Government Enforcement Actions and Internal Investigations

The legal and business ramifications of government enforcement actions and internal investigations can be extensive, and may include negative publicity, customer backlash and financial instability. Our White Collar and Government Investigations practice includes experienced lawyers who are well equipped to handle government inquiries and enforcement actions at every stage and in any industry setting.

We regularly represent corporations and individuals in all types of regulatory investigations, complex federal and state criminal investigations, and related civil litigation. We have helped clients respond to inquiries handled by almost every U.S. federal agency and many state enforcement agencies, including the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as United States attorneys, state attorneys general, and federal and state banking regulators. Working proactively with our clients, we provide knowledge and guidance, with a focus on identifying and communicating the risks and potential outcomes of law enforcement and regulatory activities, whether arising from civil enforcement actions or resulting from a criminal investigation.

We provide the following services, among others:

  • Defending corporate clients and individuals under investigation by the SEC, DOJ (including the department’s Antitrust Division) and other federal agencies, and in related civil and regulatory proceedings
  • Conducting internal investigations arising from federal and state criminal, civil and administrative investigations
  • Conducting internal investigations in all business contexts, in response to issues such as fraud, mismanagement and potential whistleblower allegations
  • Providing legal advice to corporate management and boards, helping them conduct and manage the results of internal investigations and respond to inquiries from regulators, prosecutors and private litigants

Representative Experience

  • Conducted internal investigations involving significant accounting fraud issues for a former national, top-10 wholesale mortgage lender under investigation by the DOJ and SEC
  • Represented a financial institution under parallel investigations by the SEC and in a federal grand jury proceeding for alleged securities fraud, bank fraud and embezzlement
  • Represented a multinational chemical company in an investigation conducted by the Antitrust Division of the DOJ, involving issues related to price fixing and customer and territorial allocation
  • Represented a major animal health company in an internal investigation regarding allegations of a former employee and whistleblower involving alleged inaccurate FDA reporting
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