Global Investigations Review (GIR) has named Morrison & Foerster to its list of top 30 investigations practices. The GIR 30 assessment identifies leading firms from around the world best situated to handle sophisticated cross-border government-led and internal investigations. Additionally, our team was short-listed for the Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the year award for 2020.
Morrison & Foerster’s Investigations + White Collar team is frequently retained in matters involving highly complex and sensitive issues. Examples of recent work include our involvement in a significant recent corporate FCPA representation that concluded with simultaneous favorable DOJ and SEC resolutions; serving as DOJ appointed Monitor for Odebrecht SA in connection with one of the largest global anti‑corruption investigations and resolutions; acting as Special Counsel to the New York City Council in investigations and disciplinary hearings on misconduct charges against Council Members, including most recently charges that led to the expulsion of a Bronx City Council member; representing PG&E, in connection with CPUC’s investigation of the 2017 – 18 Northern California Wildfires; and several other matters representing multinational companies and individuals in other high-profile, cross‑border internal and government-facing anti-corruption, antitrust, money laundering, and compliance-related investigations.
The strength of the firm’s Investigations + White Collar Defense practice is its depth and diversity of experience. The team’s collective experience—as former U.S. (federal and state) and foreign prosecutors, senior government regulators, White House and FBI counsel, national security and privacy specialists, and veteran defense lawyers—enables the team to anticipate prosecutors’ and regulators’ next steps, plan and execute efficient and thorough investigations, and quickly pinpoint key issues identifying the best path forward from the outset. Morrison & Foerster is the only law firm in the world with two former managers from the DOJ, Criminal Division, Fraud Section’s FCPA Unit, both of whom were instrumental in the development of the modern architecture of FCPA enforcement, overseeing hundreds of cases and billions of dollars in penalties and landmark FCPA trials.
Morrison & Foerster is also the go-to outside counsel for leading public and private companies in high‑risk and challenging markets worldwide. The Investigations + White Collar Defense practice has a deep bench of experienced investigations attorneys on the ground in the firm’s offices around the globe, providing real-time and seamless advice to clients across continents and time zones, in key financial centers in Asia (including in China, Japan, and Singapore) and Europe, and with attorneys with deep experience in EMEA and Latin America.