Margot Laporte is a Litigation associate based in the Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Laporte’s practice focuses on securities regulation and cross-border enforcement matters, including matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-money laundering laws and regulations, economic sanctions, insider trading and accounting fraud. 

Ms. Laporte has represented public companies, audit committees, hedge funds, financial institutions and individuals in matters involving U.S. and foreign regulators, including the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as the French Autorité des marchés financiers and other foreign regulators. She has represented companies in both internal and regulatory anti-corruption and accounting-related investigations regarding conduct in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Russia. more +

In addition, Ms. Laporte regularly advises global companies and financial institutions with respect to anti-corruption compliance policies, procedures and training, as well as with respect to anti-corruption due diligence relating to potential transactions and investments. She also provides ongoing advice and counseling to hedge funds and financial institutions in connection with matters involving securities trading, accounting and disclosure, and compliance with U.S. securities laws. 

Ms. Laporte is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. She is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish.

Prior to joining Richards Kibbe & Orbe, Ms. Laporte was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. She served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


  • The audit committee of a global asset manager in conducting an independent investigation and interacting with U.S. regulators regarding allegations of FCPA violations.
  • The audit committee of a U.S. and Canadian listed public company in connection with an independent investigation into revenue recognition and reserve accounting issues.
  • Employees of a non-U.S. bank in connection with an investigation by the SDNY and DANY into potential violations of U.S. economic sanctions.
  • A global hedge fund in an insider trading investigation conducted by the French financial markets authority.
  • A Fortune 100 company in an investigation regarding potential FCPA violations that resulted in declinations from the DOJ and SEC.
  • A foreign engagement partner of a Big Four auditing firm in connection with a disciplinary hearing before the PCAOB.
  • A global renewable products company in connection with an internal review into revenue recognition and other accounting issues reported by a whistleblower to the SEC.

Honors & Awards

Named to the 2016 Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll for her contribution of 100 hours or more to indigent clients and nonprofit organizations in need of legal representation.




Practice Areas
  • Judicial Intern, Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2009
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., magna cum laude, 2005
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • French
  • Spanish