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Ashley Sprague
Ashley M. Sprague
Associate
Washington +1 202 662 5604 asprague@cov.com Download V-card

Ashley Sprague is an anti-corruption and white-collar defense lawyer, with particular expertise in Latin America. Having spent more than a decade living in Venezuela, Ms. Sprague is a fluent Spanish speaker and has a deep knowledge of the business culture in Latin America.

Ms. Sprague advises clients on compliance with anti-corruption laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). As part of her compliance practice, Ms. Sprague has developed tailored anti-corruption compliance programs for clients in a variety of industries and has led risk assessments and developed and delivered compliance trainings in Spanish and English. Ms. Sprague also has advised clients on anti-corruption due diligence in connection with corporate transactions.

Anti-Corruption Compliance

  • Performed risk-assessments and recommended compliance program enhancements for multinational companies in the pharmaceutical, medical device, manufacturing, and beverage industries.
  • Advised pharmaceutical and medical device companies on third party due diligence and related risk mitigation in Latin America, Europe, and China.
  • Developed and delivered training programs in Spanish and English tailored to a multinational manufacturing company’s operations in Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, India, and South Africa.
  • Developed tailored anti-corruption compliance program for global media entity.
  • Developed anti-corruption toolkit for third party distributors for global life sciences company.
  • Advised Fortune 500 company on anti-corruption due diligence in connection with a proposed acquisition.

Investigations and Enforcement Matters

  • Counsel to a major pharmaceutical company in an investigation by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission concerning alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Represented a global financial institution in connection with an FCPA inquiry brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Advised a global financial institution in connection with a multi-jurisdictional investigation related to alleged money laundering.
  • Conducted internal investigations for Fortune 500 companies related to anti-corruption issues in various countries, including Colombia, Argentina, and Ukraine.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in DOJ and State Department investigations into possible violations of the Internal Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
  • Advising multinational company on criminal investigation in Latin America.
  • Represented Colombian national in U.S. enforcement proceeding.

Pro Bono

  • Represented foreign nationals in litigation involving claims of human trafficking, discrimination, fraudulent misrepresentation, and breach of contract.
  • Latinvex, Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers: FCPA & Fraud (2019)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers Rising Star, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2019)