Brian Smith focuses on global internal investigations, specializing in transnational anticorruption matters and the associated challenges of these multijurisdictional, uniquely funded investigations that carry criminal exposure and risk of sanctions from public procurement entities to funding institutions. He has experience as lead investigator on multiple internal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations for a US-based multinational conglomerate and further assisted in pre-acquisition FCPA due diligence for a $14 billion acquisition and post-acquisition reporting requirements under the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Deferred Prosecution Agreements with the acquired entities.
Brian has handled cases and conducted investigations in dozens of countries and appeared before governmental enforcement agencies and multilateral development banks. Brian also specializes in anticorruption risk and due diligence assessments, including identifying region-specific risks as well as developing and implementing compliance improvements.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Brian was the lead FCPA and anticorruption senior investigator for a US-based multinational conglomerate with additional Sub-Saharan Africa regional responsibilities. There, he led and managed cross-border government-facing FCPA and other internal investigations that could raise legal or reputational risk while representing the company before US governmental and other multilateral development enforcement agencies.
Previously, Brian spent more than a decade as an FBI special agent working on white-collar criminal and FCPA matters with the DOJ, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and overseas regulatory agencies across the globe. Brian provided numerous FCPA and international corruption trainings to both US and foreign prosecutors and investigators and received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service related to an FCPA investigation.