Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is representing a former executive of American International Group who has taken the brunt of the blame for the company’s trading in credit default swaps, a congressional aide says.
An aide to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform says that Michael Bopp, a partner in the firm’s D.C. office, is representing Joseph Cassano, who led AIG’s financial products division in London. Cassano has been singled out for his role in the firm’s downfall, and the committee aide confirms a report that lawmakers are interested in learning more about him. It has not been determined yet whether Cassano will testify before the committee, the aide says.
Bopp served as associate director of the Office of Management and Budget from 2006 to 2008 and previously was staff director and chief counsel to the Senate Committee of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. He did not return a call requesting comment.
F. Joseph Warin, chair of the litigation department in Gibson, Dunn’s D.C. office, has also been mentioned as a lawyer for Cassano. He did not return a call requesting comment.
A former chief executive of AIG, Hank Greenberg, is expected to appear before the House oversight committee next week. David Boies and Nicholas Gravante Jr. of Boies, Schiller & Flexner have been representing Greenberg.
UPDATE: Bopp, Warin and associate Michael Hissam published a paper a month ago titled "A Busy Congress for Investigations." Read their tips here.