Alexander Bussey


Alexander’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, cross-border regulatory/internal investigations, and complex civil litigation.

He has experience representing individuals, corporates, and large financial institutions. Alexander has particular experience in disputes involving alleged securities or financial fraud, insider trading, and anti-money laundering compliance.

Prior to joining the firm, Alex clerked for the Honorable John G. Koeltl in the District Court for the Southern District of New York.



Representative matters

Hedge fund trader on insider trading prosecution arising out of alleged misuse of information concerning upcoming revisions to Medicare reimbursement rates issued by CMS in the Southern District of New York. This case was a first-of-its-kind case involving government information and prosecuting insider trading under the criminal Title 18 securities fraud provision. After multiple appeals, we successfully obtained a deferred prosecution agreement and the charges were ultimately dropped.

Northern European financial institution on anti-money laundering investigations by the US Department of Justice and by bank regulators in the US and multiple European jurisdictions focused on controls concerning foreign correspondent banking relationships and KYC/CDD measures applied to high risk and non-resident customers.

Global financial institution on an investigation into anti-money laundering shortcomings by SEC, U.S. banking regulators, and multiple European enforcement agencies, which was initiated upon suspicions of corrupt payments to CIS PEPs. Succeeded in obtaining declination from U.S. regulators.

Barclays Bank on commodities fraud and antitrust class action arising out of alleged manipulation of gold and silver benchmark manipulation in the Southern District of New York. Succeeded on motion to dismiss on silver benchmark litigation.

Morgan Stanley on commodities fraud action arising out of alleged manipulation of the Cboe volatility index (VIX) in the Southern District of New York. Succeeded on motion to dismiss.

Canadian financial institution on investigation into block trading practices by the SEC and Southern District of New York.

Société Générale on securities fraud action arising out of alleged spoofing and short selling price manipulation scheme in the Southern District of New York. Succeeded on motion to dismiss.

U.S. medtech startup on bribery and money laundering risk arising out of third party consultancy and government contracts.

Belgian financial services company on anti-money laundering enforcement risks arising out of potential new and expanded investment products offered to U.S. customers.

Japanese conglomerate on corruption and money-laundering enforcement risk arising out of acquisition of Southeast-Asian energy developer.

Two staff members on corruption investigation into former Lieutenant Governor of New York, Brian Benjamin, in the Southern District of New York.

French individual corporate officer on enforcement risk by DOJ and SEC arising out of foreign corruption investigation at a global provider of oil and gas services.



Admitted: United States Courts of Appeals

Second Circuit, 2019     

Seventh Circuit, 2023

Admitted: United States District Courts     

Southern District of New York, 2018

Eastern District of New York, 2018

Admitted:  Bar of the State of New York, 2014


J.D., magna cum laude, Fordham University School of Law, 2013

B.S., Biology, B.A., Studio Art, Bethel University, 2010


A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.