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EY adds to FCPA, securities and healthcare credentials, hiring former DOJ official for Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services Practice

Washington, 2 February 2018

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Ernst & Young LLP (EY) today announced that Kathleen McGovern has joined its Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services (FIDS) practice as a principal based in the Washington, D.C. office.

McGovern brings more than 25 years of prosecutorial experience to EY, specializing in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), securities and financial fraud and healthcare fraud.

She joins an EY FIDS team of former government officials including: Liban Jama, who served as senior advisor to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White; Steve Spiegelhalter, previously a federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division, Fraud Section’s FCPA Unit; and Matt Klecka, former trial attorney for the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section of the Bank Integrity Unit of the DOJ.

“Our clients operate in a complex and constantly changing regulatory environment. Ineffective compliance programs can result in violations accompanied by large financial, and at times, criminal penalties,” said Brian Loughman, EY Americas FIDS Leader. “As companies continue to face regulatory challenges, we are growing our team of distinguished professionals who have first-hand experience with federal regulations to help our clients with effective compliance programs that will meet regulatory scrutiny. With Kathleen’s vast enforcement experience, she is a valued addition to FIDS.”

For the past 14 years, McGovern has been with the DOJ, most recently serving as Senior Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division, Fraud Section, the third-highest ranking official in the division’s largest litigating section. In that position, she supervised more than 150 attorneys in investigating and prosecuting complex international and domestic white collar crime cases including FCPA violations, securities and financial fraud, and healthcare fraud, across various industries, sectors and economies. She also was the DOJ’s representative to the U.S. delegation for the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s (OECD) Working Group on Bribery and Corruption, where she was responsible for representing the United States’ views in enforcing the OECD’s Anti-Bribery Convention. McGovern was responsible for hiring DOJ’s first compliance counsel, as well as the development and implementation of the DOJ’s FCPA Pilot Program.

Prior to the DOJ, McGovern was a state prosecutor in New York, holding various senior prosecutor positions. She received a B.S. in Accounting from St. John’s University and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

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