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January 20, 2022

Former SDNY National Security Supervisor Joins Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC (CSG Law) is pleased to announce that Emil Bove, former co-chief of the national security unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), has joined CSG Law as a Member of the firm’s Government and Corporate Investigations Group.

Emil is a skilled trial and investigations lawyer with substantial experience in cross-border matters involving money laundering, foreign corruption and bribery, economic sanctions, export controls, the Foreign Agents Registration Act and 18 U.S.C. § 951, cybersecurity, espionage, terrorism, and international drug trafficking. Emil adds to CSG Law’s deep bench of seven former federal prosecutors from the District of New Jersey and Eastern District of New York — including former U.S. Senator and New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa — and he will contribute to the expansion of the firm’s Manhattan presence.

At SDNY, Emil tried 13 federal cases and briefed and/or argued 18 appeals over nine years of service that was described by an SDNY spokesperson as a “distinguished tenure as a federal prosecutor.” As co-chief of SDNY’s national security unit, Emil supervised many high-profile prosecutions including: Halkbank, a Turkish state-owned financial institution, in an alleged multi-billion-dollar scheme to evade sanctions against Iran; cryptocurrency expert Virgil Griffith in a scheme to evade sanctions against North Korea; Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro and other high-ranking Venezuelan officials for alleged narcoterrorism and related offenses; Joshua Schulte in allegations relating to the largest theft of classified information in the CIA’s history; and Sayfullo Saipov for his alleged role in the 2017 fatal terrorist attack on Manhattan’s West Side Highway.

Prior to becoming a supervisor, Emil prosecuted a number of cases in the public spotlight such as: former Honduran congressman Yani Rosenthal and former Honduran cabinet minister Yankel Rosenthal for international money laundering; relatives of two former Honduran presidents, two former Honduran congressmen, and several former Honduran National Police, among others, for international drug trafficking and weapons offenses; former Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami and Venezuelan cryptocurrency czar Joselit Ramirez for alleged evasion of sanctions against Venezuela; Russian intelligence officer Evgeny Buryakov for illegally acting as an agent of Russia in the U.S. while working under non-official cover at a Russian state-owned bank; former FBI employee Kun Shan Chun for illegally acting as an agent of China after being coopted by Chinese intelligence officers; and Ahmad Khan Rahimi in connection with the 2016 bombings in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and New Jersey.

Jeffrey S. Chiesa of CSG Law’s Executive Committee said: “We are thrilled to welcome Emil to an already impressive group of former federal prosecutors at CSG Law. Coming out of his leadership position at the SDNY, Emil brings with him incredible experience in complex economic and national security practice areas that will broaden our growing client base. Emil joins the firm at an exciting time, as we approach our 50-year anniversary, continue to grow our New York presence and build out our new corporate headquarters that will open early next year.”

Matthew E. Beck, Chair of CSG Law’s Government and Corporate Investigations Group and Co-Chair of CSG’s Litigation Group, said: “Having someone of Emil’s caliber join us from the SDNY is yet another important step in CSG Law’s multi-year strategic plan for our Government and Corporate Investigations Group. With his relationships developed in almost a decade practicing at a high level at the SDNY and his national security and cross-border subject area experience, Emil compliments, and we expect will expand, the already sophisticated work our former federal prosecutors and litigators are doing in sensitive matters for our clients.”

Emil commented: “I am thrilled to join CSG, and grateful for the opportunity to work with such an impressive group of talented lawyers. I look forward to helping the firm’s clients address challenging white collar and regulatory issues, and to drawing on my experiences as a prosecutor and trial lawyer to counsel the firm’s clients and serve them during government investigations and in the courtroom.”