Key Experience

  • For almost 20 years, has successfully guided U.S. and international clients through investigations and enforcement proceedings arising under the federal securities and commodities laws.
  • Has conducted numerous jury trials, and has briefed and argued many cases before federal and state appellate courts.
  • Previously served as a federal prosecutor for more than five years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York.

Practice

Jim Benjamin is a leader of Akin Gump’s white collar defense and global investigations practice group. He represents banks, private investment funds, broker-dealers and proprietary trading firms—as well as their key executives and traders—in investigations and enforcement proceedings arising under the federal securities and commodities laws.

Representative Work

  • Represented a leading financial institution in cross-border investigations of conduct in the spot FX market.
  • Defended numerous individuals and investment funds in more than 20 different insider trading investigations, including a number of significant matters, in the United States and internationally.
  • Advised multinational companies and their executives in more than 20 different FCPA investigations arising out of conduct in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.
  • Served as counsel to trading firms and individuals in multiple Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Department of Justice (DOJ), and futures exchange investigations relating to alleged market manipulation, spoofing, wash trading, prearranged trading, position limit violations and trade violations.
  • Represented numerous individuals, public companies, audit committees, and private investment funds in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and criminal investigations regarding accounting, valuation, and disclosure.

Speeches

Recognition