The financial crisis has heightened the risk of whistleblower complaints, government investigations, and mandatory auditor scrutiny (10A trigger). As an in-house counsel, how do you prepare to advise and protect your company when the need for an internal investigation arises?

On May 28, 2009, Ira H. Raphaelson, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Scientific Games Corp, Sheila Finnegan, partner at Mayer Brown and Vince Connelly, partner at Mayer Brown (all former federal prosecutors) hosted an event on internal investigations, discussing how to:

  • Position yourself to "hit the ground running" given the typical time constraints for an internal investigation
  • Recognize and reduce the risk of privilege waiver from disclosures to auditors, board members, affiliated companies, media consultants and regulators
  • Assess and clarify who the "client" is and who should oversee and conduct the investigation to avoid costly mistakes
  • Manage outside professionals who assist with an investigation to get a more cost effective result
  • Understand the differences between domestic and international internal investigations and the implications
  • Avoid sanctions, obstruction allegations, and ethical violations when conducting an investigation or arranging for counsel for employees

This webinar is the ninth in our series, In Focus: A Corporate Litigation Web Series, which is hosted by Mayer Brown LLP and Incisive Media (formerly American Lawyer Media). This complimentary web series will examine litigation issues facing in-house counsel and business executives.

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