Martin S. Bloor

Member

New York

(212) 883-4941

(212) 509-9492

Recent News:

Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Win Securities Fraud Case in Del. Federal Court's First In-Person Trial

Martin Bloor and Matthew Elkin were quoted in an article published by the Delaware Court Insider, which discusses a securities fraud case victory.

Martin’s practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense and regulatory enforcement matters, corporate monitorships, public corruption matters, forfeiture proceedings, antitrust matters, internal corporate investigations, particularly in connection with potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as counseling clients on issues relating to export controls and trade sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the U.S. Department of the Treasury (OFAC). Martin also has broad experience representing financial institutions and other entities in complex commercial litigation and appellate matters before federal and state courts.

Martin has led large-scale, cross-border FCPA investigations in the oil and gas, energy, mining  and the defense sectors, among others. His investigations work has involved a number of international jurisdictions, including Italy, China, Thailand, Brazil, Peru, Russia, Nigeria, Guinea, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. Martin has been retained by individuals, companies, company boards of directors, and subcommittees of boards of directors.

Martin also advises companies on compliance issues under the FCPA, including assessing, drafting, and implementing corporate compliance programs and has extensive experience in conducting FCPA due diligence and advising on other FCPA risks in the context of mergers and acquisitions, including issues concerning successor liability.

Martin is recognized as a leading practitioner in the area of white collar defense.  Chambers USA has described him as offering “strong cross-border regulatory capabilities.”  Clients describe him as “strategic,” noting his ability to “read a situation and manage it well.”  

Prior to joining Cozen O'Connor, Martin was a partner in the New York office of a national law firm. Before entering private practice, he clerked for the Honorable Robert C. Chambers, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia.

Experience

News

Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Win Securities Fraud Case in Del. Federal Court's First In-Person Trial

October 04, 2021

Martin Bloor and Matthew Elkin were quoted in an article published by the Delaware Court Insider, which discusses a securities fraud case victory.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

Lessons on Honoraria and Research Grants From the Alexion Settlement

July 22, 2020

Martin Bloor was quoted in Anti-Corruption Report discussing the settlement agreement that Boston-based Alexion Pharmaceuticals reached with the SEC to settle FCPA charges over inappropriate payments to health care providers in Russia and to government officials in Turkey.

Sentencing in Micronesian Bribery Case Highlights DOJ’s Commitment to Individual Prosecutions

June 26, 2019

Martin Bloor comments on the Micronesian bribery case in an article in The Anti-Corruption Report.

U.S. Charges a Corrupt Colombian Anti-Corruption Official and His Co-Conspirator

October 03, 2018

Martin Bloor, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, discusses the implications of a case involving the former National Director of Anti-Corruption in Colombia and a Colombian lawyer’s guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy to launder money with the intent to promote bribery.

Data Analytics: A New Front In Compliance

May 01, 2018

Martin Bloor, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Department, did a question and answer interview with Corporate Compliance Insight.

An Enforcement Trend? The DOJ Pursues Individuals in Diverse Industries

March 26, 2018

Martin Bloor, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Department, spoke with The Anti-Corruption Report about the recent FCPA cases against individuals working in a variety of fields.

Martin S. Bloor joins Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice

November 28, 2017

Bloor’s Background Ranges from Complex Commercial Disputes to Matters Involving Improper Payments to Foreign Government Officials

Publications

A Dramatic Shift in Combatting International Corruption May Be on the Horizon [Alert]

June 09, 2021

Martin Bloor discusses the recent White House issued a National Security Memorandum directing the assistant to the president and national security advisor to lead an interagency review process and develop a presidential strategy that will significantly bolster the ability of the U.S. government to address a number of issues relating to international corruption in a domestically and internationally coordinated fashion.

Resolutions Highlight Aggressive Sanctions Enforcement, Need For Senior Level Commitment to Compliance [Alert]

July 21, 2020

Gordon Yehudah and Martin Bloor discuss the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control's settlement with Essentra FZE Co. Ltd., for alleged violations of the North Korea Sanctions Regulations.

Importance of a Robust Compliance Program Underscored by DOJ’s Updated Corporate Compliance Guidance [Alert]

June 04, 2020

Martin Bloor and Kara Kapp discuss the new DOJ guidance and the importance to make regular efforts to update their programs and to reinforce company policies in the wake of breaches to strengthen their effectiveness.

Court Reverses Foreign National’s FCPA Conviction, Setting a High Bar to Establish an Agency Relationship [Alert]

February 28, 2020

A ruling issued on Wednesday, February 26 by a Connecticut federal court details the type of control necessary to find that a foreign national acted as an agent of a U.S. domestic concern for purposes of falling within the coverage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

A Robust FCPA Compliance Program Is Imperative In 2020 [Law360]

January 28, 2020

In this article, Martin discusses why in the current environment, despite a decrease in traditional white collar prosecutions and a shift toward individual accountability in corruption matters, compliance teams need to bring even more focus to the importance of continued compliance to ensure that employees do not get complacent and to keep support for compliance a top priority for senior management.

DOJ Offers Incentives to Encourage Self-Reporting of Export and Sanctions Violations [Alert]

December 19, 2019

Martin S. Bloor and Don Kassilke the DOJ's revised guidance regarding VSDs to further encourage companies to self-report potential criminal violations of the U.S. export control and economic sanctions laws.

Jury Finds Executive Acted As An Agent, Giving DOJ New Leverage To Pursue Foreign Nationals

November 11, 2019

Martin S. Bloor and Thomas Ingalls discuss a recent verdict and how it could be a new way of prosecuting foreign executives of international companies for FCPA violations even if they are never present in the United States.

Increased Prosecutions Will Likely Lead to Welcomed FCPA Clarity [New York Law Journal]

April 02, 2019

Over the past year, the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice has significantly increased individual prosecutions for corporate misconduct. In the New York Law Journal, Martin argues that perhaps an unintended consequence of the increased focus on individual prosecutions is the development of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) case law.

Société Générale’s $1.34 Billion Penalty Highlights the Importance of a Robust Compliance Function [Alert]

November 27, 2018

Martin Bloor, Linda Regis-Hallinan, and Rachel Collins Clarke discuss the $1.34 billion in penalties that are part of a settlement with federal and state authorities to resolve U.S. sanctions violations involving Cuba, Iran, and Sudan.

DOJ Issues Guidance Emphasizing Importance of Remedial Action to Corporate Monitorship Decisions [White Collar Defense & Investigations Alert]

October 17, 2018

Under new Justice Department guidance, corporate defendants have a crucial, time-sensitive window to implement remedial changes independently to potentially avoid the imposition of a government-required monitor to oversee that process.

Implications of Increasingly Invasive Technological Searches at Airports

September 19, 2018

Martin Bloor and Rachel Collins Clarke discuss the increased frequency of electronic device searches at airports, in an article published in the White Collar Crime Committee Newsletter of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section.

The Second Circuit Narrows the Extraterritorial Reach of the FCPA [Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Alert]

August 27, 2018

Martin Bloor, Linda Regis Hallinan, Matthew Kinskey, and Dina Moussa discuss the Second Circuit's decision in United States v. Hoskins.

New DOJ Policy Seeks to Avoid “Piling On” Corporate Penalties [Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Alert]

May 10, 2018

Martin S. Bloor and Yehudah Gordon discuss the new policy, officially titled “Policy on Coordination of Corporate Resolution Penalties,” that will be added as a new section to the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual.

Executives Beware: The DOJ and SEC Have Set Their Sights on Individual Wrongdoing [Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor]

October 15, 2015

Martin Bloor, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, discusses how the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are focusing on targeting individuals who are responsible for corporate wrongdoing in Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor.

Education

  • New York Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, 1999
  • Fordham University, B.A., 1996

Awards & Honors

2021 Chambers USA (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations – NY)

Legal 500 – Recommended Practitioner  – U.S., Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense 2017

Global Investigations Review 100 - Noted for work as a Monitor on the NYC post-Hurricane Sandy rebuilding operation 2016

  • New York

Honorable Robert C. Chambers, U.S. District Court -- Southern District of West Virginia

Member, New York City Bar Compliance Committee: Aug. 1, 2020 - July 31, 2023