Eric R. Swibel

  • 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800
  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • USA

Eric Swibel is the Co-Chair of the Chicago Litigation & Trial Department and a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation & Professional Liability and White Collar Defense & Investigations Practices. Mr. Swibel represents corporate and individual clients in civil and criminal government investigations and internal investigations, as well as litigation in both federal and state courts.

His practice focuses on SEC enforcement investigations, with recent matters including investigations into alleged misrepresentations to investors, pay-to-play violations, mutual fund fees and disclosures, and insider trading. He also represents clients in shareholder securities fraud lawsuits and other litigation challenging board decision-making. He has represented both public and private issuers, broker-dealers, investment advisers, private equity firms, hedge funds, and officers and directors. Mr. Swibel has developed extensive experience in SEC whistleblower law.

Mr. Swibel’s experience includes representation of:

  • An NYSE-listed Fortune 500 manufacturer in connection with an SEC investigation and class action securities fraud lawsuit 
  • An NYSE-listed Fortune 100 company in an internal investigation involving whistleblower allegations of improper accounting and tax fraud
  • A mutual fund investment adviser in connection with an SEC investigation related to fees charged to investors and related disclosures
  • Multiple broker-dealers in connection with SEC and FINRA investigations related to mutual fund sales charges
  • An NYSE-listed Fortune 500 company in an SEC investigation relating to accounting and disclosure of loss contingencies
  • Current and former directors of public companies in SEC and internal investigations into potential insider trading
  • An investment adviser to a hedge fund in an internal investigation related to commodities-based investments
  • A private equity firm in connection with an SEC investigation into potential pay-to-play violations involving an elected official
  • A hedge fund in connection with an SEC investigation into potential pay-to-play violations involving an elected official
  • An Argentinian company in a federal criminal investigation in connection with US government contracting
  • A former CFO of a tech startup company in connection with a federal criminal investigation and related SEC investigation
  • A major public e-commerce company and its directors in litigation challenging the board’s decision to approve a competitor's acquisition of the company
  • A private company in connection with an SEC investigation related to allegations of unlawful trade allocations
  • An NYSE-listed telecommunications company in responding to an SEC subpoena related to allegations of accounting fraud
  • A Hong Kong-based gaming corporation and an individual director in a securities fraud lawsuit brought by US investors
  • A US subsidiary of a Japanese auto parts maker in connection with a federal grand jury subpoena and criminal antitrust investigation
  • Former officers and directors of a company in litigation with an SEC receiver arising out of a multimillion-dollar fraud
  • A former CEO of an investment and tax-planning company sued for alleged fraud in connection with promotion of tax shelters
  • Irish and Cayman custodian banks in clawback proceedings arising out of a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme
  • An NYSE-listed real estate investment trust in an internal investigation and litigation related to a multimillion-dollar fraud against the client that resulted in a disclosure to federal authorities and criminal convictions of perpetrators of the fraud against the client
  • A private company in an internal investigation related to allegations of improper handling of electronic evidence related to alleged sexual assault by an officer of the company with US$8 billion in annual revenue
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