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In brief

On December 6, 2021, the White House issued the first ever consolidated United States Strategy on Countering Corruption (the “Strategy”).  The Strategy follows President Biden’s June 3, 2021 memo that established the tackling of corruption as a central US national security interest (the “Memo”).  That Memo tasked fifteen US Federal Government departments and agencies to conduct an interagency review to examine corruption as a national security threat and jointly develop a strategy that would significantly enhance the United States’ ability to combat corruption.  The Strategy is the result of those agencies’ review.


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Tom Firestone is Co-chair of the firm's North American Government Enforcement practice and is a member of the Firm's Global Compliance & Investigations Steering Committee. He represents clients in matters involving anti-corruption and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), internal investigations and transactional due diligence. Prior to joining the Firm, he spent 14 years at the US Department of Justice. He worked as an Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York where he prosecuted transnational organized crime cases. He also worked as Resident Legal Adviser and Acting Chief of the Law Enforcement Section at the US Embassy in Moscow. In the latter capacity, he facilitated US-Russian law enforcement cooperation, assisted the Russian government in drafting new criminal legislation, advised the US government on policy issues related to criminal justice in Russia and twice won the US State Department Superior Honor Award.

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Geoff Martin is a partner in the Litigation and Government Enforcement practice group in Washington, DC. Geoff started his career in Baker McKenzie's London office in 2007 and moved to Washington DC in 2012. Geoff represents clients in matters before the federal government arising out of anti-corruption, trade sanctions, fraud, anti-money laundering, national security, and related enforcement actions. He also represents clients in civil and criminal matters in federal court. Geoff has extensive experience conducting internal investigations relating to such matters around the world.

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

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William (Will) Shields is an associate in Baker McKenzie's Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice Group. Will began his career with Baker McKenzie as a summer associate in 2019.

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