Compliance & Crisis Response

            Clients rely on us for essential advice on a wide range of compliance issues, and we are often among the first calls they make in a crisis.

            Our lawyers help clients anticipate and comply with the evolving and heightened standards of government regulators.  Leading multinational corporations seek our advice on the design, enhancement and implementation of effective compliance programs for multiple regulatory regimes. In each assignment, we work closely with management, business stakeholders and in-house counsel to identify and address issues that pose the highest risks for potential violations. We manage complex privacy-related compliance matters together with our Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team.

            We also advise corporate boards, executives and other individuals in high-profile crisis management situations, including #MeToo-related matters and matters that involve or could potentially involve a government investigation or enforcement action. Clients benefit from our multi-disciplinary approach, in which litigators work as a single team with lawyers in other relevant practices.

SEC and CFTC Update

monthly newsletter providing insight into recent developments, key cases, and trends in enforcement at the SEC and CFTC.



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    • “I rely on [Davis Polk] for their internal investigations and regulatory compliance. They've got great legal minds and are all very practical. They understand how companies work - what our challenges and sensitivities are.” 
    • Davis Polk is “[e]xtremely knowledgeable and very commercial in understanding what we do." "They are often the go-to firm for analysis when there's a change in legislation or regulation - they do the most thoughtful and complete analyses of issue-spotting.” 

Legal 500 U.S. 

  • White Collar Crime and Government Investigations, Tier 1 
  • Client Comment – “Standing at the vanguard of the white-collar bar for many years, ‘wonderful firm’ Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is justifiably regarded as ‘one of the pre-eminent criminal defense and investigations practices in the US’.”