Cross-Border Risks

Our team of former Department of Homeland Security officials, federal investigators, regulators, law enforcement executives, and government affairs professionals have the experience and critical insight needed to ensure clients in the U.S. and abroad manage risk and navigate complex cross-border challenges.

Our approach

Our team has decades of experience in the private and public sectors handling national security, immigration, and international criminal matters. Our attorneys served in senior leadership positions for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. We utilize these experiences to assist our clients in navigating complex cross-border criminal, regulatory, and immigration issues.

When government investigations occur, we tap into our years of international law enforcement cooperation in all parts of the world. We understand the inner workings of domestic and international investigatory and prosecutorial agencies and we leverage this vital insight to inform the appropriate course of action, strengthen our clients’ position, and quickly resolve the issue.

We routinely conduct due diligence investigations and provide valuable legal, regulatory, and reputational counsel to help our clients build strong programs, handle crises, and manage risk. Through extensive fieldwork, we’ve gained investigative techniques that help our clients navigate the challenging landscape of cross-border laws and regulations related to export, immigration, customs, employment, investments, and international trade.

Many of our matters arise at the intersection between criminal and immigration law. Our team is frequently engaged in complex immigration matters, including challenging visa denials and cancellations, defending individuals in removal proceedings, and securing individuals’ lawful entry and status in the United States. We frequently assist individuals seeking refuge in the United States and defend against efforts to extradite or restrict cross-border movement through international agencies like INTERPOL.

Our services

  • Defend against cross-border criminal allegations and multi-national investigations
  • Conduct due diligence investigations including both initial due diligence fact finding to identify areas of existing risk as well as ongoing due diligence monitoring to ensure that policies and procedures are mitigating risk adequately
  • Provide strategic advice and counsel on immigration compliance and visa programs for companies, individuals, and schools
  • Secure safe harbor for individuals combatting international allegations including defense against extradition, securing authorization to travel to the United States, combatting INTERPOL Red Notices, and litigating asylum issues
  • Assist clients in clearing allegations and securing de-listing from the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)

We work with

  • Public and private corporations in all industries
  • International business executives
  • In-house legal counsel

‘We desperately need a director’: Cyber advocates sound off as senator delays CISA confirmation

SC Magazine | June 24, 2021

Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner John Sandweg, leader of NP’s Cross-Border Risks team, is quoted in this article covering the delayed confirmation of Jen Easterly to lead the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

OFAC Getting 'Worse and Worse' at Responding to Industry Sanctions Questions, Lawyer Says

Export Compliance Daily | February 03, 2020

This article, which addresses sanctions enforcement by the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and related questions from industry stakeholders, includes commentary from Boston Corporate partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher from their webinar hosted by the Massachusetts Export Council on January 30.

Career tracker Lawyers on the move

Reuters Legal | September 09, 2019

This roundup of key personnel moves in the legal industry features the addition of Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner John Sandweg and his legal team. They are spearheading NP’s new Cross-Border Risks team.

Nixon Peabody adds ex-ICE director amid white collar swoon

Bloomberg Law | September 04, 2019

This article highlights the arrival of Washington DC Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner John Sandweg, a former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

John comes to NP after leading his own boutique firm, Frontier Solutions. He joins NP along with five team members: counsel Rachel Winkler, associate Catherine Ingram Hunstad, legal assistant Tracey Ford, and investigative directors Jerry Robinette and Miguel Unzueta. John and his five colleagues will spearhead our firm’s new Cross-Border Risks team.

This article also quotes Washington DC Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Adam Tarosky on current trends in False Claims Act prosecutions.

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