Areas of Practice
Languages
  • French
Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2002, Associate Editor, International Law Journal
  • Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Strasbourg, France, Certificate of European Political Studies, 1999
  • Kansas State University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1998
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Brittany Prelogar

Partner
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 5518
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Brittany Prelogar, a co-chair of Steptoe’s International Regulation & Compliance and FCPA/Anti-Corruption practices, handles sensitive corporate investigations and helps multinational clients resolve complex business ethics and compliance issues arising in their global operations.  Ms. Prelogar conducts investigations into alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related laws, accounting and securities fraud, and other claims of wrongdoing.  She has successfully represented companies and individuals before various law enforcement authorities, including the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). 

In Ms. Prelogar’s compliance counseling practice, she conducts risk assessments; develops policies and procedures that are tailored to a company’s risk profile; benchmarks and audits compliance programs for best practices and effectiveness; trains client management and personnel; conducts due diligence and advises on risk mitigation in third-party relationships, joint ventures, and other transactions; and counsels clients on a variety of other anti-corruption, corporate social responsibility, and human rights-related matters.

Ms. Prelogar has represented companies in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, mining, health care, financial services, information technology, manufacturing, defense, automotive, telecommunications, and consumer products.  She has handled matters around the world, including in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the CIS, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.  Prior to joining Steptoe, Ms. Prelogar spent time living and working in France and Cameroon.

In pro bono matters, Ms. Prelogar has successfully represented several individuals seeking asylum and U visas in the United States. She also has analyzed international anti-corruption developments and war crimes tribunals for non-profit organizations.

Representative Matters

  • Investigation on behalf of audit committee of the board of directors of a multinational extractive company and representation before the DOJ and SEC in a matter involving alleged FCPA violations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America (matter concluded without charges)
  • Investigation on behalf of multinational extractive company and representation before the DOJ and SEC in matter involving alleged FCPA violations in Sub-Saharan Africa (matter concluded without charges)
  • Investigation on behalf of multinational telecommunications company and representation before the DOJ and SEC in a matter involving alleged FCPA violations in several European countries (matter concluded without charges)
  • Independent investigation on behalf of external investigative committee of multinational auto parts manufacturer into alleged accounting irregularities
  • Internal investigation on behalf of consumer products company into alleged FCPA violations in China
  • Internal investigation on behalf of financial services firm involving alleged FCPA violations in Latin America
  • Individual representations in FINRA and SEC investigations (matters concluded without charges)
  • In-depth anticorruption risk assessments (including regulatory process reviews, transaction testing, and field-work in Asia and Africa) for multinational extractive companies
  • Anticorruption risk assessment and recommendations on behalf of health care company
  • Anticorruption compliance program assessments and recommendations on behalf of software and extractive companies
  • Anticorruption policy and procedure development and/or enhancement on behalf of companies in health care, oil and gas, mining, financial services (including private equity and insurance), design/consulting, and automotive sectors
  • Review of a third party’s compliance with an extractive client’s compliance requirements, including transaction testing, and related advice
  • Specialized anti-corruption compliance training for management, legal, compliance, accounting, supply chain, HR, logistics, security, and government relations personnel
  • Review and advice concerning potential joint venture transaction in defense industry
  • Due diligence and advice concerning potential oil and gas transaction in CIS country
  • Due diligence and advice concerning retention and/or renewal of sales agents and other third parties by oil companies in Africa and the Middle East
  • Due diligence and advice concerning proposed private equity investments in various target companies
  • Due diligence and advice concerning proposed donations and community development projects by extractive clients
  • Counseling and training on compliance with anticorruption laws and relevant human rights standards, including Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, in extractive client interactions with security forces
  • Compliance counseling concerning proposed travel, gifts, meals, and entertainment for government officials, including obtaining local law advice in numerous jurisdictions, on behalf of clients in various sectors
  • Counseling on data protection, labor law, privilege, and voluntary disclosure matters arising in multijurisdictional investigations

Noteworthy

  • The National Law Journal, DC Rising Stars, 2017
  • Global Investigations Review, "Women in Investigations: One Hundred Investigation Specialists From Around the World," 2015

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