Department, representing clients in white collar investigations and civil litigation.

“We are very happy that Joe has joined the team at Cadwalader,” said Ken Wainstein, Partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Litigation Department, and head of the White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group. “Joe brings significant experience investigating and litigating AML and cyber security matters, areas where our clients face increasing compliance obligations and regulatory scrutiny. Joe’s deep understanding of the financial sector complements the firm’s existing strengths and will be a strategic asset for our clients.”

Facciponti joins the firm from HSBC, where he was a leader in the bank’s global internal investigations team that was responsible for conducting investigations of significant matters related to bribery (including matters under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), money laundering, trade sanctions, and tax issues, among others.  As counsel for HSBC, Facciponti led international investigative teams and advocated for the bank’s interests before U.S. and foreign regulators as well as HSBC’s independent monitor.

From 2005-2014, Facciponti was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he played a leading role in pioneering the Office’s cybersecurity and intellectual property practice, investigating and prosecuting high-profile data breaches and intellectual property theft concerning large corporations and financial institutions.  In 2010, he received the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Cyber Investigation for his work in investigating data breaches in the financial sector.  During his tenure as a prosecutor, Facciponti also investigated and prosecuted a host of complex cases involving other white collar crimes, including fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, identity theft, bribery, and tax evasion.

“Corporations and financial institutions today face a host of legal risks that range from traditional financial crimes such as bribery and corruption to high-tech crimes like data and intellectual property theft,” Facciponti said. “I joined Cadwalader because it is known for its elite investigations practice and for its extensive capabilities to serve financial sector clients.”

“I’m excited to be part of the firm’s continued growth and look forward to collaborating with its extensive team of best-in-class litigators to help clients navigate these complex issues,” he added.

Cadwalader’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice comprises nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field, including two former United States Attorneys, who handle a broad array of complex cross-border financial investigations for global conglomerates and financial institutions.

The Global Litigation Group was recently formed as part of the firm’s strategy to concentrate on better serving its core client base: financial institutions, large corporations and funds. The group focuses on four primary areas: corporate governance, M&A and securities litigation; white collar defense and investigations; antitrust investigations; and IP litigation.

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