Kyden Creekpaum

Kyden Creekpaum advises clients in a variety of contexts, particularly compliance matters including sensitive internal investigations, cyber security and data privacy, corruption and bribery, and human relations (HR) matters. Kyden joined FD Law in 2017 after practicing at a large international law firm in Paris and Washington, D.C.  He has extensive experience conducting third-party due diligence, designing & implementing effective compliance programs, and providing advice with respect to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other international anti-corruption laws. Kyden is a sought-after and engaging speaker and trainer on compliance topics.

Biography

Kyden has conducted in-depth reviews and investigations in the oil and gas, banking, and aerospace industries, and has conducted due diligence on third parties on six continents.  He has advised clients on sensitive compliance matters in contexts ranging from cyber security events to government investigations and monitorships, M&A activity, and whistleblower allegation response. He has led the development of effective compliance programs, including by writing policies & procedures and conducting training programs for businesspeople, executives, and other attorneys. Kyden has three times been seconded to work with senior executives at large international companies: first to the Dubai headquarters of a pan-African bank, second to a global aerospace and defense company in France, and finally to serve as interim Chief Compliance Officer for a US-based natural gas company with global operations. He is a former adjunct law professor at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Representative Recent Engagements

  • Compliance advice for global energy company, including designing and implementing compliance program policies & procedures, conducting risk assessments, conducting third party due diligence in countries throughout South America, Asia, the MENA regions, and providing advice relating to compliance with the FCPA, trade and sanctions regulations, etc.
  • Advice in connection with cyber security events and data breach incidents, including notification requirements with respect to customers and regulators, directing privileged investigations, coordinating and supporting incident response teams, and advice for senior leadership with respect to response and risk mitigation strategies.  
  • Conducted internal investigations regarding potential violations of relevant international anti-corruption and anti-competition laws in South America and South Asia for an energy company.
  • Conducted internal investigation and successfully defended a publicly-traded company before the U.S. Department of Labor in a SOX whistleblower retaliation claim brought by former executive.
  • Compliance advice with respect to Human Relations (HR) topics, such as the FLSA (including wage & hour issues, exempt status, and similar topics), ADA compliance including reasonable accommodations, OSHA regulations, non-compete and non-solicitation clause enforcement, and similar topics.
  • Assisted in the successful formation of a joint venture between a U.S. energy company and a Middle Eastern state-owned company.
  • Represented an energy company with respect to the sale of an LNG vessel.
  • Pro bono general counsel for multiple local non-profit entities.
  • Conducted M&A due diligence on a manufacturer of components used in the oil and gas industry.
  • Provided advice to non-profit entities with respect to HIPAA and FERPA compliance.
  • Provided advice to various entities with respect to COVID-19 vaccine mandate requirements.
  • Conducted contractual negotiations on behalf of a non-profit entity.
  • Represented oil and gas holding company in a post-bankruptcy dispute regarding overriding royalty interests in wells across the United States.
  • Represented publicly-traded company seeking to enforce non-compete and non-solicitation clauses in contracts with former employees.
  • Represented a private equity company regarding funding arrangements related to intellectual property rights.
Undergraduate:
B.Mus., Piano Performance, 2004
B.A., Political Science, 2004, Summa Cum Laude
The University of Oklahoma

Graduate:
M.P.H., Sommer Scholar, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Law:
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2009
Master Droit Economique (LLM, Global Business Law), SciencesPo, Paris, France

Oklahoma, 2018

District of Columbia, 2010

Maryland, 2009

Board of Directors, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, 2018 —
President, Board of Directors, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, 2021 —
Board of Directors, Indian Nations Council, Boys Scouts of America, 2020 —
Board of Trustees, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, 2018 –
Member, Rotary Club of Tulsa, 2018 –
Board of Directors, Tulsa Global Alliance, 2017 — 2019
Leadership Tulsa Class 59
Leadership Tulsa Board Intern, Chamber Music Tulsa, 2018
Former President, Board of Directors, Sinfonietta Paris Chamber Orchestra, 2012 — 2013

Candace Caywood

CCaywood@fdlaw.com