Williams & Connolly often conducts internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients in response to “hotline” and “whistleblower” complaints, in-house audits, and other internal company referrals, reporting to management (and in appropriate cases, the board of directors) on how to proceed to resolve those issues. The firm often also assists with follow-on action, such as the submission of voluntary disclosures and the resolution of government actions based on such disclosures.
Our internal investigations have involved many types of allegations, including insider trading, ethics violations, accounting improprieties, tax issues, bribery, and workplace harassment. In addition, we frequently represent major financial institutions in investigations concerning alleged corruption in international projects funded by those institutions. Some of these investigations have been conducted in connection with special committees of boards of directors and/or in connection with derivative litigation. The firm also represents current and former employees who are the subjects of internal investigations.
Because these representations are by their very nature highly confidential, it is not possible to attribute these representations to specific clients.