Criminal and civil enforcement attorney, Thomas Sporkin


On a daily basis, we help clients identify and resolve strategic and tactical legal issues stemming from their international operations. These considerations may arise from the compliance rigors of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Bank Secrecy Act, economic and trade sanctions regimes, or other U.S. laws applicable to activities outside the U.S., or from an enforcement action involving the U.S. and another jurisdiction.

BuckleySandler’s International practice focuses on multi-jurisdictional enforcement defense, complex civil litigation involving cross-border disputes, and compliance counseling. Our international work has helped clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, technology, retail, manufacturing and logistics, and real estate industries, among many others. Our lawyers have worked on matters involving over two dozen international jurisdictions, from China and Macau to Ukraine and Kazakhstan, often retaining and managing local counsel on behalf of our clients to ensure consistent quality and responsiveness across the globe.

Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement Defense:

  • Investigations involving global companies and their executives often require close coordination among more than one jurisdiction. We have been involved in most of the major international enforcement initiatives of the past decade, including the LIBOR and foreign exchange rate antitrust investigations, as well as numerous international tax and FCPA cases.

Complex Cross-Border Civil Litigation:

  • Civil litigation in the U.S. involving non-U.S. parties raises complex jurisdictional and discovery issues, requiring sophisticated planning and judgment. BuckleySandler lawyers are currently litigating numerous complex civil litigation matters, involving Russia, Italy, the U.K., the Philippines, Japan, the British Virgin Islands, and Colombia, and are involved in numerous matters seeking discovery in the U.S. in support of a non-U.S. action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782.

International Compliance Counseling:

  • U.S.-based companies operating outside the U.S. are subject to a host of extraterritorial statues and regulations, while non-U.S. companies may be exposed to U.S. jurisdiction and associated compliance requirements in a number of ways, including trading of ADRs or U.S. operations. We advise U.S. and non-U.S. companies on the FCPA, the Bank Secrecy Act, and related anti-money laundering regulations, as well as the U.S. economic and trade sanctions regimes.

Representation of Non-U.S. Persons and Companies in U.S. Matters:

  • We frequently represent non-U.S. companies and individuals where the legal issues involve the U.S. This work has included advice on licensing and regulatory matters, representations on behalf of non-U.S. clients in bank regulatory and enforcement matters, and defending against U.S. requests for extradition. Examples of non-U.S. clients include bank and non-bank financial services providers, such as emerging payments, specialty finance, virtual currency and other financial services companies doing or looking to do business in the United States; and representation of non-U.S. citizens involved in U.S. enforcement actions, including civil and criminal enforcement matters and extradition actions.
  • In the rapidly developing area of electronic delivery of financial services, we work with many non-U.S. companies to design, develop, and implement compliance policies and procedures. We also support the licensing requirements associated with the array of laws and regulations that govern this emerging field.

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Burton, Preston Partner 202.349.8065 Washington, DC
Klubes, Benjamin B. Partner 202.349.8002 Washington, DC
Krakoff, David S. Partner 202.349.7950 Washington, DC
Parkinson, James T. Partner UK: +44 20 3608 1296 London
Randell, Lauren R. Partner 202.349.7953 Washington, DC
Regan, Christopher F. Partner 202.349.7970 Washington, DC
Sandler, Andrew L. Chairman & Executive Partner 202.349.8001 Washington, DC
Sporkin, Thomas A. Partner 202.349.8009 Washington, DC
Tank, Margo H. K. Partner 202.349.8050 Washington, DC
Zeldin, Michael F. Special Counsel 202.349.7928 Washington, DC
Kim, Amy Davine Counsel 202.461.2906 Washington, DC
Madia, Mehul N. Counsel 202.349.7974 Washington, DC
Marcus, Bradley A. Counsel 202.349.8021 Washington, DC
Wiles, Ann D. Counsel 202.349.7942 Washington, DC
Murphy, Bree Counsel 202.461.2971 Washington, DC