Internal Investigations and Government Enforcement

We have extensive experience conducting corruption-related internal investigations for private, public, large, and small companies all around the world. When issues arise for our clients, we are well positioned to help. The assistance we provide ranges from working with our clients’ internal teams to handle small investigations, to executing major cross-border internal investigations. And if clients face government investigations or criminal charges, we have the experience and credibility to help them navigate government scrutiny and contest charges in a courtroom where necessary.

  • Internal Investigations: We have conducted scores of internal investigations on behalf of companies, boards of directors, audit committees, and special litigation committees, to investigate potential or suspected violations of the FCPA, U.K. Bribery Act, and other anti-corruption laws. We have handled investigations in all corners of the globe, including in countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Russia, Africa, and the Middle East.

    In addition to our vast experience, we stand out from our competitors in that we can and do draw upon the experience of our top-ranked privacy practice and our in-house forensic accounting services group.

    We also regularly advise clients on disclosure strategy and obligations stemming from any discovered improper conduct. When making assessments and recommendations, we take a practical, risk-based approach. We recognize that early and assertive crisis management can increase a company’s credibility with regulators and prosecutors and can eliminate or mitigate exposure.
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions: We have deep expertise in handling matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and foreign regulators, including multi-jurisdictional investigations. We have successfully defended companies and individuals facing government investigations and criminal charges by obtaining the most favorable outcome quickly and efficiently, with minimal publicity and impact on our client’s business and reputation. Our team’s deep bench, including former prosecutors and regulators, gives us invaluable insight into the government’s objectives, which is critical in defending clients against potential charges, navigating quietly through a government investigation, and negotiating complex global settlements. In many cases, the Department of Justice or other government enforcement bodies have closed their investigations with no action taken against our clients. Put simply, the cases of which we are most proud are the ones that never became public. And, where necessary, we are prepared to defend our clients’ interests in court and have an enviable record of success before judges and juries.
  • Investigation Counseling: We frequently provide guidance to our clients when their teams handle small matters internally, including on proper scope of investigation, investigation process, and documentation.

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