Sanaa Bayyari represents international and domestic clients through all stages of government investigations and white collar matters, including internal investigations, regulatory enforcement defense and compliance counseling. Her practice focuses on the representation of corporations and individuals in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anticorruption laws, fraud, sanctions and anti-money laundering (AML)/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). Sanaa recently spent time in the Middle East addressing matters related to multijurisdictional financial crime investigations and compliance assessments focused on risk exposure, enforcement liability and industry-specific best practices.

Prior to joining the firm, Sanaa worked at global consulting firm, where she assisted multinational companies on foreign direct investment in the United Arab Emirates. During law school, Sanaa interned at the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), FCPA Unit & Office of International Affairs in Washington DC, and the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

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  • Conducted an internal investigation of a potential FCPA violation for a large multinational automotive services company.
  • Conducted an antibribery and anti-money laundering compliance assessment for a large Middle Eastern telecommunications services company. Advised the company on improvements to its existing financial crime controls.
  • Represented the special committee of a large energy company in an internal investigation related to a criminal complaint that alleged a RICO bribery scheme involving senior executives.
  • Represented a global food production and distribution company in internal investigation of alleged sanctions violations.
  • Represented a foreign financial institution in multimillion-dollar class action litigation that accused the financial intuition of providing financial support and services to terrorist organizations.
  • Represented an individual in a presidential pardon petition, who was charged with engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise and other charges stemming from an alleged operation of a website that is referred to as one of the largest online drug marketplaces in history.


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 2019
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 2011


  • District of Columbia, 2021
  • North Carolina, 2020
  • Ohio, 2019


  • English
  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Listed, Lawyers of Color Hot List, 2022
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