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The Risks Of A Defective Internal Investigation

Law360, New York (September 11, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT) -- Lawyers and compliance professionals repeatedly tout the importance of an internal investigation to protect a company from devastating consequences from an enforcement action.

When facing a serious enforcement threat, companies turn to internal investigations in order: (1) to determine what exactly has occurred (or possibly is still occurring); (2) to assess the potential legal consequences; and (3) to begin to remediate any deficiencies in its compliance program, internal controls and cote governance.

An effective internal investigation should provide the board and senior management with important information...
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