AREA OF PRACTICE

White Collar Defense & Government Investigations

Biography

Julia Catania is an associate in Brown Rudnick's White Collar Defense & Government Investigations group in the New York office. Ms. Catania has experience involving allegations of securities and financial fraud, bribery and corruption, embezzlement, and money laundering arising in criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings, and in civil litigation. She also has experience in cross-border matters, including international extradition defense in Latin America and Europe.

Ms. Catania has conducted direct and cross examination of witnesses, and argued motions in a federal civil trial in the Southern District of New York. She has also drafted two United States Supreme Court amicus curiae briefs relating to the statute of limitations for SEC disgorgement and the availability of relief from convictions under the writ of error coram nobis.

Representation

Securities and Financial Fraud and Financial Misconduct Allegations

Represent a prominent investment adviser and its principal in an appeal to the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to an enforcement action alleging fraud in connection with the creation and marketing of certain CDOs. Obtained partial reversal of administrative law judge’s findings. Continued representation on appeal from the SEC’s partial affirmance in the D.C. Circuit.

Represent a prominent investment adviser in a civil litigation in the Southern District of New York relating to fraud in connection with the creation and marketing of CDOs.

Represent the Special Claims Committee of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico.

Represented a former banker in a prosecution in the Southern District of New York relating to LIBOR.

Represented a former banker in a LIBOR-related investigation by the US Department of Justice and Commodities Futures Trading Commission.

Represented chief investment officer of a hedge fund in SEC investigation relating to the adequacy of investor disclosures.

Represented an exotics trader of a financial institution in investigation by FINRA relating to ISDAFIX.

Conducted an internal investigation for an entity that suffered embezzlement by a financial officer.

Bribery and Corruption Allegations

Represented top executives of a multinational company based in Madrid relating to bribery and corruption allegations in Latin America, including opposition to extradition from Spain.

Represented individuals in high-profile FCPA investigation and related US securities class actions litigation regarding alleged corruption in Brazil.

Represented an executive of a multinational technology company based in Brazil relating to bribery and corruption allegations.

Anti-Money Laundering Controls Allegations

Represent the former chief compliance officer of a financial institution in connection with an Office of the Comptroller Currency enforcement action relating to false statements and concealment of bank documents.

Represented the former chief compliance officer of a financial institution in connection with a US Department of Justice investigation relating to Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money-Laundering controls.

Extradition Defense

Oppose extradition of a Mexican national from Uruguay to the United States.

Trial Work

Conducted a one-week trial in the Southern District of New York as counsel for plaintiff in a lawsuit relating to violations of Fourth Amendment rights.

Education

Columbia University School of Law - J.D., 2014
Boston University - B.A., cum laude, 2009

Bar Admissions

New York
Eastern District of New York (EDNY)
Southern District of New York (SDNY)

Languages

Spanish