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Brian F. Saulnier

Partner
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Mr. Saulnier is a partner in the firm’s global Investigations, Enforcement and White Collar practice group, resident in K&L Gates’ London and Pittsburgh offices. His practice focuses on corruption-related matters and internal corporate investigations, including matters involving the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act of 2010. Mr. Saulnier has conducted internal investigations in the United States, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. In connection with this aspect of Mr. Saulnier’s practice, he conducts investigations into alleged corruption, fraud and other misconduct. Further, Mr. Saulnier conducts anti-corruption due diligence into prospective and existing agents, commercial advisers and other business partners, as well as in the context of mergers & acquisitions. He represents clients in anti-corruption and fraud matters before the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In addition, Mr. Saulnier counsels clients regarding anti-bribery and corruption compliance, including how to develop an effective anti-bribery and corruption compliance program to deter and detect potential bribery and corruption-related problems and address such problems when they arise.

Among his most notable successes Mr. Saulnier led a team that conducted an internal investigation and secured a rare SEC non-prosecution agreement and DOJ declination to prosecute for a global diversified industrial company in an FCPA-related matter.

Further, Mr. Saulnier defends individuals and corporations who are subjects of federal or state grand jury investigations, and investigations by the DOJ, SEC, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Saulnier was named in Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2017 as a leading practitioner in cross-border internal investigations.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • International Bar Association
    • Anti-Corruption Committee
    • Business Crime Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • “Sapin II - Organisational Risk and Crisis Management,” K&L Gates LLP Webinar, June 15, 2017.
  • “Organisational Risk and Crisis Management; How prepared are you?,” ACC Europe, Madrid, Spain, April 5, 2017.
  • “Organisational Risk and Crisis Management; How prepared are you?,” ACC Europe, Lugano, Switzerland, March 22, 2017.
  • "Corporate Responses to Investigative Requests by the Federal Government", ACC Lunch & Learn Series, November 1, 2016.
  • "Best Practices for Mergers & Acquisitions FCPA Due Diligence and the FCPA Pilot Program", Association of Corporate Counsel, May 19, 2016.
  • C5 Global Anti-Corruption Regulatory & Enforcement Update for UAE, London, February 24, 2016.
  • Case Studies on "Recent High Profile Investigations: How They Will Affect Business Dealings in the Middle East", ACI 6th Middle East Summit on Anti-Corruption, Dubai, UAE, February 25-26, 2015.
  • "Middle East Update", ACI Global Anti-Corruption Regulatory and Enforcement Update, Washington, DC, November 20, 2014.
  • "Increased Legislative Activity in the UAE and Saudi Arabia: How to be Proactive amid Evolving Regulatory Changes", ACI Global Anti-Corruption Regulatory and Enforcement Update, Washington, DC, July 14, 2014.
  • "MENA Case Review: What High Profile Enforcement Investigations in the Region Reveal About What Your Anti-Corruption Compliance Program Needs to Accomplish", ACI 5th Middle East Summit on Anti-Corruption, Dubai, UAE, February 26-27, 2014.
  • "Screening and Vetting Agents, Consultants and Other Intermediaries: What Your Due Diligence Needs to Accomplish to Minimize Your Risks", ACI 4th Middle East Summit on Anti-Corruption, Dubai, UAE, February 25-26, 2013.
  • "Facilitating Payments, “Baksheesh,” and Small Bribes: How to Distinguish and Manage Them", ACI 1st Middle East Summit on Anti-Corruption, Dubai, UAE, October 2009.
  • Advises Boards, Audit Committees, Special Committees, and Management on investigation into and defense of bribery and corruption-related matters, anti-corruption best practices and provides counsel regarding all related matters, including with respect to voluntary disclosure.
  • Conducting an internal investigation for an SE Asia-based, publicly-traded, global manufacturer of marine and offshore integrated solutions into allegations of corrupt payments to government officials and others in Brazil, in connection with the so-called “Operation Car Wash.”
  • Led an internal investigation into alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations at a Chinese subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (Nortek), a U.S. public company. The team guided Nortek through the process of self-reporting the matter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) and then represented the company in the ensuing resolution. Nortek entered into a rare SEC Non-Prosecution Agreement (NPA) and the DOJ announced publicly its decision to decline to prosecute, the first settlement under the so-called DOJ “Pilot Program.”
  • Conducted a multi-jurisdiction, cross-border internal investigation on behalf of a special committee of independent directors of a privately-held, U.S.-based, global law enforcement equipment supply contractor into allegations of corrupt payments to U.N. officials and foreign officials in Europe, South America, and the Middle East by a senior employee and certain international sales agents. The investigation resulted in real-time, ongoing self-reporting to the DOJ and SEC, and ultimately resolved in settlement.
  • Conducted a multi-jurisdiction, cross-border internal investigation for a Fortune 200 company operating in the upstream oil and gas sector into allegations of corrupt payments by third parties to customs officials of a West African nation, in violation of the FCPA and UK Bribery Act.