Joseph Facciponti 

Special Counsel – New York
T.+1 212 504 6313
joseph.facciponti@cwt.com
200 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10281 V-CARD

Joseph Facciponti is a special counsel in the firm’s New York office with 11 years of experience as a federal prosecutor and as corporate counsel at a large financial institution. His practice focuses on representing corporations, financial institutions and individuals in investigations, regulatory enforcement actions, and litigation concerning white collar crimes, computer crimes and commercial disputes.

Prior to joining Cadwalader, Joseph held an executive-level position in the legal department of HSBC Holdings, where he was responsible for leading global investigations of matters involving money laundering, sanctions, tax and anti-bribery laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. As counsel for HSBC, Joseph also advocated for the bank’s interests before U.S. and foreign regulators as well as HSBC’s independent monitor.

From 2005 to 2014, Joseph was an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he handled complex and high-profile cases involving financial crime, computer hacking and intellectual property theft. He represented the U.S. government in Manhattan federal court in a broad range of matters, including six cases tried to verdict in jury and bench trials, and several appeals argued before the Second Circuit. In 2010, Joseph received an FBI Director’s Award for outstanding cyber investigation based on his work in investigating and disrupting a computer hacking ring that targeted financial institutions.

Joseph clerked for United States District Judge Kenneth M. Karas in the Southern District of New York and United States District Judge Nancy F. Atlas in the Southern District of Texas.  From 2002 through 2004, Joseph worked as a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he handled complex commercial litigation, international arbitration, and pro bono death penalty matters.

Joseph graduated, magna cum laude, from Cornell Law school in 2001 and obtained a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University in 1996.  At Cornell, he was editor-in-chief of the Cornell International Law Journal.  He is admitted in New York.

Representative Matters

While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Joseph handled the following matters, among others:

  • Investigated substantial data breaches in the financial sector, including at Citibank and the NASDAQ exchange.
  • Served as lead prosecutor in the breakup of a sophisticated international network of so-called “money mules” who were laundering funds stolen from victims’ bank accounts in the U.S. by computer hackers in Eastern Europe.
  • Obtained the cooperation of a leader in the Anonymous and LulzSec hacking communities responsible for attacking the computer systems of businesses and governments in the U.S. and abroad.  Conducted further investigation that involved cooperation with several foreign governments, resulting in five additional members of LulzSec and Anonymous being charged in 2012 by U.S. and foreign authorities.
  • Successfully prosecuted a benefit funds administrator who embezzled $40 million from the Local 147 tunnel workers union (the “Sandhogs Union”) in New York City.
  • Convicted Rudy Kurniawan after a jury trial in the largest known wine fraud prosecution for making and selling millions of dollars of counterfeit rare and fine wine to victims around the world.
  • Successfully prosecuted a Bulgarian citizen who stole nearly $2 million from U.S. banks by installing “skimming” devices on ATMs in the New York City area.
  • Served as lead prosecutor in a joint civil and criminal investigation of fraud related to federally-funded tutoring services at underperforming New York City public schools. The cases, some of which were initiated by whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act, resulted in the federal government entering into millions of dollars of civil settlements with three tutoring companies and criminal convictions against six individuals.
  • Used federal forfeiture law to seize the domain names of several websites that illegally distributed pirated films and television shows.

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Admissions

  • New York

Clerkship

  • Hon. Nancy F. Atlas
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Hon. Kenneth M. Karas
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Education

  • Cornell Law School
    J.D., 2001, magna cum laude
  • Yale University
    B.A., 1996

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