Washington, DC, October 26, 2021 – Miller & Chevalier Chartered is proud to announce that Joseph (Joe) Rillotta has joined the firm as a member in the Litigation practice.
Corporations or Other Entities
- Retained by the Audit Committee of one of the four principal oil and gas companies in Latin America to conduct an internal investigation into allegations by local prosecutors of approximately $4 billion in cost overruns in connection with the construction of a refinery by one of its subsidiaries.
- Conducting investigations for the Audit Committee of a Brazilian multi-national food producer in Brazil, Argentina, and elsewhere with respect to potential improper payments to government officials, money laundering, and violations of food quality and safety regulations.
- Assisting a security technology company client with an investigation by DOJ into potential trade secret theft by a former employee; the investigation implicates a number of ITAR provisions and is a potential example of Chinese theft of U.S. technology. The firm has led the Company's response to DOJ and FBI inquiries, working closely with the company's General Counsel and counsel for the company's investors.
- Serve as Special Counsel to a major international labor union in connection with prohibitions on contacts or involvement with organized crime. In addition, the firm serves as outside counsel to the union in a role that includes investigation of fraud allegations and interfacing with government enforcement authorities regarding findings.
- Assisting a global supplier of industrial technology with an ITAR investigation into potential deemed exports. We are lead counsel in the investigation, working closely with the client's internal compliance officers. This involves significant issues about the burden of proving or disproving "release" of controlled information to non-U.S. persons. Final disclosure to DDTC was made in February 2019 and follow-up questions were investigated and addressed in May 2019.
- Represent a logistics company in an investigation and response to potential OFAC violations involving Cuba and Iran. The shipments in question were to entities on the SDN list in Germany and Spain and the investigation involved tracing those shipments through the European Union delivery process.
The firm directed the investigation and interacted with OFAC regarding voluntary disclosure, including responding to follow-up questions and advocating for no action on the matter.
- Represented a Japan-based food equipment services company with operations in the United States, Japan, Europe, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere. Investigated accounting manipulation related to U.S. production activities implicating the FCPA's accounting provisions and the treatment of a related whistleblower complaint.
- Conducting an internal investigation for a manufacturing company in an FCPA-related matter focused on China and Southeast Asia. The investigation concerns applicable laws in multiple jurisdictions, and the matter has been disclosed to U.S. authorities, who are also investigating. As part of remediation activities, performing a global risk assessment and advising on updates to company's anti-corruption compliance program.
- Represented two individuals in the DOJ Special Counsel's (Robert Mueller) investigation into the involvement of Russia in the 2016 presidential election. One client served on the Presidential Transition Team and had a close relationship with a top advisor to the president, and the other client worked on the president's campaign.
- Managing a cross-border enforcement investigation into potential ITAR and/or EAR violations related to statements made by an executive at a defense manufacturer during a Commodity Jurisdiction proceeding. This case involves a lengthy, multi-agency (BIS and DOJ) investigation.
- Represented the former CEO of a publicly-traded, multinational company in a DOJ/SEC investigation into allegations that company employees in China bribed Chinese public officials. We represented the client in interviews with the government and the company. As a result of our advocacy, the government declined to bring charges against the client.
- Defending several pharmaceutical company executives in parallel investigations by the DOJ and Connecticut Attorney General's Office into possible price-fixing, bid-rigging, and market allocation in the generic pharmaceutical industry. The twin investigations stem from a congressional committee investigation into prices in the generic drug industry and have grown to include numerous additional companies and individuals over the past two years.
- Represent a Swiss national and private wealth advisor who was arrested in Italy on an Interpol Red Notice issued by the United States. The United States is seeking her extradition relating to an FCPA and money laundering scandal involving the Venezuelan National Oil Company (PDVSA).
- Represent the former CFO of a prominent private equity firm in connection with an indictment returned by DOJ in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The client is one of six co-defendants charged with conspiracy to engage in racketeering, to commit securities fraud, to commit money laundering, and related substantive offenses arising out of the collapse of the private equity firm.
- Serving as co-counsel for the lead defendant in a multi-defendant case involving charges of conspiracy, bribery, and false statements. Our client is a former government official alleged to have received a stream of financial benefits in exchange for using influence to steer government contracting work.