Nathan H. Seltzer

  • Partner
  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
  • T +44.20.7710.1020
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA
  • T +1.202.637.2206


Nathan Seltzer, Global Vice Chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice, is a US lawyer based in London who advises individuals and leading corporations on internal and government investigations.

Drawing on more than a decade of experience, Mr. Seltzer helps clients successfully navigate a range of investigations, with a focus on cross-border matters. A member of the firm’s London office, Mr. Seltzer is uniquely positioned to advise multinational corporations on investigations with US law implications.

Mr. Seltzer’s work includes internal investigations, civil and criminal government investigations, and complex litigation involving a variety of highly regulated industries, such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, energy, and defense.

Mr. Seltzer brings particular experience in complex accounting and corruption cases, including matters involving the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other regulators worldwide. He also frequently designs practical corporate compliance programs, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance programs, and provides real-time compliance counsel.

Mr. Seltzer is the former Co-Chair of the firm’s Washington, D.C. Litigation & Trial Department.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Seltzer clerked for Judge Boyce F. Martin, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Mr. Seltzer has received broad recognition for his practice work, including by Global Investigations Review, which named him to its 2017 40 Under 40 List.


Mr. Seltzer’s experience includes representing:

  • Exterran, a leading global oil and gas services provider, in DOJ and SEC investigations connected to an accounting restatement and related matters, and involving matters in Italy, the Middle East, and Brazil
  • A US-based telecommunications corporation in an internal investigation related to complex accounting issues involving its India operations
  • A US-based hospitality company in multiple investigations, including related to corruption allegations in Southeast Asia and matters involving allegations against a senior executive
  • A state-owned entity in an investigation and related civil recovery stemming from a DOJ and SEC FCPA resolution in which the client was a victim of bribery and financial misconduct
  • A multinational pharmaceutical corporation in connection with significant global internal investigations related to anti-corruption compliance
  • A multinational defense company in an internal investigation in response to a whistleblower’s FCPA allegations
  • A healthcare company in an SEC investigation related to its overseas operations, resulting in no enforcement action
  • An energy company in an SEC investigation related to multifaceted derivative accounting and disclosure matters, resulting in no enforcement action
  • A high-profile public official in a criminal investigation by the DOJ Public Integrity Section resulting in a declination
  • A healthcare company in an investigation by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) resulting in a declination
  • Multiple individuals and companies in connection with DOJ and SEC insider trading investigations

Thought Leadership

  • Under Investigation: A GC Guide to White Collar and Sanctions Trends in 2021 -  March 29, 2021
  • UK Introduces Sanctions Regime Targeting Global Human Rights Offenders -  July 10, 2020
  • Caring for the CARES Act: The New Oversight and Investigations Landscape for COVID-19 Relief Programs -  April 20, 2020
  • UK Sanctions Authority Issues Record Penalty for Russia-Related Sanctions Violations -  April 02, 2020
  • Prioritizing Corporate Culture: Lessons for Companies from the Major League Baseball Sign-Stealing Investigation -  January 17, 2020
  • UK Guidance on Corporate Cooperation Credit -  August 30, 2019
  • UK SFO Releases Guidance on Corporate Cooperation Credit -  August 09, 2019
  • Lessons for UK Companies From US DOJ Guidance on Corporate Compliance Programs -  May 03, 2019
  • UK Serious Fraud Office Director Outlines Priorities in Keynote Speech  -  September 10, 2018
  • Internal Investigations Protected By Privilege Once More?  -  September 07, 2018
  • Second Circuit Reinforces FCPA’s Jurisdictional Limits -  August 29, 2018
  • Supreme Court: SEC ALJs Are Officers Subject to Constitution’s Appointments Clause -  July 12, 2018
  • UK To Provide Compensation for Overseas Victims of Economic Crimes  -  June 18, 2018
  • SEC Investigations Guide -  May 01, 2018
  • What the Supreme Court’s Whistleblower Decision Means for Companies -  February 28, 2018
  • DOJ Expands and Codifies Policy Incentivizing Corporations to Voluntarily Self-Disclose FCPA Violations -  November 30, 2017
  • DOJ Guidance Underscores Importance of Anti-corruption Due Diligence in International M&A Transactions -  January 09, 2015
  • Corporate Officers To Be Prosecuted for Corporate Violations of The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act Without Knowledge of Criminal Conduct -  August 24, 2011
  • Prosecutors Without Borders: Emerging Trends In Extraterritorial Enforcement -  April 29, 2011
  • Reining in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: The Supreme Court Ignores a Perfect Opportunity -  July-August 2010
  • US Sentencing Commission Approves Proposed Amendments to Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations and Expands and Clarifies the Role of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Programs in Organizational Sentencing -  May 14, 2010
  • US Department of Justice Announces Stepped-Up Criminal Enforcement of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Against Pharmaceutical Industry -  November 24, 2009
  • Litigating Under the Classified Information Procedures Act -  November-December 2009
  • Measuring “Gain” under the Insider Trading Sentencing Guideline Based on Culpability for the Deception -  February 2008
  • White Collar and Government Investigations Newsletter, Issue 1 -  Summer 2007
  • Developments in the D.C. Circuit's Article III Standing Analysis: When is an Increased Risk of Future Harm Sufficient to Constitute Injury-in-Fact in Environmental Cases? -  April 2007
Recognized in Global Investigations Review's 2017 40 Under 40 list, comprised of “accomplished young investigations practitioners who will help shape the future of this fast-evolving area of law.”
Bar Qualification
  • District of Columbia
  • England and Wales (Registered Foreign Lawyer)
  • Maryland
  • JD, Boston University School of Law, 2004
    magna cum laude
  • BBA, James Madison University, 2001
    cum laude With Honors
  • Aerospace, Defense & Government Services
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • White Collar Defense & Investigations
  • Israel Practice
  • India Practice
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Securities Litigation & Professional Liability