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Benjamin Haley
Benjamin S. Haley
Johannesburg +27 11 944 6914 bhaley@cov.com Download V-card

Ben Haley is an experienced white collar defense practitioner who assists corporations and individuals in complex government enforcement matters and internal investigations.

Mr. Haley has particular expertise with anti-corruption and FCPA matters, where he has guided a number of clients to successful resolutions of SEC and DOJ investigations.

Complementing his investigations practice, Mr. Haley regularly advises clients on a range of anti-corruption compliance issues, including by conducting risk and program assessments, providing advice in connection with proposed transactions, and assisting companies in building and strengthening their anti-corruption compliance programs and controls.


  • Counsel to Anheuser-Busch InBev in securing a complete declination in 2016 from DOJ and a favorable settlement from the SEC in connection with parallel FCPA investigations of former joint venture in India.
  • Led representation of a Fortune 100 manufacturing company in a 17-month FCPA investigation by the SEC that concluded without enforcement action.
  • Successfully resolved a long-running DOJ/SEC investigation involving alleged FCPA violations in Eastern Europe and Latin America by a leading global technology company.
  • Representation of a financial services client in an FCPA investigation relating to hiring practices.
  • Representation of an executive of an automotive manufacturer in a DOJ/SEC investigation into alleged FCPA violations in Eastern Europe.
  • Internal investigation for a manufacturing company relating to imports in Latin America, and related global risk assessment.
  • Lead compliance counsel on major transaction for one the world’s largest fast-moving consumer goods companies, including overseeing large scale compliance data analytics project.

Board Committee Investigations

  • Counsel to the Special Litigation Committee of the Board of Directors of Hewlett-Packard Company in shareholder derivative litigation relating to the Board’s response in 2005 and 2006 to leaks of confidential company information.
  • Counsel to the Special Litigation Committee of the Board of Directors of InfoGROUP in connection with shareholder derivative litigation focusing on self-dealing and misuse of corporate assets.
  • Counsel to the Audit Committee of a publicly traded real estate investment trust in an investigation relating to debt covenant compliance and financial reporting issues. 

Securities Enforcement   

  • In a matter that concluded without enforcement action, representation of a large regional bank in an SEC inquiry concerning mortgage loan repurchase reserves.
  • Representation of a pharmaceutical executive in an SEC/DOJ investigation regarding alleged disclosure, accounting, insider trading, and other securities law violations.
  • Representation of a consulting firm audit committee member in an SEC investigation into accounting irregularities.

Insurance Coverage   

  • Counseling clients on D&O and professional liability coverage in connection with investor and franchise litigation and regulatory investigations.
  • Representation of utility in two successful jury trials over coverage for environmental liabilities.

Pro Bono

  • § 1983 action against Orleans Parish District Attorney and City of New Orleans and members of its police department on behalf of a plaintiff who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to over 34 years in prison, resulting in favorable settlement.
  • § 1983 action against the city of Covington, Louisiana and members of its police department on behalf of a plaintiff who was wrongfully convicted and exonerated by DNA evidence; obtained over $2 million in total recovery in settlement of this action and related state court litigation.
  • § 1983 action against police and prosecutors in Washington Parish, Louisiana arising out of wrongful conviction of Brady violations.
  • § 1983 action against police and prosecutors in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana involving allegations of Brady violations.
  • Represented an indigent defendant in Maryland on felony handgun charges. Obtained a favorable plea agreement with no jail time where defendant faced mandatory minimum.
  • Legal Media Group's Expert Guide, White Collar Crime Rising Star (2017)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar "Rising Star" (2014-2015)
  • Charles F.C. Ruff Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (2014)
  • Part of Covington team named Outstanding Volunteer Counsel by Innocence Project, New Orleans for representation of wrongfully convicted clients in Louisiana