Internal Investigations- 101 (Series: INSIDE COUNSEL INSIDER: CORPORATE & REGULATORY COMPLIANCE 1.0)
Compliance issues are at the front of every manager’s and fiduciary’s mind these days. It used to be that all the worry came from a creative plaintiffs’ bar calling a business’s conduct into question, but those days are long gone. Public and private companies are investigated by not only the United States federal government, but also local, state, and foreign governments. Self-regulating entities also add a layer of scrutiny. Under the insulation of the attorney-client privilege, an effective internal investigation can help marshal the facts to inform corporate decisions about past or existing violations and prevent potential future violations. An internal investigation can protect management from the violation and records the company’s response to an incident or violation. However, most importantly, it serves to send a clear message that the company is serious about compliance and that it sets transparency as a priority. This webinar surveys recent compliance trends and discusses best practices regarding the attorney-client privilege, joint defense agreements, the use of experts, witness interviews, the consequences of self-disclosure and how to control the impact on the company.
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