Morrison & Foerster has extensive experience conducting a wide range of internal investigations for companies around the world. We have represented companies, board committees, and individuals in some of the most sensitive and high-profile internal investigations, involving complex accounting and disclosure issues, whistleblower claims, potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), potential violations of competition laws, and other issues. These investigations are both internally generated and in response to governmental investigations, often involving multiple jurisdictions.
When making assessments and recommendations, we recognize that early and assertive crisis management can increase a company’s credibility with its shareholders, regulators, prosecutors, and auditors, and can eliminate or mitigate its exposure.
Our lawyers continue to lead sensitive internal investigations for clients from diverse industries, including aerospace, consulting and professional services, consumer products and services, government and defense contracts, e-commerce and Internet, electronics and manufacturing, energy, financial services, information technology, life sciences and health care, software development and sales, and transportation, among others. We frequently represent companies, audit committees, special litigation committees, officers, or directors, whether in connection with pending litigation or regulatory inquiries, or before any action is commenced.
While we handle more focused, rapid reviews, and investigations on a smaller scale, we have the expertise, experience, resources, and global reach necessary to perform large, complex investigations quickly and efficiently, anywhere in the world and in multiple locations simultaneously. Our team also includes an in-house Forensic Accounting Services Group led by a former Big Four audit partner and Certified Fraud Examiner, providing ready access to in-depth public accounting experience.
Chambers USA 2015 National: Securities Litigation National: FCPA National: Corporate Crime & Investigations California: Securities Litigation California: General Commercial Litigation New York: General Commercial Litigation New York: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Legal 500 US 2015 National: Securities: Shareholder Litigation National: White-Collar Criminal Defense
Legal 500 UK 2015 Fraud: Civil and Regulatory Investigations Fraud: Corporate Crime Commercial Litigation
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2016 Law Firm of the Year: Litigation - Securities National: Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 1) National: Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) (Tier 1) National: Litigation - Securities (Tier 1) National: Securities Regulation (Tier 1) National: Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions (Tier 3) Los Angeles: Litigation - Securities (Tier 1) Los Angeles: Securities Regulation (Tier 1) New York: Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Tier 1) New York: Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) (Tier 1) New York: Litigation – Securities (Tier 1) San Francisco: Corporate Compliance Law (Tier 1) San Francisco: Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Tier 1) San Francisco: Litigation – Securities (Tier 1)
BTI Litigation Outlook 2015 Standout: Securities and Finance Litigation
FT's 2014 U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report Commended for Securities Litigation
Law360 2013 White Collar Practice Group of the Year
Here is what they say about us:
Major player in the securities and commercial litigation spheres with the capacity to take on national and international cases. Adept at handling high-profile disputes for clients in a range of industries, including health care, financial services and pharmaceuticals. Retains strength in securities class action work as well as investigations and derivative actions. – Chambers USA 2015
Offers a broad range of representation in corporate criminal defense and government investigations. Combines notable trial experience with significant regulatory expertise when handling domestic and international proceedings. – Chambers USA 2015
The firm is excellent. They provide the hard advice, but also manage complex global investigations seamlessly. – Chambers USA 2015
“Offers a broad range of representation in corporate criminal defense and government investigations. Combines notable trial experience with significant regulatory expertise when handling domestic and international proceedings.” (Chambers USA 2015)
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A Primer on SEC Investigations and Enforcement Actions Related to Financial Reporting and Accounting Cases
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