We conduct internal investigations for companies of all sizes, from small businesses to large corporations, boards of directors and special committees, to detect malfeasance and address whistle-blowers and other allegations of misconduct. We also help clients avert litigation, regulatory action and criminal prosecution.
Our work addresses a wide range of internal investigations including:
- Issues as allegations of financial fraud
- Theft of corporate funds
- Loss prevention
- Misappropriation of corporate secrets
- Violation of non‑compete clauses
- Violations of securities, tax, employment and antitrust laws
It is often advisable for companies, officers and directors faced with allegations of wrongdoing or ethical irregularities to hire independent outside counsel, different from their regular outside counsel and their inside attorneys, to perform independent fact‑finding and provide unbiased recommendations. In conducting internal investigations, we are sensitive to issues of attorney‑client and work product privileges and conflicts of interest.
Our group also provides advice and guidance on business ethics, Sarbanes-Oxley and other corporate governance policies, federal debarment regulations, securities regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the self-regulatory organizations such as Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and state securities, insurance and trade practice regulations. We regularly develop and advise clients in the development of effective compliance programs and risk management strategies.