Andrés Felipe Sáenz’s practice focuses on white-collar defense, regulatory enforcement, and complex civil litigation, particularly with respect to cross-border issues.

Andrés frequently works on enforcement and litigation matters for Latin American clients.  He has experience advising on compliance and integrity programs and representing companies before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Andrés joined the firm in 2014 and became a senior attorney in 2023. He was resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office from 2014 to 2016. 

Notable Experiences

Civil Litigation

  • Petrobras, PGF, and current and former officers and directors in securities fraud class action litigation in connection with Operation Carwash—reportedly the largest corruption scandal in Latin American history

  • Vale in enforcing a multibillion-dollar LCIA award as a result of misrepresentations and corruption concerning a West African mining project

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Enforcement and Compliance

  • A cryptocurrency platform in connection with multiple government investigations

  • Genesis Global Capital and affiliates in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy case and related litigation and investigations

  • GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. in an FCPA investigation before the SEC and DOJ

  • A Latin American development bank in conducting a wide-ranging internal investigation of allegations of corruption relating to financing provided to a Latin American conglomerate

  • A large financial institution in connection with investigations involving foreign exchange trading conducted by various domestic and foreign regulators

  • A paper and pulp company in a corruption risk assessment involving multiple jurisdictions in Latin America, including Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and the United States

  • An infrastructure software company in a corruption and compliance risk assessment involving multiple jurisdictions across Europe, Asia, and North and South America

  • Compliance and integrity advice to companies operating in the transportation, natural resources, private equity, and finance industries

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Pro Bono

  • Spanish-speaking clients from Central America and French-speaking clients from West Africa seeking asylum and special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) in the United States

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Selected Activities

  • Brazil-U.S. 40 and Under White Collar Lawyers Initiative