Kristina Arianina

Of Counsel

Washington, D.C.

Kristina is a member of the White Collar & Corporate Investigations team in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. She represents companies and executives in internal investigations, enforcement actions and commercial litigation.

Kristina's investigations practice focuses on allegations of bribery, securities fraud, violations of U.S. economic sanctions, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and False Claims Act. She has represented companies and individuals in matters before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and other government agencies. She conducts internal investigations and due diligence for companies headquartered in the United States and abroad, represents clients in enforcement matters, and helps companies develop and implement compliance policies and strategies for their domestic and international operations. Kristina’s Russian and Ukrainian background contributes to the global nature of her practice.

Kristina has represented multinational corporations across the financial services, health care, technology, engineering, and manufacturing industries. She has led investigations and compliance reviews in the Middle East, China, and Europe.

Previously, Kristina clerked for the Honorable Sally D. Adkins at the U.S. Court of Appeals of Maryland. While in law school, she served as an executive comments and notes editor for Maryland Law Review and worked as a writing fellow in the legal writing program for two years. She also served as a student attorney at the law school’s Clinical Office where she represented a father in a termination of parental rights case before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, as well as interning at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender as a recipient of Maryland Public Interest Law Project Grant.

    • Conducted an internal investigation into bribery and kickback allegations relating to the acquisition by a U.S.-based public company of an entity in Asia.
    • Represented foreign financial institutions in investigations of potential violations of U.S. sanctions before the OFAC, the Department of Justice and other U.S. enforcement agencies and regulators.
    • Represented a foreign bank in a petition for delisting from the OFAC sanctions list.
    • Represented a major fluorochemicals manufacturer in regulatory and policy issues arising under Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, including successful representation in Mexichem Fluor Inc. v. EPA, 866 F.3d 451 (D.C. Cir. 2017). The case was featured in Law360’s “Biggest Environmental Rulings of 2017.”
    • Represented foreign banking executives in suits filed in the federal court in New York involving federal and common law claims.
    • Represented a foreign entity in ICC arbitration of a multibillion-dollar dispute concerning breach of contract and negligence in a transportation infrastructure project in the Middle East.
    • Represented a U.S. company in UNCITRAL arbitration of a multibillion-dollar dispute concerning breach of contract and negligence in a transportation infrastructure project in Oceania.
    • Represented a prominent foreign bank in a high-profile U.S. multidistrict litigation.
    • Represented a foreign company in a defamation suit against a major U.S. newspaper.