Chief, Business & Securities Fraud Section
US Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, USA
Alixandra Smith is the Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and an adjunct professor at New York University Law School. Since joining the Office in 2012, she has investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of criminal matters against both individuals and entities, including violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), fraud involving publicly-traded companies, market manipulation, insider trading, healthcare fraud, tax crimes, money laundering and cyber-enabled crime. Her FCPA prosecutions have included U.S. v. Odebrecht and U.S. v. Braskem, in which two Brazilian companies pled guilty to guilty 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 to obtain and retain business in those countries, and U.S. v. Low Taek Jho, et al. and U.S. v. Leissner, in which two former bankers and a wealthy Malaysian financier were charged for their participation in a multi-billion dollar money laundering and bribery conspiracy related to 1MDB, Malaysia’s investment development fund; in related cases in October 2020, Goldman Sachs entered into a corporate resolution and agreed to pay $2.9 billion in penalties for its role in that scheme. Prior to joining the Office, Alix 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 served as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School. She graduated from Harvard University and Harvard Law School.