Latin Lawyer recently presented Baker McKenzie and Trench Rossi Watanabe with a 2016 Deal of the Year award in the Regulatory category, recognizing their work representing global aircraft manufacturer Embraer in a landmark cross-border bribery settlement. Trench Rossi is a Brazilian law firm with a cooperation agreement with Baker McKenzie.
Latin Lawyer annually honors the "general counsel and law firms advising on the most significant deals of the year across Latin America" as part of its Deal of the Year Awards. This win recognizes one of the most significant FCPA settlements to date.
"We are very proud to receive this honor, as we continue to advise our clients on compliance matters and investigations in this heightened enforcement environment," said Esther Flesch, lead Partner for the case.
In the first investigation of its kind against a Brazilian multinational, Baker McKenzie's cross-border team of attorneys in the US and Brazil secured a $205 million settlement on behalf of Embraer, concluding a six-year FCPA investigation by the US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange Commission and Brazilian authorities related to allegations of corrupt conduct.
Baker McKenzie offers the largest platform in Latin America, with almost 800 locally trained lawyers across the region and offices in every major jurisdiction, and continues to be recognized as the leading global law firm in the region. In Brazil, Baker McKenzie is the only law firm ranked Tier 1 for compliance and investigations in the region by Chambers Latin America.
The Firm's team of compliance attorneys advises multinational companies to assess and enhance compliance programs, conduct complex global internal investigations and deal with US authorities and regulatory bodies around the world. The team includes a group of highly-regarded former federal prosecutors and compliance experts, offering clients insight gained from dozens of years of experience at the US Department of Justice and other agencies.
Learn more about Baker McKenzie's compliance and investigations capabilities.