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Blake Coppotelli   [Download VCard]
Managing Director

Blake joined the Freeh Group in May of 2011 and, during his fifteen years as a consultant, Blake has advised public and private clients on complex issues, including corruption, government, regulatory, and/or corporate investigations, financial and investigative due diligence, and internal corporate controls, governance, and ethics. He has led compliance and investigative assignments in numerous jurisdictions, including Japan, China, Hong Kong, Russia, Ukraine, Singapore, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.

A small sampling of those assignments include:

  • Retained to conduct an internal and external investigation into the theft of electronic data containing the identities of 50 million customers of a Fortune 100 pharmacy benefits management company.
  • Retained by a Private Equity firm to conduct a multi-million dollar False Claims investigation into one of the firm’s portfolio companies. The investigation focused on the portfolio company’s inflation of billings related to federal contracts to provide industrial tools used in the manufacture of F-16 and F-22 airplanes for the Department of Defense.
  • Engaged by a major retail bank to conduct an investigation in Asia into the possible bribery of a public official by a key regional manager of the bank in violation of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Retained to investigate the fraudulent conduct of a plaintiff in the filing of a law suit to falsely obtain the majority ownership of one of the largest social media companies in the world. The plaintiff is currently a fugitive and the suit has been dismissed.
  • Retained by one of the largest courier, logistics, and freight forwarding companies in the world, operating in approximately 220 countries with over 250,000 employees, to conduct a review in Asia, EMEA, and Latin America of the company’s anti-bribery compliance program.
  • Retained by one of the largest retail bank and credit card companies in the world to conduct a review in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia of the company’s global anti-bribery compliance program.
  • Retained by the largest metropolitan commercial and residential property owner to conduct an internal and external investigation into corruption and organized crime’s influence on construction projects involving the company’s portfolio.
  • Retained to conduct investigations into prominent and complex short-selling schemes conducted in the United States and China.
  • Fifteen plus appointments as the Independent Private Sector Inspector General or Independent Ethics Monitor of various companies, unions, and private or public matters, as requested by federal or state courts, agencies, or private concerns.
  • Engaged by various financial services firms, private equity companies, and law firms to conducted dozens of transactional and regulatory due diligence investigations into the background of joint-venture partners, acquisition targets, and third-party vendors operating in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

Prior to entering the private sector, Blake was a prosecutor with the New York County District Attorney’s Office “DANY”), ending the last four years of his thirteen-year tenure as Chief of the Labor Racketeering Unit and Construction Industry Strike Force. Mr. Coppotelli also served as a Senior Investigative Counsel to the Investigations Division of DANY, advising other Assistant District Attorney’s on investigative strategies, legal issues, and trial practice.

Blake is a graduate of the St. John’s University, School of Law, and Wittenberg University.