Christopher D. Frey, a former federal prosecutor, an experienced trial attorney, and a partner in the firm's San Francisco office, focuses his practice on white collar and regulatory defense, government and internal investigations, and high-stakes civil litigation.

Mr. Frey regularly advises major global companies and leading financial institutions, individual executives, and Boards of Directors in highly sensitive and confidential matters. He has amassed significant experience in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-money laundering, economic sanctions, and securities areas. Mr. Frey also routinely provides strategic counseling on compliance issues and crisis management.

Before joining Latham, Mr. Frey was a partner in the Tokyo office of another global law firm, where he advised clients based in Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore, and elsewhere in Asia. Mr. Frey also served as the head of that office for approximately two and a half years.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Frey served for over six and a half years as an Assistant US Attorney in the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. As a member of the Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force as well as the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit, he investigated and prosecuted a wide array of complex white-collar matters, including FCPA violations, insider trading, accounting fraud, market manipulation, investment fraud, money laundering, intellectual property, cybercrimes, and criminal tax offenses.

During his tenure as a prosecutor, Mr. Frey was the lead trial lawyer in numerous jury trials, and he has substantial appellate experience, having briefed and/or argued over a dozen appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Frey is a recipient of the US Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement.

From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Frey served as Associate Counsel in the Office of the White House Counsel under President Barack Obama. In that capacity, Mr. Frey helped develop and execute the White House’s response to various Congressional investigations and related hearings, and provided legal and strategic advice to White House staff and Executive Branch officials on compliance, oversight, and risk management issues.

Mr. Frey also maintains an active pro bono practice, which focuses on LGBTQ rights and the representation of indigent criminal defendants, among other matters.

Mr. Frey has previously served on both the New York City Bar Association’s Criminal Advocacy Committee and its Judiciary Committee, which reviews and evaluates all judicial candidates for the federal and state courts in New York City. Mr. Frey is currently a member of BALIF (the Bay Area’s LGBTQ Bar Association) and LeGal (the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York).

Mr. Frey’s experience includes advising:

  • A multinational e-commerce company in an internal investigation into the public leak of sensitive corporate information
  • A major US financial institution in an internal investigation concerning gift and entertainment expense activities involving state-owned and private clients in Japan and South Korea*
  • A significant Japanese financial institution in parallel federal and state regulatory proceedings in the United States*
  • A Taiwanese manufacturing company in a sanctions, money laundering, and bank fraud investigation by the US Department of Justice*
  • A Korean semiconductor company in a US Securities and Exchange Commission investigation regarding various accounting issues*
  • A major Japanese conglomerate and its US subsidiary in a fraud investigation conducted by the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California*
  • A Japanese company in connection with an investigation conducted by the African Development Bank of potential corruption issues*
  • Several Japanese and Chinese financial institutions in Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering matters, including advising on remedial measures and compliance program enhancements*
  • Various Japanese companies in internal and government-initiated bribery/corruption related investigations*
  • Several Japanese manufacturing companies in connection with product quality assurance issues, including those involving data falsification and manipulation*
  • An executive for a Japanese manufacturing company in a US Department of Justice and US Food and Drug Administration investigation in the medical device industry*
  • The former chairman, CEO, and president of HBOC Corporation in defense at trial of criminal securities fraud charges*
  • Citigroup in defense of civil claims arising out of the collapse of Enron*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • New York


  • JD, Stanford Law School, 2003
  • BA, Syracuse University, 1999
    summa cum laude

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Frey, Christopher D.
December 19, 2023 Recognition

Top White Collar Lawyers: Christopher Frey

Bay Area partner honored as a leading white collar lawyer in California for advising clients in their most sensitive and confidential matters.