Joseph Facciponti is a special counsel in Cadwalader’s New York office with 11 years of experience as a federal prosecutor and as corporate counsel at a large financial institution. His practice focuses on representing corporations, financial institutions and individuals in investigations, regulatory enforcement actions, and litigation concerning white collar crimes, computer crimes and commercial disputes.
Prior to joining Cadwalader, Joseph held an executive-level position in the legal department of HSBC Holdings, where he was responsible for leading global investigations of matters involving money laundering, sanctions, tax and anti-bribery laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. As counsel for HSBC, Joseph also advocated for the bank’s interests before U.S. and foreign regulators as well as HSBC’s independent monitor.
From 2005 to 2014, Joseph was an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he handled complex and high-profile cases involving financial crime, computer hacking and intellectual property theft. He represented the U.S. government in Manhattan federal court in a broad range of matters, including six cases tried to verdict in jury and bench trials, and several appeals argued before the Second Circuit. In 2010, Joseph received an FBI Director’s Award for outstanding cyber investigation based on his work in investigating and disrupting a computer hacking ring that targeted financial institutions.
Joseph clerked for United States District Judge Kenneth M. Karas in the Southern District of New York and United States District Judge Nancy F. Atlas in the Southern District of Texas. From 2002 through 2004, Joseph worked as a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he handled complex commercial litigation, international arbitration, and pro bono death penalty matters.
Joseph graduated, magna cum laude, from Cornell Law school in 2001 and obtained a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University in 1996. At Cornell, he was editor-in-chief of the Cornell International Law Journal. He is admitted in New York.