Christina Tsesmelis focuses her practice on white collar defense, corporate internal investigations, crisis management, securities litigation and enforcement and complex commercial litigation.
Ms. Tsesmelis is currently part of the team representing the court-appointed Receiver of the Michael Kenwood Group, LLC, an international investment advisor (SEC v. Illarramendi et al. 3:11 – CV – 00078 (D. Conn.)). She serves as the lead associate in the investigation and recovery of approximately a half a billion dollars in investor funds misappropriated from international hedge funds created and run by the Michael Kenwood Group.
Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Ms. Tsesmelis was a litigation associate in the New York office of a large international law firm. There she represented multiple FORTUNE 100 and 500 companies, hedge funds, private equity firms, broker-dealers and major investment and commercial banks in multiple aspects of securities regulation, compliance, enforcement and litigation. Ms. Tsesmelis also conducted numerous internal investigations, including representing the audit committee of major oil services firm, Global Industries, Ltd. in civil and criminal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations by the DOJ and SEC; a large multinational electronics company in an internal investigation into allegations of market manipulation; a FORTUNE 500 life sciences company in FCPA investigations in India, the Ukraine, China and Brazil; a major Russian investment bank in an internal investigation concerning embezzlement and securities fraud; and an international FORTUNE 100 cosmetics company, in an FCPA investigation that was self-reported to the SEC and DOJ in October 2008.
Before entering private practice, Ms. Tsesmelis served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard K. Eaton of the United States Court of International Trade and for the Honorable Nicholas Tsoucalas of the United States Court of International Trade. During law school, Ms. Tsesmelis interned in the Criminal Division at the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York. She also served as the Managing Editor of the New York International Law Review and was a recipient of a merit-based tuition scholarship.
From 2011 through the present, Ms. Tsesmelis has been named a New York “Super Lawyers, Rising Star.” Ms. Tsesmelis is active in her community and serves on the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Lawyer’s Association of New York and is active with the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund, where she serves as a Chairwoman for the annual fundraising Gala. From 2007 to 2010, Ms. Tsesmelis served as the Executive Secretary for the Standing Committee on the United Nations at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Ms. Tsesmelis has lectured extensively on alternative dispute resolution and the FCPA and has written the following articles:
Ms. Tsesmelis has participated in various panels and forums, including:
Ms. Tsesmelis has also been the subject of numerous articles, including:
8/21/2013 - John Carney and Christina Tsesmelis Share Tips for Minimizing Post-Acquisition FCPA Liability
8/8/2013 - BakerHostetler's 2013 Mid-Year Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Update
12/7/2012 - 173 BakerHostetler Attorneys Named 2012 Super Lawyers; 55 Named Rising Stars