Ryan E. Bonistalli


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  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, Submissions Editor, Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, 2008
  • James Madison University, BS, Integrated Science and Technology, cum laude, 2001
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Member, American Bar Association

Ryan is a member of the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation Department. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, government investigations, internal investigations, and compliance counseling. He represents individuals and corporate entities in a broad range of matters before the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, state attorneys general offices, and other government agencies. His recent matters have involved allegations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, public corruption and conflict of interest violations, securities fraud, export control and sanctions issues, and false claims.

Ryan has extensive experience helping clients with anti-bribery and anticorruption efforts. He has conducted internal investigations and audits in many high-risk countries and for clients in a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, financial services, energy, and agriculture. Also, he has assisted clients in creating and overhauling anti-bribery and anticorruption compliance programs, including drafting policies and procedures, conducting risk assessment reviews, designing third party due diligence programs, and training executives and employees.

Ryan Bonistalli
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Conducted pre-acquisition FCPA due diligence for a manufacturing company, with a particular focus on third-party risks in China.

Represented a public company CEO in a grand jury investigation in the Eastern District of Virginia involving allegations of public corruption, securities laws violations, and bank fraud, and in a related civil action.

Represented a financial institution in a grand jury investigation in the Western District of Virginia involving allegations of fraud related to the implementation of the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), resulting in a non-criminal resolution.

Represented a pharmaceutical company in connection with FCPA internal investigations and voluntary disclosures to DOJ and the SEC, resulting in FCPA resolutions that commended the level of cooperation and efforts to enhance compliance.

Defended an indicted banker in the Eastern District of Virginia in connection with an alleged conspiracy to evade federal income taxes.

Performed post-acquisition FCPA due diligence in China, Russia, and several European countries for a pharmaceutical company.

Represented a chemical company in connection with a SEC investigation into bribery allegations related to operations and joint ventures in the Middle East.

Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of the audit committee of a global IT services firm in connection with a SEC investigation of accounting errors and public misstatements.

Co-author, "A Compliance Plan for the Extractive Industries Payment Disclosure Rule," The FCPA Blog, September 28, 2016
Co-author, "Anticorruption Enforcement in Brazil: Part 2," Business Crimes Bulletin, Law Journal Newsletters, December 2015
Co-author, "Anticorruption Enforcement in Brazil: Part 1," Business Crimes Bulletin, Law Journal Newsletters, November 2015
Co-author, "China’s Focus On Commercial Bribery Is A Wake-Up Call," Law360, Expert Analysis, July 28, 2015
Co-author, "Update on Brazil: Embraer SA and Anti-Corruption Progress," Main Justice, November 13, 2014
Co-author, "Brazil’s Clean Companies Act Comes into Effect," Main Justice, February 10, 2014
Co-author, SEC comments bring commercial bribery clearly into FCPA scope, The FCPA Blog, January 6, 2014
Speaker, "Recapping and Forecasting Anticorruption Enforcement Trends," SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update, McGuireWoods LLP SEC Practice Complimentary Webinar Series, March 7, 2017
Anti-Corruption Enforcement in Brazil is in High Gear, Subject to Inquiry, September 2, 2015
Update on Brazil: Embraer SA and Anti-Corruption Progress, Subject to Inquiry, November 7, 2014
Brazil’s Clean Companies Act Comes into Effect, Subject to Inquiry, February 6, 2014
SEC Comments Bring Commercial Bribery Clearly into FCPA Scope, Subject to Inquiry, December 20, 2013