Margaret E. Hirce

Associate

New York
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Margaret Hirce focuses her practice on white collar defense and corporate investigations, the FCPA, and securities litigation and regulatory enforcement. She efficiently masters complicated facts and provides careful, thorough analyses aimed at obtaining the best solution for each client's needs. Margaret regularly writes on important anti-money laundering, FCPA and securities legal and regulatory developments.

Prior to law school, Margaret worked as a paralegal in the Frauds Bureau of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. 

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  • Advises global corporations and financial institutions on compliance with AML laws and regulations, the FCPA, and OFAC sanctions programs. 
  • Represents corporations and individuals in internal investigations and investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other government entities relating to allegations of securities fraud and accounting violations.  
  • Obtained favorable pre-complaint settlement for a FINRA-regulated broker-dealer client and its executives after receipt of Wells Notice charges arising out of a multimillion-dollar mini-max offering, which included a disposition of no charges against the individuals. 
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Experience

  • Advises global corporations and financial institutions on compliance with AML laws and regulations, the FCPA, and OFAC sanctions programs. 
  • Represents corporations and individuals in internal investigations and investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other government entities relating to allegations of securities fraud and accounting violations.  
  • Obtained favorable pre-complaint settlement for a FINRA-regulated broker-dealer client and its executives after receipt of Wells Notice charges arising out of a multimillion-dollar mini-max offering, which included a disposition of no charges against the individuals. 
  • Represented a global financial services firm in connection with discovery arising out of the ongoing Caesars Operating Company bankruptcy proceeding. 
  • Defended individual and related investment companies against insider trading charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleging illicit trading in connection with a hacking scheme. 
  • Advised an international company on AML and FCPA compliance issues related to the acquisition of a cloud-based storage company, conducted due diligence and prepared for interviews with executives of the target company.
  • Represented major global investment banks in connection with complex subprime mortgage litigations. Drafted motions and pleadings filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, participated in crafting the case strategy, and managed the review and production of documents.
  • Seconded to the firm's London office as part of a team representing a healthcare information technology company in an arbitration to resolve claims relating to contract termination. Actively assisted with the interviews of senior managers and associated witness statements, and managed a large-scale document review.
  • In the representation of a global manufacturer of construction materials in a consolidated class action alleging violations of securities law, drafted a briefing on a motion to dismiss filed in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and managed confidential witness information.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a paper manufacturer in connection with a claim to recover preferential transfers brought by the trustee in a related multibillion-dollar bankruptcy. 

Recognitions

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2015, 2016)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association

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Pro Bono

  • As lead associate, Margaret successfully represented an individual in an unemployment insurance benefits case before the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board.
  • Margaret assisted in drafting an amicus brief submitted to the New York Court of Appeals on behalf of victims of domestic violence, focusing on New York State statutes and international human rights law.
  • Margaret worked with a team that represented an individual in a sentencing rehearing in federal court in connection with a violation of a supervised release charge, resulting in a sentence of time served and immediate release.

Services

Prior Positions

  • Associate at the New York office of a major U.S. law firm
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Roberto Rivera-Soto, Supreme Court of New Jersey (2008 to 2009)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2009
  • New York, 2009
  • New Jersey, 2008

Education

  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 2008, cum laude; Articles Editor, Seton Hall Law Review
  • A.B., History, Princeton University, 2003