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Sydney P. Sgambato

F:  917.344.8796

Overview

Sydney Sgambato is a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on defending enforcement actions brought against corporations and individuals by the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and conducting internal investigations on behalf of corporate boards of directors. Ms. Sgambato also advises companies on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws and regulations, embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and anti-money laundering laws and regulations.

Prior to joining RK&O, Ms. Sgambato was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert B. Kugler of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Ms. Sgambato earned her J.D. summa cum laude from American University Washington College of Law, where she was the Executive Editor of the American University Law Review.

Experience

INSTITUTIONAL REPRESENTATIONS

  • A Demand Committee of a global financial services institution in its investigation of shareholder derivative demands alleging that officers and directors breached their fiduciary duties by failing to respond adequately to red flags of money laundering violations.
  • A large asset management firm in connection with a DOJ investigation relating to possible securities fraud by an issuer.
  • A public company in an investigation by the SEC into allegations of accounting fraud.
  • A public company in an SEC investigation of specialized securitizations.
  • Various pharmaceutical companies in investigations by the DOJ and state attorneys’ general into the companies’ marketing and sales practices.
  • Regular pro bono advice to a leading NGO advocating to the Departments of State and Treasury for application of economic sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act.

INDIVIDUAL REPRESENTATIONS

  • An executive of a global financial services institution in parallel SEC and DOJ anti-money laundering investigations.
  • A board member and shareholder of a public company in an SEC investigation of a merger.
  • An employee of a global financial services institution in connection with a DOJ investigation of manipulative trading practices, including spoofing.
  • A bond trader in civil litigation regarding anti-competitive trading practices.
  • Corporate counsel of a global financial services institution in connection with an investigation by the CFTC.

Honors & Awards

Named to the Capitol Pro Bono Honor Roll in 2016-2018, including High Honors in 2017 and 2018, for her contributions to indigent clients and nonprofit organizations in need of legal representation.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Women’s White Collar Defense Association

Publications

Practice Areas
Clerkship(s)
  • Honorable Robert B. Kugler of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Education
  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2015
  • Salisbury University, B.A., 2011
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia