Benjamin Naftalis is the Global Vice Chair of the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice and a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department.
A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Naftalis represents companies, boards, and executives in government and internal investigations, regulatory enforcement matters, high-profile disputes, and other sensitive situations throughout the US and internationally.
Mr. Naftalis is consistently recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US in the area of white collar defense and investigations. In 2016, he was named a Law360 white collar Rising Star and a Rising Star by the New York Law Journal. In 2012, he received the US Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service – DOJ’s second highest award.
Mr. Naftalis has broad experience before a wide range of US regulators, including the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). He advises clients navigate allegations of securities and corporate fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, sanctions, money laundering, accounting and healthcare fraud, and international bribery and corruption.
Mr. Naftalis maintains an extensive civil litigation practice, including business disputes in federal and state courts and securities litigation.
Mr. Naftalis also regularly counsels private equity firms and hedge funds in deal-related diligence, trading, litigation, and regulatory compliance.
From 2006 to 2014, Mr. Naftalis served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. As a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, he investigated and prosecuted a wide range of federal securities and commodities fraud offenses. As a member of the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit, he led many of the government’s highest-profile extraterritorial matters involving terrorism and national security, and international money-laundering and narcotics trafficking.
Mr. Naftalis has tried eight federal jury trials and briefed and argued over ten appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Prior to joining the US Attorney’s Office, Mr. Naftalis clerked for Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Dennis Jacobs of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He began his career as a corporate development analyst at DoubleClick, later acquired by Google. He continues to counsel leading and emerging technology companies.
Mr. Naftalis is a member of the New York City Bar’s White Collar Committee, a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of Latham’s global steering committee of its Women Enriching Business (WEB) initiative.