Alex Willscher is the Deputy Managing Partner of Sullivan & Cromwell’s Criminal Defense and Investigations Group. A distinguished former prosecutor with two decades of experience, Mr. Willscher has advised the world’s biggest financial institutions in navigating high-stakes regulatory investigations. He represents companies and individuals under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the New York State Department of Financial Services, and non-U.S. prosecutors’ offices.
Mr. Willscher’s versatile work includes a wide range of white-collar and securities matters, including accounting fraud, market manipulation, insider trading, FCPA violations, bank and lending fraud, asset forfeiture, violations of economic sanctions, and international money laundering offenses. He has extensive experience representing clients in cross-border litigation and enforcement investigations. Mr. Willscher has tried 10 criminal jury cases in federal court. Recognized as a leader in the field, Mr. Willscher has been described by Chambers USA as an advocate who “knows how to be tenacious without being offensive” and who has “a ton of experience in the field.” “He provides exceptional counsel and attends to matters with care and precision.” “His skill is absolutely remarkable.” Mr. Willscher served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 2004 through 2010, working in the office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit and Public Corruption Unit. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and for J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
From 2004 through 2010, Mr. Willscher served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he handled a wide variety of criminal investigations and prosecutions. From 2008 through 2010, Mr. Willscher was a member of that office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, where he investigated and prosecuted complex white collar cases involving securities fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, Ponzi schemes, accounting fraud, investment adviser fraud, bribery, and mail and wire fraud. From 2006 through 2008, Mr. Willscher was a member of the office’s Public Corruption Unit, where he investigated and prosecuted corruption at the United Nations and in federal, state, and local government, as well as violations of federal campaign-finance laws.
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