Webcast: Private Equity: Government Enforcement Trends – Parts 1 and 2

May 25, 2021

Private equity firms and their portfolio companies are under ever-increasing scrutiny from federal and state regulators. A veritable “alphabet soup” of government agencies, including DOJ, SEC and FinCEN, have made clear that private equity firms are squarely within their regulatory sights. In this two-part webinar series, we invite you to join Gibson Dunn practitioners experienced in government investigations and related civil litigation to discuss hot topics relevant to private equity firms and their portfolio companies. This is a “must attend” presentation for those in private equity, designed to arm you with the latest information and government enforcement trends applicable to the industry.

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PART 1 – Tuesday, May 25th

Private Equity and government enforcement in:

  • Data security and privacy laws
  • The federal and state False Claims Acts
  • Covid-19 relief fraud enforcement
  • SEC enforcement trends

PART 2 – Thursday, May 27th

Private Equity and government enforcement in:

  • Anti-money laundering issues
  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Health care enforcement
  • Post M&A indemnification and fraud claims


Nick Hanna, who most recently served as United States Attorney for the Central District of California, is a litigation partner in Gibson Dunn’s Los Angeles office and co-chairs the firm’s global White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group.  Mr. Hanna’s practice focuses on representing corporations in high-stakes civil litigation, white collar crime, and regulatory and securities enforcement – including internal investigations, False Claims Act cases, special committee representations, compliance counseling and class actions.


Michael Celio is a sought-after trial lawyer with more than two decades of experience trying cases in Silicon Valley and beyond.  He maintains a wide-ranging trial practice and has tried more than two dozen cases to verdict in state and federal court.  He is a recognized expert in the field of securities litigation and is particularly experienced in defending venture capital and private equity funds and their partners as well as their portfolio companies.

Winston Y. Chan is a former federal prosecutor and litigation partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s San Francisco office. He has particular experience leading matters involving government enforcement defense, internal investigations and compliance counseling, and regularly represents clients before and in litigation against federal, state and local agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission and State Attorneys General.

Michael M. Farhang is a former federal prosecutor and a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He is a Chambers-ranked attorney and practices in the White Collar Defense and Investigations and Securities Litigation Practice Groups.  Mr. Farhang is an experienced litigator and trial attorney who has earned more than $40 million in recoveries for corporate clients pursuing fraud, contract, and M&A-related claims.

Diana M. Feinstein is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation and White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Groups. Ms. Feinstein’s practice focuses on complex litigation, including securities litigation and high-value commercial litigation.  She also focuses on white collar defense and investigations.

John Partridge, a Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s FDA and Health Care Practice Group and Chambers-ranked white collar defense and government investigations lawyer, focuses on government and internal investigations, white collar defense, and complex litigation for clients in the life science and health care industries, among others.  Mr. Partridge has particular experience with the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, including defending major corporations in investigations pursued by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Eric D. Vandevelde is a litigation partner in Gibson Dunn’s Los Angeles office.  He is a former federal prosecutor and an experienced trial and appellate attorney.  Mr. Vandevelde has been selected by Chambers USA in the area of White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, has been repeatedly recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine, and was named one of the Top 20 Cyber/Artificial Intelligence Lawyers in California by The Daily Journal.

Debra Wong Yang is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Los Angeles office.  Reflective of her broad practice and comprehensive abilities, Ms. Yang is Chair of the Crisis Management Practice Group, former Chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group, and former Chair of the Information Technology and Data Privacy Practice Group.  Drawing on her depth of experience and record of success, Ms. Yang focuses part of her practice on strategic counseling.  She leads critical representations, both high profile and highly confidential, involving a wide variety of industries, economic sectors, regulatory bodies, law enforcement agencies, global jurisdictions and all types of proceedings.

James L. Zelenay is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where he practices in the firm’s Litigation Department.  Mr. Zelenay has extensive experience in defending clients involved in white collar investigations, assisting clients in responding to government subpoenas, and in government civil fraud litigation.  Mr. Zelenay also has substantial experience with the federal and state False Claims Acts and whistleblower litigation.


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