Successful investigations, whether purely internal or in response to government demands, require careful planning, human and technological resources, and sophisticated logistical and communications skills. Investigations are frequently conducted with parallel civil, regulatory, or criminal proceedings already in full force or looming on the horizon. We have the experience and the subject matter knowledge to navigate these three-dimensional chess boards with and for clients.
Responding to U.S. government information demands, whether potentially criminal matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice, specialty regulators such as the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency or the Federal Reserve, broad consumer inquiries by the CFPB, other federal agencies, or investigative demands from state attorneys general, all have their own idiosyncrasies that can make the difference between a successful outcome or unnecessary harm to the company or individual. We have the experience and subject matter knowledge to respond with candor and bring about the best possible outcome.
Our investigations capabilities bring to bear a deep well of fact-finding and analytical experience and relevant industry knowledge to address our clients’ needs to know the facts and what those facts mean for the future of a business. We employ time-tested project management principles to design and execute an investigation plan that contains costs and meets critical substantive requirements and time expectations. Partnering with our clients across state and national borders to examine allegations, we are mindful to minimize business disruption as much as possible, and to give our clients a 360-degree view.
Our group routinely conducts internal client investigations and responds to government investigations for legal departments, boards of directors, and special committees in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. We have been deeply engaged in many significant, publicly reported U.S. and international investigations in the last decade and more—LIBOR and other financial reference rates, foreign exchange, FCPA and other public corruption in the US and abroad, spoofing and market trading market manipulation, improper management of reserves for securities reporting, and offshore banking. We have also been a trusted partner to our clients on a myriad of investigative confidential internal matters ranging from #MeToo allegations, accounting irregularities, regulatory risks, and platform-wide employee conduct reviews.
We are experienced at working with our clients to find the facts and to analyze the investigation results in real time; to convey the results and their meaning to the client’s leadership, to government authorities, and to other key stakeholders to manage and conclude investigations successfully.
Cross-border investigations often require close partnership with in-country counsel, an understanding of the relevant regulatory regimes, and resources to operate across time zones. We have a long history of successfully managing all of these requirements and more.
- Valecia McDowell and Elena Mitchell Featured in an Episode of The Financial Executive Podcast Entitled “Auditing a Company’s Civil Rights Record”06.2022
- Neil Bloomfield and Aishaah Reed Foster served as panelists for Mecklenburg County Bar’s 15th Annual Increasing Diversity in the Legal Profession Conference03.2022
- Valecia McDowell guest speaker for Extraordinary Women on Boards: How Corporate Board Members Detect Signs of Trouble03.2021
- Valecia McDowell and Elena Mitchell’s article published by Bloomberg Law: Racial Equity Audits: The New ESG Frontier04.2022
- Neil Bloomfield and Kate Wellman’s article published by Thomson Reuters: President’s working group report calls for stablecoin regulation12.2021
- Jim McLoughlin and Ed O'Keefe's article published by Westlaw: When corporate reporting creates criminal riskWestlaw, 03.2021
Subject Matter Experience
Subject Matter Experience
- Securities fraud
- Corporate governance issues
- FCPA and public corruption
- False Claims Act and other government reporting
- Healthcare fraud and regulatory compliance issues
- Whistleblower allegations
- Accounting irregularities
- Employee conduct management processes
- Misconduct of officers and directors
- Market manipulation
- Antitrust and cartel behavior
- Money laundering
- Vendor misconduct
- Intellectual property rights infringement
- DEI and ESG consideration
- Trade Secrets theft
Our attorneys are thought leaders. We teach investigations courses at Duke University School of Law and Wake Forest School of Law to help train the next generation.
We serve as panelists in continuing education events for the Bar and for industry leadership at SIFMA and other top industry and education events.
We have been published by prestigious law reviews and media such as The New York University Law School, Annual Survey of American Law, Bloomberg, Westlaw, Inside Counsel, American Banker, Corporate Compliance on the topics important to the skillful conduct of internal investigations.