Co-Chair, Corporate Investigations & White Collar DefenseLitigationemail
Co-Chair, Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense Litigationemail
Corporations and their executives are increasingly under scrutiny by federal and state prosecutors, especially in the aftermath of the economic meltdown and resulting increased government involvement in the economy. Conduct that in the past would result in regulatory sanctions or civil settlement is now being criminally investigated. In addition, the U.S. Department of Justice and many state and local prosecutors expect corporations to police themselves and their employees in order to ferret out internal wrongdoing. Corporations can face massive fines, exclusion from federal programs, and litigation from other government agencies, watchdog groups and consumers. Their executives can face financial and reputational ruin, as well as jail.
Manatt’s Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense lawyers have a proven track record of success in defending corporate and individual clients in high-profile investigations and prosecutions. Companies and their executives regularly call on us to represent them in complex criminal, regulatory, and congressional matters, as well as in the parallel civil litigation that often accompanies those inquiries.
Experienced Defense Lawyers Backed by Deep Industry Expertise Our team includes lawyers who previously have served as federal or state prosecutors, federal public defenders, and SEC officials. In addition, many of our lawyers have significant experience in crisis management and in dealing with the media. With such backgrounds, we are an ideal choice for corporate and individual clients facing scrutiny from federal or state prosecutors, the SEC or FINRA, federal or state inspectors general, state attorneys general, Congress or a well-coordinated plaintiffs’ bar.
Manatt lawyers have deep, substantive experience in industries such as banking and finance, securities, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, corporate transactions, media, entertainment and government. The ability to draw upon colleagues with specific industry knowledge effectively eliminates the learning curve in many situations.
Aggressive Representation of Clients Our lawyers provide aggressive and effective representation at all stages of the criminal and regulatory processes. Our primary goal is to quickly resolve problems without indictment, inquiry or enforcement action. When that is not possible, we zealously represent our clients through the investigation and trial phases, and through sentencing and appeal where necessary.
Our skill as courtroom advocates is well known. We are not afraid to try cases that should be tried, and prosecutors and regulators know that. As a result, we are often able to obtain favorable outcomes for our clients short of trial.
Representative matters handled by our group's attorneys include:
Internal Investigations Prosecutors and other government investigators expect companies to conduct credible internal investigations after problems are uncovered. We have the experience to perform these reviews efficiently and effectively, and then to help clients determine whether and how to present the review’s findings to the government. Along the way, we help clients navigate difficult issues like privilege and indemnification of employees. And, where corporate reforms are necessary following a review, we assist clients in drafting and implementing compliance programs to ensure that problems are avoided in the future.
Recent internal investigations include:
Crisis Management For both corporate and individual clients a key concern is minimizing the reputational effects of a government inquiry. We understand that a favorable outcome for our clients means vindication not only in the court of law but also in the court of public opinion. If authorized by a client, our lawyers are comfortable working with public relations specialists or directly with the media to minimize harmful publicity or to level the playing field of public opinion on issues that affect our representations. We also understand that, in some instances, clients will want to speak publicly about a matter in order to minimize reputational harm and that those needs must be balanced against a lawyer’s common desire that clients not speak publicly at all.
Corporate Compliance/Due Diligence Our attorneys have the rare combination of business experience and a prosecutorial background. With that comes the ability to help companies avoid problems in the first place by working with them to develop corporate compliance programs. For example, our attorneys have designed tailored FCPA and anticorruption compliance programs for Fortune 100 companies, private equity and venture capital, and small and midsize entities conducting business abroad in industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, healthcare, media, cleantech, consumer goods, data security and sports. Similarly our attorneys routinely help clients with conducting corruption due diligence on potential targets. Our involvement has helped clients better assess the costs and value of the deal and avoid a likely enforcement outcome were the deal to have proceeded without that knowledge.
Proven SuccessOther engagements of our attorneys include the representation of:
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