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Omid Uskowi

Associate
Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V.
Not admitted to practice law in this jurisdiction

Biography

Omid Uskowi represents clients in international white collar criminal investigations and compliance matters. He has managed major investigations for a variety of multinational companies and negotiated settlements before the US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state regulatory entities. He has conducted anti-corruption and anti-money laundering risk assessments and due diligence for companies across industries, and has worked on the ground evaluating partnerships, investments and other business opportunities worldwide.

Previously, Omid served as a judicial affairs officer for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, where he worked on rule of law implementation and chaired the UN's Working Group on Prolonged and Arbitrary Detention in Central Equatoria State.

Practice Focus

Omid counsels clients on best practices for compliance with US and international legal requirements and regulations. He conducts investigations, risk assessments, training and due diligence on behalf of clients in the Middle East, Africa, and other emerging markets.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Led internal investigations and risk assessments for multinational companies in FCPA and related matters in various countries, including Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, Uganda, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

  • Handled anti-corruption investigations and risk assessments for a Netherlands-based multinational telecommunications company with mandatory reporting obligations to DOJ and SEC.

  • Led internal investigation for a US-based manufacturing company into potential corruption and money laundering risks related to its Russia and CIS distribution network.

  • Managed internal investigation into allegations of corruption and self-dealing against senior management of a leading Ukrainian tech company.

  • Led internal investigation of potential violations of the FCPA in Morocco by a US-based Fortune 500 hardware manufacturer.

  • Represented US-based Fortune 500 aluminum producer before DOJ and SEC in connection with FCPA matters.

  • Conducted internal investigation and supported multijurisdictional negotiations with enforcement authorities alleging fraud by a Fortune 500 mortgage industry company.

  • Represented a Swiss private bank in a DOJ tax evasion investigation.

  • Designed compliance program and conducted anti-corruption training in Saudi Arabia for a Fortune 500 company’s local joint venture.

  • Led due diligence exercises on potential business partners of a Japanese conglomerate in East Africa.

  • Conducted anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing risk assessment in Pakistan for a digital bank.

  • Seconded for three months to Amsterdam HQ of telecommunications company to handle post-DPA implementation of an anti-corruption compliance program.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Iranian American Bar Association - Member

Corporate Responsibility

  • Omid devotes substantial time to pro bono service and has been recognized in the District of Columbia Courts' Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll.

  • Omid represented a client from Guinea in a successful asylum application. In another matter, he obtained a favorable ruling at trial by arguing that the UN Convention Against Torture barred the U.S. from deporting a Peruvian client. He also works extensively with NGOs on anti-corruption, rule of law, and governance matters.

Admissions

  • New York~United States (2010)

Education

  • George Washington University Law School (J.D.) (2009)
  • University of Oxford (M.St. with Distinction) (2006)
  • University of Chicago (B.A. with General Honors) (2004)

Languages

  • English
  • Persian

Previous Offices

  • Sydney
  • Washington, DC
  • Zurich