Pedro G. Soto is a senior associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations group, and his practice focuses primarily on anti-corruption, fraud, and cartel matters. He represents corporations and individuals under investigation by government authorities around the world.
Mr. Soto’s representative matters include:
- Obtained a declination for a large global bank in an investigation by a foreign competition regulator.
- Successfully represented a global bank in a securities fraud investigation. All four regulators closed the investigation without action against client.
- Successfully represented a senior official of a Fortune 100 firm under investigation by DOJ for bribery of government officials in Latin America. DOJ closed the investigation without action against client.
- Successfully represented a senior manager of a Fortune 50 firm who was under investigation by DOJ for bribery of government officials in Europe. DOJ closed the investigation without action against client.
- Successfully defended a large public infrastructure firm in Asian Development Bank Integrity proceedings. The regulator closed the matter without charges against the client.
- Successfully represented a European construction/engineering firm in World Bank Integrity proceedings, negotiating a more than 80% reduction off the sanctions guidelines applicable to the matter.
- Represented a global pharmaceutical company in an internal investigation into possible pay-to-prescribe schemes and public corruption in Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico.
- Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a global hotel chain in connection with potential embezzlement.
- Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a defense contractor in connection with potential procurement fraud in the Middle East.
- Successfully represented an individual in an appeal to INTERPOL for the lifting of a “Red Notice.”
- Conducted anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and trade sanctions/export controls due diligence on behalf of a global investment bank in connection with its acquisition of shipping ports in Latin America.
- Conducted pre-acquisition due diligence and post-acquisition compliance integration on behalf of a global resource extraction company in connection with the first-ever joint operating agreement with Mexico’s state-owned oil and gas company.
- Conducted pre-acquisition anti-corruption due diligence on behalf of a major retailer in connection with a proposed acquisition in Costa Rica.
- Conducted pre-acquisition due diligence on behalf of a global investment bank in connection with its acquisition of a retail conglomerate in South America.
Mr. Soto writes frequently on white collar enforcement and compliance issues. Among his most recent publications, Mr. Soto is the co-author of: “Cooperating with Authorities: The U.S. Perspective” (published in Global Investigation Review’s The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations), “Channeling the Channel Partner Risk: Addressing Anti-Corruption Risk with Channel Partners in the Technology Sector,” (published in The FCPA Report) and “Anti-Corruption Compliance in Emerging Markets: A Resource Guide” (an e-book for compliance professionals).
Mr. Soto also maintains an active pro bono practice. He has represented, among others, a domestic violence survivor in D.C. Superior Court proceedings, several asylum applicants, and immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
A native Spanish speaker, Mr. Soto has particular experience working on Latin American matters. He has worked on matters involving Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. He also has experience on matters throughout Asia and Europe.
Mr. Soto earned a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.