Before entering private practice, Mr. Sokenu served in the Washington, DC office of the SEC in the Division of Enforcement, on the Honors Program, first as a Staff Attorney and later as Senior Counsel, where he was responsible for handling a broad range of the Commission’s domestic and international enforcement matters, including investigations involving accounting fraud, insider trading, initial public offerings, illicit payments under the FCPA, investment companies and investment advisers, market manipulation, and broker-dealer misconduct. He was also a member of the Enforcement Division’s FCPA Working Group, which is now known as the FCPA Unit. As a member of the Enforcement Division, he handled a number of high-profile enforcement matters, including the Commission’s first-ever joint FCPA enforcement action with the Justice Department against KPMG and Baker Hughes, Inc.; an FCPA enforcement action against a chief financial officer of a publicly traded oil services company; an FCPA enforcement action against a former controller of an oilfield services company; and the SEC’s enforcement action against Goldman Sachs & Co. for violations of the federal securities laws in connection with the initial public offerings of PetroChina Company Limited, China Telecom Hong Kong Limited, Chinadotcom Corp., and Giga Media Limited for which Goldman Sachs served as underwriter.
Mr. Sokenu has been consistently recognized by both Chambers Global and Chambers USA as an FCPA Expert and for his investigative, regulatory, and securities enforcement practice. In 2016 and 2015, he was named a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation. In 2013, Mr. Sokenu was ranked in the Latin Lawyer 250 for White-Collar Crime and Compliance. Additionally, in January 2011, Mr. Sokenu was named one of seven “Best FCPA Lawyers Outside the Beltway” by Main Justice, an independent news organization that covers the Justice Department. In February 2011, Mr. Sokenu was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Outside Counsel award by the National Bar Association, Commercial Law Section. He was named to Diversity & The Bar’s “Leading Law Firm Rainmakers” list in December 2010. In February 2007, Mr. Sokenu was named to Securities Law360’s “10 Under 40,” a list of 10 lawyers under the age of 40 who have demonstrated an outstanding breadth of knowledge and experience in the securities enforcement and litigation field. In 2005, the City Bar Association of New York appointed Mr. Sokenu to serve on the Task Force on the Role of Attorneys in Corporate Governance. In 2003, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association honored Mr. Sokenu as an Outstanding Outside Corporate Counsel. In 2001, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York honored Mr. Sokenu for outstanding pro bono work in connection with a petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Sokenu is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, where he teaches advanced level securities enforcement and litigation courses. Mr. Sokenu has lectured and published extensively on securities enforcement and litigation matters and has been consulted extensively by the financial press on a variety of securities law issues.