With companies facing rising enforcement in the US, UK, China, Brazil and other jurisdictions, managing risk is a top priority for global businesses. With our internationally recognized lawyers and our long-standing presence in the highest-risk jurisdictions, our Global Compliance & Investigations Group is there to advise clients on how best to mitigate risk and conduct business ethically without sacrificing profitability.
In Brazil, our team is the only Compliance & Investigations Practice ranked Tier 1 in the region by Chambers Latin America. Three of our lawyers including Mini vandePol, Chair of our global practice, are among the "Top 100 Women in Investigations", listed by Global Investigations Review, while the chair of our EMEA practice is recognized as on 2016's "Hot List" by leading publication The Lawyer. Our North America compliance team is comprised of former DOJ regulators, prosecutors and the former Minister of Justice for Canada.
Our services include both reviewing and structuring risk management programs for market-leading companies and representing clients in large scale internal or regulator-driven investigations in the United States, UK, Europe, Latin America and Asia. In addition, our Group has recently developed a programme of bespoke “Investigation Academies” for clients that serve to train and educate in-house teams in all aspects of dealing with global investigations in a highly practical, interactive and informal format. These unique Academies provide unrivalled training as well as the benefit of our expertise in helping clients maintain control in times of crisis.
Deferred prosecution - Conducted an internal investigation, designed worldwide FCPA training and created a remediation plan for a leading energy construction and engineering services company under investigation for paying millions in bribes to foreign officials in South America and Africa. As a result, we persuaded the US government that our client’s complete cooperation, swift handling of non-compliance employees and dedication to instituting remedial action warranted a deferred prosecution agreement.
Successful joint venture - Conducted FCPA and trade sanctions due diligence, drafted protective contractual language and developed compliance policies and procedures that enabled a US public company to proceed with its proposed joint venture with a Chinese state-owned entity. We also trained the joint venture partner’s Chinese legal and business teams on US anti-corruption and trade sanction laws to prevent future liability.
Airtight compliance program -
Revised a global consulting company’s anti-bribery program, rewrote its code of conduct, trained management on new gift-giving policies, restructured the compliance department and educated the board of directors on liability as part of a 360-degree review of the company’s compliance program encompassing 120 countries. By identifying areas of vulnerability, prioritizing risk and developing strategies to address them, we helped reduce the likelihood of government investigations and reputational damage.
No FCPA charges
- Conducted an internal investigation, helped terminate non-compliant employees and revised product distribution agreements for a Fortune 500 IT company under investigation for public procurement fraud and bribery in Brazil. As a result of the client’s implementation of our comprehensive remediation plan, the DOJ decided not to file charges.
Quick, credible investigation
- Collected 3.5 million documents and interviewed 120 witnesses in the US, Australia, the Middle East and Asia in a large-scale internal investigation of a Fortune 100 metals company facing FCPA-related charges. Our ability to execute the investigative plan quickly and earn the trust of US government authorities with our thoroughness and transparency saved the client significant time and money. Practice Overview