Eric Snyder is a veteran trial lawyer and investigator based in New York and Brazil. He focuses his practice on the representation of companies and individuals in U.S. government investigations concerning a wide range of allegations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA), money laundering, commodities/futures fraud, antitrust violations, securities fraud, tax evasion, commercial bribery, economic espionage, and environmental crimes.
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 money laundering, terrorism, and RICO violations. 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 secretary of state where he led the U.S. State Department's response to the congressional investigation into the attack on an embassy facility 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.
Eric frequently lectures to Brazilian lawyers, judges, and law students on criminal investigations and prosecutions. He also has provided compliance training on the FCPA and U.S. money laundering offenses to the directors, officers, and legal and compliance departments of Brazil's largest banks and to the legal departments of a Brazilian energy company and a large Brazilian financial services company.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented the president of a large agricultural company in Minas Gerais, Brazil that exported live cattle to Venezuela. As a result of price controls and artificial currency exchange rates in Venezuela, this company conducted its business in U.S. dollar denominated transactions through a Miami company that became the focus of a multi-year investigation by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
Represented a São Paulo, Brazil-based 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 Brazilian commodities trader from BTG Pactual Bank 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 a well-known, high-level Brazilian political figure charged in the U.S. with fraud-related offenses.
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 New York County District Attorney's Office into money laundering allegations involving that bank's operations in Mexico.
Represented a large international religious organization based in Brazil in responding to an investigation into allegations of money laundering and tax offenses.
Represented an individual who works for a manufacturing company in Mexico in connection with an antitrust investigation being conducted by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Represented an entity in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in applying for an OFAC license for a transfer of funds to an Iranian entity.
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 an individual charged in the Southern District of New York with various offenses related to an alleged economic espionage scheme.
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 an international, commercial bank with operations in Latin America, which was subject to a court-ordered monitorship pursuant to a consent order between the subject and the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS).
Represented the board of directors of an international natural resources company 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 continents (including South America); a Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan-based fuel supplier to the United States military forces in Afghanistan in a congressional investigation into alleged bribery; an indicted CEO of a New York broker-dealer who was prosecuted by the DOJ (Fraud Section) for FCPA violations involving payments made to Venezuelan state bank officials; an internal investigation for the directors of a Tokyo, Japan-based global natural resources company into one of the company's larger transactions to identify any possible FCPA violations that may have occurred; and a German employee of a Stuttgart-based auto parts manufacturer targeted by the U.S. DOJ (Antitrust Division).
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)
- District of Columbia and New York
- 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
Chambers Latin America and Chambers Global (2019)