GIR Practitioners Guide to Global Investigations - Beginning an Internal Investigation: The US Perspective

27 February 2020

Debevoise white collar partners Bruce Yannett and David Sarratt, and associate Lauren Dolecki, have contributed a chapter to the newly published The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations (4th Edition) entitled, “Beginning an Internal Investigation: The US Perspective.” 

The chapter 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, and reviewing and preserving 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, representing 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. Mr. Sarratt has particular experience in matters relating to compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and with novel enforcement issues arising from new technologies. 

Debevoise’s award-winning White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group excels in complex representations for clients facing corporate crises. The Group’s depth of experience and global reach allows for effective and strategic counsel with international and domestic clients, from defending against criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement actions, to conducting internal investigations, negotiating complex global settlements and facilitating cooperation with government regulators.