David Spears

David Spears
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Who's Who Legal Business Crime Defence: Individuals

David Spears is a founding partner of Spears & Imes LLP. He practises in the areas of white-collar criminal defence, regulatory enforcement matters, complex business and financial litigation, and internal investigations. Over many years, David has tried a large number of cases before juries in different courts and states around the US. He has also helped many clients who were under criminal or regulatory investigation to avoid any charges. He has handled cases involving allegations of a broad variety of criminal violations, including securities fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, antitrust crimes, tax crimes, computer crimes and OFAC violations. His practice is international, and in recent years he has represented individuals and entities located in the Cayman Islands, China, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Japan, the Netherlands, Oman, Scotland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Earlier in his career, David worked in the government, first as deputy chief trial attorney in the enforcement division of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC, and then in the criminal division of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. David has had many notable successes, including representation of the former deputy chairman of KPMG, who was charged as the lead defendant in the largest criminal tax prosecution ever brought by the US Department of Justice (DOJ). As a result of David’s efforts, the court dismissed all charges against his client after finding that the DOJ had improperly caused KPMG to terminate payment of the client’s legal expenses; and the DOJ withdrew and replaced a controversial set of prosecution guidelines.

WWL says: David Spears wins high praise for his superb work defending individuals across a range of matters, from internal investigations to regulatory enforcement matters.

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