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Welcome to Baker McKenzie’s Government Procurement Update. Here you will find the latest guidance, trends and enforcement actions related to government procurement (both U.S. government contracting and International Financing Institutions), including suspension and debarment, bid protests, and False Claims Act defense. Calling upon our deep bench of 4000+ lawyers and legal professionals worldwide, we will occasionally invite guest practitioners to write about related topics in the criminal, civil, and administrative context. Readers can expect to find practical guidance and tips for compliance with public procurement policies as well as best practices for managing government inquiries and litigation.


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Brian Whisler is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Compliance and Investigations, Dispute Resolution and Global Pharmaceuticals Practice Groups. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Whisler served as the criminal chief assistant United States attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he managed the criminal trial practice of the Richmond office which handled cases ranging from white collar crime, violent crime, public corruption and terrorism. Mr. Whisler focused his own trial practice on white collar prosecutions including health care fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, and tax fraud. He also served as an assistant United States attorney for the Western District of North Carolina where he focused on white collar prosecutions and served as chief of appeals and health care fraud coordinator.

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Maurice Bellan is a Washington, DC. based partner and is Vice-Chair of the Firm's North America Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice Group. He also leads the Firm's False Claims Act practice and advises clients on a broad range of fraud and anti-corruption matters. Maurice is a former trial attorney at the US Department of Justice and has been named by Savoy magazine as one of the most influential African-American lawyers in the United States.range of concerns involving fraud and anti-corruption, focusing on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the False Claims Act. A former criminal investigator and trial lawyer at the US Department of Justice, Mr. Bellan has over 20 years of complex investigative, civil and criminal litigation experience. He was a former member of the judicial nominating committee of the Maryland bar and has served on the boards of organizations such National Senior Campuses, Inc. and the Downtown Columbia Arts & Culture Commission.

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Creighton Macy has extensive experience representing clients in a wide variety of antitrust matters, including mergers and acquisitions, investigations by the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, private litigation, and counselling on issues such as antitrust compliance. Before joining the Firm, Creighton served as chief of staff and senior counsel in the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, working as a senior advisor to the acting assistant attorney general on civil and criminal antitrust enforcement and policy matters, as well as budget and personnel issues. During Creighton's time at the DOJ, the Antitrust Division undertook an unprecedented volume of high-profile civil and criminal matters.

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Marilyn Batonga is a member of the Firm's Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice Group in Washington, DC. She has extensive experience in internal investigations, white collar defense, and anti-corruption due diligence. Marilyn is also a civil litigator and has handled matters before state and federal courts in New York. Marilyn has been recognized for her pro bono work, which involves the representation of minors in immigration and family court proceedings.

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Graham R. Cronogue is a litigation associate in Baker & McKenzie's Washington D.C. office.

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Aleesha Fowler is an associate in Baker McKenzie’s North American Litigation Practice Group in New York, New York. She has experience in the areas of white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, regulatory compliance matters, and complex civil litigation. Aleesha’s pro bono practice focuses on indigent populations. She has provided legal advice to clients seeking to assert their rights in state housing court, as well as incarcerated clients seeking parole and other available remedies.

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Martine Gaetan is a member of the Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice Group and is a member of the Compliance and Investigations, and Dispute Resolution Practice Groups in our Washington, DC office.Martine worked as a summer associate in 2018 where she supported the FCPA Practice Group in various projects and the FARA seminar. She also worked as a law clerk with Baker McKenzie in Bucharest where she conducted a compliance investigation, drafted an anti-corruption risk assessment report and firm recommendations.

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