Internal investigations seek to determine the relevant facts associated with allegations of corporate misconduct. They have become a recognized business practice in an increasingly complex legal market that sees global enforcement actions by regulators and law enforcement officials becoming more frequent and better coordinated.
Internal investigations can also be instigated as a result of shareholder scrutiny, litigious consumers and disgruntled employees. As a result, investigations have become an almost expected part of the normal course of day-to-day business. Companies should ask themselves these important questions:
- What are the key factors in deciding to conduct an internal investigation?
- How does an organization maintain all of its privileges during an internal investigation?
- What are the practical benefits stemming from an internal investigation?
- What is the best approach for employee interviews?
- How should inside and outside counsel interact?
To help companies better prepare for and conduct internal investigations, Mayer Brown has published Current Issues in Internal Corporate Investigations. This easy-to-read booklet answers these and many other questions. In fewer than 100 pages, we provide practical advice and guidance on managing internal investigations, including strategies to minimize risk internationally, safeguard privileges, control costs and maintain appropriate relationships with multiple regulators. This is a resource you can keep on your desk and use as a go-to reference guide.