Eric Snyder is a veteran trial lawyer and investigator based in New York. He represents companies and individuals targeted in U.S. government prosecutions involving a range of allegations, including the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), racketeering conspiracy, economic espionage/trade secrets theft, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), money laundering, commodities/futures fraud, antitrust violations, securities fraud, tax evasion, and commercial bribery.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Eric served as a prosecutor for 16 years, including eight years as an AUSA in the Southern District of New York where he focused on the prosecution of transnational cases involving RICO violations, espionage, money laundering, terrorism, wire fraud, obstruction of justice, and International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) violations. As part of his terrorism work, Eric handled a high-profile asset forfeiture matter related to Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions. He also litigated issues before the U.S. District Court under the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA) during a four-month criminal trial.
Earlier in his career, Eric served as a trial attorney in the Justice Department and as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan. In 2010 he left the U.S. Attorney's office for private practice, and in 2015 he re-entered public service as Senior Counsel to the United States Secretary of State where he led the U.S. State Department's response to the Congressional investigation into the attack on an embassy facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Eric was lead counsel in more than 30 successful jury trials and as prevailing oral advocate in numerous appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented a Chinese national charged in the Southern District of New York with various offenses related to an alleged economic espionage scheme and theft of trade secrets from a U.S. university involved in cutting-edge technology research.
Represented an art dealer who was indicted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for money laundering offenses arising from art transactions for which he was alleged to have received criminal proceeds.
Represented a commodities trader who was investigated by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for "spoofing" activity in his trading of several commodities from his trading desk in Rio de Janeiro.
Represented an executive at an international commercial bank in an investigation being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Senate (Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations), and the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York into money laundering allegations and IEEPA violations for transactions involving Iran.
Represented an entity in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in applying for an OFAC license for a transfer of funds to an Iranian entity.
Prosecuted a 32-defendant criminal RICO conspiracy that alleged predicate acts, including money laundering, obstruction of justice, and other criminal offenses.
Defended eight death penalty eligible defendants who were charged in a 42-count, 31-defendant RICO/RICO conspiracy prosecution in which predicate acts included murder, narcotics distribution, and other acts of violence.
Represented an individual who works for a publicly traded U.S. manufacturing company in connection with an antitrust investigation being conducted by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Represented a leading European law firm in connection with an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (Tax Division) into participation in alleged tax evasion schemes involving offshore trusts and bank accounts in "tax havens."
Represented a Japan-based executive of an international financial institution in investigations being conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the U.S. Department of Justice into allegations of anticompetitive behavior related to derivatives products.
Represented a senior IRS official in an investigation conducted by various committees in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate into allegations of inappropriate targeting of certain political groups.
Represented the board of directors of an international natural resources company based in Asia in conducting an internal investigation into alleged FCPA violations and violations of the World Bank sanctions regime.
Represented an audit committee in the internal accounting investigation of a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)-listed company and a related U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation.
Investigated and prosecuted a case involving a gold selling operation in Panama. The gold operation was responsible for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars generated from criminal transactions in the United States. The investigation required analysis of voluminous bank records from the United States and Panama, air bills, shipping documents, and sales invoices; and it required many trips to Panama to coordinate the investigation with the Panamanian authorities. It resulted in the convictions of the owners of the operation and the forfeiture of several tons of gold, silver, and jewelry valued at more than $40 million dollars.
Served as a government-appointed integrity monitor in the Hurricane Sandy reconstruction efforts in New York City.
Represented Swiss bankers, Swiss asset management companies, and Swiss trust professionals who were targeted by the Department of Justice (Tax Division) and the U.S. Senate (Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations), including a Geneva, Switzerland-based head of private banking for a large, international bank; the Swiss president and CEO of a publicly traded company who was indicted in the Eastern District of New York for his involvement in a stock broker bribery scheme; numerous Swiss bankers (in Zurich and Geneva) who serviced American client accounts; and the president and CEO of a Zurich-based private bank.
Represented foreign individuals and entities, including an internal investigation of a publicly listed, international corporation that operates on four continent, and a Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan-based fuel supplier to the United States military forces in Afghanistan in a congressional investigation into alleged bribery.
Represented the CEO of a New York investment firm responding to an investigation conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission into allegations of insider trading; an engineering consultancy in connection with a FINRA review of possible insider trading relating to acquisitions on which the consultancy advised; and an analyst at a large U.S.-based financial institution in connection with an investigation by the U.S. DOJ and the U.S. States Securities and Exchange Commission into allegations of insider trading.
Evidence Collection in Criminal Investigations: Cross-Border Issues and Corporate Employee Considerations
- June 14, 2016
The Prosecution of Corruption in Africa: Challenging Impunity Through the Rule of Law
- New York University (J.D. 1994; B.S. 1990; President, Student Government; Captain, Men's Varsity Swim Team; Commencement speaker)
- New York and District of Columbia
- Senior Counsel, U.S. Department of State (2015-2016); Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York (2002-2010); Trial Attorney, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice (1999-2002); Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney's Office (1994-1999)
Received the United States Department of Justice Director's Award for Superior Performance as a U.S. federal prosecutor in a criminal RICO prosecution
Chambers Global (2019)