Beginning an Internal Investigation: The US Perspective

January 2019
Global Investigations Review
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Debevoise white collar partners Bruce Yannett and David Sarratt, and associate Marisa Taney, have contributed a chapter to the newly published The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations Volume I: Global Investigations in the United Kingdom and the United States, Global Investigation Review, 3rd Edition.

The chapter, “Beginning an Internal Investigation: The US Perspective,” provides insightful guidance on how to navigate the initial phases of an internal cross-border investigation, such as assessing the scope of an investigation, developing an effective work plan and understanding the specifics of the collection, review and preservation of documents located abroad ̶ making this a valuable resource for managing the challenges of conducting investigations outside of the United States.

Bruce Yannett is Deputy Presiding Partner of the firm and Chair of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Practice Group. He focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations. He represents a broad range of companies, financial institutions and their executives in matters involving securities fraud, accounting fraud, foreign bribery, cybersecurity, insider trading and money laundering.

David Sarratt is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department. He is a seasoned trial lawyer whose practice focuses on government enforcement actions, internal investigations and complex civil litigation for financial institutions and other clients. He has particular experience in matters relating to compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as with novel enforcement issues arising from new technologies.

Debevoise’s white collar practice features a truly global team with strength across the U.S., Europe and Asia. This global platform is especially valuable to clients given the often multijurisdictional nature of the most vexing investigative matters.

We hope you find this chapter informative. If you would like to discuss any of these issues in greater detail, please feel free to contact one of the authors directly.