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Claudius Sokenu

Partner
Arnold & Porter LLP

Claudius Sokenu

Claudius Sokenu is a partner at Arnold & Porter in the securities enforcement and litigation, white collar defense, congressional investigations, and commercial litigation practice groups where he maintains a global practice representing multinational corporations, hedge funds, private equity firms, broker-dealers, investment banks, accounting firms, auditors, and public and private companies and their employees in all aspects of securities litigation, securities enforcement, white collar criminal defense, crisis management, corporate and congressional investigations, related derivative actions, FINRA enforcement proceedings, and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Sokenu has extensive experience in handling high-profile matters that require concurrent representation in the civil, criminal, and political spheres. In addition, Mr. Sokenu regularly represents domestic and multinational entities and their employees in all aspects of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) self-reported and government initiated investigations, compliance and enforcement matters before the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), the United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office, the Munich Prosecutor's Office, and other civil and criminal authorities in the United States and in other countries. He has represented boards of directors, audit committees, senior management and employees of multinational companies in FCPA investigations in dozens of countries, including, Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Mexico, Argentina, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Germany, Turkey, Egypt, France, United Kingdom, Australia, Poland, Malaysia, Japan, Denmark, Norway, Azerbaijan, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. Before entering private practice in 2001, Mr. Sokenu served in the Washington, DC office of the SEC in the Division of Enforcement, on the Honors Program, first as a Staff Attorney (1998-2000) and later as Senior Counsel (2000-2001), where he was responsible for handling a broad range of the SEC's domestic and international enforcement matters, including investigations involving accounting fraud, insider trading, initial public offerings, illicit payments under the FCPA, investment companies and investment advisers, market manipulation, and broker-dealer misconduct. He was also a member of the Enforcement Division's FCPA Working Group, which is now known as the FCPA Unit, one of the five specialized units created by the Enforcement Division in 2009. As a member of the Enforcement Division, he handled a number of high-profile enforcement matters and initiatives, including the first-ever joint enforcement action with the DOJ against KPMG and Baker Hughes, Inc. for FCPA violations; an FCPA enforcement action against a chief financial officer of a publicly traded oil services company; FCPA enforcement action against a former controller of an oilfield services company; and the SEC's enforcement action against Goldman Sachs & Co. for violations of the federal securities laws in connection with the international public offerings of PetroChina Company Limited, China Telecom Hong Kong Limited, Chinadotcom Corp., and Giga Media Limited for which Goldman Sachs served as underwriter. Mr. Sokenu is an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC where he teaches an advanced level course on Securities Enforcement and Litigation. Mr. Sokenu has lectured and published extensively on securities litigation and enforcement matters and has been quoted in the financial press on a variety of securities law issues. Mr. Sokenu earned his LL.B with Upper Second Class Honors (Magna cum laude equivalent) from the London South Bank University, an LL.M from the University of London's London School of Economics and King's College London, and an LL.M in Securities and Financial Regulations from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC.