Providing sound representation on behalf of companies, boards of directors, audit committees, and private individuals facing allegations of business misconduct, corporate misgovernance, and compliance infractions is a hallmark of Vinson & Elkins’ Internal Investigations practice. Clients across the globe in a variety of industries call on our Internal Investigations lawyers, often urgently, for informed, business-focused advice on issues related to bribery and corruption, securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, employment, accounting improprieties, business ethics, and criminal and regulatory matters. Recognizing that alleged misconduct can lead to heightened public scrutiny from government regulators, our lawyers act efficiently to develop the facts and analyze claims, apply evolving laws to specific business needs, dispel or manage potential corporate crises, and provide proactive counsel to help avoid future claims.
Strategic Application of Evolving Laws
Our established Internal Investigations practice possesses a thorough understanding of the evolving legal standards under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act and other anti-bribery legislation, Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley, the False Claims Act, and various
other state, federal, and foreign regulations. We put our experience into practice by designing a tailored investigation scope that includes efficient document collection and review, witness interviews, preparation of interim and final oral and written investigative reports,
managing press inquiries, and, where appropriate, advising clients on disclosures to the DOJ, SEC, and the UK’s Serious Fraud Office. Sometimes, our representation takes the form of high-profile investigations on a global scale, while other inquiries require a swift, focused review to remain outside the
public eye. For every investigation, our team discreetly handles each sensitive step of the process for our clients, while minimizing the disruption of daily business operations.
Tailored Investigative Scope
Internal investigations are often unexpected and demanding. As a result, our clients call on us to provide timely, strategic, experienced, and coordinated representation in virtually every substantive area of law. We also maintain strong working relationships with outside auditors and forensic accountants,
enabling us to design and execute an investigation scope that fits our clients’ specific needs.