New York Law Journal Presents: Exploring the White Collar Crime Landscape


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Few topics are on the minds of the New York legal community more than White Collar Crime. The implications of white collar crime investigations and convictions are keeping business executives and their legal departments up at night as they wrestle with issues of compliance, sanctions and more. With this in mind the New York Law Journal is proud to present a one hour video roundtable covering some topics of interest within the White Collar Crime landscape.

The cases below are but a few that are attracting interest and conversation. Please join us and a panel of experts as they discuss the implications of the following:

United States v. Prosperi

- A look at sentencing issues--again--but this time as it pertains to sentencing guidelines being non-binding.

- How flexible will appeals courts be now with sentences emanating from the District Courts? Does a reasonableness standard allow courts too much flexibility in sentencing?

United States v. Agrawal

- How much will the Aleynikov decision affect the Second Circuit’s decision in this case

- If the Second Circuit sides with Agrawal how will that affect the ability to prosecute future cases?


Mark E. Coyne
Assistant U.S. Attorney
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the
District of New Jersey

Mark E. Coyne has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey since 2004, where he is Chief of the Appeals Division and advises the Economic Crimes Unit. He helped prosecute Walter A. Forbes, the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CUC International, Inc., and successfully defended Forbes’s convictions on appeal. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Coyne was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP, where he helped conduct internal investigations and represented clients before the SEC and in securities, shareholder, M&A, employment and other commercial litigation and represented The Legal Aid Society pro bono in litigation against the City of New York. Before that, Mr. Coyne clerked for the Hon. Joseph M. McLaughlin, U.S.C.J., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and graduated from Stanford Law School (where he was Senior Note Editor of the Stanford Law Review), Harvard College and Regis High School.

Vinoo Varghese
Varghese & Associates, P.C.

Vinoo Varghese is the principal at Varghese & Associates, P.C., a criminal and asset forfeiture defense firm founded in 2006. Vinoo has tried almost 30 criminal cases to verdict and written over a dozen appeals. In February 2012, he wrote one of three amicus briefs urging a reversal in United States v. Raj Rajaratnam, while representing pro bono the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and The Bronx Defenders. In November 2012, Vinoo received a 2012 Best Lawyers Under 40 award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Vinoo has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the New York Law Journal.

In 2000, Vinoo began his career as a prosecutor in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. In 2005, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes named him a Senior Assistant District Attorney and appointed him to run a specialized unit that prosecuted attempted murders of NYPD officers. Vinoo graduated from Brooklyn Law School, New York University, and Chaminade High School.

Marc Mukasey
Bracewell & Giuliani

Marc Mukasey is a leader of the firm's White Collar Criminal Defense and Special Investigations practice. He has recently been described in a best-selling book as "one of the city's top criminal defense lawyers." Mr. Mukasey specializes in crisis management and has represented corporate and individual clients in some of the most high-profile and complex cases of recent times, including the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the Madoff matter, the CIA tapes investigation, the "Pay to Play" cases, the stock options backdating cases, and a variety of political matters. A former federal prosecutor and SEC enforcement attorney, Mr. Mukasey regularly defends corporations and executives facing allegations of securities fraud, antitrust violations, environmental crimes, FCPA violations, money laundering, bribery, mail/wire fraud, tax offenses, embezzlement, and other business crimes. He also conducts internal investigation work on behalf of corporate clients that has been noted in The Wall Street Journal and Business Week Online.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Mukasey has tried an array of criminal cases involving allegations of securities fraud, investment advisory fraud, mail/wire fraud, money laundering, RICO, and murder.

Mukasey has also been successful – behind the scenes – convincing prosecutors to abandon investigations before the investigations are made public and before charges are filed.