Ana Frischtak is special counsel at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP. Ana is an experienced attorney, having represented clients in international arbitration, anti-corruption investigations and prosecutions, and white-collar compliance and criminal defense. Ana has extensive experience in matters involving Latin America, especially in representation of both Brazilian companies and individuals, as well as multinational companies operating in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America. She represents such clients on FCPA matters and arbitrations, and also provides advice on intellectual property rights and media-related issues. Ana has also represented prisoners seeking clemency from both the federal and state governments and successfully obtained a pardon from President Obama in 2017 for a client serving a life sentence for a non-violent drug offense.
Prior to joining Kaplan Hecker, Ana spent 10 years as a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where her practice focused on international arbitration, white collar investigations and compliance, and individual pro bono representations. Ana graduated cum laude from Michigan Law School, where she was an Editor on the Michigan Journal of International Law and a member of the law school’s World Trade Organization’s Moot Court Team. After law school, Ana clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge Garland E. Burrell of the Eastern District of California.
Ana has published articles on international trade agreements, international investment law, and anti-corruption legislation. Her publications include “International Investment Agreements: Bilateral Investment Treaties, Preferential Trade Agreements, and the WTO” (with Richard Newfarmer) in Arvid Lukauskas, Robert M. Stern, and Gianni Zanini (eds.), Handbook of Trade Policy for Development, New York: Oxford University Press, October 2013; “Brazil Enacts Long-Pending Anti-Corruption Legislation” (with Andrew Levine, Bruce Yannet, Steve Michaels, and Renata Muzzi), Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, FCPA Update, August 2013, Vol. 5, No. 1.; and “South Sudan’s EAC Accession: Legal Obligations and Negotiating Options,” Policy Note 13/0129, International Growth Centre, January 2013.
Ana also has experience in international development, having worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where she helped devise a skills capacity building program for Cambodia’s civil servants. She has also been a consultant to the International Growth Centre, a London-based NGO focused on promoting sustainable growth in developing countries. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ana currently sits on the Action Board of GOSO – Getting Out and Staying Out – a Harlem-based organization that provides crucial and effective support to young, justice-involved men to help them avoid relapsing back into the prison system.
Ana is a native speaker of both English and Portuguese and is fluent in Spanish. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Government from Cornell University.