Rohan Virginkar is a former federal prosecutor and a member of the Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practice and Co-Chair of the firm's multidisciplinary Cannabis Industry team. His practice focuses on advising corporations and executives on government and regulatory actions, conducting internal investigations, leading corporate compliance matters and representing individuals and corporations in white-collar matters and investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other domestic and foreign law enforcement and regulatory authorities.
Rohan returned to the firm in 2017 after more than six years as a federal prosecutor. He most recently served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division, Fraud Section, where he was part of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit, a small group of prosecutors responsible for global enforcement of the FCPA. In that role, his responsibilities included grand jury investigations, negotiation of resolutions and the selection, appointment and oversight of independent monitors. Rohan worked extensively with domestic and international law enforcement as well as civil regulatory authorities, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He led numerous investigations into alleged violations of the FCPA by major corporations and individuals across multiple industries and spanning six continents. He led the Justice Department’s prosecution of a major global pharmaceutical company, which resulted in more than $280 million in criminal penalties and fines — part of a nearly $520 million global resolution — the largest ever against a healthcare company for violations of the FCPA.
Rohan also was a member of the DOJ’s Deepwater Horizon Task Force, where he investigated crimes related to the deadly 2010 disaster and resulting oil spill including environmental crimes, securities fraud, obstruction of justice and other federal criminal offenses. He was part of the team responsible for securing multiple guilty pleas, resulting in the imposition of more than $5 billion in criminal penalties.
Experienced FCPA practitioners David Simon and Rohan Virginkar of the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP discuss recent examples of acquisitions gone bad as a result of bribery and corruption at target companies and outline practical strategies to mini...