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'We Don't Direct' Probes, Feds Say After Paul Weiss Ruling

Law360, New York (May 8, 2019, 9:50 PM EDT) -- Federal officials sought on Wednesday to draw a line between making requests of a company's lawyers and directing a company's internal investigation, days after a judge found the government had essentially outsourced its investigation into a Deutsche Bank trader to the bank's lawyers at Paul Weiss.

At an event in Manhattan, Christopher Cestaro, a supervisor in the U.S. Department of Justice's Foreign Corrupt Practices Unit, spoke at some length on how the government views companies' internal investigations, insisting that prosecutors "don't direct" them.

"Companies often do choose to conduct an internal investigation," Cestaro said. "At the department, we do seek to...

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