In this episode of MoForecast, Morrison & Foerster partner James Koukios speaks with fellow partners Michael Birnbaum, Jina Choi, and Haima Marlier about what to expect from the SEC under the new Biden Administration.

James Koukios is co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White Collar Defense Group and serves as co-head of the FCPA + Global Anti-Corruption Practice. James represents companies and individuals in high‑stakes government enforcement actions and complex internal investigations. He previously served as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he was the lead prosecutor in two landmark FCPA related trials: United States v. Esquenazi and United States v. Duperval. While at DOJ, James also served as lead prosecutor in United States v. AEY Inc., a defense procurement fraud and export licensing case that served as the basis for the 2016 film War Dogs. He also previously served as Special Counsel to then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III.

About the Speakers

 James Koukios is co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White Collar Defense Group and serves as co-head of the FCPA + Global Anti-Corruption Practice. James represents companies and individuals in high‑stakes government enforcement actions and complex internal investigations. He previously served as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he was lead prosecutor in United States v. AEY Inc., a defense procurement fraud and export licensing case that served as the basis for the 2016 film War Dogs. He also previously served as Special Counsel to then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III.

James is joined in this episode by:

  • Michael Birnbaum, partner in Morrison & Foerster’s New York office, former Senior Trial Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Jina Choi, partner in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office, former Director of the San Francisco Regional Office of the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission
  • Haima Marlier, partner in Morrison & Foerster’s New York office, former Senior Trial Counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

The Morrison & Foerster team is made up of talented defense lawyers, including many who once served as prosecutors and regulators. The team helps firm clients resolve their legal issues by immersing themselves in how their clients think and operate. Learn more about the firm’s Investigations + White Collar Defense and Securities Enforcement groups.