Andrew M. Levine is a litigation partner who focuses his practice on white collar and regulatory defense, internal investigations and a broad range of complex commercial litigation. He regularly defends companies in criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement matters and has conducted numerous investigations throughout the world. Mr. Levine frequently advises companies on compliance matters, including with respect to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the assessment and management of risks presented by potential mergers, acquisitions and other transactions.
In 2014, Mr. Levine was named to Global Investigations Review’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list of the world’s leading investigations lawyers, and he was recognized in 2013 as a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal. Mr. Levine is recommended for white collar litigation in The Legal 500 US (2013-2017), where clients describe him as “smart, responsive, collaborative and sharp in his advice.”
He was ranked as an “Up and Coming” lawyer for FCPA by Chambers USA (2017). In Chambers Globaland Chambers Latin America (2019) he is described as “a reassuring presence in tumultuous times,” and “a calm, competent and thorough practitioner.” In previous editions of the guide he is lauded as “brilliant, hard-working and thoughtful,” with clients valuing his “encyclopedic knowledge” and his “ability to condense a complex situation into something understandable and manageable.” Latin Lawyer notes Mr. Levine’s “substantial work in Latin America,” recognizing him as one of the top lawyers active on anti-corruption matters in the region.
Before joining Debevoise in 2006, Mr. Levine served as Deputy Counsel to the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme, led by Paul A. Volcker, from 2004 to 2005. Mr. Levine spearheaded the investigation into the Security Council’s oversight of Iraq’s humanitarian purchases under the Programme, through which thousands of companies made illicit payments exceeding $1.5 billion to the former Iraqi regime, and he was one of the two principal editors of the Committee’s numerous official reports.
Mr. Levine served as a law clerk to the Hon. Dennis Jacobs, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, from 2003 to 2004, and to the Hon. Lewis A. Kaplan, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 2002 to 2003.
Mr. Levine received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2002, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and submissions editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. He obtained his B.A. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College in 1997.
From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Levine worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, advising corporations and nonprofit organizations on issues of strategy, operations and organization.
Mr. Levine is a member of the Criminal Advocacy Committee of the New York City Bar Association and also a member of the Media Law Resource Center. He is a co-editor-in-chief of the firm’s monthly FCPA Update newsletter, and he served as guest editor of “Anti-Corruption Survey 2014,” recently published by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR), and again as co-contributing editor of the Anti-Corruption Section of the Latin Lawyer Reference Series.
In addition, Mr. Levine is the author of numerous articles, including “The Latest FCPA Deferred Prosecution Agreement: Will Congress’s New DPA Procedures Reach FCPA DPA’s, And Will Non-U.S. Governments Sue As “Crime Victims” Under The CVRA?,” Main Justice (July, 2015); “Recent Developments In U.S. Domestic Bribery Case Law Reaffirm Various Risks – And Tensions – In FCPA Prosecutions,” Financial Fraud Law Report (February, 2015); “CFPB May Look To NY For Its Own Debt Collection Rules,” Law360 (January, 2015); “Small Country, Big Punch: The Netherlands’ Anti-Bribery Prosecution Of SBM Offshore,” “Just Blogs” section of Main Justice (December, 2014); “The SEC Noble Prosecution: Takeaways From The O’Rourke, Jackson And Ruehlen Settlements,” Financial Fraud Law Report (November/December, 2014); “DOJ Officials Encourage Companies to Cooperate Against Potentially Culpable Individuals,” “Just Blogs” section of Main Justice, (October, 2014); “SEC Settles First “Pay-To-Play” Enforcement Action,” Financial Fraud Law Report (October, 2014); “DOJ Proposal Shows Focus on Individuals in Corporate Crime,” Law360, (September, 2014); “Heads of SEC Whistleblower Office and FCPA Unit Warn against Interference with Potential Whistleblowers,” Financial Fraud Law Dept (June, 2014); “2014 Anti-Corruption Survey: U.S.,” IFLR (June, 2014); “Best Practices in Compliance Programmes,” IFLR (June, 2014); “U.S. District Court Limits Privilege Protections in Compliance Investigations,” Financial Fraud Law Report(June, 2014); “The DOJ’s First Opinion Procedure Release of 2014 Re-Addresses Issues Arising When a Business Partner Becomes a Foreign Official,” “Just Blogs” section of Main Justice (April, 2014); “Conspiracy and the ‘Indefinite Payments’ Doctrine,” New York Law Journal (February, 2014); “Anti-Corruption Compliance in 2013: Post-Guidance and Signals for the Future,” Financial Fraud Law Report (February, 2014); “Takeaways from the 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index,” Law360 (January, 2014); “Brazil Enacts Long-Pending Anti-Corruption Legislation – Part Two,” Business Crimes Bulletin (January, 2014); “The Government’s $48 Million ATM Withdrawals: Is It Time To Start Sweating Again?,” Financial Fraud Law Report (January, 2014); “Spotlight on Latin America Business Risks,” Law360 (December, 2013); “Money Laundering Charges In FCPA Cases Bring Unique Risks,” Law360 (November, 2013); “Private Equity & Venture Capital in Latin America corporate governance,” BVCA International Series (November 2013); “Why the Direct Access Partners Case Matters for Financial Sector Anti-Corruption Compliance,” The FCPA Report (October, 2013); “Spotlight On Southeast Asia,” Financial Fraud Law Report (October, 2013); “The FCPA In Review – Part I: Release of the Government’s Guidance Caps a Year of Disparate Developments,” Financial Fraud Law Report (April, 2013); “Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index,” Financial Fraud Law Report (April, 2013) and “U.S. Enforcement Agencies Issue Extensive New FCPA Guidance,” Westlaw Journal – White-Collar Crime (February, 2013).
- White Collar and Regulatory Defense, and Internal Investigations
- A Fortune 100 company in civil and criminal investigations regarding possible FCPA violations, resulting in both the DOJ and SEC closing their investigations without bringing any charges or seeking any penalties.
- JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. in investigations by several State Attorneys General and a federal regulator into credit card collections and debt sale practices.
- A leading aircraft engine manufacturer in requests for information made by the UK SFO in connection with intermediaries in overseas markets.
- A major multinational conglomerate in an internal investigation relating to FCPA matters in Mexico.
- A private equity firm in parallel investigations by the SEC and the N.Y. Attorney General concerning alleged “pay-to-play” payments involving public pension funds.
- A major pharmaceutical company in an internal review of its compliance program and related practices.
- A special committee of the board of directors of a major pharmaceutical company in conducting an internal investigation concerning the design and conduct of a clinical trial and the treatment of the trial’s results.
- Compliance Advising and Due Diligence
- Prudential Financial in its $350 million partnership with LeapFrog Investments, targeting investments in life insurance companies in Africa.
- Various global companies and private equity firms in conducting anti-corruption and trade compliance due diligence relating to potential transactions and investments around the world.
- A large private equity firm and its portfolio companies in conducting an anti-corruption and trade compliance risk assessment and in advising on enhanced policies, procedures and controls.
- A leading media company in conducting an anti-corruption risk assessment, including with respect to Latin America, and in enhancing relevant policies, procedures and controls.
- A major consumer goods company in providing ongoing advice regarding anti-corruption compliance.
- A large global energy company in FCPA due diligence for a multi-billion dollar acquisition, including on-the-ground interviews and forensic testing in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
- A US-based private equity firm in anti-corruption advice and due diligence regarding the acquisition of a company with significant operations in Asia.
- Complex Civil Litigation
- Time Warner Book Group and New York Times editor Timothy O’Brien in a libel action brought by Donald J. Trump in connection with the publication of Mr. O’Brien’s book “TrumpNation,” which was dismissed on motion for summary judgment for failure to demonstrate actual malice.
- Syracuse University in a defamation action brought in New York state court by former ball boys for the University’s basketball team.
- A leading retailer in defending various lawsuits involving trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and other claims.
- Yale Law School, 2002, J.D.
- Yale University, 1997, B.A.
- New York
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