Alixandra SmithChief of the Business & Securities Fraud at U.S. Department of Justice
Alix joined the United States Attorney’s Office in July 2012, and was appointed to the Business and Securities Fraud Section in December 2014. She has investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of criminal matters against both individuals and entities, including fraud involving publicly-traded companies, market manipulation, insider trading, healthcare fraud, tax crimes, money laundering and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”).
During her time in the Office, Alix has worked on significant white collar cases. For example, Alix was the co-lead prosecutor on the case United States v. Martin Shkreli and Evan Greebel, in which a pharmaceutical executive and his attorney were charged with securities fraud, wire fraud conspiracy and securities fraud conspiracy in connection with four complex fraud schemes. Both defendants were tried and convicted in separate trials lasting a combined total of 17 weeks in 2017. Alix was also the lead prosecutor on the case United States v. AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group, in which a major pharmaceutical company paid a combined total of $885 million to resolve civil and criminal liability stemming from its distribution of misbranded oncology drugs; the criminal case was resolved with a $260 million penalty, and a subsidiary of the company pled guilty to a criminal violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act.
Alix has also worked on a number of FCPA matters. She was part of the team that investigated and prosecuted Brazilian-based companies Odebrecht and Braskem, which resulted in the largest foreign bribery resolution in history. In that case, both companies pled guilty to violations of the FCPA for their roles in a bribery scheme that involved payments of close to a billion dollars over a 15-year period to foreign government officials in Brazil and twelve other countries in order to obtain and retain business in those countries. Alix has also prosecuted other recent FCPA cases, including a case involving Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd., a Singapore-based company that operates shipyards and repairs and upgrades shipping vessels, as well as its U.S.-based subsidiary, for bribes paid to Brazilian officials, resulting in a deferred prosecution agreement for Keppel Offshore, and a guilty plea by its U.S. subsidiary, and the payment of over $420 million in criminal fines to authorities in the United States, Brazil, and Singapore; and a case involving a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Credit Suisse for offering employment to friends and family of Chinese officials in exchange for winning business with Chinese state-owned entities, resulting in a non-prosecution agreement and the payment of $47 million in criminal penalties.
Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Alix was an associate in the White Collar and Investigations Practice at Jenner & Block, LLC, in New York; completed clerkships with the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Honorable Faith S. Hochberg, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; and was also an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP, in New York. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and cum laude from Harvard Law School.