NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nardello & Co. LLC, a leading global investigations firm, today announced that Mark Califano has joined the firm’s leadership team as its Chief Legal Officer and Regional Managing Director of the Americas.
Mr. Califano, a former federal prosecutor, has served in senior executive positions in both the public and private sectors and has extensive experience working with publicly-held global companies, multinational governments, law enforcement and regulatory authorities and courts. He has built and led teams that have completed complex global investigations and successfully defended cases in jurisdictions around the world, including up through the Supreme Court.
Mr. Califano joins Nardello & Co. from American Express, where he was Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel in charge of global litigation and government investigations, successfully defending and resolving billions of dollars of claims and challenges to company practices, products and IP. In the public sector, Mr. Califano built and led the investigative team for the Independent Inquiry Committee into the U.N. Oil-for-Food Programme, which identified and assessed unprecedented systemic corruption. Following the completion of the investigation, he co-authored Good Intentions Corrupted: The Oil for Food Scandal and the Threat to the UN – a definitive account of what was the largest corruption investigation in the world at the time. Previously, he served as a decorated Assistant United States Attorney in Connecticut, where he established and led a nationally- renowned cyber/IP prosecution team that conceived and pursued pioneering cybercrime, IP, corruption, financial fraud and terrorism investigations and prosecutions spanning over a dozen countries.
“Mark’s diverse background and experience make him superbly qualified for this position, and we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber join the firm’s leadership team,” said Dan Nardello, Chief Executive Officer of Nardello & Co. “Mark’s wealth of experience with complex global investigations, compliance, corporate governance and cybersecurity will add immediate value to the firm. The depth and breadth of his skill sets and accomplishments, coupled with his proven legal acumen and judgment, will help our clients navigate their most complex challenges. We are delighted to welcome him to the firm.”
“I am excited to join Nardello & Co., a firm whose commitment to integrity and excellence are closely aligned with my own values,” said Mr. Califano. “I very much look forward to being part of the world class Nardello team and providing counsel to drive successful outcomes for the firm’s global clients.”
Mr. Califano joins Nardello & Co. from American Express, where he was the Senior Vice-President and Managing Counsel in charge of global litigation and government investigations. Under his leadership, the company built a diverse and top-rated legal team. Mr. Califano previously served as Senior Vice President and Head of Litigation & Legal Policy at General Electric Capital Corporation, where he assembled and managed a team that handled all global litigation, criminal matters, internal investigations and legal policy.
Prior to joining GE, Mr. Califano built and led Paul Volcker’s investigations team – the Independent Inquiry Committee into the U.N. Oil-for-Food Programme. That team identified and assessed unprecedented systemic corruption facilitated through the largest relief operation in the world, identifying senior government officials and public personalities in scores of countries and corrupt payments by and through thousands of multinational companies. That investigation developed hundreds of cases that led to an historic influx of corruption prosecutions by government authorities around the world.
Additionally, Mr. Califano was an Assistant US Attorney in Connecticut from 1992 to 2006, where he established and led a nationally-renowned cyber/IP prosecution team that conceived and pursued pioneering cybercrime, IP, corruption, financial fraud and terrorism investigations and prosecutions spanning over a dozen countries. He began his career as a Judicial Clerk for Hon. Stanley Sporkin of the US District Court in Washington, DC, and was an Associate for Dunnells, Duvall, Bennett & Porter and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Mr. Califano received his JD from Duke University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. He is admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia, and various federal courts. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and multiple legal associations.
About Nardello & Co.
Nardello & Co. is a global investigations firm with experienced professionals handling a broad range of issues including the FCPA/UK Bribery Act and other corruption-related investigations, civil and white collar criminal litigation and arbitration support, asset tracing, strategic intelligence and political risk assessment, computer forensics, and reputational due diligence. The firm’s clients include the world’s leading law firms and financial institutions, Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, high-net-worth individuals and family offices, governments, NGOs, sports organizations and academic institutions. With offices in New York, London, Washington DC, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Milan and Dubai, Nardello & Co.’s professional staff includes former US federal prosecutors, former general counsels of multinational corporations, US and international lawyers, former law enforcement personnel and intelligence operatives, licensed investigators, research analysts, former journalists, financial crime specialists, forensic accountants and computer forensic experts.