SDNY Securities and Commodities Fraud Chief to Join WilmerHale

SDNY Securities and Commodities Fraud Chief to Join WilmerHale


The Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Anjan Sahni, will join WilmerHale in its New York office as a partner in its white collar and securities enforcement practices. Mr. Sahni has overseen some of the most significant white collar and securities fraud prosecutions in recent years.

"We are delighted to welcome Anjan back to WilmerHale to build on our premier white collar and securities enforcement practices, and our growing New York office" said Robert Novick, co-managing partner of WilmerHale. "Anjan's proven experience and ability to litigate complex and high-stakes cases make him a real asset to our clients."

WilmerHale's Investigations and Criminal and Securities Enforcement practices consist of more than 110 members, resident in New York, Washington DC, Boston, California and London. Clients rely on these lawyers for their understanding of diverse industries and business goals, including in-depth knowledge of the regulatory and political environments in which they operate.

"I have enormous respect for WilmerHale and its lawyers, and I look forward to returning to the place where my legal career began as an associate in 2002. WilmerHale has a superb reputation for handling the most challenging and high-stakes litigation and investigations, drawing on the rich experiences of exceptionally talented lawyers with both private sector and government backgrounds," said Mr. Sahni.

Mr. Sahni also rejoins former colleague Boyd M. Johnson III, who came to the firm's New York office in 2011 after serving as SDNY Deputy US Attorney.

"Anjan is recognized as one of the finest lawyers in the SDNY and will enhance the experience we house both in our New York office and across our litigation practices," said Co-Chair of WilmerHale's Investigations and Criminal Litigation Practice Mr. Johnson. "I look forward to working closely with Anjan to serve our clients."

About Anjan Sahni

Mr. Sahni joined the SDNY US Attorney's Office more than ten years ago as an Assistant US Attorney. Since February 2012, he has played a leadership role in the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the Office's Criminal Division, having served as deputy chief, co-chief, and most recently, as the chief of that unit. As the unit's leader, Mr. Sahni supervised investigations and prosecutions involving insider trading, accounting fraud, corporate fraud, market manipulation, investment fraud, and violations of the Bank Secrecy and Foreign Corrupt Practices Acts. Mr. Sahni regularly coordinated criminal investigations with the SEC, CFTC, the Federal Reserve, FINRA, OCC, FinCEN and NYDFS. Among the significant prosecutions he supervised were numerous insider trading cases, the Madoff-related matters, and other securities fraud prosecutions involving complex financial instruments.

From 2009-2012 he served as the co-chief of the Office's Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. During his tenure, Mr. Sahni supervised 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 the Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout and oversaw the successful prosecution of the would-be Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad.

Mr. Sahni earned his JD from Yale Law School in 2001 and his BA from Emory College, summa cum laude, in 1998. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Pierre N. Leval, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.