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 board of directors of a state-owned integrated oil, natural gas and energy company in connection with government investigations and civil litigation in the U.S. and Brazil arising out of the Operation Car Wash corruption investigation in Brazil.
  • A global hedge fund in an insider trading investigation and proceedings conducted by the French Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).
  • The audit committee of a public global asset manager in connection with an independent FCPA investigation, interaction with U.S. regulators and evaluation of internal controls and compliance systems.
  • 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.
  • Senior employees of a French bank in an investigation by the SDNY and DANY into potential violations of U.S. economic sanctions.
  • A senior compliance official at a French bank in an investigation by the DOJ into potential FCPA violations.
  • A global pharmaceutical company in connection with FCPA compliance and third-party due diligence advice.
  • 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.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected to participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinder Program, part of a growing organization of more than 285 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a truly diverse legal profession (2018).  
  • Named to the Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll for contributing 100 hours or more to indigent clients and non-profit organizations in need of legal representation (2011 - 2012, 2016 - 2017).

Professional & Community Affiliations

Vice-Chair, International Securities Law Sub-Committee of the District of Columbia Bar (2017-2018)

American Bar Association TIPS Animal Law Committee

Member, Women’s White Collar Bar Association




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