Anjan Sahni


Anjan Sahni


  • Partner-in-Charge, New York Office
  • Vice Chair, White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice

Anjan Sahni is a highly experienced litigator who has overseen some of the most significant white collar and securities fraud prosecutions in recent years. Mr. Sahni rejoined the firm after more than a decade as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he recently served as Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and Co-Chief of the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit.

As Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, Mr. Sahni supervised investigations and prosecutions involving insider trading, accounting fraud, corporate fraud, market manipulation, commodities fraud, investment advisory fraud, violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and fraud involving complex financial instruments. In that role, he regularly coordinated criminal investigations with an array of different civil regulators, including the SEC, CFTC, Federal Reserve, FINRA, OCC, FinCEN and NYDFS. 

Prior to supervising the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, Mr. Sahni served as the Co-Chief of the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. In that role, he oversaw investigations and prosecutions involving domestic and international terrorism, arms trafficking, counterintelligence, piracy, money laundering, violations of export controls and economic sanctions laws, and global narcotics trafficking. He was the co-prosecutor of notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout and oversaw the successful prosecution of would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad.

After receiving his law degree from Yale Law School, Mr. Sahni clerked for the Honorable Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, after which he joined WilmerHale as a litigation associate.


  • Named to the Lawyers of Color Power List 2020, a list of influential minority attorneys in the United States
  • Named among the 2021 Best Lawyers in America for his white collar criminal defense practice
  • Named a 2019 Litigation Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, which recognizes lawyers who have made significant impact on legal practice, policy or technological advancements
  • Recognized as a Winning Litigator by The National Law Journal (2019)
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business for his New York white-collar crime and government investigations litigation practice (2017–2020)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States in the area of corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense (2017) and financial services litigation (2018)
  • Elected to The American Law Institute (ALI), joining the Members Consultative Group for the ALI’s project on Principles of Law: Compliance, Enforcement and Risk Management (2016)
  • Henry L. Stimson Medal from the New York City Bar Association (awarded annually to an outstanding AUSA from the Southern District of New York) (2014)
  • Litigation Achievement Award from the South Asian Bar Association of New York (2014)
  • Director's Award (for the successful prosecution of terrorism offenses against Viktor Bout) (2013)
  • Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award (for the successful prosecution of Faisal Shahzad for his attempted bombing of Times Square) (2011)

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  • Education

    • JD, Yale Law School, 2001

    • BA, Political Science, Emory University, 1998

      summa cum laude
  • Admissions

    • New York

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Pierre N. Leval, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2001 - 2002