Our Internal Investigations practice assists corporations, boards of directors, special committees, and audit committees in connection with internal investigations of all sizes. Our work has ranged from discrete investigations in response to an anonymous employee complaint to wide-ranging investigations conducted against the backdrop of ongoing litigation and/or regulatory and criminal investigations.
Our background in criminal and regulatory matters makes us well-suited to conduct all aspects of the investigation, including interviewing employees at all levels, reviewing complex business and financial documents, and working in conjunction with forensic accountants and other experts. In connection with our work, we provide interim and final investigative reports, which may include formal board presentations and detailed written analysis. Our focus is on delivering comprehensive, reliable investigative results while acting efficiently and remaining mindful of client cost considerations.
C Evan Stewart recently led a panel discussing attorney-client privilege in the context of internal investigations, which was covered in Boomberg BNA's Corporate Counsel Weekly.
Lawyers who represent public companies are faced with a problem about which most are clueless. In a number of states (including New York), lawyers’ confidentiality obligations are at odds with the requirements mandated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Is there a way out of this conundrum? Mr. Stewart attempts to get to the bottom of this matter in his latest article in the New York Law Journal.
Partners Muriel Goldberg-Darmon and Angéline Duffour spoke at a roundtable on “Grey areas in privilege” during the Women in Investigations conference in London on June 28, 2018. The panelists were: Jane Shvets, Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, Polly Sprenger, Partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman, Mona Vaswani, Partner at Allen & Overy, and Muriel Goldberg-Darmon, Partner at Cohen & Gresser. The moderator was Martina de Lind van Wijngaarden, Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Muriel discussed the French Bar rules regarding privilege and internal investigations as well as cross border investigations (DOJ investigations and AMF/SEC investigations). Angéline spoke about specific issues in France regarding employment law (disciplinary sanctions and protection of employees).
John was the keynote speaker at the 2018 Global Investigations Review Conference.
- Handling multi-jurisdictional approaches to privileged communications in the aftermath of the recent UK decision in Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd. and The RBS Rights Issue Litigation.
- Identifying potential cultural challenges and local laws that may impede an effective investigation and prevent a one-size-fits-all approach to designing internal processes and procedures within multinational organizations.
- Implementing best practices when preparing for and coordinating effective internal investigations across international lines.
The faculty presenting this program will cover all aspects of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration process, including prehearing matters, motion practice, hearings, and awards, and will also provide a detailed guide to FINRA investigations and enforcement actions. Leveraging outcomes from recent cases and investigations, the aim of this presentation is to arm participants with the tools and knowledge needed to effectively litigate for their clients who may find themselves as parties in these types of proceedings.
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The panel will address best practices for corporate counsel assisting boards of directors in fulfilling their corporate governance responsibilities, including the various ethical issues that may arise in evaluating an acquisition, conducting an internal investigation or other situations.