New York Securities Litigation team recognized for outstanding results, particularly at trial, in the past year.
Benjamin Naftalis, a former federal prosecutor, serves as Global Vice Chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice.
Mr. Naftalis represents companies, boards, executives, and cryptocurrency market participants in government and internal investigations, regulatory enforcement matters, high-profile disputes, and other sensitive situations throughout the US and internationally. He advises clients facing allegations of:
- Securities and corporate fraud
- Insider trading
- Market manipulation
- Money laundering
- Bribery and corruption
- Accounting and healthcare fraud
Mr. Naftalis counsels private fund managers and clients on enforcement, trading, deal-related diligence, and compliance, with a particular focus on cryptocurrency and other digital assets.
He also regularly represents clients in high-stakes business disputes and securities litigation.
Leading publications, including Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US, consistently recognize Mr. Naftalis for his skill in white collar defense and investigations.
He draws on his 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).
Earlier in his career, 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 prosecuted financial and investment fraud matters, including corporate and securities fraud, insider trading, and market manipulation. His SEC and DOJ work involved extensive coordination of cross-border and multi-agency investigations.
In 2012, he received the US Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service — the DOJ’s second-highest award. During his tenure at the DOJ, he tried eight federal jury trials and briefed and argued more than 10 appeals before the Second Circuit.
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 is a member of the New York City Bar’s White Collar Committee, a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, a former Council on Foreign Relations term member, and a global steering committee member for Latham’s Women Enriching Business (WEB) initiative.