Patrick S. Sinclair, a veteran federal prosecutor who played a key role in the Eastern District of New York’s high-profile business fraud investigations, is today joining Ropes & Gray, one of the world’s leading corporate law firms, as a partner in the government enforcement group.
Mr. Sinclair, 38, was until August the Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. He will initially join the firm in New York and relocate to Hong Kong in early 2015.
“The attorneys at Ropes & Gray are widely regarded for guiding international organizations of varying size and scope through the highest-profile global investigations,” Mr. Sinclair said. “I am thrilled to be joining the Hong Kong practice, in particular, which is recognized for its work handling some of the most visible and sensitive international government inquiries.”
Mr. Sinclair’s experience will enhance Ropes & Gray’s Hong Kong government enforcement practice, whose team of attorneys is widely recognized for providing counsel in high stakes, highly sensitive international internal investigations related to securities enforcement, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and other international criminal matters.
“The experience Patrick brings to our existing investigation and litigation capabilities in the Hong Kong office provides us with a powerful combination of resources for our clients,” said Joshua Levy, co-leader of Ropes & Gray’s government enforcement practice. “We are delighted to be adding Patrick to our team.”
Mr. Sinclair is the second high-profile federal prosecutor to join Ropes & Gray this year. In July, Marc Berger, former Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined the firm as a partner in New York.
A federal prosecutor since 2007, Mr. Sinclair was appointed Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section for the Eastern District in 2013. In that role, he supervised prosecutors conducting investigations, hearings, trials and appeals, and served as lead prosecutor in a case convicting CEO with commercial bribery, FCPA violations and tax evasion. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District from 2007 through 2012, Patrick investigated and prosecuted individuals and organizations in connection with the 2008 economic collapse. Mr. Sinclair also investigated and prosecuted a corporate bribery scheme in which officers and managers of a software company bribed technology executives at a large international financial institution to sell software contracts, an investigation into activity in China potentially involving the FCPA.
Before he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Sinclair was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. In private practice, he focused on large-scale, corporate criminal investigations involving multiple agencies, international aspects, parallel civil suits and results ranging from government action to deferred prosecution agreements and trial. Mr. Sinclair previously clerked for the Honorable Joseph P. Nadeau of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. He received his law degree with cum laude honors from Boston University School of Law and his B.A. with magna cum laude honors from the George Washington University.
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