Susrut A. Carpenter

Associate

New York
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Overview

A trial lawyer and former prosecutor, Sonny Carpenter is a member of BakerHostetler’s National White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation team. He focuses his practice on internal investigations, white collar defense, and regulatory compliance matters. He has tried complex jury trials and led investigations with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, FBI, ICE, and other government agencies, and applies that experience in aid of corporate and individual clients. Sonny regularly represents clients in highly-sensitive federal, state, and internal corporate investigations; securities enforcement litigation; and confidential crisis situations involving government inquiries like subpoenas and corporate search warrant executions. Specifically, Sonny specializes in Bank Secrecy/anti-money laundering matters, fraud investigations, FCPA/anti-corruption compliance, healthcare fraud, and SEC enforcement, and, importantly, he helps clients avoid risk by developing and strengthening their compliance programs.

Sonny speaks at anti-corruption, banking, and counter-terrorist financing seminars, and has published articles on avoiding FCPA violations, compliance best practices, and conducting investigations.

He is also heavily involved in a public-private partnership recommending to the government certain clarifications of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and related FinCEN regulations.

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  • Represented a publicly traded multinational corporation in an FCPA investigation related to Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Conducted interviews, reviewed financials and advised on compliance programs, policies and the corporation’s strategy going forward.
  • Represented large generics pharmaceutical manufacturer in a U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Antitrust investigation, managing a search warrant execution and concurrent Grand Jury investigation as part of a coordinated inquiry into alleged price fixing, customer allocation, and other market-manipulative conduct within the generics pharmaceutical industry.
Federal Prosecution
  • Served as lead prosecutor during a four-month investigation into violations of the FCA involving complex discovery and interviews of various financial agencies. Managed discovery of bank records, property records, and military financial records.
  • Worked on a team prosecuting a group of individuals for identity theft and defrauding federal credit unions.
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Experience

  • Represented a publicly traded multinational corporation in an FCPA investigation related to Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Conducted interviews, reviewed financials and advised on compliance programs, policies and the corporation’s strategy going forward.
  • Represented large generics pharmaceutical manufacturer in a U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Antitrust investigation, managing a search warrant execution and concurrent Grand Jury investigation as part of a coordinated inquiry into alleged price fixing, customer allocation, and other market-manipulative conduct within the generics pharmaceutical industry.
  • Represented a high-level executive at a large corporation in a public contracting fraud and corruption investigation initiated by the government.
  • Represented a senior government official in a public corruption investigation spearheaded by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and local New York City agencies. Secured full acquittal at trial.
  • Represented an individual in the first post-Newman SEC insider trading matters.
  • Served as a member of the core team in a Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act independent examinership of a Swiss Bank.
  • Served as a member of the BakerHostetler legal team representing Irving H. Picard, Securities Investor Protection Act trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
  • Successfully represented a senior executive of a multinational public company in an internal FCPA investigation.
  • Represented a billion-dollar private equity fund in an SEC investigation relating to alleged disclosure, accounting and securities fraud in connection with a multimillion-dollar fee charged over a seven-year period.
  • Represented a physician practice in enforcement investigations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the New York State Office of the Attorney General concerning Medicare/Medicaid fraud and violations of the False Claims Act (FCA), Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute.
Federal Prosecution
  • Served as lead prosecutor during a four-month investigation into violations of the FCA involving complex discovery and interviews of various financial agencies. Managed discovery of bank records, property records, and military financial records.
  • Worked on a team prosecuting a group of individuals for identity theft and defrauding federal credit unions.
  • Successfully prosecuted an international drug smuggling and illegal weapons case. Coordinated the investigation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Virginia State Police Narcotics Interdiction Team; and Army Criminal investigators.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2015 to 2019)

Memberships

  • South Asian Bar Association of New York
  • Intelligence and National Security Alliance, Financial Threats Council
  • Financial Intelligence and Information Sharing Working Group
  • Bunker Labs, New York City Chapter: City Leader

News

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Prior Positions

  • U.S. Army JAG Corps
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section

Military Service

  • U.S. Army
    • Final Rank: Captain
    • Army Commendation Medal (two-time recipient)

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law, Managing Editor, Business Law Review
  • M.A., American University, International Affairs-Transnational Crime, Corruption & Terrorism
  • B.A., Boston University, Economics, cum laude, Dean's Scholar

Languages

  • Gujarati