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Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense

Cravath is a trusted adviser to companies, their boards of directors and senior executives in the full range of corporate crises, regulatory enforcement proceedings and white collar criminal defense matters. Our reach in the white collar arena is global, extending to issues involving Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas for clients in diverse industries.

We regularly conduct complex internal investigations, both on the companies’ initiative and in response to whistleblowers’ claims and shareholder demands, and respond to inquiries or investigations by governmental authorities. Drawing from our training as generalist litigators, we also defend our clients in parallel or related regulatory or civil proceedings that can arise from investigations. Clients often retain us to handle both investigations and litigation, enabling us to craft a comprehensive legal strategy. Our attorneys also advise boards of directors and their executives on corporate governance, compliance obligations, potential areas of exposure and preventive measures to help deter regulatory intervention and lawsuits.

The hallmark of our Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense Group is our interdisciplinary approach to solving our clients’ problems. Our team of seasoned litigators and corporate advisory attorneys includes a former federal judge from the Southern District of New York, senior U.S. Department of Justice officials, senior SEC lawyers and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. We bring that experience to bear when advising clients in the boardroom and defending them before government agencies and in courtrooms nationwide. We have appeared before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities & Exchange Commission, U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Bureau of Industry and Security and other domestic and foreign enforcement agencies.

Our experience covers the full array of white collar matters, including the FCPA, cyber intrusion, insider trading, tax evasion, potential executive misconduct, accounting and disclosure issues, money laundering and anti‑money laundering controls, trade sanctions, export controls, healthcare fraud, cybersecurity and criminal antitrust and environmental matters. We also perform compliance risk assessments and design compliance programs that meet DOJ and SEC standards.

What Clients Say:

  • “Their lawyering is excellent,” and “they bring a level of sophistication coupled with a lot of common sense and a practical approach.” Client, Chambers USA
  • Cravath’s team is “succinct, refined, user-friendly, and very well-versed in the ways of the regulators.” Legal 500
  • “They present great value for the money, a quick understanding of clients’ needs and dilemmas, and around the clock availability.” Client, Chambers USA