Ryan Rohlfsen is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s Litigation and Enforcement practice group and a former U.S. federal prosecutor. He represents companies and individuals from around the world in civil and criminal government enforcement matters, internal investigations, and civil litigation. Ryan has successfully litigated civil and criminal cases through trials and appeals, and conducted investigations on six continents.
Ryan also counsels companies in developing world-class compliance programs in anti-corruption, export control and sanctions, international risk management, blockchain and cryptocurrency, and data privacy and cybersecurity. Quoting clients, one leading legal industry publication recently noted that Ryan is “very responsive, knowledgeable and energetic – a brilliant lawyer who understands deeply the issues that matter most.”
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Ryan was a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division – Fraud Section in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. At the DOJ, Ryan was part of a small group of federal prosecutors in the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Enforcement Unit, the DOJ component exclusively responsible for global enforcement of the FCPA.
He successfully led numerous investigations into alleged criminal violations of the FCPA by major corporations and individuals. He also prosecuted cases involving investment fraud, bank fraud, domestic bribery, and other complex white-collar crimes.
Ryan worked extensively with foreign and domestic law enforcement – including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations Division, and various state attorneys general – as well as the State Department and other agencies.
He also worked with civil regulators including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, federal inspectors general, FINRA, and multilateral development banks such as the World Bank.
Before the DOJ, Ryan practiced with another global law firm in its U.S. and European offices. There, he represented companies and individuals in international white-collar matters and complex business and securities litigation.
- JD, Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers, Drake Law School, 1999
- BA, Drake University, 1996; Phi Beta Kappa; Study Abroad, The University of Freiberg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg), Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (1994)
ADMISSIONS : Illinois, 2001
- Represented Akamai Technologies, Inc. in an FCPA investigation by the DOJ and SEC related to certain conduct in China. Obtained the first declination from the DOJ under the FCPA Unit’s Pilot Program, and a no-fine NPA from the SEC.
- Represented Zimmer-Biomet in its FCPA resolution with the DOJ and, leading up to the resolution, conducted investigations for the company in a number of jurisdictions.
- Conducting an internal investigation in Europe and Asia for a publicly traded, multi-national life sciences company relating to alleged securities fraud and corruption.
- Assisting a major pharmaceutical and medical device company in enhancement of its global compliance policies and procedures.
- Representing several individual international executives in the life sciences industry relating to an investigation by the SEC and DOJ into alleged securities fraud, revenue recognition, and corruption issues.
- Counseling a publicly-traded international food and beverage company on development of an ethics and compliance program, and conducting investigations into related matters for the company.
- Advising a European-based life sciences company in assessing and mitigating its U.S. corruption and regulatory risk.
- Representing a life sciences company in enhancing its global compliance program, including developing a data-driven risk assessment, enhanced training modules, and new policies and procedures.
- Representing an individual executive relating the DOJ’s international investigation into the auto industry diesel emissions matter.
- Represented a life sciences company in internal investigations into alleged corruption, fraud, and related matters, in Mexico, Brazil, Portugal, India, and South Korea.
- Represented a pharmaceutical company in an investigation into alleged corruption in Africa and the Middle East.
- Led litigation team for a manufacturing company during its corporate reorganization, and an international creditor seeking to assert its rights in another corporate restructuring.
- Undertaken pro bono representations of federal criminal defendants, and filed a civil plaintiff’s suit on behalf of a fraud victim.
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