Nicoleta Timofti

Nicoleta Timofti

Of Counsel

Nicoleta Timofti is of counsel in Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation and Global White Collar Criminal Defense Practices and is based in the Washington, D.C. office. Nicoleta focuses her practice on federal white collar criminal defense, representing domestic and international clients in federal and international investigations, as well as related civil litigation. Born and raised in Moldova and educated in Romania, Nicoleta has an in-depth understanding of the cultural and political challenges of the legal environment in emerging markets. In addition, prior to joining the firm, Nicoleta served as legal counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training and Council of Europe, Department of Crime Problems, Directorate General of Legal Affairs, Program Against Corruption and Organized Crime in South-Eastern Europe in Moldova.

Nicoleta brings nearly two decades of government and private practice legal experience representing clients throughout the world in matters relating to US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues, government investigations, including money laundering, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, global anticorruption, and other white-collar crimes. Additionally, she counsels organizations on compliance matters, including development, implementation, and evaluation of compliance plans. As a cross-border litigator, she advises clients on a variety of issues relating to international dispute resolution, including forum selection, jurisdiction, service of process, and she is well-versed in navigating international discovery and judgment enforcement issues. She is barred in New York and Washington, D.C.

Concentrations

  • White collar criminal defense
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Internal investigations
  • Public corruption
  • Corporate governance litigation and private company shareholder litigation, including derivative and breach of fiduciary duty actions
  • Commercial litigation
  • International discovery
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented a CEO of major Russian oil company in multiple criminal investigations, securities litigations, requests for international mutual legal assistance and international discovery.
  • Represented shareholders of international holding company in multiple cross-border criminal investigations, securities litigations and bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Represented a private company that was the object of a freezing order by Switzerland pursuant to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty. The order was ruled improper by the Swiss court and in addition to releasing several billion dollars, the prosecutor was fined.
  • Represented an Eastern European official in litigation (involving RICO and money laundering claims) in U.S. court and U.S. government investigation.
  • Represented a major Brazilian silicon manufacturer and its U.S. subsidiaries in multimillion-dollar civil RICO litigation in U.S. District Court.
  • Defended investigations under the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act of chief executive of a Kazakh Company.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in connection with an FCPA compliance assessment.
  • Represented a multinational financial institution by structuring its anti-corruption compliance programs.
  • Conducted pre-acquisition anti-corruption due diligence for multimillion-dollar mergers and acquisitions involving major on-line gaming company in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Represented a sovereign country relating to its status in the world community concerning its removal from a “grey list” due to anti money laundering laws.
  • Represented a real-estate and investment holding company in the proceedings related to potential violations of the OECD disclosure guidelines for multinational enterprises.
  • Represented clients in dozens of 1782 discovery in aid of foreign proceedings in US federal district courts.
  • Represented multiple individuals in successfully removing the red notices by the Interpol.
  • Advised clients on issues related to compliance with U.S. and EU Russia/Ukraine sanctions.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Recipient, Meritorious Honor Award, U.S. Department of State
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Pro Bono (KIND) Kids in Need of Defense

Credentials

Education
  • LL.M., International and Comparative Law, The George Washington University Law School, 2006
    • Thomas Buergenthal Scholarship
  • Advanced Studies Diploma, International Law, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, School of Law, 2001
  • J.D., Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, School of Law, 2000
Admissions
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
Languages
  • French
  • Romanian
  • Russian