Three former executives at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, once the No. 3 legal adviser to banks handling merger deals, were charged with a “blatant” $200 million fraud that spurred the largest law firm bankruptcy in history.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP billing and accounting managers were among seven ex-employees who agreed to plead guilty and cooperate in the probe of a $200 million fraud that spurred the largest law firm bankruptcy in history.
At least 11 lawyers announced departures from New York law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP yesterday, pushing the total to more than 80 in recent months, as the firm continues to work toward an agreement with banks about the deadline for a line of credit.
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, which has lost more than a third of its partners in recent weeks, saw its merger and acquisition chief and a team of London litigators depart as the price of its bonds slumped in private trades.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP finance director Frank Canellas cooperated with a probe by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. into a “blatant” $200 million fraud that spurred the largest law firm bankruptcy in history, according to a plea agreement unsealed today.
The former chairman and four others at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, which collapsed in the biggest-ever law firm bankruptcy, were sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over claims they led a “bold and long-running accounting fraud.”
A criminal case against three former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executives should be mostly unsealed, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said, a move that may reveal the identities of seven employees who have already pleaded guilty.