Global Compliance & Investigations



Helping multinational clients of all sizes create and implement robust global compliance programs that mitigate the risks of their worldwide operations.

Our Approach:

Companies operating in the global economy must establish compliance programs that address their unique risks under anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, and trade sanctions laws in jurisdictions around the world. When those risks arise out of suspected misconduct, companies with compliance protocols in place will be equipped to conduct successful investigations and take decisive action.

In addition, enforcement efforts against multinational companies have reached all-time highs and will continue to increase. The expectations of the U.S. Department of Justice and other agencies worldwide are clear: organizations must have oversight in place and demonstrate the effectiveness of their compliance programs to reduce liability. Companies that establish robust global compliance programs customized based on their particular risk profiles will be better positioned to resolve violations on a civil rather than criminal basis. These programs prevent corruption, sanctions violations, and money laundering, and demonstrate a commitment to detecting and responding to misconduct.

Our team helps multinational clients of all sizes develop and implement customized compliance programs, conduct on-site risk assessments and investigations, and if necessary, defend against U.S. and international government inquiries and prosecutions. We have provided on-site representation in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

We leverage our on-site experience in the challenging regions where our clients operate to offer strategic legal counsel in the areas of anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and trade sanctions compliance, investigations, and defense. Our team has a proven track record of limiting, and often eliminating, corporate or individual criminal and civil liability exposure under international laws.

Our Services:

Our services include:

  • Establishing customized global anti-corruption, sanctions, and anti-money laundering compliance programs
  • Conducting on-site risk assessments in countries where businesses are operating or strategically planning to operate
  • Developing and providing training
  • Completing pre-acquisition due diligence
  • Performing third-party reviews
  • Conducting internal investigations
  • Defending against criminal investigations and prosecutions

The combination of our diverse experience and ability to provide counsel across the globe means our clients can count on coordinated and efficient solutions for their compliance and defense needs.

Who We Work With:

Clients in a wide variety of industries, including, among others:

  • Life sciences and heath care
  • Financial services and securities
  • Technology and Manufacturing
  • National security and defense
  • Higher education
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Fashion
  • Entertainment

2nd Circ.'s Seminal Rejection of FCPA Conviction Challenge

Law360 | August 28, 2019

New York City partner Isabelle De Smedt (CORP), Manchester partner Mark Knights (GIWC), Boston counsel Robert Fisher (GIWC), Manchester associate Michael Strauss (CDPG) and Boston associate Scott Seitz (GIWC) authored this column about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s recent decision regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s anti-bribery provisions and what the decision means for companies needing to comply with the law.

Get the message: Update to the FCPA corporate enforcement policy

Reuters’ Government Contract | May 20, 2019

Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Michael Strauss, both of the Manchester office, co-wrote this contributed article outlining changes in the way the Department of Justice expects companies to preserve “ephemeral communications” such as WhatsApp messages.

USA competent: Swedbank poorly out

Dagens Industri (Sweden) | April 04, 2019

In this article translated from Swedish, Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Robert Fisher is quoted about an ongoing investigation regarding Swedbank’s contacts with Mossack Fonseca.

Avoiding corrupt practices abroad: When doing business internationally, compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is essential

New Hampshire Business Review | August 30, 2018

Manchester Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Mark Knights wrote this contributed article on how cautious companies can comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and avoid corruption when doing business internationally.

One more arrow in the government’s anti-corruption quiver: the Global Magnitsky Act

The Anti-Corruption Report | May 29, 2018

Corporate partners Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Isabelle de Smedt are quoted in this article discussing the business consequences of the Global Magnitsky Act, a new anti-corruption statute.

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