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Practice area:

White collar crime

Aaron is a partner in Freshfields’ dispute resolution practice, based in New York. Aaron focuses on the defense of white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement investigations and related civil litigation. He also conducts internal corporate investigations and advises boards of directors, audit committees and special committees on sensitive matters involving possible misconduct by corporate personnel.

Aaron represents both institutions and executives, with a particular emphasis on financial institutions, and has represented clients in investigations and litigation involving alleged manipulation of benchmark interest and currency rates, financial accounting and other securities fraud, money laundering, cartel and other anticompetitive activity, tax evasion, insider trading and possible violations of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Aaron also advises public companies and new issuers on disclosure and matters of corporate governance.

Aaron received a JD degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1980 and an undergraduate degree, with the highest distinction, from Northwestern University in 1977.

In addition to his recognition by Benchmark Litigation as a “Litigation Star” for White Collar Crime, Aaron is ranked Band 1 by Chambers for White Collar Crime and Government Investigations, and is recognized by The Legal 500 as a “Leading Lawyer” for Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense.

Aaron’s recent representations include:

  • HSBC in obtaining a declination from the US DOJ Antitrust and Criminal Divisions for one of the world’s largest banks in an investigation into an alleged conspiracy to fix and manipulate precious metals prices.
  • Volkswagen in the resolution of its criminal and regulatory investigations in the United States arising from its diesel emissions issues as well as in connection with related regulatory investigations and civil litigations in dozens of other countries around the world.
  • VTB Bank in connection with parallel investigations by the US DOJ and SEC and UK FCA in connection with allegations of corruption, money laundering and fraud arising out of $2 billion in failed infrastructure loans to Mozambique.
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Special Litigation Committee and Board of Directors in investigations and litigation following the collapse of the $6 billion merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media.


Updated Sep 2021