The chief of the Justice Department’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit is set to depart the agency for a position with law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.
Christopher Cestaro will join WilmerHale as a partner in the firm’s White-Collar Defense and Investigations practice, according to an announcement Friday. Cestaro will begin in the Washington D.C.-based role on May 10.
Cestaro was promoted to acting chief of the Justice Department’s FCPA Unit in July 2019. He was later given the permanent title. The division is part of the Fraud Section at the DOJ and is charged with overseeing the world’s most potent anti-bribery enforcement tool.
Last year was a record year for resolutions under the FCPA, largely the result of the law’s role in global settlements with Goldman Sachs ($2.9 billion) and Airbus ($4 billion).
David Last, assistant chief of the FCPA Unit, will assume acting leadership of the division, according to the Wall Street Journal.
At WilmerHale, Cestaro will advise on FCPA-related matters and provide counseling on internal investigations; compliance and risk assessments; and due diligence reviews of third parties, mergers and acquisitions, and other areas.
“I am excited to work with my new colleagues to help clients mitigate their risks, strengthen their businesses, and navigate domestic and multi-jurisdictional government enforcement actions in an increasingly global and complex anti-corruption landscape,” Cestaro said in a press release.
Cestaro joined the DOJ in 2012 as a trial attorney. He was named assistant chief of the FCPA Unit in January 2017.
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