Erin G.H. Sloane


Sloane, Erin G.H.

Erin Sloane's practice focuses on government and internal investigations and white collar criminal matters, with a concentration on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and international anti-corruption issues. She has successfully represented both institutions and individuals in government investigations and prosecutions involving financial and accounting fraud, insider trading, wire fraud, and FCPA issues.

Ms. Sloane has conducted numerous cross-border corruption investigations in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South America, and regularly appears before the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in corruption-related investigations. In addition to her work on several publicly disclosed government resolutions, she has successfully achieved multiple non-public DOJ and SEC declinations for clients in FCPA matters. Ms. Sloane also regularly counsels clients on challenging anti-corruption issues in numerous business contexts, including the development and implementation of effective anti-corruption compliance programs and corruption-related considerations in cross-border mergers, joint ventures and acquisitions.  

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading FCPA lawyer and a notable practitioner in the white-collar crime and government investigations category, with clients stating that "her technical competency and relationship to the US government are both top-notch." 
  • Recommended in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Legal 500 United States for her corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense practice.
  • Selected to Global Investigations Review's Inaugural "40 Under 40" List, which recognizes the world's leading investigations lawyers under the age of 40.
  • Named a 2014 “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal.
  • Main Justice selected the firm's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Corruption Group as the recipient of its most prestigious honor, “Practice Group of the Year,” in 2012.
  • Received the Innocence Project's “Advocate for Justice” award in 2011 for committing significant time and effort to the organization's mission to exonerate those who have been wrongfully convicted through the use of advances in DNA science.

Publications & News


March 16, 2018

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2018

In the 2018 edition of Chambers Global, 33 WilmerHale lawyers were named among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business."

February 15, 2018

New DOJ FCPA Enforcement Policy Raises Difficult Questions For Companies Considering Voluntary Disclosures

This New York Law Journal article by Jay Holtmeier, Erin Sloane and Jeff Habenicht highlights a few of the uncertainties and potential pitfalls that may await a company deciding whether to take the significant step of voluntarily disclosing criminal conduct to prosecutors.

January 12, 2018

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2017 Developments and Predictions for 2018

This past year, which marked the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA"), demonstrated that the FCPA continues to be a powerful tool in combating corruption abroad and encouraging compliance at global companies.

November 29, 2017

DOJ Announces New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

Today, “[d]ue to the unique issues presented in FCPA matters,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced a new FCPA corporate enforcement policy published in a revision to the United States Attorneys' Manual.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

April 18, 2017

Evaluating FCPA Pilot Program: Lessons and Expectations

Kimberly A. Parker, Jay Holtmeier and Erin G.H. Sloane provided insights on the Department of Justice's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act pilot program in a recent article published as part of Law360's Expert Analysis series. The article assesses the program's goals, notable settlements and future.

February 7, 2017

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2016 Developments and Predictions for 2017

The past year was consequential for FCPA enforcement in numerous respects, including blockbuster penalties, new policy initiatives, and the SEC's first DPA with an individual for FCPA violations.

September 16, 2016

WilmerHale Named Industry's Most Impressive Investigations Practice by GIR

WilmerHale has been named the Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year by Global Investigations Review for its cross-border work in both high-profile internal and government-led investigations.

September 14, 2016

GIR Highlights WilmerHale's FCPA Dominance

WilmerHale has advised on the most Foreign Corrupt Practices Act public settlements of any law firm in the industry in the past eight years and has been particularly successful in 2016, according to a recent Global Investigations Review Just Anti-Corruption report.

Recent Highlights

Ms. Sloane has played key roles in numerous investigations by the DOJ and SEC, as well as many corporate internal investigations, and has led global FCPA due diligence reviews in several multi-billion-dollar M&A transactions. She has also been involved in securing a number of nonpublic prosecution declinations by the DOJ and SEC in connection with possible FCPA violations by various multinational clients. A select list of her recent experience includes:

  • representing a major foreign technology conglomerate in ongoing SEC and DOJ investigations into allegations of FCPA violations at a US-based avionics subsidiary;
  • representing a major media and communications company in connection with the successful resolution of the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York's investigation into its Argentine joint venture's role in the FIFA corruption scandal; 
  • representing a multinational industrial company in an investigation of self-disclosed alleged FCPA violations related to its China-based marine business, resulting in a successful settlement from the SEC and a declination from the DOJ;
  • securing a favorable SEC settlement and DOJ declination on behalf a US-based oilfield services company in connection with a global FCPA investigation involving allegations of improper payments to a Mexican foreign official;
  • representing a major multinational industrial conglomerate in a DOJ and SEC investigation into government sales in the Middle East, resulting in non-public declinations from both agencies;
  • leading a global due diligence review of more than 150 third-party advisors in more than 30 countries in connection with a criminal investigation of a large defense contractor and manufacturer by the DOJ and UK Serious Fraud Office;
  • representing a major US multinational industrial conglomerate in pre- and post-close due diligence investigations of an acquisition target, ultimately resulting in non-public declinations from both the DOJ and SEC;
  • representing a global manufacturer in resolutions with the DOJ, SEC, Department of Treasury and Department of Commerce of charges relating to improper kickbacks under the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program, violations of the FCPA and violations of US export laws;
  • representing a major Wall Street broker dealer in connection with parallel criminal and civil investigations of a former bond trader;
  • representing an international financial services firm in an insider trading prosecution of a former investment bank employee;
  • representing a former Congressman and Reagan budget director in connection with parallel civil and criminal securities and accounting fraud cases, including successfully obtaining a nolle prosecui of the criminal indictment; and
  • participating in a secondment to the internal investigations group of a multinational pharmaceutical corporation. 

Professional Activities

Ms. Sloane is one of the founders of the Innocence Project’s Young Professionals Committee (YPC)—a group of young professionals dedicated to supporting the Innocence Project through fundraising and community outreach efforts. Ms. Sloane is also actively involved in WilmerHale’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.


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JD, New York University School of Law, 2003

BA, with High Distinction, University of Virginia, 1998, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

New York


The Hon. Michael Daly Hawkins, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2003 - 2004

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