Abena Mainoo’s practice focuses on enforcement and complex civil litigation.

Abena has represented companies in cross-border investigations and civil litigation involving allegations of fraud, sanctions violations and foreign corrupt payments. Abena also conducts internal investigations and advises on corporate compliance programs as well as corporate governance.

Abena joined the firm in 2009 and became a partner in 2018.

Notable Experience

  • Bosch in investigations and civil litigation in the U.S. concerning diesel emissions.

  • Citigroup in investigations of FX rates by the DOJ and bank regulators, global investigations of benchmark rates, and related compliance reviews.

  • Global financial institution in internal investigation and investigations by the DOJ, SEC, and IRS relating to whistleblower allegations.

  • Financial institution in an investigation by the DOJ and OFAC of potential violations of U.S. sanctions.

  • BNP Paribas and HSBC in winning dismissal of civil RICO and related state law claims in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in connection with investigations of U.S. sanctions violations.

  • Petrobras, PGF, and individual officers and directors in securities class action and multiple individual actions in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in connection with the Operation Carwash corruption and money-laundering investigation

  • Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. and certain of its current and former officers and directors in obtaining the dismissal of a putative securities class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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Selected Activities

Director, Federal Bar Foundation, Federal Bar Council

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