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Obiamaka P. Madubuko

Obiamaka (Obi) P. Madubuko focuses her practice on anti-corruption and fraud matters and advises U.S.-based companies doing business in international markets.

Obi advises companies on a host of compliance and transactional due diligence issues arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act, the Dodd-Frank Act,  Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) and other global trade regulations, including cybersecurity defense and data breach response. She also assists clients with internal investigations, risk assessments and independent audits, as well as drafting, evaluating and updating corporate policies to ensure compliance.

In addition to her corporate advisory work, Obi is an experienced trial lawyer who has defended individuals and corporations in complex civil litigation and white collar criminal cases. She has represented clients before state and federal courts and agencies, including the United States Congress, the United States Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Election Commission, and other federal and state authorities.

Obi has represented clients in complex litigation matters across a broad range of industries including aerospace and defense, consumer products, energy and mining, financial services, health care, intellectual property, manufacturing, media and entertainment, real estate, securities, specialty chemicals, technology and telecommunication.

Obi has an active pro bono practice where she represents clients in domestic violence, immigration and asylum cases, in addition to mentoring young lawyers, law students and high school students interested in pursuing careers in law.

Prior to joining the firm, Obi was a partner at an international law firm where she founded and chaired the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) & International Anti-Corruption Group and was in private practice in New York and Washington, D.C. She also served as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Constance Baker Motley of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.


  • Anti-money laundering (AML) / know your customer (KYC) compliance
  • Blockchain and fintech
  • Complex civil litigation
  • Corporate governance and compliance
  • Data privacy and data breach response
  • Emerging markets
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) & Global Anti-Corruption
  • White Collar defense and special investigations



  • Advise major U.S.-based media company on GDPR compliance issues relating to its third party vendor management program.
  • Represent large U.S.-based insurance company in OFAC related civil litigation involving blocked assets in New York federal court.
  • Led FCPA internal investigations for automotive and construction clients in Iraq and United Arab Emirates.
  • Conducted FCPA investigation and created compliance program for major U.S.-based retail manufacturer with operations in China.
  • Represented corporate executive of a major US-based energy company with global operations in an FCPA case involving alleged anti-bribery law violations regarding the company’s operations in Angola.
  • Litigated complex commercial transaction involving equity interests of a midstream energy company in Delaware state court.
  • Litigated complex civil lawsuit relating to a financial consultant’s advisory services involving breach of contract and other equitable claims in New Jersey state court.
  • Conducted transactional anti-corruption due diligence for various multinational corporate clients regarding proposed international transactions covering various industries including technology, automotive, oil and gas, telecommunications and health care sectors. 
  • Advised corporate clients in real estate and media sectors on US data privacy law, including data breach response protocols, and vendor management issues to prepare for the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • Represented client in criminal investigation involving alleged improper payments to government officials and union representatives brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
  • Led FCPA internal investigation regarding alleged improper payments by distributors for major US based pharmaceutical company in Kenya.°
  • Advised multinational oil company on FCPA investigation involving broker commissions in Nigeria.°
  • Assessed implementation of national anticorruption reform agenda for a public sector client in a Central Asian country, and provided recommendations and proposed legislative amendments to improve the effectiveness of the national anticorruption strategy, including the creation and reorganization of anticorruption enforcement and monitoring bodies.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Madubuko prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Benchmark Litigation, "Future Star," 2013-2014, 2017, and 2020
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2017-2019
  • Recipient, 2016 NLA Trailblazer Award, Nigerian Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Listed, The Network Journal, "Attorneys at the Top," 2015
  • Listed, The National Law Journal, "Regulatory and Compliance Trailblazer," 2015
  • Listed, Ethisphere magazine, Attorneys Who Matter "Rising Star," 2011, 2012 and 2015
  • Listed, The Network Journal, "40 Under Forty Dynamic Achievers," 2010
  • Member, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) Working Group
  • Member, New York City Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) 
  • International Bar Association (IBA) 
  • Member, Digital Chamber of Commerce: AML Task Force, 2019-Present
  • Board Member, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, 2012-2015
  • Board Member, Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, 2013-Present
  • Vice-Chair, American Bar Association, International Anticorruption Committee, 2014-Present
  • Vice-Chair, American Bar Association - Africa Committee, 2015-Present
  • Fellow, Leadership Council for Legal Diversity (LCLD), 2011


  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School
  • M.A., magna cum laude, Boston University
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York