Christine H. Chung heads Selendy & Gay’s White-Collar and Investigations practice.
Christine has defended and advised companies, company leadership, and individuals in high-profile, high-stakes prosecutions and investigations. She is a former federal prosecutor, having served as Chief of Appeals at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. She worked abroad as a war crimes prosecutor, having served as the first and highest-ranking trial attorney at the International Criminal Court in The Hague when it launched in 2004.
Many of Christine’s representations involve foreign or cross-border conduct, where U.S. prosecutors have tested the boundaries of U.S. jurisdiction in investigations or prosecutions of foreign companies or individuals. Areas of Christine’s white-collar expertise include securities fraud, trade sanctions, money laundering, insider trading, and bribery prosecutions, whether at the stages of investigation, trial, or appeals.
An experienced, dynamic courtroom lawyer, Christine has conducted nearly 20 criminal and civil trials in federal and state courts. She has briefed and argued over 35 appeals. Together with her Selendy & Gay partners, Christine pursued the historic civil enforcement action in which the Federal Housing Finance Administration recovered over $25 billion from 18 U.S. and foreign “big banks” for arranging and selling mortgage-backed securities in the lead up to the 2008 financial crisis—a figure far in excess of that recovered by government regulators.
Christine has taught criminal and international human rights law at Yale and Fordham law schools.
Highlights of Christine’s experience include:
- Represented a Fortune 500 insurance/financial services provider in an SEC investigation of the adequacy of the company’s disclosures regarding financial products and reliance on quantitative modeling.
- Represented and counseled a leading U.S. gaming company in an internal investigation of potential FCPA violations and money laundering.
- Counseled a California-based technology company regarding its compliance with U.S. sanctions against China and Chinese nationals.
- Represented financial and food service companies based in Central America in applications to the Office of Foreign Assets Control to be “de-listed” under U.S. sanctions regulations.
- Defended Reza Zarrab, a Turkish gold trader and former associate of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as a member of what the New York Times called a “Dream Team” of white-collar defense lawyers. Zarrab was accused of violating Iran trade sanctions and engaging in money laundering. See “Turkish Gold Trader Builds a Dream Team of Defense Lawyers,” New York Times, 8/2/2016; “Reza Zarrab’s Lawyers File Motion to Dismiss Indictment,” New York Times, 7/18/2016.
- Defended Yani Benjamin Rosenthal Hidalgo, a former candidate for President in Honduras, who was charged by U.S. federal prosecutors with money laundering. See “U.S. Charges Powerful Honduran Family with Money Laundering,” The Wall Street Journal, 10/17/2015.
- Obtained the reversal on appeal of a criminal conviction of Mahmoud Reza Banki, an Iranian American and Princeton Ph.D. who was accused of violating the Iran Trade Regulations and operating an illegal money transmitting business. See “2nd Circ. Nixes Conviction For Iran Money Transfer System,” Law360, 10/24/2011; “No More Prison For Ex-McKinsey Consultant, Attys Urge,” Law360, 7/20/2012.
- Represented Shiwei (Sheri) Yan, a Chinese-American business woman charged with bribing John Ashe, a former President of the U.N. General Assembly. See “Ex-U.N. General Assembly President, Five Others, Charged in U.S. in Bribe Scheme,” Reuters, 10/6/2015.
- Represented former founder of the Galleon Group, Raj Rajaratnam, in seeking post-conviction relief based on recent changes in the law defining insider trading. See “2nd Circ. Doubtful Of Rajaratnam’s Bid For Shorter Sentence,” Law360, 5/14/2018.
- Defended Singaporean banker Chan Ming Fon, a former Commerzbank executive, against U.S. wire fraud charges arising from alleged participation in largest accounting fraud perpetrated in Japanese history, at Olympus Corp. See “Banker Accused Of Aiding Olympus’ $2B Plot Gets Bail,” Law 360, 1/25/2013.
- Defended individuals in SEC and CFTC enforcement actions.
Christine earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale College.
(J.D., magna cum laude, 1990)
(B.A., summa cum laude, History, 1986)
Phi Beta Kappa
Yale Law School, Schell Center for International Human Rights
Visiting Lecturer and Senior Fellow, 2008-2009
Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
Senior Trial Attorney, 2004-2007
Acting Head of Prosecution Division, 2004
Shearman & Sterling
United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, 1995-2003
Chief of Appeals, Criminal Division, 2001-2002
Assistant, Civil Division, 1991-1995
Fordham University School of Law
Adjunct Associate Professor, Criminal Law, 2002
Adjunct Associate Professor, Legal Research and Writing, 1992-1995
Law Clerk to the Hon. Walter J. Cummings
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1990-1991
Prosecutor of the Year Award for the Southern District of New York
(Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, 2002)
Featured in a documentary about the International Criminal Court, entitled “The Reckoning,” selected by the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast on PBS (July 2009).
State Bar of Illinois
United States Courts of Appeals: Second Circuit, Seventh Circuit
United States District Court: Southern District of New York