Margot Laporte
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Margot Laporte

Partner
laporte.margot@dorsey.com

Overview

Margot advises global clients facing complex multi-jurisdictional regulatory, litigation, and reputational risk arising from enforcement matters.

Margot’s practice focuses on cross-border internal and regulatory investigations, white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement matters, and regulatory compliance, including with respect to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-money laundering regulations, economic sanctions laws, insider trading, and accounting fraud. She has conducted investigations on behalf of clients in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Russia.

Margot has represented global public companies, boards of directors, audit committees, financial institutions, hedge funds, and senior officers in enforcement matters before numerous U.S. and foreign regulators, including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as well as the French Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) and other foreign regulators.

Margot has been ranked by Chambers USA for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations in Washington, DC, highlighting her “expert defense of clients in complex white-collar criminal cases.”

Education & Admissions

Duke University School of Law (J.D., 2009), cum laude

Dartmouth College (A.B., Government and Romance Languages, 2005), magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Languages

  • French, Spanish

Clerkships

  • Judicial Intern, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, 2007-2008

Experience

Representative Experience

  • Retained as lead counsel by a multilateral development bank to conduct an independent investigation involving conduct in the United States and Latin America.
  • Represented the board of directors of a state-owned integrated oil, natural gas, and energy company in connection with regulatory investigations and civil litigation in the U.S. and Brazil arising out of Brazil's Operation Car Wash corruption investigation.
  • Represented a global hedge fund in an insider trading investigation and proceedings conducted by the French AMF.
  • Represented the audit committee of a public global asset manager in connection with an independent FCPA investigation, interaction with U.S. regulators, and evaluation of internal controls and compliance systems.
  • Obtained declinations from the DOJ and SEC on behalf of a Fortune 100 company in an investigation relating to alleged FCPA violations by the company's French subsidiary.
  • Represented the audit committee of a U.S.- and Canadian-listed public company in an independent investigation into revenue recognition and reserve accounting issues.
  • Represented five current and former executives of a diagnostics company, including the CEO and former CFO, in connection with an SEC investigation into the company's COVID-19 related disclosures.
  • Represented a former senior executive of a U.S. public company in connection with an SEC investigation into the company's disclosures and accounting practices around earnings, revenue, product shipments, channel inventory, and distributor relationships.
  • Represented senior employees of a French bank in investigations by U.S. criminal authorities relating to allegations of FCPA and economic sanctions violations.
  • Developed and implemented an anti-corruption, economic sanctions, and anti-money laundering compliance program for a real estate investment firm operating in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 
  • Obtained a declination from FINRA on behalf of a registered broker and investment adviser at a large wealth management and financial services firm in connection with allegations that the broker had engaged in insider trading relating to exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

*Certain representations occurred prior to joining Dorsey

News & Resources

News & Press Mentions

Chambers USA 2024 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Government Solutions & Investigations Partner Margot Laporte Joins Dorsey in Washington, DC
  • Quoted, “Overseas & Out of Time: DOJ Reforms Boost Cross-Border Risk,” Law360 (December 20, 2022)
  • Co-Author, “Five Takeaways from Congress’ Codification and Extension of SEC’s Disgorgement Authority,” Private Equity Law Report (February 3, 2021)
  • Co-Author, “U.S. Hedge Funds Face Heightened Enforcement Risk in France,” Global Banking & Finance Review (May 16, 2020)
  • Quoted, “Former Alstom Executive’s Foreign Bribery Conviction Overturned,” The Wall Street Journal (February 27, 2020)

Events & Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Multi-Jurisdictional Differences for Privilege,” GIR Live: Women in Investigations (London, UK; June 22, 2023)
  • Panelist, “Cross-Border Compliance & Investigations,” Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (Webinar; June 6, 2023)
  • Panelist, “The Transfer of Criminal Liability in M&A,” International Bar Association Annual Conference (Miami, FL; November 3, 2022)
  • Moderator, “Addressing Economic Sanctions Risks in France” (Webinar; March 10, 2021)
  • Panelist, “A Global Trend: The Introduction of Deferred Prosecution Agreement Regimes Across the World,” American Bar Association International Law Section Annual Conference (Washington, D.C.; April 28, 2022)
  • Panelist, “Accounting and Securities Fraud Traps in Times of Crisis” (Webinar; June 17, 2020)

Industries & Practices

Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)
Foreign Banks and Financial Institutions
Government Solutions & Investigations
Higher Education & Academic Research Institutions
Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Anti-Corruption Group
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)
  • Europe
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Foreign Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Government Solutions & Investigations
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Higher Education & Academic Research Institutions
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Technology

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Founding Board Member, Cross-Border White Collar Crime Young Practitioners U.S./French/Swiss Initiative, 2023-present
  • North American Regional Forum Liaison Officer, International Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee, 2023-present
  • Member, Women’s White Collar Defense Association, 2016-present
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Program, 2021

Accolades

  • Washington, DC Chambers USA: Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2024
  • Bloomberg Law: "They’ve Got Next: Five Fresh Faces to Know in White Collar," 2022
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers®: Rising Star, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2019 - 2023
  • International Financial Law Review: Rising Star Awards Americas: White Collar Crime, 2020
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