Bilzin Sumberg's Corporate Compliance and Internal Investigations Team regularly represents Companies, Boards of Directors, and Special Committees in performing internal investigations. Led by Marty L. Steinberg, former U.S. Senate Chief Counsel and former Chief of the U.S. Department of Justice's (“DOJ”) Organized Crime Office in New York, our Team’s experience has proven invaluable in representing clients in a variety of investigative matters including criminal, congressional, regulatory, administrative and civil enforcement proceedings. The firm has also advised individual and corporate clients in proceedings before the DOJ, U.S. Senate and Congressional committees, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”), U.S. Treasury Department, and other federal, state and foreign regulatory agencies.
In cases where internal investigations are international in scope, the firm’s multilingual attorneys work seamlessly with international officials and professionals. Significant internal investigations have been undertaken in Argentina, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Colombia, England, Hong Kong, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Switzerland and Turkey.
The firm utilizes a worldwide network of former government lawyers, investigators, and regulators who have had lengthy and distinguished careers with their respective agencies. This expertise creates an invaluable avenue of government liaison and offers the best opportunity for access to a significant amount of information. The firm also has substantial experience with the use of investigators to gain informational leverage for our clients and anticipate the consequences of potentially adverse witnesses and evidence.
Bilzin Sumberg has conducted domestic and international internal investigations related to class action and consumer fraud allegations, background inquiries, methods of business operations, insurance matters, potential merger partners, tax matters, contraband and money laundering, utility operations, import-export activities, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, UK Bribery Act, and Brazil Clean Company Act inquiries, government contracting fraud, Qui Tam inquiries, Sarbanes-Oxley Act matters, mail and wired fraud, securities fraud and related violations, alleged public corruption, trademark and patent infringement, counterfeiting, customs violations, theft and misappropriation, antitrust and unfair business practices, health care fraud and abuse, validity of tax credits, steroid abuse and officers and directors fiduciary duties, among other inquiries.
The firm also has substantial experience in creating and implementing compliance programs. Additionally, government agencies, including the DOJ, the SEC, and federal courts consistently have selected our attorneys as Trustees, Receivers, and Monitors involving large-scale internal investigations.