Multinational companies – and their corporate executives – face growing legal challenges to the conduct of their businesses from governments worldwide and myriad agencies within the United States. As the investigation and prosecution of financial crimes has been globalized, cooperation and information-sharing between agencies and across borders has increased exponentially. When regulators or law enforcement in one country begin an investigation, they more and more often are joined by their counterparts in other countries in a coordinated multijurisdictional effort. Companies and individuals can face administrative, civil, and criminal charges now in multiple countries, including follow-on prosecutions. In the United States in recent years, enforcement priorities have been in flux, and rules and regulations that can drastically impact multinational businesses – such as sanctions, trade rules, and foreign investment oversight – can change rapidly depending on the political winds. At the same time, the web of laws and regulations governing corporate conduct are often contradictory, leading to confusion and uncertainty, as what is treated as illegal in one country is not in another.
At Pierce Atwood, we are committed to protecting our clients’ interests during every phase of corporate compliance, from designing and updating compliance systems, to risk assessments, to internal investigations, through resolution, litigation, and follow-on consequences. Steps taken early on can have a significant impact down the line, and thoughtful planning ahead is critical.
Our team includes attorneys who served in enforcement positions at the US Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission. We have extensive experience with investigations relating to anti-bribery and corruption; securities, financial institution, and accounting fraud; sanctions and trade control issues; computer, privacy, and intellectual property crimes; antitrust and competition laws; and money laundering and currency controls. Often, these issues don’t occur in isolation. Bribery misconduct often involves money laundering. Sanctions violations may raise the specter of bribery. And any corporate crime implicates the possibility of securities violations. Because of the breath of our expertise, we can address each stage – from compliance to monitorship – seamlessly streamlining and integrating compliance systems and reducing the likelihood of follow-on investigations.