Leila Babaeva focuses on white collar criminal defense, corporate compliance, internal investigations and transactional due diligence. She represents companies and individuals before U.S. and foreign agencies in connection with transnational criminal investigations, and a variety of other sensitive matters.
Ms. Babaeva regularly manages large-scale cross-border forensic investigations and e-discovery processes, represents individuals before a variety of regulatory agencies and negotiates resolutions of investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and other American and international enforcement authorities. In particular, she has conducted sensitive investigations in Central Asia and Turkey, utilizing her language skills and significant experience in that region to navigate delicate workplace and government authority expectations. In 2015, Global Investigations Review featured Ms. Babaeva as one of the top 100 globally recognized women investigators.
Ms. Babaeva's compliance practice includes designing and performing compliance audits and assessments, training company personnel and third parties and working with companies to design tailored safeguards in complex business transactions and relationships with third parties. She also counsels clients on FCPA-related due diligence related to business acquisitions, license procurement and other regulatory processes. In recent years, Ms. Babaeva was detailed and seconded to two of the firm’s multinational corporation clients, in Tokyo and Amsterdam, respectively, to assist with the on-the-ground execution and improvement of their compliance programs.
Ms. Babaeva has an active pro bono practice relating to anti-corruption and rule of law initiatives. Recently, she lectured at and participated in a series of public and private-sector meetings in Kiev, Ukraine on that country’s anti-corruption efforts. She also worked with colleagues to organize in-depth trainings at the CEELI Institute in Prague for judges, prosecutors and anti-corruption agency heads from around the world on how to investigate and prosecute and try cases of official corruption.