Kristina Arianina represents companies and executives in internal investigations, enforcement actions and commercial litigation. Her investigation practice includes bribery and securities fraud allegations and violations of US economic sanctions, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and False Claims Act. She conducts internal investigations and due diligence in the US and globally, assists clients with disclosures of potential violations to relevant authorities, represents clients in enforcement matters, and helps companies develop and implement compliance policies and strategies for their domestic and international operations. Kristina’s litigation practice covers all aspects of trial and appellate work in a wide range of subject matters. Kristina’s Russian background contributes to the global nature of her practice.

    Before joining the firm, Kristina clerked for the Honorable Sally D. Adkins on the Court of Appeals of Maryland. While in law school, Kristina served as an executive comments and notes editor for Maryland Law Review, was an author herself, and worked as a writing fellow in the legal writing program. She also served as a student attorney at the Law School’s Clinical Office, drafting briefs and making oral arguments before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, as well as interned at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender as a recipient of Maryland Public Interest Law Project Grant.

    Kristina graduated second in her class at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She was raised and educated to B.A. level in Russia and Ukraine.

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    Government Investigations and White Collar Defense

    • Conducting an internal investigation of bribery and kickback allegations relating to the acquisition by a US-based public company of an entity in Asia.
    • Representing foreign financial institutions in investigations of potential violations of US sanctions before the OFAC, the Department of Justice and other US enforcement agencies and regulators.
    • Representing a foreign bank in a petition for delisting from the OFAC sanctions list.

    Litigation/Dispute Resolution

    • Representing 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.”
    • Representing foreign banking executives in suits filed in federal court in New York involving federal and common law claims.
    • Representing 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.
    • Representing a US company in UNCITRAL arbitration of a multibillion-dollar dispute concerning breach of contract and negligence in a transportation infrastructure project in Oceania.
    • Representing a prominent foreign bank in a high-profile US multidistrict litigation.
    • Representing a prominent foreign bank in federal court in New York.
    • Representing a foreign company in a defamation suit against a major US newspaper.

    Education

    • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2012
    • Wilmington University, B.S., 2008
    • Wilmington University, M.S., Public Administration, 2004
    • Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistic University (Russia), undergraduate study in Translation and Interpretation, 2000
    • Kharkov State University (Ukraine), 1997

    Admissions

    • District of Columbia, 2014
    • Maryland

    Courts

    • U.S. Ct. of App., District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Maryland

    Clerk Experience

    • Maryland Court of Appeals
      Hon. Sally D. Adkins
      August 2012 - August 2013

    Languages

    • English
    • Russian
    • John L. Thomas Graduation Award, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 2012
    • Judge W. Calvin Chestnut Prize, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 2009

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    • Author, “No Time to Waste,” Wolters Kluwer, April 23, 2020.
    • Co-Author, “Save Money Where You Can, But Leave Compliance Alone,” Corporate Compliance Insights, April 20, 2020. 
    • Co-Author, “Potential Federal vs. State Conflicts Due to COVID-19,” Law360, April 2020.
    • Co-Author, “COVID-19 Economic Relief Packages Bring Fraud Risks,” Anti-Corruption Report, April 2020.
    • Co-Author, “An Overview Of Oversight For COVID-19 Relief,” Law360, March 2020.
    • Co-Author, “Businesses Face Tough Essential Services Questions in the Pandemic,” Bloomberg Law, March 2020.
    • Co-Author, “Free For All, or All For One? The Medical Supply Chain and COVID-19,” Global Supply Chain Law Blog, March 2020.
    • Author, “Whistleblowing in the Era of Trump: How Do Your Employees Feel?Corporate Counsel, November 2019. 
    • Author, “Big Brother to the Rescue? Can Artificial Intelligence Help in Ukraine’s Fight Against Corruption?” New Eastern Europe, November 2019.
    • Speaker, “Sanctions, Counter-sanctions and Anticorruption Trends in Russia: Doing Business in the Current Climate,” May 2019.
    • Author, “The Real Significance of OFAC’s Sanctions Compliance Guidance,” The Trade Practitioner Blog, May 2019.
    • Author, “Anti-corruption Guidance in Russia, What’s a Company to Do?” The Anticorruption Blog, May 2019.
    • Author, “Linguistic Clues In Mueller Subpoena Case,” Law360, February 2019. (Featured in Law360’s “Hottest Firms and Stories on Law360” as a top 10 most read expert analysis of the week)
    • Author, “Will Russia Provide Missing Links to Murder, Kickbacks, Bribery?” The Anticorruption Blog, January 2019.
    • Author, “UPDATE – FSIA Mystery in Mueller Subpoena Case,” Squire Patton Boggs, The Anticorruption Blog, January 2019.
    • Author, “Russia Continues Anticorruption Efforts in 2019,” Squire Patton Boggs, The Anticorruption Blog, January 2019.
    • Author, “FSIA: The Other Mystery in Mueller Subpoena Case,” Law360, January 2019.
    • Speaker, “How to Enhance Your Investigative Process,” April 2018.
    • Co-author, “U.S. Crimea Response Intensifies as Congress, President Obama Issue More Sanctions,” Client Alert, April 2014.
    • Co-author, “Debunking the Myths Surrounding Student Scholarly Writing,” 74 Md. L. Rev. 169, 2014.
    • Author, “When the Child’s Best Interest Calls for It: Post-Adoption Contact by Court Order in Maryland,” 71 Md. L. Rev. 490, 2012.

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