A. Joseph Jay is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Joseph Jay’s practice encompasses a broad array white collar defense, corporate investigations, and international trade matters. His matters include defense of civil and criminal enforcement actions and investigations, compliance counseling, regulatory advice
Joe represents corporations and individuals in a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, federal Inspectors General, and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices. His recent matters have included allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities and accounting fraud, anti-money laundering, antitrust, export controls, and conflicts-of-interest, bribery, and unlawful gratuities.
Joe has conducted numerous internal investigations involving a broad range of alleged or suspected misconduct. He regularly represents Boards of Directors, Audit Committees, and other companies in complex independent and internal investigations around the world involving U.S. law enforcement, U.S. civil regulators, and foreign criminal and civil authorities. His global practice has included matters around the world, including in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America, as well as within the United States.
He has broad experience in matters involving the World Bank and other multi-lateral development organizations. Joe served a leading role in the independent investigation and report on academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina and the investigation into certain conduct by enforcement staff at the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Joe counsels financial institutions and corporations in matters involving export controls and U.S. economic sanctions laws and related regulations. On behalf of clients, he has prepared voluntary disclosures to the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and the Bureau of Industry and Security at the Departments of the Treasury, State, and Commerce respectively. He has also led internal investigations in these areas.
Joe also represents buyers and sellers in transactions before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”). He regularly prepares notifications, engages with CFIUS during its review processes, and negotiates mitigation agreements, including proxy and special security agreements, as appropriate. Most recently, Joe represented two Chinese corporations each of which received clearance for their acquisition of U.S. industrial assets.
Joe regularly counsels clients regarding organizational compliance programs and procedures. With a keen understanding of corporate business and an acumen of financial accounting and reporting, Joe has designed, developed, implemented, and tested global compliance programs tailored to individualized risk-based assessments. These compliance programs have involved broad legal and regulatory matters, including anticorruption programs and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, OFAC and AML regulations.
Joe earned his J.D. from the William & Mary School of Law, where he was honored with the Phoenix Award for service to the university. He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude from The College of William & Mary, where he was recognized for his leadership, scholarship, and service by election to Omicron Delta Kappa. His alma mater has established an award in his honor to recognize outstanding community values, the A. Joseph Jay III Award for Service in Support of Our Community’s Values.
- Conducted independent investigation into allegations of academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Representation of audit committee investigating potential accounting irregularities leading to restatement of prior earnings and presentations to SEC.
- Representation of financial institution in money laundering investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
- Representation of senior executive in criminal and civil investigations of potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
- Design and development of global anti-corruption, economic sanction, and anti-money laundering compliance programs for numerous Fortune 1000 companies in the defense, industrial, financial, and consumer products spaces.
- Representation of government contractor in technology space involving potential allegations of fraud, gratuities, conflicts of interest, and false claims.
- Representation of financial institution in voluntary disclosure to Office of Foreign Assets Control regarding potential violations.
- Representation of senior executives of aerospace, defense, and industrial Fortune 1000 companies in investigations by U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and other law enforcement agencies and regulators.
- J.D., William and Mary, School of Law, 2006
- B.A., College of William & Mary, 2003, summa cum laude
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
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