About Us

Experienced Practitioners. Practical Advice.

We have helped companies around the world address some of their most pressing compliance and investigations concerns. Collectively having practiced at global law firms and corporations, and as prosecutors, we view compliance and investigations challenges from multiple angles to provide our clients with effective and practical solutions.

Angela Crawford corporate compliance investigator

Angela Crawford

Partner

T: +1 305 849 4286

E: angela@crawfordacharya.com

1801 NE 123rd Street, Suite 314
North Miami, FL 33181

Overview

Angela Crawford has represented a variety of clients in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), global ethics and compliance, and internal investigations. She has advised clients in a number of sectors, including life sciences, food and beverage, retail, technology, education, and media and entertainment.

She regularly conducts investigations for public and private entities based on allegations of compliance and regulatory violations, corruption, bribery, fraud, and employee and third-party misconduct, and advises clients on the development, implementation, and enhancement of compliance programs, policies, and training. Angela has led investigations, compliance reviews, risk assessments, and trainings in over 20 countries around the world.

After serving as a partner for a decade at DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms, Angela co-founded Crawford & Acharya.

A former federal prosecutor, Angela is admitted to practice in Florida and Illinois. She is committed to community service and serves as a member of the Northwestern University Law School Fund Board, the Law 360 Compliance Editorial Advisory Board, the First United Methodist Church of Miami Finance Committee, and People Acting for Community Together. Her interests include international travel, entrepreneurship, dogs, and Muay Thai.

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Experience

  • Led FCPA and compliance investigations and reviews in the US, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia, including in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Dubai, Morocco, Turkey, Japan, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines
  • Conducted comprehensive compliance risk assessments of global companies’ corporate compliance programs
  • Led investigations and advised on programmatic enhancements regarding applicability, consistency, and messaging of employment policies and procedures
  • Led internal investigations for clients in wide-ranging matters, including investigations involving allegations of harassment; sexual assault; discrimination; fraud; executive-level misconduct; procurement fraud; sales force misconduct; and inventory manipulation
  • Led investigations for life sciences company regarding allegations of manufacturing, quality, maintenance, security, and supply issues at multiple production facilities
  • Led investigation for development bank regarding allegations of self-dealing, corruption, and financial mismanagement
  • Led investigation for non-profit regarding allegations of fraud and financial misconduct
  • Seconded with global beauty company to advise on implementation and enhancement of anti-corruption policy and procedures. Subsequently led investigations and conducted staff training for company
  • Represented clients in commercial litigation matters
  • Trained police prosecutors in Barbados on criminal trial practice and procedure
  • Conducted pro bono workshops for magistrates in Guyana on criminal trial skills, evidence, advanced trial management, best practices in bail setting, and domestic violence
  • Pro bono representation of clients to assist with legal issues following Hurricane Irma and of a client in an asylum appeal before the Bureau of Immigration Affairs
  • Practiced as a partner at DLA Piper LLP in Miami and Tampa, and as an associate and partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago
  • Served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago)

Credentials

Clerkship

  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Northwestern University School of Law (1998); Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Coordinating Articles Editor
  • Bachelor of Science, Finance, Indiana University (1993)

Admissions

  • Illinois (1998)
  • Florida (2007)

Publications, Presentations, and Seminars

  • Corporate Compliance Presentation (Santiago, Chile, June 2019)
  • Co-Author, DOJ Revises its Guidance on Corporate Compliance Programs (May 2019)
  • Co-Author, FBI’s New Miami International Corruption Squad Sends Clear Message to S. Fla. Businesses (March 2019)
  • AmCham Hungary Compliance Conference Presentation: The Eye of the Beholder – An Employee’s Perspective on Bribery (Budapest, Hungary, October 2018)
  • IBA Latin American Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Compliance Conference Presentation: Identifying Corruption in Third Parties (São Paulo, Brazil, November 2017)
  • Co-Author, Attorney General Sessions Reemphasizes DOJ Commitment to FCPA Enforcement, Individual Accountability: 4 Takeaways for Business (2017)
  • FCPA: Challenges and Risks of Doing Business in Latin America Presentation (Miami, January 2017)
  • NAWL General Counsel Institute Presentation: Compliance in the New Normal: Tips and Best Practices for a Forward-Thinking Ethics & Compliance Program (New York, November 2016)
  • SCCE 2016 Compliance & Ethics Institute Presentation (Chicago, September 2016)
  • Co-Author, Litigation & Dispute Resolution 2016: USA - Florida, International Comparative Legal Guide (2016)
  • CCWC Annual Career Strategies Conferences, General Counsel Training Boot Camp: Conflict Resolution Skills Needed for Today’s Workplace -Resolving Internal Conflict With Your Board and Business Partners (Atlanta, September 2015); Navigating Around and Avoiding Career Burnout, Fatigue and Plateaus (Los Angeles, October 2011)
  • Anti-Corruption Export Control and Sanctions Compliance Summit Presentation: The Era of the Whistleblower - Tips and Strategies (Virginia, April 2015)
  • Financial Executives International Presentation: Detecting and Preventing Financial Fraud – The FCPA: An Overview, Trends, Risks and Managing Exposure (Baltimore, February 2013)
  • MCCA’s 11th Annual CLE Expo Presentation: Collateral Damage: Parallel Prosecutions Triggered by International Investigations (Chicago, March 2012)
  • Florida Bar International Law Section Webinar Series Presentation: Managing Criminal Exposure Under the FCPA (March 2012)
  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities Presentation: Legal Issues in Entrepreneurship & Small Business (Florida State University, June 2011 and April 2012)
Lila Acharya Corporate Compliance Investigator Headshot

Lila Acharya

Partner

T (UK): +44 7899 091321

T (US): +1 617 699 2216

E: lila@crawfordacharya.com

75 Arlington Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02116

Overview

Lila Acharya is an experienced compliance and investigations attorney with a unique skillset developed from her work in private practice, the public sector, and in-house compliance roles in the life sciences and manufacturing sectors. After practicing as a litigator at Ropes & Gray in Boston and as a state prosecutor in Massachusetts, she moved to the UK in 2014. Lila has had a truly international practice for more than five years, working with multinational corporations on compliance challenges across the globe.

As a senior associate at Ropes & Gray LLP in London, she led cross-border investigations for several multinational clients. Her practice has also included conducting pre- and post-acquisition anti-corruption due diligence for private equity clients, conducting anti-corruption risk assessments, and providing compliance advisory services encompassing the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act.

In her roles as an in-house compliance attorney, she has investigated significant matters across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, developed a breadth of policies and procedures, conducted live training of hundreds of employees and third parties, and led the implementation of a third-party due diligence platform. Most recently she was Senior Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABC) Compliance Operations Counsel at Rolls-Royce plc, assisting with remediation after the company’s Deferred Prosecution Agreements with the US Department of Justice and UK Serious Fraud Office.

Lila is admitted to the Massachusetts bar and is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales. She is an avid runner (frequently joined by her two Labradors), and has completed nine marathons and one ultra-marathon.

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Experience

  • Conducted more than 40 investigations originating in 26 countries
  • Well-versed in navigating international data privacy and data transfer regulations in the collection and processing of data
  • Created document review protocols and managed numerous foreign language document reviews involving multiple custodians
  • Designed or revised internal investigations protocols for several companies, including developing best practices guidance
  • Conducted anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) due diligence on third parties in the US, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia
  • Conducted pre- and post-acquisition ABC due diligence for private equity portfolio companies
  • Carried out ABC Risk Assessments for pharmaceutical and life science corporations
  • Drafted and/or updated compliance policies and procedures
  • Developed and delivered live compliance training to third-party distributors in Europe, Middle East, and Africa
  • Developed and delivered numerous compliance training sessions and face-to-face workshops for internal employees at Pfizer, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Rolls-Royce plc
  • Overhauled a multinational corporation’s third-party due diligence procedures and led the design and implementation of an automated third-party due diligence platform
  • Practiced as an associate and senior associate at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, and London, England
  • As a state prosecutor Massachusetts, conducted more than 20 jury trials, and argued successfully before the Massachusetts Court of Appeals

Credentials

Education

  • Juris Doctor (cum laude), New York University (2006); Moot Court Board
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (with high honors) University of Michigan (2003)

Admissions

  • Massachusetts (2006)
  • England & Wales (2017)

Publications

  • Author, Back to Basics: Lessons Learned from the Eni S.p.A. Settlement, Thomson Reuters (May 2020)
  • Co-Author, Mitigating Compliance Risk in the Midst of COVID-19 HR Daily Advisor (April 2020)
  • Co-Author, Practical Tips for Ethics and Compliance Professionals During the COVID-19 Outbreak (March 2020)