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Matteson Ellis serves as Special Counsel to the FCPA and International Anti-Corruption practice group of Miller & Chevalier Chartered in Washington, DC. He is also founder and principal of Matteson Ellis Law PLLC, a law firm focusing on FCPA compliance and enforcement. He has extensive experience in a broad range of international anti-corruption areas. Previously, he worked with the anti-corruption and anti-fraud investigations and sanctions proceedings unit at The World Bank.
Mr. Ellis has helped build compliance programs associated with some of the largest FCPA settlements to date; performed internal investigations in more than 20 countries throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa considered “high corruption risk” by international monitoring organizations; investigated fraud and corruption and supported administrative sanctions and debarment proceedings for The World Bank and The Inter-American Development Bank; and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Mr. Ellis focuses particularly on the Americas, having spent several years in the region working for a Fortune 50 multinational corporation and a government ethics watchdog group. He regularly speaks on corruption matters throughout the region and is editor of the FCPAméricas Blog.
He has worked with every facet of FCPA enforcement and compliance, including legal analysis, internal investigations, third party due diligence, transactional due diligence, anti-corruption policy drafting, compliance training, compliance audits, corruption risk assessments, voluntary disclosures to the U.S. government and resolutions with the U.S. government. He has conducted anti-corruption enforcement and compliance work in the following sectors: agriculture, construction, defense, energy/oil and gas, engineering, financial services, medical devices, mining, pharmaceuticals, gaming, roads/infrastructure and technology.
Mr. Ellis received his law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, his masters in foreign affairs from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and his B.A. from Dartmouth College. He co-founded and serves as chairman of the board of The School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the District of Columbia, Texas, New York, and New Jersey bar associations.
Mr. Ellis is also author of The FCPA in Latin America: Common Corruption Risks and Effective Compliance Strategies for the Region.
The second installment of this two-part series from FCPA expert Matteson Ellis discusses several notable features of Mexico’s National Anti-Corruption System (the SNA). Companies doing business in Mexico should bone…Read More
Posted by Matteson Ellis - April 13, 2017
Organizations doing business in Mexico well do well to remain up to speed on the country’s National Anti-Corruption System (the SNA). Mexico remains one of the highest-risk jurisdictions in the…Read More
Posted by Matteson Ellis - January 10, 2017
Despite the occasional high-profile FCPA investigation, we’ve seen an overall downward trend in FCPA violations. This could be attributable largely to a broader awareness of the FCPA among LatAm corporations.…Read More
Posted by Matteson Ellis - December 7, 2016
A nation long known for its hard stance against corruption, Chile has been rocked by recent political scandals – a national embarrassment and the primary reason the public’s confidence in…Read More
Posted by Matteson Ellis - September 28, 2016
Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) is being held accountable for its systemic corruption, and several countries are leading the charge in investigating PDVSA’s bribery and money-laundering schemes. A number of…Read More
Posted by Matteson Ellis - September 12, 2016
Brazil’s “Lava Jato,” or “Operation Car Wash” is a federal investigation into allegations of corruption at Petrobras. And it’s the most expansive anti-corruption investigation in the world today. Speaking earlier…Read More
Posted by Matteson Ellis - July 8, 2016
Unfortunately, bribery and extortion aren’t uncommon in Latin America. Organizations may be relieved to know that payments made to government officials under the threat of extortion or duress will not…Read More
Posted by Matteson Ellis - June 13, 2016
Latin America is experiencing a significant rise in the number of internal investigations at large corporations, an increase that is likely due in part to the DOJ’s Pilot Program, which…Read More
Posted by Matteson Ellis - April 28, 2016
Earlier this year, Colombia’s government enacted an anti-bribery law that increases corporate liability for acts of corruption domestically and abroad. Companies found in violation of the law will be subject…Read More