Antonia Apps is a partner in the New York office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and a member of the firm's Litigation & Arbitration Group. She is a former federal prosecutor and nationally recognized trial attorney with experience in criminal and civil matters. She represents financial institutions, corporations, and executives in SEC and other regulatory enforcement proceedings, white-collar criminal investigations, complex commercial litigation and internal investigations. She also advises hedge funds on securities trading and compliance matters and teaches a course on white collar criminal law and procedure at Harvard Law School.
Ms Apps served for more than seven years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Criminal Division, where she led many of the government's highest-profile securities fraud and insider trading cases, including the prosecution of the hedge fund S.A.C. Capital Advisors, L.P. As a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, she investigated and prosecuted a wide range of financial industry cases involving investment fraud, accounting fraud, broker-dealer fraud, market manipulation, fraud stemming from the sale of RMBS and CDOs, money laundering and obstruction. During her tenure, Ms Apps prosecuted more than 20 insider trading defendants, and tried numerous securities fraud trials. Ms Apps also argued several appeals in the Second Circuit, including the landmark case of U.S. v. Newman, for which she was the lead prosecutor at trial and on appeal. In 2014, she received the Executive Office of US Attorneys' Director's Award for Superior Performance.
Lawdragon has named Ms Apps in its list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America each year since 2014. She is ranked in Chambers USA for White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, where clients and colleagues described her as a "terrific trial lawyer" who "understands the difficulties of the world we live in" and gives "advice tailored to a practical approach." Ms Apps has also been recognized by Legal 500 for Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense and was named a Next Generation Lawyer in 2017. She was profiled in Law360's Trial Pro series and by Global Investigations Review in its April 2015 Women in Investigations feature.
Ms Apps received her undergraduate degree in law from the University of Sydney (1990) and went on to earn a Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford University (1993) and an LLM from Harvard Law School (1994). She served as a law clerk for the Hon. Fred I. Parker in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and previously as a law clerk to the Hon. Tom W. Waddell, Chief Judge of the Equity Division in the New South Wales Supreme Court.