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Regulatory: The do’s and don’ts of corporate internal investigations

Effective investigations can mitigate prosecutions and fines resulting from misconduct

In any given week, news headlines reveal numerous examples of fraud and misconduct occurring at corporations. The consequences often include massive fines, large jury verdicts or settlements in civil litigation, and criminal prosecution of corporations and their leaders. In many instances, the collateral results of these events such as debarment from government (and even private-sector) contracting and delisting from stock exchanges can be devastating to a company and its stakeholders.

A company that is well-prepared, and has the know-how to conduct an effective internal investigation has a better chance of weathering the storm and mitigating the impact of such unfortunate events. This series of articles will discuss a dozen do’s and don’ts of corporate internal investigations, covering best practices for identifying and investigating corporate misconduct, conducting and managing internal investigations, and for determining when and to whom to report conclusions.

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Sean O'D. Bosack

Sean O'D. Bosack is a shareholder in the Litigation Practice Group in the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn and a member of the White Collar...

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Daniel C.W. Narvey

Daniel C.W. Narvey is an associate in the Milwaukee office and a member of the firm's Litigation Practice Group. During law school, Daniel worked on litigation and...

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