Seeking to bolster its white collar defense services, Irell & Manella has hired a federal foreign bribery and securities fraud prosecutor to head up a global investigations team.

Jason Linder, 42, returns to the firm after a decade of government work, most recently as a senior trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in Washington, D.C. He previously worked at Irell as an associate from 2002 to 2007.

“I had finished a lot of big cases and was ready for new challenges,” said Linder, of his motivation to move back to Los Angeles and take up the new role as head of Global Investigations and Anti-Corruption.

“The firm was looking to expand into this area, so it was perfect timing.”

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One of the big cases Linder handled concluded in October 2016, when Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer S.A. agreed to pay more than $107 million to settle criminal charges over bribing government officials in the Dominican Republic, Saudi Arabia and Mozambique, as well as falsely recording payments in India. Linder prosecuted the case with John-Alex Romano of the criminal division’s fraud section, according to the DOJ .

“I think we will see a continued ramping up [of FCPA investigations],” said Linder. “Everything Jeff Sessions has said externally and what I’ve heard internally is that they will continue robust enforcement of the FCPA.”

Andrei Iancu, managing partner of Irell, said that the firm identified anti-bribery and securities fraud as “a potential area for growth for us,” in part, because of its existing team of lawyers who specialize in the area.

“We have always had a strong presence in the securities litigation space.”

Irell, which has roughly 125 lawyers in Los Angeles and Newport Beach, is “formalizing the group with Jason’s addition,” said firm spokesperson Kristy Werness.  She said Linder’s group will consist of more than a dozen other firm lawyers.

These lawyers include securities litigation and white collar defense partners David Siegel, Glenn Vanzura and Craig Varnen, said Linder.

Linder’s first day at Irell was today, Monday.

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