Vasu Muthyala represents Asia-based individuals and multinational corporations in a broad range of cross-border government investigations and regulatory enforcement matters. Mr. Muthyala focuses his practice on U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, anti-money laundering, sanctions and securities fraud.
As one of the only former U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement lawyers in Asia, Mr. Muthyala regularly advises on, and is invited by in-house counsel and industry groups to speak about, the U.S. government’s enforcement efforts. He has also been quoted on these topics by publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Economist. His work and international experience have garnered awards from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Global Investigations Review.
Before working with clients in Asia, Mr. Muthyala spent more than a decade with the DOJ (as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia) and at the SEC. As a senior prosecutor in the Fraud and Public Corruption section of the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Muthyala focused on corporate and securities fraud and worked on matters with the SEC, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and United States Agency for International Development. Mr. Muthyala was also a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Working Group of U.S. President Obama's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, focusing on financial crimes relating to the financial crisis and economic recovery efforts. As an enforcement lawyer at the SEC, Mr. Muthyala investigated and litigated cases arising under U.S. securities laws, including accounting fraud, insider trading and market manipulation.
This unique background allows Mr. Muthyala to help Asia-based clients navigate U.S. regulatory and enforcement matters.
Before joining Kobre & Kim in Hong Kong, Mr. Muthyala practiced at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Washington DC.