LSW has conducted numerous sensitive internal investigations on behalf of a broad range of clients. Five of our partners are former federal prosecutors with extensive experience conducting investigations. Another of our partners served as a senior compliance officer at a public company, where he was responsible for overseeing internal investigations.
Effective internal investigations require the level of experience that LSW possesses, with the ability to probe issues quickly but thoroughly, and to take account of the various constituencies who have a stake in any given investigation—whether they be shareholders, directors, investors, donors, or governmental authorities.
We have conducted internal investigations on behalf of public and private corporations, corporate boards of directors and special committees, non-profit institutions, labor unions, intergovernmental organizations, and other entities. We assist these clients by rigorously determining the facts and, where appropriate, helping to devise forward-looking, preventive measures and compliance and training programs. We also counsel clients regarding potential criminal and regulatory exposure, referrals to law enforcement, voluntary cooperation with governmental authorities, and corporate governance issues.
In addition to conducting internal investigations on behalf of organizational clients, we represent individuals who find themselves the subject of or otherwise involved in such investigations. Many of these representations involve cross-border issues and complex parallel civil, criminal, and regulatory proceedings.
The firm’s partners also have been appointed by courts, government agencies, and private parties to serve in a variety of impartial capacities and contexts, such as RICO Administrator of the Fulton Fish Market, temporary receiver for a commodities firm, receiver of a hedge fund, trustees of SEC disgorgement funds, independent consultant approved by the SEC respecting accounting issues of a Fortune 500 corporation, monitor and independent investigative counsel of a labor union, and investigative counsel with respect to a major accounting firm’s compliance with rules governing auditor independence.