Aaron R Marcu is a partner in the New York office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and heads the US litigation practice. He is also global head of the firm's pro bono practice. Aaron represents major financial institutions, other public companies and senior executives in white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement investigations and related civil litigation. He also conducts internal corporate investigations and advises corporate boards and board committees in connection with sensitive controversies.
Aaron currently represents several global banks in multijurisdictional investigations involving allegations of price-fixing and market manipulation in the LIBOR, Foreign Exchange and Precious Metals markets. He also has represented financial institutions and other public companies in investigations involving alleged financial accounting and other securities fraud, insider trading, stock options backdating, cartel and other anti-competitive activity, and foreign corrupt payments. He also advises public companies on disclosure questions and issues of corporate governance.
Before going into private practice, Aaron was a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York from 1983 to 1989. In addition, he served as the Office's Associate United States Attorney, as Chief Appellate Attorney and Chief of the Major Crimes Unit. Aaron was a member of the US Attorney General's Economic Crimes Council and received the Department of Justice's Director's Award for Superior Performance. He also served as Commissioner of the New York Civilian Complaint Review Board from 1995 to 1998. Aaron has been widely recognized for excellence and is listed in Chambers USA: Americas Leading Business Lawyers, The Guide to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers, The Guide to the World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers, International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Euromoney's Benchmark: America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys ("National White Collar Litigation Star").
Aaron earned his BSJ from Northwestern University with Highest Distinction in 1977 and his JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1980. He has served on the Boards of the Federal Bar Council, the Federal Bar Foundation and the New York Council of Defense Lawyers and is a Trustee of the New York Blood Center. He is also on the Board of Visitors of the Northwestern University College of Arts and Sciences.