Christopher Davies

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

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Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest 1875
Washington 20006 DC US

Christopher Davies has more than 15 years’ experience representing clients in complex civil, criminal and administrative matters, often involving crisis management, including communications and public policy strategy and outreach.

Over the past year, Mr. Davies has represented, among others: a multinational bank in an investigation concerning its accounting for distressed assets; a number of clients in anti-corruption investigations; multiple US and non-US clients in proceedings before federal agencies; an Indian tribe in a membership dispute before the Department of the Interior; an entity subject to pending criminal and administrative investigations, as well as civil litigation, in Caribbean jurisdictions; and an organization in a multi-jurisdictional employment-related investigation and dispute in Europe.

Mr. Davies has also conducted an internal investigation of alleged financial impropriety by an Indian tribe’s senior leadership and another internal investigation concerning alleged illegality and related misrepresentations by a mortgage servicer.

Mr. Davies has extensive international experience and has represented non-US-based entities from countries including Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, and the UK in connection with both US and non-US proceedings.

Mr. Davies has represented clients before federal and state regulatory and law enforcement agencies, including the SEC, multiple US Attorneys’ Offices and Main Justice. Investigations have concerned allegations of: securities, accounting, tax and other frauds; insider trading; corrupt payments; financial reporting and disclosure improprieties; noncompliance with professional and regulatory standards; environmental crimes; pretexting; anti-money laundering violations; and discriminatory conduct.

Mr. Davies has led and participated in internal investigations concerning: improper document destruction; misrepresentations; obstruction of government inquiries; potential corrupt payments; misappropriation of assets; misvaluation of securities and investments; discriminatory conduct and harassment; financial and tax fraud; non-compliance with legal and regulatory obligations; and insider trading.

Mr. Davies has litigated cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court. He has also advised clients on civil, administrative and criminal litigation in non-US jurisdictions. Matters have included: securities fraud, derivative actions, breaches of contract, unfair competition and other business torts; False Claims Act violations; discriminatory conduct; violations of professional standards; and breaches of duty.

Mr. Davies has been a panelist and speaker at events concerning auditor liability, financial statement fraud, government enforcement priorities, internal investigations, privilege and the SEC’s policy on corporate penalties.

He also serves on the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors and is a member of the National Chamber Litigation Center’s Securities Litigation Advisory Committee, which advises NCLC on when to become involved as an amicus in securities litigation.

Experience :

  • Represented entity in connection with criminal and administrative investigations in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Conducted internal investigation for Indian tribe concerning allegations that ousted leadership had misappropriated tens of millions of dollars of tribal assets over 12 years.
  • Conducted internal investigation of mortgage servicer accused of violating its obligations to borrowers and then misrepresenting its compliance with relevant regulations and laws.
  • Represented client in federal criminal and administrative investigations, state investigations and civil litigation relating to insurance and accounting fraud.
  • Represented Russian entity in connection with global investigations and litigation arising from collapse of Yukos Oil following the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
  • Represented Indian tribe before Department of the Interior, following remand of membership dispute by the District Court for the District of Columbia.

EDUCATION :

  • JD, Stanford Law School, 1996
  • BA, Wesleyan University, 1993
  • Beijing Normal University
  • National Taiwan University

ADMISSIONS : District of Columbia, New York

CLERKSHIPS :

  • The Hon. James L. Buckley, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1997 – 1998
  • The Hon. William W Schwarzer, US District Court for the Northern District of California, 1996 – 1997.

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