Cesar Augusto Francia

Associate | New York

cfrancia@mofo.com | (212) 336-4198

(212) 336-4198

Cesar A. Francia is an associate in the firm’s Securities Litigation, Securities Enforcement, and Investigations + White Collar groups. He routinely provides counseling, develops compliance policies and programs, and conducts internal and government-facing investigations, including those relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Mr. Francia also has particular experience representing clients in matters concerning anti-money laundering laws and the Bank Secrecy Act in addition to his work involving the FCPA. He has also represented clients before state and federal government agencies and arbitral forums.

Examples of his recent work include, among others:

  • Currently serving as a member of the team working with the DOJ-appointed monitor in the criminal prosecution of Odebrecht for violations of the FCPA brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
  • Previously served as a core member of a team appointed by the New York State Department of Financial Services to investigate and monitor one of the world’s largest corporate and investment banks, where he worked on assessing the banks’ compliance with sanctions and anti-money laundering regulations.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Francia is currently serving as the Latin American Liaison Officer for the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Law Committee. While at his previous firm—Mr. Francia was an associate at an AmLaw 200 firm before joining MoFo—he was notably involved in the representation of same-sex couples in their fight for marriage equality before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In recognition of his commitment to pro bono work and his continued effort to act as a dynamic human rights lawyer for various underserved communities, Mr. Francia was recently named to NBC News’ “Latino 20” series, which honors achievers who are making our communities and our nation better.

Mr. Francia received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he served as Executive Co-Chair of the Latino Law Students Association (LaLSA). He was also the recipient of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the Derrick Bell Scholarship for Public Service, the American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship, and the Dean John Sexton Prize for Service to the Law School. Before joining law school, Mr. Francia served as Aide to Chambers to the Honorable Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Francia also received his B.A. in Politics from New York University. He is fluent in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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