Internal Investigations

Davis Polk has one of the premier global enforcement, investigations and compliance advisory practices. With teams around the world, our group is composed of leading practitioners in white collar defense, banking and securities regulation, antitrust and corporate practices. We have extensive experience in helping clients, whether Fortune 500 companies or their boards, anticipate and comply with the evolving and heightened standards of government regulators. We have conducted hundreds of internal investigations and are comfortable guiding clients through all aspects of various stages, including:

  • Scoping the investigation
  • Document preservation and collection
  • Interviews
  • Whistleblowers
  • Potential disclosure
  • Internal reporting
  • Working with third parties
  • Results of investigation – considerations and actions 

Our familiarity with government agencies and regulators allows us to respond efficiently and effectively to inquiries, limiting the risk of serious criminal and civil consequences for our clients. We routinely conduct internal investigations for global corporations and financial institutions that have discovered potential violations of laws relating to:

  • Antitrust
  • Business practices
  • Campaign finance
  • Corruption
  • Economic sanctions
  • Insider trading
  • Money laundering
  • Securities regulation
  • Tax

Our most successful matters have not resulted in public charges and therefore remain confidential. As our clients’ trusted advisers, our reputation for creative solutions and superior customer service has helped us maintain a roster of marquee clients across all industries. 

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Chambers USA:

  • Securities Regulation, Band 1
  • Client Comment: 
    • Clients “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.”

Legal 500 U.S.:

  • White Collar Criminal Defense, Tier 1
  • Securities, Tier 1
  • Client Comment: 
    • Davis Polk “provides ‘excellent industry knowledge and practical advice’ to corporates and executives engaged in regulatory enforcement actions, internal and congressional investigations, as well as litigation.”

Benchmark Litigation - White Collar Criminal Defense, Tier 1