Kramer Levin lawyers provide sure guidance to companies, executives, boards, committees and their members through internal investigations, whether in response to issues surfaced from within the company or an external threat or government inquiry. We offer practical and strategic counsel on the appropriate scope of an investigation; potential civil, regulatory and criminal exposure; public reporting requirements; public relations; whether and when to self-report an issue; and the preservation of the client’s attorney-client privilege when conducting an investigation and in dealing with regulators and auditors.
We employ a dynamic problem-solving approach, conducting focused and discreet investigations that anticipate immediate and long-term legal, business and internal control implications.
We have the experience and judgment to tackle the most sensitive, broad and fast-paced investigations, to investigate efficiently, to counsel our clients through complicated and sensitive issues, and, when necessary, to work effectively with regulators while protecting our client’s interests.
The lawyers in our Internal Investigations practice blend deep and extensive experience as former prosecutors and as private counsel to the boards, audit committees, special litigation committees and management of Fortune 100 companies in connection with inquiries by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), state attorneys general, Congress and the Public Company Accounting and Oversight Board (PCAOB). Working closely with our White Collar Defense and Investigations team, we also represent our internal investigations clients in parallel civil class actions and criminal prosecutions, SEC actions and other regulatory proceedings. Further, we assist clients in establishing best practices and conduct training on the proper handling of investigations.