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Pravin Rao

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Partner

Firmwide Chair, White Collar & Investigations
Upcoming Events
04.29.2014
SUNSHINE ACT – The U.S. and French Sunshine Acts, and the Potential for More Anti-Corruption Investigations: How Life Sciences Companies Have Updated Their Risk Mitigation Strategies
Speaking Engagement

05.21.2014
Third Party Due Diligence Benchmarking: How to Apply a Risk-Based Due Diligence Approach to Vetting, On-Boarding and Monitoring your Third Parties
Speaking Engagement

06.10.2014
Commencing the Investigation: Considerations at the Outset
Speaking Engagement

Past Events
03.12.2014
Reinvigorated Regulatory Enforcement: New Developments in Securities and Commodity Cases
Speaking Engagement
Chicago Bar Association’s Securities Law Seminar / Chicago, IL

11.2013
Speaking Engagement
University of Illinois College of Law

Pravin and Chris participated in a panel discussion on various aspects of white collar prosecution and defense, including current developments in the anti-corruption, cybercrime, and securities fraud arena.

06.2013
Commencing the Investigation: Considerations at the Outset
Speaking Engagement

05.2013
Criminal Investigations: Secrets, Privilege and the Lawyer’s Role
Speaking Engagement

04.2013
Speaking Engagement

03.2013
SEC Enforcement
Speaking Engagement
State of Flux: The Changing Landscape of Securities Law
Chicago Bar Association CLE / Chicago, IL

02.2013
Speaking Engagement
ABA Mid-Year Meeting / Dallas, TX

Pravin Rao was on a panel of prosecution and defense experts who provided practical advice to practitioners concerning how to avoid pitfalls and take advantage of defense opportunities in this post FCPA DOJ/SEC Guidance environment. Panelist shared approaches that have worked in the past and discussed future trends in FCPA prosecutions.

06.2012
Dealing With Regulators
Speaking Engagement
PLI's Internal Investigations 2012: How to Protect Your Clients or Companies in the Global, Post-Dodd Frank World / Chicago, IL

04.2012
Corporate Litigation – Adding External Investigations to the Mix
Speaking Engagement
Inside Counsel “Super Conference” / Chicago, IL

04.2012
SEC Update
Speaking Engagement
Chicago Law Bulletin's White Collar + Corporate Governance Conference / Chicago, IL

03.2012
Speaking Engagement
Minority Corporate Counsel Association's 2012 CLE Expo / Chicago, IL

There is an increasing incidence of investigations initiated outside of the U.S. by international regulators that are generating investigations by the DOJ and SEC.  Pravin Rao's panel will explore the increased risk of concurrent or local prosecution by the DOJ and SEC, as well as their various foreign counterparts, and the potential collateral consequences.

11.2011
Speaking Engagement
The Chicago Bar Association, Securities Law Committee / Chicago, IL

Pravin Rao discussed the government’s criminal and civil charges brought in connection with the Galleon insider trading case, one of the largest and most complex insider trading cases ever pursued.

11.2011
Speaking Engagement
Illinois CPA Society 2011 Fraud Conference / Chicago, IL

Pravin Rao's panel addressed emerging hot issues related to recent fraud suits and reverse mergers, the impact of the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower provision on the corporate ethics reporting structure and the professional responsibilities of the CPA.

11.2011
Speaking Engagement
Sixth Annual ABA National Institute on Securities Fraud / New Orleans, LA

Pravin Rao's panel discussed New York state securities regulators interplay with the SEC and what to expect when dealing with them.

09.2011
Speaking Engagement
Perkins Coie Public Companies Seminar Series / Portland, OR

Pravin Rao's panel discussed the steps that executives and boards should consider taking in response to the new regulations and how these regulations may affect internal investigations and SEC enforcement actions.

08.2011
Speaking Engagement
Perkins Coie Public Companies Seminar Series / Seattle, WA

Pravin Rao's panel discussed the steps that executives and boards should consider taking in response to the new regulations and how these regulations may affect internal investigations and SEC enforcement actions.

06.2011
Speaking Engagement
PLI's Internal Investigations 2011: Investigations in the Aftermath of Dodd Frank / Chicago, IL

Pravin Rao presented on the key issues and developments in investigations following the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act.

10.2010
Speaking Engagement
Manufacturers Alliance Law Council / Phoenix, AZ

Pravin Rao will provide an update on recent trends in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement to the Manufacturers Alliance Law Council, which is a non-profit association with over 500 member companies and includes over 90 general counsels and corporate executives.

10.2010
Show Me the Money: Indemnification of Attorneys' Fees and D&O Coverage Issues
Speaking Engagement
The Fifth Annual National Institute on Securities Fraud
American Bar Association / New Orleans, LA

Pravin Rao participated in a panel discussion that examined attempts by insurance carriers to rescind policies based upon the "deliberate fraud" exclusion. The panel also took an in-depth look at the Stanford ponzi case where indemnification has been a major issue.  

06.2010
Dealing With the Regulators
Speaking Engagement
PLI's Internal Investigations 2010 Conference / Chicago, IL

Pravin Rao's panel focused on the regulators' perspective on internal investigations, including disclosing and maintaining communication during the investigation and the impact of cooperating with the government.

05.2010
Securities & Exchange Commission v. Goldman Sachs & Co.
Speaking Engagement
The Chicago Bar Association, Securities Law Committee / Chicago, IL

Pravin Rao presented on the key issues and developments in the SEC case against Goldman Sachs.

12.2009
SEC Enforcement Issues
Speaking Engagement
RR Donnelley SEC Hot Topics Conference / Chicago, IL

Pravin Rao's panel provided an update on recent developments/trends in SEC enforcement.

06.2009
A New Frontier: Best Practices in Fraud Investigations and Emerging Trends in SEC and DOJ Enforcement
Speaking Engagement / Live Webcast

Pravin Rao's panel focused on critical questions about recent changes in the economic and political climates, emerging trends in SEC and DOJ enforcement, and the potential impact on lawyers, accountants, investigators, and other consultants who perform fraud investigations.

03.2009
Preparing for Reinvigorated Regulation and White Collar Crime Enforcement in the Obama Administration: Priorities and Implications
Speaking Engagement
Chicago, IL

Stewart Landefeld, Bob Bauer, Pravin Rao and Joel Levin participated in a panel discussion, moderated by Patrick Collins, on the likely impact of the new administration on a variety of regulatory and enforcement areas ranging from securities regulation to antitrust enforcement to general white collar prosecution.

12.2008
Speaking Engagement
Practising Law Institute Live Webcast

FCPA enforcement has become a top priority for the DOJ and SEC in recent years. As globalization increases, it seems all but unavoidable that FCPA investigations and penalties for violations stand to grow in number, scale and severity. Partners Richard Oehler, Pravin B. Rao and Lee Stein were part of a panel that discussed conducting business in high-risk jurisdictions.

10.2008
Sentencing in White Collar Cases: Sarbanes-Oxley, 5 Year Retrospective
Speaking Engagement
Sentencing Advocacy, Practice and Reform Institute
ABA Criminal Justice Section / Washington, D.C.

Pravin Rao spoke at the ABA Criminal Justice Section seminar Sentencing Advocacy, Practice and Reform Institute on the topic of "Sentencing in White Collar Cases: Sarbanes-Oxley, 5 Year Retrospective."

10.2008
Speaking Engagement
Association of Corporate Counsel's 2008 Annual Meeting / Seattle, WA

The decision is back from the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC says your company got it wrong. Pravin Rao’s panel reviewed case studies of companies who faced the criticism of the Securities and Exchange Commission and how they responded.

10.2008
Speaking Engagement
National Institute on Securities Fraud / Washington, D.C.

Pravin Rao's panel explored the ins and outs of a variety of revenue recognition cases, the impact of SAB 99, 101 and 104 and the old tricks that just keep resurfacing.

07.2008
Speaking Engagement
Practising Law Institute Live Webcast

Pravin Rao gave a briefing with fellow Perkins Coie Partners Lee Stein and Rick Oehler on the challenges of doing business in Asia.

06.2008
Speaking Engagement
NASABA 2008 National Convention / Chicago, IL

Pravin Rao served as a panelist at the fifth annual North American South Asian Bar Association's convention.

05.2008
Speaking Engagement
Practising Law Institute Live Webcast

Pravin Rao gave a briefing with fellow Perkins Coie Partners Lee Stein and Rick Oehler on the challenges of doing business in South America.

05.2008
Computer Security Breaches, Data Losses, and Reg S-P
Speaking Engagement
Chief Compliance Officer Group / Chicago, IL

Pravin Rao spoke to the Chief Compliance Officer Group on the topic of "Computer Security Breaches, Data Losses, and Reg S-P."

04.2008
Speaking Engagement
Chicago, IL

Pravin Rao organized and moderated panel discussion for Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni (ASECA).

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Washington University Olin School of Business, M.B.A., Finance, 1989
  • University of Michigan, B.S., Pure Mathematics, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado