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Strategies for Advising Foreign Clients As DOJ Pursues Extraterritorial Criminal Cases

This article addresses some issues to consider, including foreign arrest procedures, contesting extradition, and engaging with prosecutors before a defendant arrives in the United States.

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Recent developments suggest that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will continue to pursue extraterritorial criminal cases in connection with the government’s broader programmatic goals. For example, as the private sector works to implement sanctions recently imposed in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, prosecutors will likely seek to investigate violations of those measures and efforts to evade them by foreign actors, including in the cybersecurity and cryptocurrency spaces. Foreign targets are also likely part of the “robust pipeline” of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases referenced by senior DOJ official Nicholas McQuaid in January 2022. As DOJ looks abroad to support the Biden Administration’s national security and criminal justice objectives, the defense bar will continue to be called upon to advise foreign clients, with assistance from local counsel, on risks related to arrest and extradition (as well as the substance of the investigations). This article addresses some issues to consider, including foreign arrest procedures, contesting extradition, and engaging with prosecutors before a defendant arrives in the United States.

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